May 2016 Favourites

June 2016 has finally arrived. For 4 years I have been half dreading half looking forward to this month as I have now finished my degree. The date June 2016 has been printed on my student ID card since day 1 and I never really thought this day would come! It is really scary thinking I will not be at university next year, but instead working full time! But I am excited about a new chapter in my life.

Sorry for the oh-so-cheesy intro to this post, but I could not, not mention it to you!

This is also my first time writing a blog post from abroad! I am currently exploring Venice – finally having a break from all the exam stress! 😀

Back to the topic – here are my monthly favourites! Not many this month as I have been revising all day, every day, but these are some good finds 🙂

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Sigma – Chanel – Givenchy – Clinique – Zoella Beauty – L’Oreal

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Givenchy Mascara – Chanel Coco Rouge Shine in Flirt – Sigma F40 brush

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Hope you are all having a fabulous weekend!

Love from,

Sara xxx

The Naked Goods Review

I’m all about the skincare. I truly believe that a perfect match of skincare for your skin is a must before applying makeup. I have seen huge differences when I have used the right products – my makeup just looks a million times better when my skin is happy. Plus having a light finish foundation is always favoured over a heavy packed on foundation in the hopes of hiding our skin’s imperfections.

This is why when Kate from The Naked Goods contacted me to see if I would be willing to try her products, I was over the moon! Organic and natural products was just what my skin needed!_MG_3887.JPG

I fell in love with using oils on my skin. The Naked Goods The Neat Remedy Oil feels as if you are getting a treatment in a spa – the smell is so relaxing! Hence, I love using it at night to calm my skin before bed. I tried using it in the mornings to, but if I don’t have much time and I want to apply my makeup straight away, oils and foundations don’t go together very well.

A new trick that I have learnt from this brand is to spritz your face with a mist (in this case the Lush Balance Botanical Mist) as it allows the oil to absorb better into the skin – and after trying it, it really does work! Plus the mist is so refreshing! I can’t even explain it in words.IMG_3891.JPG

My next new staple is the Bare Glow Face Mask. It is brightening and hydrating, but what really stands out to me is its consistency and how it applies onto the skin. I never really liked face masks as they would usually dry up and clench my face, which always made me cringe a little. However, this one goes on very smoothly and is colourless so you don’t look as scary as you would with some green or grey masks out there. I am now so tempted to explore more face masks, knowing that good ones actually exist!_MG_3897.JPG

I have also been using the Lip Balm from the range, which is very moisturising and helped a lot with my chapped lips. However, I’m starting to turn away from it as I don’t need as much moisture in the upcoming summer months!

Finally, I also have the face polish and the cleansing clay, which I am still unsure of. I think I might not be using it properly, so if you have ever used these or similar products, let me know what worked best for you!

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I’ve realised that this might sound like a massive ad, but it really is my genuine opinion! This post is not sponsored and I am doing it out of my love for the products – yes, I was sent the products and Kate is such a kind person – but all opinions are my own and all true!

If you like what you hear definitely check out The Naked Goods!

Let me know if you have ever tried their products? Do you have any skincare products you have been loving recently?

Lots of love, y’all!

Sara xxx

Zoella Beauty • Sweet Inspirations: Unboxing and First Impressions 

As soon as I heard Zoella is brining out a new range of her bath and body products, I knew I had to get hold of them!

The macaron scented products are just right up my street! Absolutely obsessed with them right now!

If you wanna see what I got, watch my video here of me unboxing all the products!
If you wanna see a review of them here too, let me know and I’ll do one soon!

Hope you’re all having a lovely bank holiday weekend (for those in the UK) 😉

Lots of love,

Sara xxx

My Top 10 Mascaras

Long time, no see!

As I’m covered from head to toe in revision in my final year of university, I can’t help but feel guilt for not spending time on my blog or YouTube channel.
I have noticed I am not the only blogger feeling this, which makes it a bit more bearable.

I have dedicated some time this week to film a quick video that I hope you enjoy!
I talk about my Top 10 Mascaras with a mixture of high end and some drugstore ones so click on the link below to have a watch as you procrastinate like me.

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Let me know what you think!
What are your favourite mascaras?
Love from,
Sara xxx

My Daily Skincare Routine

Revision season for my upcoming exams has started! But, what a better way to procrastinate than to film a new video and write a blog post about my skincare routine!

Though it won’t help me pass my exams at least my skin will look great! #priorities

Here are the products closer up!

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The Lush Balance Mist, The Bare Glow Face Mask and The Neat Remedy Face Oil from          The Naked Goods

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Origins GinZing Energy-Boosting Moisturiser and Clinique Pep-Start Eye Cream

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Origins Dr Weil Mega Bright Eye Cream, Bioderma Micellar Solution, BioOil and The Naked Goods The Neat Remedy Face Oil

What is your current favourite product in your skincare routine?

