Friday, 17 October 2014

Primark AW14 Wishlist





Well Primark have out done themselves once again with their AW14 collection ! I always prefer their winter collections to Summer ones, I'm just more of a layer person than skimpy shorts. 

My favourite thing in the entire collection has to be the coats ! I grabbed the over sized pink one as soon as I saw it in store, although I would definitely recommend downsizing it. I got a size 6 when i'm usually a 10/12 and it's still very over sized, just a little tip.  

There's plenty of pastels, prints and chunky soled shoes in this collection every time I go into the Cardiff store lately I end up walking out with something new, my poor bank balance! I'm still on the look out for that black embossed clutch and the pale blue satin skirt. 


Has anything caught your eye?

Carys xoxo 

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Dear Fresher....



Dear Fresher,
                      So You've made it to University and the week that everyone has banged on about for months is about to begin. You've bought the wrist band, you've met the people you are going to be living with for the next 9 months and your alcohol supply looks fit to last you a while it really doesn't last that long it can only mean one thing, Freshers week!

 Even if you don't like going out, you can still have a good time during freshers; there's the freshers fair where you will probably leave with enough pens and pencils to last you the year, domino's vouchers and signed up to societies you will probably never think of again; you can go and explore the area with your flatmates; you wont be alone. Plus this week isn't the be all and end all 

Personally, I had an amazing time during freshers week: I went out more times in a week than I had in the 9 months I'd turned 18, I met so many new people I could barely keep track and just had a really good time in general. I sort of realised what I had been missing out on while at home.

The next few weeks sort of go along the lines of lecture, out, hangover, panic, domino's etc in various orders, with a spout of freshers flu thrown in for the full experience (there's no escaping it no matter how hard you try).

Its cliche to say that 'the first term goes fast, make the most of it' but sadly it really does. One minute you're partying your way through freshers and before you know it you're all trying to organise what costumes you're going to wear for Halloween and then a few weeks after that sorting out a Christmas dinner and deciding what to buy your secret Santa while keeping in budget.

Here are some pieces of advice and tips for surviving your freshers year....


  1. You can still get into the freshers events without a freshers band, you may just be in the queue for an extra few minutes !
  2. On the first night of moving in, the flat that was a few floors above us went around the other 6 flats in the building and introduced themselves to everyone else. It was probably one of the best things that could have happened, once they got to our flat we joined them and everyone became friends pretty quickly. I think they spent more time in our flat than there own... That's another thing to be wary of; Our flat somehow became a sort of social hub which had it's ups and down's. It was great when you wanted to be sociable and chat to everyone but sometimes it just got too loud and rowdy. I'm a shy, quiet person and sometimes it just got too much. A few times it got to the point where I would wait till I heard a particularly loud person leave before coming out. I kind of regret not standing up for myself in situations like these (there were plenty). It also means the manager watches your flat like a hawk.
  3. You and Pasta will become good friends and enemies after awhile. 
  4. Don't do what I did and go home most weekends, unless of course you really want to! I kept coming home for driving lessons every few weekends, and I regret it. I definitely missed out on some 'bonding' sessions and some great nights.  
  5. There will be times when all you want to do is go home to your family, see your dog and get back to reality (sometimes it's like living in the Big Brother house). It will get better and you aren't alone in feeling this way. Even the big tough 'bad boy' across the hall misses his home sometimes. Don't make a rash decision unless you are absolutely sure it is what you want to do.
  6. Don't rush into signing a contract for a house for the next year too early , although it didn't happen to anyone I know, you could sign a contract to be living with someone who after Christmas you may realise you hate. Although I did know a group of people who had paid £300 worth of agency fees each before they finally had a house, so read the fine print and double check everything! I had a horrible time finding a house, or more specifically people to live with. There's no escaping the cliques in university and before I even realized it people had already decided who they were going to live with and I wasn't part of anyone's list. It was a tough time. I was too shy to tell them all how worried I was about it all, so instead spent a large chunk of time crying and panicking in my room. I did find a group of girls to live with in the end after scrolling through Facebook groups and I've gotten to know them since but I will miss the people from my block this year.  It was frustrating and one of my biggest regrets. 
  7. Everyone says that the first year doesn't matter but that isn't necessarily true. You still need to pass your exams and If you don't attend enough lectures you can get kicked out of halls (if its run by the university) and your course. Plus you are paying for the education, don't waste your money.
  8. Stay organised !!
  9. Try not to do the whole 'I finally got some freedom, lets go wild' thing; Don't try and be something you're not to impress your flatmates. Everyone can see through it and it just makes you look desperate, 
  10. There's no need to buy all the books on the reading list, chances are the library will have the majority of them. It's also worth talking with the second years to see what books they would recommend as they may also be selling there old books. I found AbeBooks.com and Amazon was good for second hand text books. 
  11. You will do some really embarrassing stuff but you will all laugh about it later (we had a 'jar of shame shit' dedicated to it), just think there is probably someone out there who has done something way worse. 
  12. Just say Yes, there are so many things I wish I'd said yes to.


