Monday, 29 September 2014

HAIRCARE FAVOURITE: FAITH IN NATURE



Over the years I haven't really taken care of my hair too much. It's been dyed nearly every colour numerous times, attacked with brushes and combs to detangle the unruly mess and curled and straigtened to within an inch of it's life. Let's not mention the gallons of hairspray I used to go through... Around three years ago, I made more of an effort with my hair as I was starting to hate the way it looked and felt. I grew out the dye, I started getting my hair cut more regularly, began using heat protectant spray and stopped using as much heat. Over time I noticed that it started looking healthier and fuller and for the first time in a long time, I was happy with how it looked. Although the past year or so I have loved being an honorary ginger, it was time to get rid of that too and try to get back to my natural brunette. So, here you can find my new favourite shampoo and conditioner.

I have never really stuck with one particular duo, though I did find myself regularly buying Herbal Essences, usually for the lovely smells. However, recently I was introduced to Faith In Nature. Faith in Nature were created around forty years ago, and their products are cruelty free, paraben free and have no synthetic colourings or fragrances. Perfect for perking up your hair! I have been absolutely loving using the coconut shampoo* and conditioner* over the past couple of weeks. They smell gorgeous and leave my hair feeling super clean and nourished after use. I've also found that I go longer between washes since I've been using the coconut pair! My hair also feels and looks as though it has more texture, so I've been using less and less of my once-loved texturising spray. I can't think of any negatives of this Faith in Nature range, and that is rare for me! I think I'll be buying their Tea Tree shampoo and conditioner next...



Friday, 19 September 2014

JEWELLERY: LAYERING


I love necklaces; they're probably my favourite item of jewellery. Layering necklaces is right on trend  this season and can really pull together an otherwise dull outfit. I've been looking for a crystal necklace for so long now, but found that some of them could be quite expensive. Somewhere I didn't think to look was House of Fraser, but that's exactly where I found this Ziba Black Parvin* necklace, and for only £10.50! I love it, especially teamed with the Ziba Layered Hand of Fatima Necklace* and the Ziba Layered Geometric Cube Necklace*. I hadn't heard of Ziba before, but I'm so glad I came across them through House of Fraser, who actually have a very affordable and stylish range of necklaces. Though all the chains are different colours, I think they look great together and I've been loving teaming them with a plain black or white tee, some skinnies and heeled boots with my trusty leather jacket. Aside from wearing them together, they're also eye catching enough to wear on their own too. The necklaces are also great quality, with chains you can tell will last. They're also beautifully made, espiecally the Hand of Fatima with it's intricate detailing. This Ziba trio from House of Fraser's necklace range might just be my favourites on my jewellery rack right now!


The products in this post were sent for consideration

Thursday, 18 September 2014

THE TWENTIETH BIRTHDAY POST

Yesterday was my twentieth birthday. I am no longer a teenager, though I definitely still look like a fifteen year old. I remember the day of my thirteenth birthday, becoming a teenager, and thinking "Wow, I'm old now". I can't believe it's been seven years since then. I have grown up a lot in that time. I've had many different hair colours, hair cuts and clothing styles (some which I am slightly embarrased about...). I've met some amazing people, one in particular that would change my life, and met some not so amazing people. I have realised who and what is important to me, I discovered my passion and what I want to do for the rest of my life. I now know what I value in life and what direction I want it to head in and I know I'll work my hardest to achieve that. I'm so grateful for the good times I had through my teenage years and I'm excited to see what my twenties will bring! 


Thursday, 11 September 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL: WHAT'S IN MY BAG AND PERSONAL PLANNER GIVEAWAY

I always find packing your new bag for your new academic year a little exciting, is that sad? Hope not. Anyway, I haven't done a "What's in my bag post?" in a while now, and I thought that the start of my second year of university would be a good time to upload my second edition.



First up, the basic essentials that every person carries in their bag. My purse was only £2 from Primark that I showed in a Primark haul here, and though I only bought it as a temporary replacement for the breaking purse I had at the time, it's actually turned out to be pretty good! Since having my eyes tested again and discovering that my eyesight had changed considerably, my glasses have become my new best friend and I carry them everywhere. For lectures, tutorials and all the work I'll have to do at home, my glasses will be so important! With my first student maintence loan I decided to invest in an iPad and it's honestly one of the best things I've ever bought. I take it to university with me to scroll through PowerPoints along with the lecturer and to read and watch videos on during my breaks. My A4 project notebook is probably the most important thing I carry with me to university; without it, I'd have no notes to work from! Though I occasionally use my iPad, I prefer to handwrite lecture notes so that I can colour code and draw diagrams etc more easily. Mine is from Tesco, and you can read about that along with my other essential supplies for going back into education here. I also carry a USB stick in my pencil case, to keep all the little essentials together. Then there are the "beauty bits" as you may call them. I always carry deodarant to keep me feeling fresh, along with hand sanitiser and hang cream. The Nivea lip balm is a must for the colder months when my lips tend to get a little drier.



