About Erika

A 20 something part time student, full time worker and 24/7 day dreamer. Self confessed beauty junkie, loves music and binge watching youtube videos!

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Revision, revision, revision! | Word heavy; be warned!

Hi all!

I'm really sorry its been so quiet on here this month! My exams are right around the corner and I've been focusing on revising (ahem well trying to). 

As I've been spending most of my time trying to get my brain to co-operate with me and study, I thought I'd share some revision tips with you :)

So number 1:

Try a timetable. 
This shouldn't be a strict and rigorous timetable, be lenient on yourself. Allow time for friends, family and even tv (or in my case youtube!). Cutting out time for yourself when studying is just going to make the whole experience worse. Do not overwork yourself. 

2. Take regular breaks.
Trying to study in 14 hour stints isn't good for anyone. Anyone else seen the episode of Inbetweeners when Will sits his exams?  Your brain and you need rest, have a break whenever you need one but maybe limit rest periods to 15/30mins. Just so you don't get too distracted!

3. Stay hydrated. 
There's been plenty of studies to show that the brain performs better when hydrated. So keep a glass of water nearby. 

4. Motivational snacks.
Granted most of my revision snacks are pretty unhealthy but I tell myself I can have a starburst every 2 pages and Ive found that it helps me; moderation is key. 

5. Procrastination is ok. 
But don't let it completely stop you from revising. 

6. If studying multiple subjects try revising each subject in a different room. 
This won't be possible for everyone but if it is, give it a go. It can really help to switch focus to different topics. I'd also recommend writing in different colours or using different coloured post-it notes. 

7. Mindmaps over notes. 
Instead of writing pages and pages of notes and getting hand cramp, maybe try mindmaps. They're easier to read and more visually pleasing.

8. Anagrams anyone?
If you can think of ones that work for you.

9. Background noise. 
A lot of people I know like to study in silence and lock themselves a way without any distractions. But I've found that having the tv on in the background and looking up every 5 minutes or so can make revision less demanding. 

10. Wear shoes.
This may seem strange but whenever I wear shoes in the house I'm unable to get fully comfortable. I guess because I feel like I'll be going out. I've found that it really helps put me in the mind frame to sit at my desk and get working. 

And above all else:

Do not leave everything til the last second!

If you work well under pressure then fair enough but I reaaaally don't xD 

If anyone else is sitting exams soon then I wish you the best of luck!! Make sure to get plenty of sleep the night before (I've made the mistake of not plenty times and paid the price xD ) 

If you decide to try out any of my tips then let me know if they work for you. And feel free to share your own tips below. 

Wednesday, 6 May 2015

Unboxing!! | Latest in Beauty | Photo heavy!

Hiya everyone! I'm sorry I haven't been uploading regularly, I just finished my last assignment for my current Open Uni module! Now it's just my exam to go and I'm done..until September xD 

I recently stumbled upon Latest in Beauty, a website that sells sample boxes, they've got a few different types on there and they also have an option to build your own box!

I purchased the Glamour Spring Beauty Edit box and the His & Hers Discovery box. 

The box was beautifully presented and well packaged. 

This is a 75ml of MoroccanOil Intense Hydrating Mask. I was so chuffed to receive this, I have been wanting to try MoroccanOil products for a while now and I can't wait to use this mask!

This is Nuxe's Creme Fraiche 24 hour Soothing and Rehydrating  Mask. I suffer from quite dry skin so anything that claims to hydrate your skin I instantly want xD I'm currently using Decleor Life Radiance Flash Radiance Mask which is pretty good but also pretty expensive!

These are Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy Varnishes. I'm not too sure how the beige varnish will look with my skin tone as I'm so pale :/ I've already used the Diamond Top Coat once and it does help make the varnish last longer but not by much. 

I love the shade of this, this is Rimmels Oh My Gloss! Lipgloss. It's not too sticky, there's no offensive smell and the colour pay off is pretty good too. I'll probably end up trying different shades!

This is ModelCo Creme Rouge Cheek and Lips in Just Peachy. I haven't ever really tried a cream blush so I'm really intrigued by this product, I just hope it suits me >.<

This is Kikos Long Lasting Stick Eyeshadow. This really is long lasting, the swatch on my hand did not want to budge xD Its not a shade I would have picked for myself but its a really nice consistency so I'm looking forward to experimenting with it

This is BeautyUKs High Brow All in One Brow Definition Kit. I have been wanted to try filling my brows in with a powder for forever!! I'm currently using Soap & Glorys Archery which is fantastic but I can't wait to use this!

With this box you also get a sample of Elie Saab L'eau Couture fragrance. I'm not a massive fan of this fragrance, it's very floral and a bit too mature for me. I'm planning on giving this to my mum as I think it'll suit her tastes more. 

With the box you also receive a 12 month subscription to Glamour magazine! Pretty damn awesome considering the box is less than £20! I also received really good customer service from them via twitter too! That's everything from the Glamour Spring Beauty Edit, I was going to include the His & Hers box in this post too but I feel like its already getting a bit too long so I'll make another post on that soon!

If any of these products really wow me then I'll do individual reviews on them :D

I hope you guys have been having a great week, til next time :D xxx