Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Inky & Bear Temporary Tattoos

I've been wanting to get a tattoo for a while now, but being the most indecisive person in the world (I can't even decide on the colour of my earrings), permanently inking my skin somewhat scares me. What if I don't like it? What if its too big? How much is laser removal?! When I was younger, I was a pretty big fan of temporary tattoos - my favourite being Minnie Mouse on my ankle when I was about 7. These days, temporary tattoos don't seem to appeal to older people - at the age of 20 I just can't bring myself to get that lovely Minnie Mouse on my ankle again. So, imagine my excitement when temporary tattoo specialists Inky & Bear asked me if I wanted to try out some of their beautiful (and more mature!) hand-illustrated temporary tattoos! Finally, a chance to decorate my skin without having to permanently ink it.

For those of you who are unfamiliar, Inky & Bear is an independent artistic boutique, founded by two sisters Laurie and Lily Gee, who manufacture beautifully detailed hand-illustrated temporary tattoos. Each tattoo is hand designed by the sisters, boasting intricate and striking detailing. Inspired by the planet, nature and animals, Inky & Bear designs range from simple woodland animals to magnificent mythical creatures, all rich in colour. Think mermaids, butterflies, fawns, unicorns, ladybirds... there is a design for everyone.

On a beautiful day in Brighton, I decided a trip to the beach and then the pier would be the perfect opportunity to try out the temporary tattoos (and to get Lewis on the pier... ha). The two designs I wore was a gorgeous elephant on my back and a small whale on my wrist. The designs are simply transferred onto the skin in exactly the same way that your typical temporary tattoos are - just peel the plastic film off, apply a damp cloth and press the design onto your skin, holding for around a minute. Super easy, super quick.

After a couple of hours on the beach, a few hours on Brighton pier, dinner out and the walk back to Lewis's, my temporary tattoos were still looking as good as new and hadn't peeled or smudged (a problem I recall having with temporary tattoos when I was younger). At the end of the day, the tattoos were super easy to remove from my skin - as the elephant was on my back I did not want it to rub off on my sheets, so simply peeled it off and there was no trace or stains left on my skin. Overall I was super impressed with the quality of Inky & Bear and can highly recommend them for anyone who wants to try out some tattoos without the hassle of permanent ink. These temporary tattoos would be perfect for festivals, parties and events - and they would make the perfect gift for a friend or family member too. The tattoos range from £3.50-£6.00.

Have you tried Inky & Bear before?

Friday, 16 December 2016

10 Beauty Hacks Worth Knowing

Use these beauty hacks that I have picked up from friends, my wise mother and the good old internet throughout my life to save you time, effort and money! 

1. Don't have makeup brush cleaner? Use a face wash. Makeup brushes gather up dirt and bacteria and need washing regularly - if you don't have any makeup brush cleaner to hand, use a gentle face wash with lukewarm water. Rub the brushes in circular motions on the palm of your hand to ensure all of the makeup comes out.

2. Save clumpy nail polish by soaking in water. When your nail polish goes thick, clumpy and dry, don't put it in the bin just yet - hold the bottle in hot water for two minutes. The heat should thin out the nail polish and make it much easier to apply.

3. Stop pumping the mascara wand in the tube. The reason that mascara goes dry and clumpy is because air gets into the tube. Pumping your mascara wand in and out pushes air down into the tube.

4. Use Vaseline when dying your hair. Applying some Vaseline to your hairline when dying your hair will stop hair dye from staining your head and leaving marks. You can also apply it around your nails when painting them to avoid any marks on your fingers.

5. White eyeliner makes your eyes pop. Apply some white or very light eyeliner on the waterline of your eye to make them seem wider, bigger and more awake. Applying a little dusting of white eyeshadow to the inner corners of your eyes also has a similar effect.

6. Put a few drops of olive oil in dry mascara. Prolong dry/empty mascara by adding just 2-3 drops of olive oil into the tube - it will provide you with a few extra applications.

7. Foundation too dark? Add some moisturiser. If your foundation is too dark, mix it with a bit of moisturiser. This will lighten the colour, reduce the heaviness and make it much easier to blend in to your skin colour.

8. Use a hairdryer to dry your tan. Avoid feeling sticky and smudging your tan by using a hairdryer to dry off after application.

9. Use coconut oil to remove your makeup. It's natural, good for your skin and very effective. Simply take a small scoop, rub between your fingers if it is still solid and rub into your face in circular motions. Then simply use a warm cloth to remove the excess!

10. Heat up your eyelash curlers for a better result. Blast a hairdryer on your eyelash curlers to heat them up before use - this will make your lashes curl easier and hold the shape. It's the same as using a hot curling iron to curl your hair!

What are your favourite beauty hacks? 

Wednesday, 14 December 2016

4 Simple Ways To Make Time For Yourself

1. Go To Bed a Little Earlier than Usual 

Shut yourself off into your room fifteen minutes earlier than you usually would, and use this time for some 'me' time. Try reading a bit of that book you've been meaning to, or try meditating in bed before falling asleep. Even just sitting and listening to some relaxing music before bed is a great way of making time to just chill by yourself.

2. Catch the Bus

If you take the bus over getting a taxi, then you're already fitting in some alone time without realising. Next time you catch the bus, put together a playlist to listen to or download an audiobook or podcast. Not only does it give you something to do on an otherwise boring journey, it's also something that you'll enjoy doing by yourself.