Now for the exciting part: the Personal Planner*. I love a good diary. It helps you to stay organised, to keep you on track of what you have coming up, and also to keep important notes and numbers in. Personal Planner allow you to do exactly as their name states: create a planner personalised by you. You can choose the size, shape, cover picture, the layout of the inside pages, the colour of the book and much more. My favourite thing about the Personal Planner is that you can choose little features to add to your pages, like a to do list, graph paper or just plain lined paper. Even your gym schedule! I love mine and have already began using it to stay on top of my blog and my modules in university. As I'm about to start my second year along with trying to secure a work placement for next year, I'm going to need to be super organised so this diary is essential for me! Personal Planner have given me the opportunity to give one of you lucky lot the chance to create a personalised planner for yourself, Yay! The only mandatory options of entering are to follow me on Bloglovin' and Twitter, and to follow Personal Planner on Twitter and Facebook. The others are optional and you can enter through the Rafflecopter form below. Good luck.


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Tuesday, 9 September 2014

BACK TO SCHOOL: ESSENTIAL SUPPLIES


For many people, September brings the start of another academic year, and so this September there is a new series on amyjanealice, the "Back to School" series. It will be suitable for all students, school, college or university and you'll find posts on a range of things, from stationery to snacks to makeup looks. The first post in my "Back to School" series is a roundup of all the supplies you will need during your academic year. I'm about to start my second year of university, and have now got everything that I could possibly need. It can't just be me that gets excited at the thought of buying pens and notebooks and diaries? Well I hope not anyway...

First up, the obvious ones: pens and pencils*. I say they're obvious but the amount of times I've turned up to a lecture and have had to frantically search my Mary Poppin's bag for any sort of writing tool is embarrasing really. Though this year I'm determined to stay organised! A good pen is the difference between useful notes you can look back on in a few months time and a piece of paper with scrawls on you spend 15 minutes trying to decipher. I also like to have pens in different colours to make lecture notes a little prettier and more organised, so these super cute Papermate coloured pens from Viking* are perfect! Highlighters were really useful for me last year, especially when writing assignments as I could highlight important notes for future reference, and Tipp-Ex* is a must if you're a bit like me and hate having to cross things out. It just ruins the whole page, right?! Rulersrubbers and sharpeners also kind of go without saying. Of course for all these little bits and pieces, you need a pencil case to put them in.

In school you're usually provided with books to write in, but for those of us in college and university, a good notebook is super important! I like to use project books as they usually have dividers in, which means I only need to take one notebook to uni with me and I can easily flick between modues. I tend to buy Tesco's version as they're a bit cheaper. Pukka Pads are also great to carry around with you, especially in A5 size as they fit in most bags and don't weigh a lot, for those days without many lessons. Plain A4 paper is really convenient to have around, especially when you're writing assingments; you can use it for note taking, drawing mindmaps or for printing work off. This A4 paper* is such great value for money, as it can sometimes be quite expensive. Post-It Notes are also a great desktop essential. I used them a lot when I was revising for exams and they're always handy to keep on your desk in case inspiration strikes and you need to write it down fast! Similar to Post-It Notes are these tabs*. I use them to stick on certain pages of my textbooks, as I hate folding corners. It means you can always find your place again quickly and you can even get arrow tabs to point to a specific paragraph or word!

Now for organisation! Diaries are always an essential took in organising your academic year for keeping track of homework, assingments, exams and appointments, and keep your eye out for an exciting opportunity coming up involving a personalised diary... If you're spending a lot of time writing your nice, neat notes in your new notebooks, you need to make sure you store them properly so that they don't get damaged or lost. I use Tesco lever arch files and plastic wallets* to put my lecture notes in, with the date clearly written on so that when it comes to future work, I can find exactly what I'm looking for you. You could even go one step further and create a contents page, or use dividers like me so that you can find a particular lecture's notes fast. Document folders are also a great way to present your assignments in. Last year I bought a pack from Tesco for a fairly low price, and used them all. They made my work look a lot more professional too! A different type of storage but just as important, is a USB flash drive. I don't need to be patronising and explain how one works, but I will say that mine was so handy last year, especially for presentations. This 8GB USB* is so cheap but is actually really great - bargain! Staplers and holepunchers are also quite useful, but I didn't use them much last year if I'm honest. The plastic wallets took care of any holepunching needs and I use clips like these* to keep any papers together.

I love buying stationery, as I mentioned before, and Viking are a great online store that quenches any stationery lovers thirst. I also buy a lot of things from Tesco, because it's convenient, and occasionally from Wilkinsons as they have some really cute bits. I've tried to include everything you would need, but if there is anything blindingly obvious that I have missed out, please do comment!

Some of the items featured in the post were sent to me for consideration, and are marked with an asterisk.


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