I could go on and on with this list but I'll let you all figure out the rest for yourself  evil laugh

Basically just relax, be yourself and have fun !

Good luck freshers

Carys Emily
second year student at UWIC.




Tuesday, 16 September 2014

Beauty Bargain #2 Bio-Oil Half price @ Wilkinsons



Bio-Oil £9.99 @ Wilkinsons


When I noticed my current bottle of Bio-Oil was almost empty, I started to scout around online looking for the best deal and the cheapest I could find for a 200ml bottle was £12.10 on Amazon.com, So imagine my surprise when I went into Wilkinsons one day and saw a few bottle in the reduced isle reduced from £19.99 to £9.99

When I took it to the till it came up at the original price but due to it being incorrectly marked I still got it for £10 no questions asked. I think the lady in the shop said that they had stopped stocking the 200ml bottles recently, which is why it was separate from the others, but that they were still meant to be sold at full price. 

I've been using the previous bottle for about 6 years as it wasn't something I would use routinely, just every once in a while when needed but lately I've been using it a lot on the 'chicken skin' on my arms in an attempt to make it look less purple and red, and some stretch marks.

If you're looking for Bio-Oil it's definitely worth checking your local Wilkinsons just in case it has been marked but Lloyds Pharmacy currently have the 200ml bottle on offer for the same price.

Hope this post is helpful

Thanks for reading

Carys xoxo

Friday, 12 September 2014

New Look AW14 Wishlist



Me and New Look seem to have a love hate relationship. I'l go through phases of loving everything in there and then other times I'l go off it completely but this season there is way too much stuff that I have got my eye on!


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As you may be able to tell from this selection, i'm really on the hunt for a pastel coat this season and New look have some really cute ones in at the moment. I keep getting pulled towards the third blue funnel coat but haven't committed just yet.

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I have an 'Ugly Shoe' problem

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New look have an amazing selection of tartan and check skirts at the moment in various styles and material. How beautiful is this full skirt ! It's not something I would wear personally but there's no denying how beautiful it is, when it came into work the other day I couldn't stop looking at it.
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I'm in love with these thick jumpers with the zip running down the back of them , they come in a turquise/teal colour as well! Another favorite of mine is the scallop top, they come in so many colours as well as this pale pink one.

What's on your wishlist for Autumn ?

Thank you for reading

Carys xoxo

Monday, 8 September 2014

Making Your University Room Feel More Like Home

In the second part of my posts relating to university I thought I'd talk a bit about how I decorated my University halls room and how I made it a bit more personal to me so that I felt more at home whilst I was there. 

Luckily for me the block that I was in had been redecorated before we all moved in so the en-suite had all new facilities, the room furnishings had all been replaced and the walls had been repainted!








  • Lots of cushions - Not only are they comfy and perfect for lounging but I really liked how they looked in the room. Without them I found the bed looked a little bit bare. I picked these ones up from Primark and Tesco for under £6 if i remember correctly.
  • Bunting - I found this bunting in the kids party isle in Tesco and it managed to cover about 2 of the walls in my room. I just thought it looked really sweet and it brightened up the walls a bit ! At first I was a bit wary that I would mark the walls but a bit of sellotape did them no harm. 
  • Storage boxes - I picked up some plain cardboard popper storage boxes from Wilkinsons which served me well. They come in lots of different colours but I got some purple and red ones in carious sizes and just used them to store some stationary, make up , jewelry and miscellaneous items. 
  • Photo frames - I brought some from my bedroom at home and just placed them on some of the shelves. it's nice to have some things dotted around that remind you of home.
  • Floral Tins- I got these from Asda for about £3 last year ! I used one from pens and pencils, another for nail varnish and the smallest one for lip products. They don't match the rest of my room decorations but I'm not really a matchy matchy kind of person anyway.
  • Ornaments - Once again I picked up some cheap ones from Wilkinsons and brought some from my bedroom at home just so the shelves didn't look so bare and sad.
  • Notice Board - The notice board in front of my desk was one of my favourite things about the room. I spent so much time pinning stuff to it, I got a bit sad when I had to take it all down while packing up my room. A notice board is the easiest way to make your room more homely, as long as you have enough pins you can pin anything and everything to it. My mum had bought a tub of pins and googly eyes and spent an hour sticking the eyes onto the pins which i thought was really cute and a good DIY!!! I filled my notice board with some pictures, posters, some clothes tags I likes, a few university memories, musical advert leaflets;  A moustache sign that I managed to pin to the board because I couldn't hang it anywhere else and a moustache necklace holder because of the same reason! 
 How you decide to make your room more personal is down to you, you may decide to leave it as it is or you may want to add a personal touch to it. 
I hope those of you moving into University accommodation have found this post of some help !

