How to: Get Over the Uni Blues

It’s getting that point with most students now, it’s been a nice time off but a good night out on a random Tuesday night wouldn’t hurt. Then you realise that there’s still three months until it’s time to go back and that’s when the sadness sets in. But no need to fear! I have a few handy tips to suppress the uni blues and make it so you can last until September without have a mini melt down.

1. Keep busy

Since I finished second year I’ve been kept busy with work experience and to be perfectly honest it’s been great. It’s meant that I haven’t even had time to think about uni and all that jazz. If you feel the uni blues looming and you don’t have a job try keeping yourself busy by planning to do something everyday. It doesn’t have to mean going out, it could be a film day, anything to keep busy.

2. Look at photos

This is a great one. You may think that looking at photos makes it even harder but by remembering all of the good times and happy memories there’s no need to be sad that you’re not there living them. Videos are also another great one, especially if they’re hilarious night out ones.

3. Organise a meet up

Even if you live oceans apart you could still find a way to meet up with your little uni family. By organising a get together it shortens the time gap that you’ll all be apart and it’ll be as if you’re all still back at uni. Also visiting other people’s towns is fun, see how the other half live!

Favourite Friday: Tour

Last week I went on one of the best trips of my life, tour tour tour! Off I went with a few hundred (maybe a thousand) fellow students from Nottingham Trent University to Loret De Mar in Spain and boy was it an experience. After a 30 hour bus drive that was supposed to take 23 we were treated to four days of sun, sea and booze, responsibly of course! The one thing that I’ll take away from this adventure is that one litre cocktails are a thing, one whole litre, for €7.50! Can you believe it!?! Anyway, if you ever have the chance to go on something like this I say jump at it. I didn’t think it was going to be my thing but I ended up having the best time and I’m defs going again next year! The only downside is that I came home with THE worst illness I’ve ever had, cough, cold, vomiting, headache, feeling faint, you name it I had it. So I would recommend taking some Berroca’s (and using them, I took them but didn’t use them).

Fat Cats! (Take Four)

I know, we’re here again but can you blame me with such a good student discount?! This visit to the beloved Fat Cats was slightly different as this time I had a starter! I know right, what a turn around for the books. So without further ado let’s jump in.

Because we were feeling adventurous on this visit we decided to sample one of their sharing starters and we went for the Mediterranean platter. I’m so glad that we did because this ended up being the star of the meal! It came with an olive salad, deep fried aubergines, goats cheese bruschetta, flatbreads, hummus, falafels and tzatziki. Everything was delicious, except maybe the salad but I’m not a salad person, and also the bruschetta because I don’t like goats cheese. The tzatziki was cleansing and tasty and the hummus was out of this world! Everything went well with everything, like the aubergines tasted good with the hummus, etc. I’ve never had a falafel before and I really enjoyed them. They reminded me of onion bargiis as they had a curry as a flavour. My favourite thing out of everything was the hummus, it was creamy, tasty and the best I’ve ever had.

This is the smokey belly pork which I’ve had before and if you want to hear my thoughts on this you can read it here.

This cheesecake…is something else. It has to be the creamiest cheesecake I’ve ever had! It was white chocolate and raspberry flavour, although the raspberry flavour wasn’t really prominent, which is one of my favourite flavour combinations when it comes to cheesecake. The cream that it came with was squirt cream from a can which didn’t really add much and when I’ve had cheesecake here before, it came with pouring cream which was much better. The piece was huge but it was so delicious that I just want to eat it over and over again!

Army!

