Autumn Fashion & Beauty Haul

Hey everyone! After a few weeks away from blogging, I have decided to share a post about my current purchases.

Autumn is one of those seasons that I have a love/hate relationship with. It is the season of colourful leaves, soup, jumpers, and hot drinks. But it is also the season of a whole new colour pallette in regards to fashion and makeup!

Yes, it gets cold – and thus, the reason why I hate it at times. I love the summer and the warmth it brings, as well as the longer days (silently dreads the dark, gloomy days ahead). However, I do love the different shades of dark red that it brings to my style. That is why, recently, I have gone shopping to buy a few new items for my wardrobe!

Burgundy button-up dress and check fitted skirt, both from New look:

I love both of these new pieces and I would really love to buy the dress in black too! I decided to buy these because I thought they would be good to wear for work or possibly interviews if styled with a blouse. The thing I love best about fashion at this time of year, is the ability to layer different pieces together to create different outfits.

Now for the skincare and makeup. I recently went shopping to stock up on a few things that I needed. They may not all be related to autumn, as they are useful all-year-round, but I decided to try them out!

Garnier Skin Active Gel Face Wash, under £2 on offer at Boots:

I love this so far! It is so nice to use and it really feels like your skin is being cleansed properly without becoming oily or dry. This one is designed specifically for combination-oily skin, so I definitely recommend this if you are prone to oiliness, but can also get dry skin at times. Every skin is different, I know, but it is definitely worth a try if you want a great face wash at a budget price! They also do a micellar water range in this type of gel face wash, which I also need to try out because I love their micellar water products.

St. Ives Apricot Blemish-Prone Face Scrub, under £5 at Boots:

I have bought and used this before many times, especially during the summer months to keep my skin bright and exfoliated. I have recently ran out of this product, so I HAD to buy more! I love the St. Ives range of scrubs and they do a different one for every skin need. I am prone to blemishes, so I like to use this specific one, but there is another that I would like to try – it’s a nourishing one that keeps your skin soft and nourished – find it on this link!

Soap & Glory Mother Pucker Matte Lipstick in the Shade Cinnamon Beige:

I bought this because I have been wanting to try the Soap & Glory lipsticks for a while! So far, I am not too sure about it. The consistency is great, and not too drying like some of the Mac ones. Also, it seems to last a good amount of time before having to reapply the product.

However, for me, this shade does not work. I think it comes out more of a brown tone on my lips – as mine are quite dark in colour naturally! I do think that it is the perfect shade for autumn, so I may have to give it another chance to see how I feel about it. I can’t remember how much I paid, but I think it was £9 (I also got myself some student discount as Boots were giving 20% off!).

Essie Nail Lacquer in the shade Bordeaux:

I LOVE this colour. Dark red is my favourite anyway, so I usually hate it during the summer when I feel like I have to wear lighter shades on my nails (I usually just opt for a brighter red). The consistency, thickness, everything about this nail varnish is great. Ok, it’s not dead cheap – under £10 but it does work well and applies evenly and stays put quite well with the use of a top coat. A must have autumn shade for me!


I hope you liked this post. If you want, share some thoughts on your favourite products or clothing pieces for autumn…let’s get a conversation going on beauty and fashion! Thanks for reading!

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My University Experience: Part Two

Hey everyone,

I know that I haven’t posted in a while, but here I am with the second part to my university experience series. Many of you may be already back at university now, or just starting off, or simply reminiscing on the good old days – in which case, I can relate. Whatever you may be currently doing, I hope you enjoy reading about my university experiences – I will discuss dealing with workload, lectures, student life, flatmates and my graduation. Enjoy!

In part one I left you all with my moving in day experience. I focused on this for part one because it really was an important day for me, and the beginning of an amazing three years that I will never forget. University, as some may say, is the time when many young adults, or at least in my case, move away from home for the first time. This allows for complete independence. For me, university was the stepping stone needed in order to learn about myself and who I was outside of my family home. I felt free and able to be who I wanted. Yes, I was very nervous, but also very excited to be able to live away as an adult – although, let’s face it, university does not completely prepare you for adult life, it is a mere gateway into it.