Thank you for reading

Carys xoxo


Thursday, 4 September 2014

Beauty Bargain #1 Rimmel and Sleek Lipgloss for under £1.50

I definitely consider myself a bargain hunter, as soon as I enter a shop I'm always looking for the bargain bin and sale rail. 

When I was in Tesco a few days ago I stumbled across a table with some discounted cosmetics! From what I can remember there was some Rimmel Scandaleyes Liquid Eyeliner, Sleek Be Beautiful Blemish Balm, and a few Rimmel Moisture Renew Lipsticks all for under £3.00 But what I was really drawn to was the Rimmel Apocalips Lip Laquer and the Sleek Gloss Me Lipgloss'.




There was only one Apocalips product left and that was in the shade Across the Universe which is a gorgeous deep red almost burgundy colour which is unbelievably pigmented. This was reduced from £6.30 to an amazing £1.50 ! I'm not really sure why it was reduced the only reason I can think of was that the seal was broken so I disinfected the applicator when I go back home.

They had so many of the sleek glosses in various shades but I resisted and only got one shade as I hadn't heard much about them and have never tried anything from sleek before. I got the shade Belle Of The Ball, its a pale pink slightly shimmery, iridescent shade and was reduced from £5 to £1.30 ! This was completely sealed.

So keep an eye out in your local Tesco for some beauty bargains !

Thank you for reading

Carys xoxo  

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

The University Checklist






This time last year I was sorting out my accommodation, nervous about meeting my unknown flatmates and running around trying to figure out what I needed to bring with me to university and how I was going to fit it all into the car.

Trying to figure out what to bring with you to university can be a bit of a daunting task, Do you over pack just to be on the safe side ? Do you wait and buy stuff when you arrive? or do you do it all before you leave?

For the first in a series of posts relating to University, I thought I would do a quick checklist of the items that you may want to bring along with you to university. Some of the stuff on here is quite obvious but you may spot something on here that you didn't think of packing.

Bedroom 
  • Duvet and Pillow's
  • Bedding - bed sheets, valance, pillow cases
  • Throw pillows 
  • Fleecy blanket - Perfect for when your halls shuts off the heating early or for cosy nights in with a film
  • Plenty of storage boxes - Great for keeping your room tidy, you could store stationary, jewelry, miscellaneous objects, anything you fancy.
  • Ornaments, Picture frames, posters - great for making your room look less like a prison cell.
  • lots and lots of pins for your notice boards
  • Over the door coat hooks - So you can store your coats, jackets and bags outside of your wardrobe giving you more room inside .
  • Under bed shoe storage - My uni bedroom came with one and i'm so glad it did because it was great for storing all my shoes out of sight and i didn't lose any floor or wardrobe space from it.
  • Laundry basket
  • Lamp
  • Hangers
  • Anything you may feel you'l miss from your room at home.
  • Alarm clock
  • Doorstop 
  • Wall calender
  • Room Freshener
  • Iron
Bathroom (En-suite)

  • Cleaning products - Keeping the place fresh and clean saves you a lot of trouble on inspection day.
  • Small bin
  • Towels
  • Towel Box - Great for storing your spare towels when your not using them
  • Towel mat
  • Toiletries
Kitchen

This is a tricky one , it may be best to wait till you get to your halls to see what is there and what others may have brought with them. You don't want to end up with 6 boxes of full dining sets, 8 boxes of cutlery, 5 woks and 10 saucepans with no where to store them. 

  • Large plate, smaller plate, large bowl, smaller bowl
  • Cutlery
  • Sharp knife and chopping boards
  • Plenty of mugs and cups- you will probably come home with 2 if your lucky
  • Straws
  • Plastic cups - great for pre -drinks at other flats
  • Cleaning products
  • Sponges and washing up liquid
  • Bowl and draining board
  • Tea bag, coffee, sugar holders
  • Electrical items - toaster,kettle, toastie maker (your halls may supply them for you)
  • As many tea towels as you can carry
  • Oven Gloves
  • Baking tray and Pizza Tray
  • Utensils - Spatula etc

Other
  • HDMI Lead - Use your laptop as a DVD player and connect it to the TV
  • Alcohol - No one likes to run out during freshers week
  • Organizer/planner - Keep on top of your work
  • First aid kit - No one wants to go traipsing to the shops when your ill after medicine. My mum filled mine with painkillers, cold and flue tablets, plasters, antiseptic cream, lemsip, soothers, cough medicine, everything you take for granted when your at home. I didn't use half of the stuff in there but it was good to know that it was there when i needed it.
  • Washing Powder
  • Any certificates, letters, passport copies, passport photos you may need to present.
  • Stationary - Folders, notepads, post it notes, coloured pens, highlighters etc
  • Small Holdall for weekend trips back home 
  • Chargers 

Hope any freshers out there find this list helpful

Thank you for reading

Carys xoxo