My Hair extension story

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My Primark clip in extensions

I always seemed to have had really fine hair, and over the last five years it seems to have become even worse due to my under active thyroid. So I have tried a number of different hairstyles trying to make my hair look thicker and like it has more volume.

While I was in Primark earlier in the year, I saw a set of hair extensions. With them being in Primark they were dirt cheap, so I decided to give them a go. My flatmate in my first year of uni wore hair extensions everyday, and I honestly always saw them as tacky and fake. When I got home I looked up some youtube videos and tried out my new hair extensions.

Being from Primark, they didn’t last very long and soon became really knotted and horrible within a few weeks. And I still hadn’t got the courage to actually wear them outside.

For my birthday this year, I decided to ask for a proper set of hair extensions as my present. I looked up a number of reviews to try and find the best set for me, I eventually decided that I would get them from HeadKandy.

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My birthday present- Head Kandy extensions

They were great at helping me pick what colour would match my hair, and amazingly they match perfectly. When I went out a few weeks ago, to a more indie club I decided it was the perfect opportunity to wear them out for the first time.

With a little help from my boyfriend, I managed to get them into my hair without too many clips showing and surprisingly people didn’t think it was really obvious. even though my hair had grown loads.

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Finally worked out how to make them look natural!

This post was not sponsored  by either Primark or Head Kandy. Everything written here was my true feelings.

It’s strange how my thoughts on extensions have changed but I think today they are moved to look much more realistic. What are your thought?

Uni Confessions:

-I have an exciting new project coming up!

-Had a lovely week with my family

-This is my 80th post

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Cosmopolitan’s career guide!

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog posts about the career masterclass that Compilation held, I had an amazing day in London and thought that the advice they gave was really useful. Some of you lovely readers have asked me to give some more information about what they said. So today  I am going to fill you in on what they said. I hope you enjoy!

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The event was a few weeks ago now and I didn’t write very detailed notes so I am not telling you word for word what they said but you will get the idea. I would also like to point out that the talk looked at working within the media industry.

  1. What do you want to be?

When you were picking what to study at university you had to decide what you wanted to be when you are older. If you took Journalism then you are probably thinking about becoming a journalist, and even if you didn’t know what to do you have already narrowed it down; you can’t become a medical doctor by studying English.

Now you are at university you need to start thinking more specifically about what exactly you want to do. Let’s assume for now that you want to work within journalism, well what type of journalists do you want to be? In my group of friends we have one person who wants to do local news journalism, one who wants to become a fashion journalist and me who wants to go into Public Relations.

Through your university work and assignments you should be testing out different aspects of the area you are studying, this goes for most courses not just journalism. If you still can’t decide what aspect of the industry you want to get into then you need to get out of there and find out where your passion lies.

Through out the day the wonderful Cherry Healy kept giving great advice about how to gain experience and work out what you want to do within the media industry. Her advice was to pretty much get out their and try the waters. If you think you want to work on set, produce or anything like that then get on a set. You can then see what is needed within the role. You can do this by contacting production compnaies and offering your voluntary work for a day or how ever long you feel suitable for.

  1. Build your CV

Ok, so you know what you want to get into doing when you have finished university and entered the big wide world. You can now use your time at uni to build a CV so that your future employer can never say no to you.  If your course is anything like mine you will be really busy during the term time however  my summer is something like 5 months long. So what a perfect tome to gain experience.

A number of large firms, in most professions, have summer internships which you can apply for. Some of these will even be paid. However you can also work for smaller companies who will pay your expenses and volunteer for local charities (writing a newsletter, creating a Pr campaign, filming youtube videos etc)

  1. Be unique, be you!

I guarantee that if you have spoken to anyone about writing a CV, then they will have said something about making it stand out from the crowd. The truth is there are hundreds of people applying for one position at the moment and you need to be the CV they look at. I always feel like I should channel a little Elle Woods from Legally blonde with her pink CV.

Jazz Kaur, Benefit PR mastermind, said that her first job she applied to was for L’Oreal, she ended her application with   “You should hire me because I’m Worth it.”Using their Iconic catchphrase obviously worked because she got the job.

Well, this has become a super long post so I am going to end there. I hope this helped you.

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Uni Confessions: 

~ I am getting ready for the Cosmo Blogging Masterclass. Anyone going?

~I am working in PR for a charity this summer. 

 ~What are you looking forward to this summer? I am hoping to go to Benicassim, a festival in spain.  

New home: Got the house

Well the snow has certainly been attacking little old Britain over the last week. I hope you are all safe and sound and haven’t bruised your bum too much by falling over.

I thought I would use today to add another part to my finding a new house blog series. So here we go, hope you enjoy.

Once you have found your house!

  1. who’s got that room?

In most university houses there is a mixture of rooms, some are big, some are small and some are in the way of everyone! Deciding who gets what rooms tends to be one of the first problems you will come across within your new house.

If you are very lucky, everyone will just end up deciding on a room and there will be no problem. However if you can’t decide there are a number of ways to decide.

Draw Straws.

One of the ways to decide is to draw straws for each of the rooms, however you need to make sure everyone is happy with the chance they could get the smallest room. My step sister had to draw straws and then the person with the smallest room then decided she could only deal with the largest one!

Money talks!

The second idea I have heard on people using is sorting it out money-wise. The person with the biggest room will pay the most rent while the person with the smallest room pays the least. This doesn’t take into account the idea of a room downstairs or next to a noisy bathroom.