Anyway, throughout my first and second years, university allowed me to learn in a way that was different to school and college. We were expected to research everything on our own and become self-starting. We had to find books in the library and online to support our own arguments, rather than using what the tutor had given us. This may sound very daunting, but really, it was amazing. I was able to focus my assignments on what I wanted, while also using my own independent research. Yes, it was difficult, but I enjoyed this new way of learning. Sometimes, being told what to use or discuss in essays did not help me in school. I much preferred to learn by doing it myself.

Life in halls and living with my new friends

Living away from home had its ups and downs. It was better living away in a new city than at home, yes. However, living with other people can be and was challenging at times – especially when your housemates have different ideas of what “clean” is. Countless rotas made for taking out the bins, to-do lists on the fridge, rotas for doing housework and buying supplies, all failed miserably. When people fail to clean up after themselves, it can begin to get tiring and very frustrating. However, the best thing about uni is that we all have our own bedrooms to go back to when everything can get a little much. And I certainly loved to know that it was always kept clean, no matter how untidy the kitchen got. Now, I’m no Monica, but I do enjoy a little cleanliness and tidiness now and again- is it really too much to ask?!

The good thing about living with your new uni friends however, is the countless “we should really be in the library but we are having a cosy movie night” nights, and the cold “2:00 am flat trips to the library, because you spent all evening watching a film” nights, as well as the “this is way more exciting than it should be” trips to the nearby supermarket to get food and cleaning supplies. Your flatmates really do become your second family while at university, and I miss every minute of it.

Lectures and workload

While I was at university, I did worry about the workload. I was a little scared that I would easily fall behind on the large amount of assignments that I had due in. This quickly became something that I was no longer worried about. I was an organised person anyway, and still am, so I never wanted to leave everything too late. Even when the work piled up and deadlines approached, all I had to do was give myself enough time every day to do my work. If I stuck to it, then everything was fine.

If you’re struggling with deadlines and workload, my advice would be to make sure that you give yourself enough time every day – morning or evening – to finish your work. Make sure that you also schedule time in for a break. This could man giving yourself time to watch some Netflix, or time to just relax. This way, you can give yourself a treat for every hour or two that you do work. It worked for me and when I spent hours and hours in the library with no distractions, it meant that I could go home guilt-free knowing that I was able to do whatever I wanted. Trust me, start your work early and you will thank yourself. Another tip, find where you work the best. This could be in your room, in a coffee shop, or in the library.

Final year 

The third and final year of an undergraduate degree must be the strangest year of them all. You are finishing off all of your hard work, completing a degree, and becoming a real adult – almost. It must be amazing, right? Wrong. No matter what anyone says, stepping into university in the September of your final year at university has to be up there with one of the worst feelings ever. It’s like leaving high school all over again. It “all counts now”, you have to actually do your best work, no messing around, this. is. it. Unless of course, you’re one of the smug ones doing a Master’s. Yes, we are all jealous. No more freshers weeks. You of course try to relive freshers again, but it isn’t the same no matter how much you pretend. Growing up and becoming an adult is not fun at all.

Exciting times ahead, yes, getting that career and becoming who you really want to be is all very exciting. That’s what we all go to university for, right? Yes, all very true – but there is something very bitter-sweet about your final year at university. Everything you do becomes a “last time doing this” or a “I will miss this”. Who knew you could miss the library when leaving university? It happens. Now that I have graduated, I really do miss those strange sleeping patterns produced by late-nights in the library and random weekday nights out. Alas, university does not last and it isn’t really what real life is like, sadly.