Let me know what you would recommend!

Hope you’re having a great day! Today is my last day of being 22! Crazy!

Lots of love,

Sara xxx

My March 2016 Favourites

Have you seen my March Favourites yet?

Check it out to see what I’ve been loving last month 🙂

 

You can also look back on my February faves, if you’d like 😉

What are your favourites for the month of March? Would love to hear your recommendations 🙂

Lots of love,

Sara xxx

Exam revision: Top 10 preparation tips

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Hey gorgeous people!

Today’s post is a little bit different from my usual beauty and fashion posts, falling under my lifestyle category. I thought that since I am graduating from university this year I am quite experienced in all things education, so why not start a little series right before the dreadful exam period where I share all my tips with you 🙂

First in this series is the actual preparation for revision before you start. A lot of people don’t prepare for the revision period and just jump straight into it, which usually ends up being more stressful in the long run.

Let’s jump into it!

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  1. Syllabus

Knowing what is expected from you for the exam is probably the most important thing you need to prepare! Why would you want to spend time revising something that will definitely not come up on the paper? So find it, read it and keep it handy!

2.  Creating a past paper collection

Personally, I find that past papers are an essential part of all revision. They give you a proper feel of what to expect from the exam and they allow you to put your revised knowledge into use! Make sure that before starting revision you have all the available past papers at the ready, whether they are printed or saved on your computer, you will be so happy you got them ready once you want to give them a go 😉

3. Organising and collecting your notes/resources

Once you find out what your syllabus contains you should prepare your resources for revision! Whether it is handwritten notes, textbooks or revision guides, make sure you have them all in one pile and not scattered in all your random folders, cupboards, etc. Once you’re in a revision mode and you need that one piece of information from that class you had 5 months ago, rummaging through all your things is probably the last thing you want to be doing.

I arrange my notes by date and the order we had the classes in so that when I revise in a chronological order I know exactly where to find everything!

4. Revision planner (FREE printable!)

Creating a revision plan is a great tool of estimating how much time you can spend on the different aspects of your revision. It doesn’t have to be super detailed with the exact topics you will be doing at a specific hour but a rough estimate of what subject you would want to be doing that day. Remember to fill in your actual exam times in a bold, red pen to know what you’re working towards!

It can also work as a sort of to-do list, which you can refer to every day!

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5. Thinking about your revision space

For successful revision, you will need a perfect revision space. Do you work better in complete silence or louder spaces? Do you work better alone or in a group? Do you like working at home or are you easily distracted with the fridge and TV being so close by? Decide on a few possible work areas to have ready in your mind for when you start revising. Libraries, cafes, home, whatever you wish!

6. Music vs. no music?

For those who don’t like working in complete silence you could create a music playlist or what I do is use 8tracks.com, which has lots of pre-made playlists ready for you! You could also try out using apps and websites providing white noise, eg. cafe background sounds. Great options are https://coffitivity.com/ or https://noisli.com/ – they are marketed to boost focus and improve productivity so give them a go and see if it helps you!

7. Buying supplies

Make sure you have all your supplies you wish to use for revision before you begin. Pens, highlighters, notebooks, cue cards, post-it notes, printer paper, ink cartridges, all of the things! Will save you a lot of stress if you have spare printer cartridges handy when your printer gives up on printing those super important files a day before the exam 😉

8. Determine what your revision style is

Everyone learns differently and so it is important that you figure out what type of learner you are and what revision techniques will work best for you. Personally, I am a visual learner. I need tonnes of colourful diagrams, using highlighters in full swing, everything nicely printed and bound to make it all look pretty for the eye. Might seem like wasting time but I learn throughout the process of creating my revision notes so for me it’s a win-win situation 😉

PS. If you’d like I can make a post on revision techniques for a visual learner or a general post on determining what type of learner you are! Let me know 🙂

9. Be realistic

BE REALISTIC. Leave enough time. Start early. As simple as that.

10. Think about a reward 😉

This may sound a bit cheesy but thinking about what you could reward yourself with after all this revision is done is a great way to get motivated! For me it’s handbags, makeup or even a flavoured Starbucks drink 😉 But it could be something as simple as going with friends to your favourite restaurant or spending a day in bed catching up on your fave TV show, cos why not? After all your hard work, you deserve it!

 


This sums up my top 10 tips for preparing for the revision period! It took me a few years to devise a perfect revision ritual but I think I pretty much got there 😉

Hope you find some of these useful and I will soon be posting more content on exam revision.

What is your top tip for preparing for exam revision? Will you use any of my suggestions?

Love from,

Sara xxx