Don’t get too sad but it’s the last instalment of ‘mad march’ or my fancy dress series. I’ve really enjoyed doing this so you never know, it might pop up in the future! For our final attire I went with the Trent university classic, army. If you go to Trent you’ll know how important it is and it’s good to have the outfit in because we do it a lot. A lot a lot. Let’s get to it!
I started with my L’Oreal True Match Foundation (click here to see my thoughts on this little gem) and then went in with my Mac Pro Longwear Concealer as I want my base to be as long lasting as possible. Then the standard Rimmel Stay Matte Powder and this is when things get interesting with the brows. I cracked out the Sleek Brow Kit in Dark which I haven’t used in absolutely ages. Recently I’ve been opting for the more natural brow but I want to bring the bold brows back! On this occasion I just used an angled brush and the powder instead of going in with the wax then the powder. I set them with my Maybelline Brow Drama in Medium Brown. Now onto the eyes; I primed them with the Mac Painterly Paint Pot and went in with my new Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette in Nude Grey. It’s such a lightweight, compact palette that I’ve been loving lately. I basically used all of the colours, slowly working my way from the lid to the crease going dark to light and finished by lining the lash line with the matte black. I lined my waterline and tightline with the Rimmel Black Kohl Kajal and finished off the eyes with my Benefit Roller Lash Mascara. Standard Soap and Glory Solar Powder Bronzer, Benefit Dandelion Blush and my Maybelline Golden Beige Eyeshadow as a highlight. As a final flourish I used my under loved Maybelline Colour Elixir in Caramel Infused which is really really great!
Outfit wise I just wear shorts, a black vest top, a camouflage gilet and a camouflage headband. As long as maybe one thing’s camo and you wear dark clothes it should look good. As a final touch I always put two big black stripes on my cheeks just to make it a little army-fied. 
Please let me know if you’ve like this little series and as I said I think it may have to return sometime in the not too distant future!

Fairies!

Time for another fancy dress theme and this week it’s fairies! I went as a fairy in refreshers week and I enjoyed getting ready for it so much that I thought I’d bring it back. I like the fact that you can go really colourful and step outside of the ‘norm’, e.g the purple contour. Let’s get cracking with the face!

I did my standard face routine and then got started on the crazy contour. Using a fluffy eyeshadow brush and an Electric Purple MUA Eyeshadow I followed the line of my cheekbone and began to build up the colour. I went further down than I normally would and made of sort of triangle shape. I carried on the purple all round my hairline and blended it out to make it look soft. Moving onto eyes and I used my Sleek Bright Palette. I covered my lids with the white and used a light blue in the crease, but really blended out so that only a slight tinge can be seen. I then went in with the purple I used to contour with in the crease and slightly winged it out, blending again to make it soft. Now, this is where the glitter comes in. Any kind of glitter will do, mine was from a fancy dress shop. This is where you literally just go mad. Using pink, blue and white I covered my entire face practically in glitter, focusing mostly on the lids and as a highlight. In terms of brows I used an orange-y brown eyeshadow because I thought that it’d look different and ‘other worldly’. Finally let’s finish off with lips. I used the Tanya Burr Lip Gloss in First Date as a base and pressed the pink glitter on top. Super sparkly!

In terms of outfit I wore a simple vest top and a lime green skater skirt. The best part of the outfit was the wand and wings which I got from a fancy dress shop for £2.99, that’s it! So cheap! I also wore a tiara, because I’m a princess fairy, and clipped my hair out of my face. This fancy dress is all about the face so as long as that’s right the outfit doesn’t really matter.

Mad March!

Pub Golf
Retro Sports

A little break from the usual favourite friday post to bring you exciting news! Throughout the month of March I’ll be posting on a Saturday! I know, so exciting! Saturday’s posts will be centred around fancy dress and for those of you who are at or planning to go to university these posts might be particularly helpful. There’ll be a mixture of more time consuming options and quick but effective ones. I can’t wait to do these because I’m a sucker for fancy dress. Hope you’re as excited as I am and the first one will be on the 7th of the month.

Uni Food

To say that moving to university hits you hard in the house keeping department is an understatement. Suddenly you go from 18 years of living in some kind of hotel to being made to do everything yourself, hard times! If anyone is planning to go to uni or is finding it hard to know what to eat here are a few of my faves that are cheap and easy to make but also really tasty:

  • Lasagne- All you need is cheese, mince, an onion, chopped tomatoes and pasta. Put the onions and mince in a pan to cook then add the chopped tomatoes. Layer it up with the pasta and a creamy white sauce, cover it in lots of cheese and viola, a delicious meal that will serve four.
  • Pizza- I found an easy dough recipe that doesn’t need yeast so that covered in tomato puree and cheese is a dream. Plus it’s much cheaper than a Dominoes!
  • Tomato pasta- One of the easiest meals ever! A tin of chopped tomatoes and a bit of tomato puree is a cheap and tasty pasta sauce without that much effort. 
  • Soup- A 59p bag of tomatoes and 3 peppers for a pound make a really tasty soup. Roast them in the oven until soft, blitz up and enjoy! Nice with or without bread.