Graduation day

This was the most exciting and proud day of my life. I had just completed three years of my degree and I was ready for my next stage in life. I had never thought this day would come. Honestly, I never thought university would end. It wasn’t all tears, though. When I arrived I began to see my fellow classmates, the ones I had met at the beginning of the three years and spent each lecture with. We were all graduating and moving onto the next chapter. I collected my gown, had a glass of sparking wine, took plenty of photos, and proceeded to my graduation ceremony. In the ceremony, each row was called out to the front for their names to be called out – we had to walk across a stage and shake the hands of some important people, and then sit back in our seats. Three years, all over in the blink of an eye. If there’s one piece of advice I can give anyone starting university, it is to enjoy every minute of it. Go out when all you want to do is relax, enjoy the independence, work hard and get along with everyone no matter how annoying they may be. You will miss being there when you’re in the car or on the train home after moving out all of your belongings for the last time. It may be hard at times, but trust me, you will miss it when you are back home and back to real life.

 

My University Experience: Part One

This is a post that has been long overdue, so I thought it was about time that I got it done! I have recently finished my time at university and I am very happy and proud to have graduated with a First Class Degree! I never thought that I would be able to do it, but after a lot of hard work and long nights, I finally did it!

University is hard. If you want to achieve the best grades you need to put the work in, there’s no getting around it. However, it is the most rewarding and exciting experience you will have. In this post I will go through all the different experiences I had from first to third year: from moving in, all the way to graduating (which I will discuss in part two of this post!)

Moving in day: new city and new friends

This was a very exciting day. I remember it so clearly like it was yesterday. Everything was packed and ready to be put into the car – of course, a lot of stuff had already been packed into the car the night before in order to make things easier. My new life was ready to begin. So many exciting times ahead of me, and so many amazing people I had yet to meet. I was ready to live alone and enjoy life as a young and independent nineteen year old (I had a gap year before university).

When I arrived to my new city and accomodation, I was filled with mixed emotions. I was nervous of course, but it was the most exciting thing I had experienced – you may be thinking, really? But the fact that I was now able to live on my own, free to do whatever I wanted, living in a building with new people and going on nights out – of course this was going to be exciting.

My mum and dad helped me move all of my things into my room after checking in, and I started to unpack. Yes, it was very strange knowing that I would be left there alone in this new city and new home, but I couldn’t help but feel positive about it all. Once my parents left, I began to introduce myself to my new flat mates.

The first day was the first official day of Freshers week – I didn’t go out this night, as I wanted to unpack my room and settle in first (also, no one I knew was going out either). I also used this day to explore the area and find the nearest supermarkets – I did a shop before I moved in, but I needed to buy myself food for the fridge. It was my first official day living on my own. Luckily, tea time wasn’t so difficult, as I wasn’t too bad when it came to cooking.

I remember finding it hard to sleep on the first night, because I was more aware of the fact that I was alone. The first night is probably the most difficult, because although you are excited, you don’t fully know anyone yet. So, it can get lonely.

Fresher’s week

I went out on the second day of Fresher’s week, and then proceeded to go out every night for 10 nights. It was the best time ever. I did have a new part time job lined up, but it didn’t start until the end of Fresher’s. This week was also filled with induction days for my classes, and before you say anything, I did attend them! Some people don’t, but I really wanted to make sure that I knew what I was doing in preparation for when my classes actually started.

The whole first month was amazing, I enjoyed every minute. I loved living alone and cooking my own meals. I loved being at university and learning new things. Meeting new people and living a completely different way to what I was used to. If you’re considering going to University, then definitely do it. If you are unsure of what to study, take a year out to really think about what you want to do. Of course, university isn’t for everyone, but if you are thinking of going but are too scared, just go for it! You will be amazed at how much you will learn about yourself and living away from home.

I will be doing a second part to this post which will be all about my first year of classes and my second and final year. I hope you enjoyed this post!

5 Things I Do To Stay Calm and Relaxed

Life can get busy and stressful at times. Which is why it is so important for us to allow time for ourselves, so that we can stay calm and more relaxed. It can be difficult for us to allow a little “me time” and it can easily be forgotten about due to other commitments that seem more important. Our main goal each day should be to focus on ourselves a little more; to forget about stress, and take a moment to breathe.