3. Get Lunch by Yourself 

During your lunch break it's really easy to spend the whole time chatting to coworkers or to even skip lunch completely. Take yourself out to lunch for some crucial me-time. Pick yourself up some lunch and sit by the river or pop into your favourite nearby cafe to enjoy some food alone. Take this time to refresh yourself and to recharge before the rest of your day!

4. Get Up a Little Earlier than Usual

Set your alarm around fifteen minutes earlier than usual (hard, I know) and use this time for yourself. Get up, make a hot cup of coffee and flick through the newspaper before your day starts. You'll feel a lot more prepared for your day after having a tiny bit of time to relax in the morning.

Monday, 12 December 2016

Gift Ideas For An Older Man

Buying a gift for an older man in your life, whether it be your father or grandfather, can be quite the task. If you're a little bit stuck on what to buy yours, I've put together a small gift guide to give you some ideas and inspiration - you can't go wrong with vintage red wine and some cosy pyjamas! 

(Available from IJustLoveIt)
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Wednesday, 7 December 2016

How To Save Money As A Student

1. Plan Meals & Do Online Shops

Unless you are lucky enough to live next to a supermarket or superstore, it's a good idea to do your food shopping online. Plan out your meals for the week (head to Pinterest for some good healthy inspiration!) and make a note of all the ingredients needed for your next week of meals. Order your ingredients online (via Tesco/Asda) and have them delivered straight to your door while saving money! In smaller shops, such as Tesco Express or Sainsburys Local, prices are bumped up and you can end up spending much more - so always opt to show in large supermarkets. Planning meals in advance also means that you are shopping with a clear list - making it easier to stay away from unnecessary food and snacks. Another helpful tip is to always shop on a full stomach; don't let your hunger get the better of your money!

2. Take It In Turns To Buy Necessities

Take it in turns with your flatmates to buy the necessities for your flat. Things like toilet roll, washing up liquid, shower gel and bin bags can all add up if you're buying them weekly, so come to some sort of agreement with your flatmates and sort out who will buy what and when. It's also a good idea to all put some money together when you move in to stock up on essentials - sponges, washing up gloves, scourers, bleach, cleaning detergent and washing machine tablets will not come with your flat so put a little bit of money aside at the start to get them instead of having to buy them throughout the year.

3. Make Lots of Food & Freeze It

If you're a student attempting to save money, your freezer is pretty likely to be your new best friend. Making single meals for yourself can be quite inconvenient and wasteful (spaghetti bolognese for one, anyone?), so it's a good idea to make a few extra portions and freeze them. This means you can stretch out your meals and get way more out of them - and effectively save money and time! Making more portions also means that you can take a packed lunch out with you, saving you money that you may have spent on buying lunch. It's also a good idea to cook joint meals with your flatmates too, which will save you all money. Cooking up a big casserole dish will only cost a couple of pounds each and can feed four of you four an evening.

4. Walk & Cycle Where You Can

Investing in a bike will save you a LOT of money as a student. Cycling to and from Uni will save you spending money on catching the bus (which can add up to as much as £12 a week) and will ensure you squeeze some exercise and fitness into your time too. Cycling also means you can avoid waiting around for unreliable city busses! If you don't have a bike, try to walk as much as possible instead of taking the bus. It may seem like you're only saving a couple of pounds here and there, but in the long run it will make a huge difference. It's so easy to just catch the bus into town to do your shopping, but if it's within distance then try to walk instead.

5. Only Use What You Need

This may seem very obvious, but it's an easy thing to forget. Only use what you need in your house and make a conscious effort to save energy. Turn the lights off when no one is in a room, do not leave the television on standby and only put as much water in the kettle as you need. Don't spend obscene amounts of time in the shower (difficult I know!) and unplug phone chargers, electric blankets and speakers when they are not in use. It's a good idea to put your heating on a set timer too, so that it only comes on in the mornings and evenings - the most important times of the day to heat up your house.

For more student advice, read my Things To Consider When Renting as a Student and So... You're Going To Uni? posts.

Tuesday, 6 December 2016

Landlords and Tenants: Getting Clued Up

Today I have teamed up with HomeLet  to bring you some advice and tips if you're either a tenant or a landlord. I have been a tenant renting properties for two years now and know first-hand that it's a good idea to get extra clued up before deciding to rent a property. Check out the handy infographic provided by HomeLet below for tips as a landlord or tenant, and scroll down to read some of my own tips when renting! 

1. Agreements 
When renting a house as a student is is very important to read through all of the terms and agreements before signing anything. It may look long and tedious, and there will be a lot of boring stuff, but it is 100% worth it. Always read through everything and ask your estate agent or landlord any questions you have before signing anything.

2. Fees 
When renting out a house as a student, there will be lots of different fees that you are expected to pay. Paying agency fees and guarantor fees is a pretty normal procedure, but make sure that the prices are reasonable and you are not being overcharged. 

3. Deposits 
As with any property, you will be expected to put down a deposit before moving in.  Make sure that you photograph any stains, marks, rips, scratches and damages around your property - basically anything that you could potentially be charged for. If you do not have photographic evidence of the state of the property before you move in, there is a chance that you will get charged for any damage when you leave.

Do you have any experience either as a landlord or tenant?