Saturday, 13 January 2018

Revision Revision Revision

If you're like me and currently studying at university, you may also have the joy of January exams. Woo. Exams are never fun, and always involve a lack of sleep, far too much stressing and numerous piles of notes. Exams have never really been a strong point of mine - I much prefer spending more time into researching and writing a piece of coursework, or an essay. But, over the years, I have definitely found the best ways to get information to stick in my head. We all learn differently, and I feel that once you have found a way of revising that works for you, nothing is going to stop you! There are various ways in which I like to revise, and these are some of them.

Mind maps - Writing ideas down on a page and linking one point to the next is always something I find useful when trying to make sense of theories or aspects of a topic. It makes it extra clear which point fit in where, and how you can back it up using evidence or include key words etc. Also, there is nothing more aesthetically pleasing than a beautiful mind map, especially as it makes revision so much easier.

Colours - I have to use colour when writing notes or creating mind maps. Whether it be to make something stand out on the page, to start a new topic, or even to colour code which pieces of information belong together, colour makes everything much brighter and bolder. Highlighters are some of my favourite stationary pieces and it's for the same reason - important pieces of information can be drawn straight to your attention.

Memrise - Memrise was something that I was recommended I use at A level, and have been using ever since. It's really easy to use, and essentially, you create your own testing game. You can use it to memorise key terms and their meanings, or anything really. It tests you in numerous ways, and even tells you when things need reviewing so they stay in your mind. It does take a while to type out all of the content you want to learn, but I don't think I would be able to remember content as well if I didn't use memrise!

Flashcards - Another revision option could be making flashcards. Very similar to the way that Memrise works, but only on paper. Testing yourself with flashcards is a great way to remember specific details and they're always handy to have as you can take them anywhere! Got a long bus journey or car journey? You can just sit and read through your flashcards.

Having someone test you - Once I have thoroughly read through and made notes on a topic, I love to have someone to ask me questions that I have to answer without notes. Not only does talking to another person aid your learning, but it can also be beneficial for the person that is asking the questions - they may not know as much information as you do, or vice versa.

How do you like to revise?
Amber X

Saturday, 6 January 2018

Huda Beauty Desert Dusk Palette

Back in November I turned 21. I must have celebrated my birthday at least 5 times... I was completely spoilt rotten by loved ones - I will never be able to thank them enough. My lovely friend Rachel, treated me to the Huda Beauty Desert Dusk palette, which took me completely by surprise. Never have I been so excited to try something. I mean, just look at it! I thought I would share my thoughts with you about this beauty, and maybe, just maybe, persuade you to try it yourself!

Never have I tried anything from Huda Beauty before receiving this palette. I had heard of the brand and knew it was well known for their false lashes, but just wasn't drawn to anything enough to want to try it. However, it's always exciting to try new products...

This palette is so atheistically pleasing. From the outer packaging to the inner, everything looks so luxurious and clean. Even the little plastic slip that keeps the eyeshadows away from the mirror, was detailed and printed with the illusive Huda Beauty eyes on! The Desert Dusk palette has 18 shadows in total: 8 matte shades, 6 pressed pearl shades, 3 duo-chrome lid toppers and 1 pressed glitter. Such an amazing variety of finishes and looks to try out on the eyes.  With 18 shades, and a substantially sized mirror (which I can appreciate), there are so many different looks to be created, subtle and glam. My favourites so far have been 'Eden' a pinky/peach matte shade (which was unfortunately broken, but was salvageable), 'Oud' a warm brown matte, and 'Cashmere' a pearly silver shimmer. When I get the time to sit down and play with makeup, for sure 'Twilight', 'Retrograde' and 'Amethyst' will be calling my name!

Since receiving this palette, I haven't put it down. It has been used on every occasion that I have worn makeup. Every shade that I have tried is super pigmented, and blends like a dream. The darker colours take more time to blend but I think that's what is expected. More time is always needed to blend out darker shadows. There isn't much that can be faulted with this beauty. There is a fair bit of 'kick back' or powder from the shadows when dipping your brush into the pan, but if you go in with a light hand, this can be avoided. Overall, this palette is incredible. You're certainly getting what you pay for. 

Have you tried anything from Huda Beauty? What were your thoughts?
Amber X

Saturday, 30 December 2017

December Favourites

December is over. I know that the festive season is the most enjoyable time of year for so many people - and now we all have to wait another 12 months until it comes back round again... Saying that, I hope that each and every one of you, had the best Christmas. January has never been a favourite of mine but I don't really have a real reason for that. The month in itself seems to drag in my opinion. Before we all start thinking about having a fresh start as another year begins, here are the things that I have loved in the last month of 2017.

Nivea Makeup Wipes
I am a massive fan of makeup wipes, purely for the reason that they are quick, handy and no fuss when it comes to removing makeup. There are so many different brands and types of makeup wipes that I have used over the years, but these Nivea ones stand out from the rest. Most wipes don't tend to keep moisture very well, and leave the rest feeling dry once one wipe has been removed from the pack. These don't - yay! They're super gentle on the skin, and remove eye makeup easily without having to tug and rub at the eye area. Amazing.

Making Memories With Printiki*
Now that Christmas is over, slowly taking down all the festive decorations has left my surroundings feeling naked. I've been frantically looking for some kind of decoration to take their place. Ever since my childhood, I have loved having photos of friends, family and happy memories on my wall. It's such a great way to remember times that have been spent. The lovely people at Printiki recently got in contact with me and asked if I wanted some prints - the perfect filler for my bare surroundings! Printiki made editing and selecting images super easy. You can upload photos to be printed from any platform - Instagram, Facebook, even your phone, laptop or tablet. There are numerous filters, frames, and sizes of photo prints to choose from. You can zoom in on certain aspects of your photos, rotate them, add captions, and even change the colour and shape of the photo's borders. You can even chose whether you want the prints to have a glossy or a matte finish. All the tools you need to make your perfect prints!

If you wanted to treat yourself to some prints like the ones above, use the code "F6UGCXQ8" for free shipping/postage on your order. For some inspiration on how to display your prints, check out Printiki's Instagram here. They have some great designs, DIY's and arrangement ideas. I want to thank Printiki for sending me these photo prints - my room is longer bare!

Rimmel Scandal Eyes Reloaded Mascara
Another new beauty product that I tried in December, was this one. I'm still on the hunt for a mascara that gives me the volume that I want in my lashes. The wand is everything when it comes to mascara, and I'm a huge fan of this one. It allows you to build your lashes to how you want them to be, without getting majorly clumpy. Just what I want!

Bryson Tiller
At the beginning of the month, I saw Bryson Tiller at the Hammersmith Apollo in London. Bryson released his first album, 'Trap Soul' back in 2015 - the year that I started my first year of University. The songs from this album takes me back to living in halls, overplaying this album, and having so many new experiences. He was so amazing! Never have I ever seen an artist so genuine, down to earth and appreciative of all the people who made the effort to go and see him perform. His concert definitely stands out for the month of December. It was such a lovely birthday present.

What's been your favourite thing about the month of December? 
Amber X

*Please note that  prints were sent to me for consideration, but this hasn't in anyway changed my view or opinion*