This is why I have decided to share with you five things I do to help myself stay relaxed when life can get stressful. It is all about taking care of your mind as well as your body! Self-care does not just mean to look after ourselves from the outside, but the inside too.

1. Run a bath, play smooth radio or a relaxing playlist of choice, and forget about the world…

We all have most likely done this countless amounts of times. However, some of us can forget about how important the most simple rituals can be for our well being. Get some candles, (safely) light them and place around your bath. Get yourself a bath bomb or your favourite bubble bath, and relax while you listen to music. Try to do this once a week or at least once every fortnight. Pamper yourself while you are at it using a face mask and hey, grab yourself a glass of wine or a cup of tea and soak in your tub of relaxation.

2. Go for a walk…

Take a walk in the countryside or find your local park and take in the fresh air and beauty of the outdoors. Nature is a beautiful thing and if you can, try and surround yourself in it by going for a walk. My favourite kind of walk is during the summer in the late afternoon or evening. There is nothing better than walking through a field during a warm summer evening, watching the sun gradually set. There is beauty in the most simple of things when you start to notice it more. Walking is also very beneficial for you both mentally and physically. Take someone with you for company if you want, but do it either way.

3. Get creative…

Paint, draw, write. It’s up to you, but whether you are an artist or not, being creative is very calming for the mind. I find that painting or drawing can really help me to relax. Writing also can be very relaxing for me, especially when I can release my thoughts onto paper. If you are stressed or feeling down, write it down. Everything you are feeling or thinking, just take a pen and paper, and write everything down. You will feel better for it and it may just help you understand yourself a little more.

4. Listen to music…

This may be obvious, but music can lift your spirits and make a stressful situation much better. Turn on the radio or play your favourite music – I love to listen to Whitney, Nora Jones, Coldplay etc to really help me feel calm and relaxed and in a better mood. If you have a garden, sit outside and play a little music in the summer, or dance around your house and feel relaxed and stress-free. Another tip: if you’re really stressed or cannot calm down, take a moment to just breathe. Breathe in deeply and slowly, in and out. Repeat to calm down your heart rate and get back to relaxation.

5. Watch a film or read a book…

After your relaxing bath, or at the end of the evening when everything is done, get yourself in your comfy pjs and watch a film or open a book and start reading. Just let yourself escape from the outside world and allow time for yourself. Make a cup of tea or your favourite drink and enjoy. Make time to do this every week, you will thank yourself for it. Prioritise these things – not just work and other commitments. Looking after yourself is the most important thing you can and will ever do. It’s not being selfish, it’s called self-care and realising that is very important.

Now you have read about the things that I do to keep myself calm and relaxed, why don’t you try it…Leave a comment below about the things you do to keep yourself relaxed.

xoxo

My Most-Used Fake Tanning Products & Review!

Let’s admit it, we all love fake tan. Instead of damaging our beautiful skin with harmful UV rays, we can all fake a summer glow within a matter of hours! Since I wear fake tan most of the time, I thought I would share with you my opinions on a range of fake tan products that I have used over the years.

1. ST. TROPEZ Bronzing Mousse in Dark (200ML)

This has to be up there with the best false tanners I have used so far. I do still need to try others such as Vita Liberata Phenomenal 2-3 Week Tan Mousse (let me know what this is like in the comments below! I will do an updated version of this once I have tried it out myself), but as it stands, ST. TROPEZ has worked very well for me. Before I apply any false tan, I make sure that my skin is exfoliated and moisturised – I usually do this the day before application and then I re-apply moisturiser to any dry areas such as my ankles and knees.

I have found that this false tan does not go as patchy as others, and it does not have that typical biscuit smell of fake tan. As this tan also has a colour guide, you can see almost instantly that the tan will develop into a lovely golden-brown tone – rather than a horrible orange colour. I have found that with my fair skin, this tan suits my complexion the best and does not look too unnatural when I am wearing it. The only con: it is quite expensive, so if you’re looking to save some money, try and look out for the deals online or in stores.