2.Utilities

Sorting out utilities can be confusing, the best idea is to get everyone in the house to try and find some good deals. Once you have decided who you want to go with work out a good time to get things installed. Internet will need to be installed even if  it is a really old house and the old tenants used the same provider.

3. How to pay

You will obviously need to pay for your bills. One way to do this is having it coming out of one account and getting the other flatmates to pay. However this can get confusing and missed payments can easily occur. I feel the best idea is to use an external company. Split the bills is a company that deals with your bills for you, the company takes the estimated money for the bills out of you account and will refund any money that  was not spent on your bills.

4. Agreeing on everything

One of the things that I had a problem with in my house was mis-communications. Make sure that everyone is 100% on board before you make any decisions. If you have any problems then you should make sure you speak up, if you say something after your flatmates have taken action then they will get annoyed and possibly have to deal with your problems themselves.

5.Any Extras

If you can work out any extras you will need to buy as a house, Cleaning things such as a broom, vacuum cleaner and washing sponges are best to buy as a house if you are all going to use them.

Now all you have to do is look forward to moving in! Start thinking about how you will decorate your room.

UPDATE! I have managed to get a discount code for Split the Bills. If you use the code ‘LE959’ you will get your first months broadband free! Enjoy!Love lauren blog sign off

Freshers Week

Freshers week is famous with all uni goers and more, but this blog will help you survive it and have fun.

Tip one- move in at the right time

This tip might seem strange because there are obvious times to move in but how will they help you enjoy freshers week? You want to try and move into your flat on the same day as everyone or at least before. My flat all moved in on saturday apart from one person who moved in the next day. Although a day seems like nothing, in the world of freshers it seemed like forever. I felt like i was best friends with some of my flat mates before the final girl had even moved in. So when she got there we were all close, had jokes about the night before and she knew nothing about them.

Tip two- Open the door
I have to admit my flat almost didn’t follow this rule but lucky we did. When anyone knocks on your flat door open it and welcome them in. While we were getting ready to go to out for the night. We had a knock on our flat door; me and one of my flat mates opened the door to a large group of guys. They tried to convince us they knew one of our flat mates and she invited us, and I hate to say that as they didn’t know her name and were very drunk we almost closed the door on them. Lucky we didn’t and one of those guys just happens to be my boyfriend

Tip three- become friends
Make sure you try to become friends with your flat mates. You will be living for at least a year and they are perfectly situated to be there whenever you need them. If your flat mates aren’t around or you already know you hate them move right along! Why not go to the flat across the corridor and become friends with them? Or do as my flatmate and take to facebook; everytime she had a free moment she would go on facebook and find someone in our halls to meet up with.

Tip four-search facebook before you arrive
There are so many things to do before you get to your halls on the first day, however a few of them will help you feel settled in before you get there. One of these is facebook; try searching for groups related to your course, halls or just uni if you have to. I had a group for my halls freshers of 2011, where we could all start talking before we even arrived. We also managed to make posts on our course and moving in times and who was in what flat. This meant i could see some of my flatmates before I arrived! Hello facebook stalking!

Tip five- make a list and check it twice
If its good enough for Santa its good enough for me! Before you go to uni make sure you know what you need to take and that you actually take it. I ended up forgetting my paperwork. It wasn’t a nightmare but I spent a week working out what I needed to do from a text.

Tip 6- Don’t get everything
Ok. So I may be going against what I have said before but you don’t need everything that uni tells you. My book list was at least 5 books long when I actually only need 2 books. The rest I read random chapters from and could easily borrow from the library. My boyfriend managed until the last term to get his, although its not recommended.

Tip 7- Freshers week is in the day aswell!

The boys at my uni seemed to forget that freshers week was also used to enroll onto our courses, meet our lecturers and on my course do some practice writing! I would highly recommend going to these as I made some great friends this week.

So there are my hints and tips for freshers week. I hope they help and leave your tips for others to read.
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The Hangover

We all know you are you going to go out and drink too much while your at uni no one is going to stop you doing that. But I can try and stop you getting a hangover or at least help you deal with it!

Eat the stodgy food

The best place to start helping beat a hangover is before you even start drinking. Make sure you eat a proper meal before you start drinking. The best food for soaking up alcohol is carbohydrates! So try to eat pasta, bread or potato with your meal. I found that freshers week was the worst for this; the day I moved into halls we all started drinking before we ate and then indulged in a not-healthy or filling pot noodle. The end result was we were great friends the next day but also in bed all day nursing a hangover!

The Boring one

I have to admit that if you follow this rule you better than I am but I thought I should share it! Drink a glass of water between each alcoholic drink. I told you it was boring but alcohol will dehydrate you so drinking water in between each drink will stop the dehydration and stop the headache.

Passe your self!

I am sure you laughed at the last tip so if you can’t drink water try to passe your drinks. The more time between each drink gives your body more time to digest your alcohol. Note: roughly it takes an hour to digest one unit of alcohol.

Back to the water

I know this post is all water, water, water! At the end of the night before you go to bed try and drink at least 3 glasses of water before sleep!

Get girly

Girls here is my favorite tip I can give you and it comes from my eldest sister! You get back at the end of the night and get your glass of water you need to drink before bed. Put on a chick flick and add some yummy ice cream! I have to admit the ice cream tastes great and the chick flick is a fun way to end the night especially with friends. Say thanks to Sister Confessions!

The morning after the night before

For ideas on how to combat the hangover when it’s the next day and it’s too late watch out for my post about how to save your self from suffering too much once you already have your hangover!

Stay tuned I’ll be back soon x

P.s. share your confessions too!