2. Bondi Sands Self Tanning Foam, Dark (200ML)

OK. This tan smells amazing. I am currently using this at the moment and it is definitely worth it. I have managed to get about 6 months use out of this, applying once weekly or less, and I still have some left! Yes, this isn’t too cheap either, but it is a lot cheaper than the more high-end or pricier false tanners – I paid £14.99 for it! The colour of this tan is slightly more brown than ST.TROPEZ in my opinion, as it has a red undertone to it, rather than having an olive undertone. I personally prefer an olive undertone in false tan, but the colour of Bondi Sands is still very lovely. I have found that one pump for each arm, and two or three for each leg is enough for this! Sometimes I have found that two layers can give you a deeper tan, but it all depends on your skin tone, as mine is very fair.

3. ST. MORIZ Instant & Gradual Self-Tanning Mousse (200ML)

I have tried the regular version of this mousse, but after discovering this one, I was amazed. This worked well on my pale and fair skin, and it also developed into a lovely natural-looking tan. I find that this works best for an everyday tanned look – however, I have used this for nights out and I have found that a couple of layers works well also! This tan looks similar to ST.TROPEZ, which was a game-changer for me, as this product is practically ST.TROPEZ at a fraction of the price! I also found that it does not transfer as badly as some products, and it fades quite well too. In my experience, the tan lasts about three to four days before another application is needed.

4. Palmer’s Cocoa Butter Natural Bronze Body Lotion (250ML)

I used to use this religiously back in the good old days of school – you know what I’m talking about, those dreaded P.E lessons, or those warm summer days where you had your legs out and they just HAD to be tanned. I have recently come back to this tanning lotion and out of every gradual tanning lotion I have tried, this has to be the best one. For some reason, my pale skin does not react well with gradual tanners. I never seem to get that gorgeous golden tan that everyone else manages to achieve. However, with this particular gradual tanner, I have found that my skin does go golden after one or two applications – RESULT.

5. Bondi Sands Everyday Gradual Tanning Milk (375ML)

This, again, smells amazing. It has a lovely coconut scent, and applies very evenly. It also dries very well and does not leave you feeling sticky, which is always annoying with other gradual tanning lotions. I have found that it needs a couple of applications before you see any real results, but this all depends on how dark you want to be. In my experience, any type of gradual tanner is best for a natural everyday glow – perfect for summer getaways when you need to prolong your existing tan – or if you want to look naturally sun-kissed without the worry of streaking or going patchy. You also get a lot in this bottle so it is worth your money!

6. ST TROPEZ Gradual Tanning In Shower, Medium (200ML)

I have some mixed thoughts on this product. Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great product. I love how you can get in the shower and do your fake tan at the same time, no fuss, no fake tan on your sheets, no worrying about feeling sticky or smelly. It’s perfect really. Almost. The one problem with this false tan, is that it isn’t really that noticeable after the first application. I have tried this and done exactly what it says on the bottle, but I just never seem to get any real results. Now, my skin does take a while to gain any colour with the usual gradual tanning lotion, but that’s because I like to be really tanned.

Don’t be too put off, definitely give this a go if you like the idea of a stress free tan – I must point out, you do have to turn off the shower for a couple of minutes after application to let it soak in before rinsing – but do try it as I have found that after using this daily, it does begin to work quite well. This is definitely something that requires you to apply this daily for the best results – perfect for a holiday though! I haven’t tried this whilst on holiday yet, but I will be taking some with me to see what it’s like! If you want me to give a review on how it went then let me know in the comments below!

The Big University Checklist

Hello everyone! I have decided to do a university series of blog posts for anyone out there interested in university blogs! The first thing to think about when going to university is what to bring. When I started university, I loved reading blogs and watching YouTube videos about what to take to university. Therefore, I have created my own list of things that I think are important when packing for university. This is very long post but I hope you all enjoy! PS. I wish I was attending university again, it was the best time ever!

1. Stationery and Documents

  • Make sure that you have any documents needed for university and your accommodation – check with your university and accommodation to see what you will need to bring. TIP: Keep any important documents in a file so that they are easily available and safe – keep this in a secure place in your room where no one can find it.
  • ID – you will definitely need this for nights out and to identify yourself at enrollment.
  • Student finance letters and summary of payments to provide evidence when needed.
  • Freshers week tickets – if you want to attend any events.
  • Bank letters and documents just in case.
  • Insurance for your valuables and documents to provide evidence of this.
  • 16-25 Railcard and NUS discount card – these are handy and save you loads of money while at university. I had both of these and they were a lifesaver. Travelling home or to other places can be costly, so railcards can help to cut the costs. You do have to pay for these, but in all honesty, you do make the money back from what you pay from the savings you will get. Of course, if your university student card has an expiry date, many places will accept this as a way to receive student discount. For places that do not accept student ID, Unidays is a free app/website that you can join using your student email to receive discounts from a variety of places.
  • Set up an arranged overdraft so that you don’t get charged in case you need a little extra cash when student loans and a job just doesn’t cut it.
  • Notebooks for lectures – find yourself some lined notebooks for lectures. It may be best to buy these once you have started your classes just so that you know how many you will need. Although do take one or two beforehand for induction lectures. Notebooks that contain dividers are very useful so that you can have all of your lecture notes organised into one book.
  • Pens, pencils, rubber, sharpener, highlighters, and coloured pens.
  • Pencil case and bag to bring to lectures.
  • USB – get one that has 64GB storage so that you don’t have to worry about deleting anything. This is more than enough if you will be just using it to save word documents, but it is always handy to have extra space for photos or other files.
  • Folders/Files – use these to organise your lecture notes if you prefer. I used plastic wallets to bring to each lecture, because I found them easier to carry around.
  • Books for university – you may have a reading list of books to buy for different modules – look for these on Amazon or eBay for cheap deals. Some of these may be available in your university library, but there will be limited copies. Also, some texts may be available from your university as a PDF file for you to read.

2. Kitchen Supplies

One of the most important items you will need to bring with you to university are your kitchen supplies. This refers to anything you will need to make and eat your own food.

  • Choose plates, bowls and cutlery that have a pattern or colour on them to prevent you from having your things mixed up with other people’s in your flat or house. Also, make sure that you don’t spend too much on these – things can break at university! I managed to go a whole three years at university without anything breaking, but anything can happen when you’re having pre-drinks during Freshers week.
  • Talking about pre-drinks, it is a better idea to buy yourself some plastic cups, rather than glasses. There are many places out there that sell stylish plastic cups at great prices – have a look at Primark, as they usually sell these in their homewear department.

You will need to cook at university at some point, takeaways and ready meals can be more expensive! Luckily, I enjoyed cooking at university, but I know that not everyone does. Make cooking easier for you by getting yourself the basics –

  • A non-stick frying pan and saucepan – these are essential for cooking any meal. Also get yourself a some cooking utensils for stirring sauces and cooking meat or vegetables, as well as a sieve for draining pasta.
  • Oven dish and baking tray – these are also essential for cooking things like frozen food, pasta bakes, casseroles and beloved pizzas! If you love pizza then it may be worth getting yourself a pizza cutter and pizza tray.
  • Tupperware and bag clips to reseal things like cereal and pasta. Tupperware is essential if you want to save yourself some money by preparing your meals ahead of time. I always used to try and make my own lunch to save money and plastic throwaway packaging.
  • A tray for eating your meals on – I found this very useful when I was at university because sometimes there are not enough chairs in the kitchen to eat your food at the table. Trays are also useful to carry your food or drinks when you want to be in your room instead.
  • Ice cube tray and plastic shot glasses – these will definitely come in handy for Freshers week as well as the rest of your time at university and your new friends will love you when you’re the one who remembered to bring them!
  • Water bottle and flask for hot drinks – this will be very useful to bring to lectures, and will also avoid any unnecessary waste!
  • Packed lunch bag – get one of these with some coolers so that you can bring lunch to the library, to work, or to uni if you are in all day.
  • Obviously you will need food, but it may be best to buy this once you have moved in. But bring some essentials such as pasta, sugar, tea bags, coffee, microwave rice, biscuits, snacks, tinned soup and tuna etc. Any food that needs to be stored in the fridge or freezer should be bought once you have moved in. I am thinking of doing a post on university meal ideas – let me know in the comments if this interests you!

3. Bedroom

You will need many things for your bedroom. Some of these things are essential and some are optional!

  • Duvet and pillows – essential for sleep!
  • Mattress topper and waterproof mattress protector – these are a must have as some university accommodation can have uncomfortable mattresses! The waterproof mattress protector will come in handy when you accidentally spill a drink over your bed – you don’t want to be charged for any spillages!
  • Duvet covers – I recommend taking at least two covers for your bed so that you can have one in the wash while you have one on the bed. Also, like the duvet itself, make sure to check with your accommodation provided to see what size bed you will have before you buy the wrong size bedding!
  • Throws and decorative pillows – your room may get cold during the winter months, so make your room feel cosy and warm by bringing a large warm blanket or throw for your bed. The decorative pillow will make your bed look extra pretty.
  • Hangers – try and get some wire hangers or thin hangers to maximize space in your wardrobe. It may also be worth it to get some storage boxes for clothes or extra storage once you have moved into your room so that you know what size boxes you will need.
  • Fairy lights and decorations – these will help you to feel cosy in your new home. You can wrap the fairy lights around your bed post, or hang them up using pins on your notice board – usually university rooms have these already installed.
  • Rug – you might want to bring a nice rug for your floor as most university rooms have thin carpet that can feel horrible on your feet. If not, get yourself some comfy slippers so that you can walk around your flat or house without having to walk on the horrible floors – trust me, you will thank me when you realise that the kitchen floor is not always the cleanest place at uni.
  • Table mirror – this is essential for doing your makeup if your room doesn’t have one close to your desk. You can never have too many mirrors!
  • Desk lamp – this will be very useful for when you want to relax in your room at night without having the main light on.
  • Extra storage drawers – you can get metal or plastic drawers that are easy to carry if you think you might need extra storage. In my experience, university halls tend to have a lot of built in storage, but if you are unsure, it may be best to wait until you have moved in to decide what extra storage you may need.
  • Shoe storage rack – again, this may be better to get once you know what storage your room has and how much space you have. This will be very useful for you if you don’t have any room for your beloved shoes. You can also buy a storage device that hangs up in your wardrobe for your shoes, but this may mean compromising on space for hanging clothes.
  • Clothes rack – try and get yourself a compact sized clothes rack so that it doesn’t take up a lot of space in your room. You will need one of these in case your accommodation doesn’t have any dryers – but also because dryers can ruin clothes and make denim shrink – not ideal! All you have to do is fold it away when not in use.

4. Bathroom

If you have your own bathroom, then lucky you! You can enjoy having a shower in peace and do not have to worry about others making the bathroom a mess.

  • Bath mat – if your shower is enclosed, then get yourself a bath mat for the floor so that you can keep your feet dry when walking around your bathroom.
  • If your bathroom is a wet room, and your shower is not enclosed, then still get a bath mat – but place it outside of your bathroom door so that it doesn’t get drenched each time you have a shower.
  • Hand soap, toothpaste, mouthwash, shower gel and other toiletries that you use.
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Cleaning products – get yourself some bathroom cleaner and toilet bleach for cleaning to avoid mould and to keep your shower and bathroom clean.
  • Bath towels and hand towels – get yourself two bath towels so that you can cycle them and never be without one. You can also find yourself a towel holder that has a suction cup on it to stick to your bathroom wall. Some bathroom doors at university also have hooks on the back if you can’t find one.
  • Storage caddy for toiletries and storage for your cleaning products.
  • Flip flops – if you have to share a bathroom, then you may want to take flip flops to keep your feet hygienic.
  • Bin and bin liners – this will be very handy for your room so that you don’t have to take rubbish to the kitchen bin.

5. Technology

  • You will definitely need a good laptop with Microsoft Office installed onto it – have a look online to see if you can get a free version from your university – this is what I did! You may find that during deadline times, computers at your university will be hard to get hold of, so it is best to have your own in case.
  • Printer – this is optional but will be useful especially if you are doing an art subject or something that requires you to print off a lot of material. However, the printers at your university may be better and I found that I did not need my own.
  • Speaker – your new friends will thank you when they discover that you have a speaker ready for pre-drinking music. You can obviously also use this for your own use in your room.
  • TV – if you are allowed to bring a TV, make sure that your accommodation includes a TV license in your room as well as the communal areas. If not you may need to get a TV license depending on how you are using your TV – check online first!
  • Now TV/Amazon/Netflix subscription – this is a must have for those nights when you want to chill watching TV. Sometimes uni can be lonely and having access to movies and TV shows can really help you when you feel homesick.

6. Extras

  • You will obviously need to bring clothes, makeup, toiletries etc etc. However, a checklist for this kind of stuff will be posted in a separate post (follow and subscribe via email to this blog for updates!). Here is a list of any extra items you may need to bring or buy for your time at university:
  • Medical supplies – you may need things like plasters, antiseptic cream, cold and flu remedies, and paracetamol just so that you are prepared while you settle into your new city and home. You will thank yourself when you are hungover in your room on many occasions – and don’t forget the dreaded fresher’s flu – yes, it’s a thing.
  • Coffee maker – OK, this may seem a little lavish, but if you’re a huge fan of coffee and have some money saved then, why not? Try and get yourself a small one that can be taken into your room. Late nights doing assignments in your room + coffee maker = PERFECT.
  • Home comforts – try and bring something or a few things that will remind you of home. This could be anything from photos to decorations from your bedroom at home. The most important thing is that you make your room at uni feel like home.

There will be a variety of things missed from this list, but I will add more when I think of them. If you have any more suggestions for people who are going to university this year or in the future, please post in the comments below! I hope you all enjoyed this post – I will be doing another post on wardrobe essentials to bring to university, so stay updated by subscribing to my blog via email.

 

My Favourite Books and Books I Want to Read

There are so many books out there that I would love to read. I love the feeling of a brand new book. Here is a list of my favourite books and books that I would love to read. Any suggestions? Post in the comments at the end of this post! I hope you all enjoy reading…

1. The Outlander Series (books 1-6), Diana Gabaldon.

I am currently reading the first book of this series and I am determined to finish them all! This is such a brilliant book. If you love history mixed with fantasy, this book is for you. Set first of all in 20th Century Scotland, the main character, Claire, goes on the journey of a lifetime as she travels back in time to the 18th Century. The series has also been adapted into a TV series, which I have watched and it is brilliant! I love the history and romance in this book, it just makes you feel like you are there with the characters. A must read! I will get back to you all when I finish this!

2. The Light Between Oceans, M L Stedman.

This is another book that I have almost finished. I was almost in tears at one point. I love how Stedman has brought the history of this book to life in a moving and emotional way. Again, another historical fiction, which I love. Definitely something that I want to finish reading.

3. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold.

I have seen the film version of this book, and it is very emotional. However, it is a great film at the same time. I really need to start reading this so it is definitely on my reading wishlist.

4. P.S I Love You, Cecelia Ahern.

I really need to start this book! It has been sat in my bookshelf for a long time now and it needs to be read – I have a long to do list of reads to get through, so when I do get chance to read this book, I will provide you all with a review! Have you read this book or any of these books before? What are your thoughts? Let me know in the comments below!