My transition: Going from blonde to brunette

Since I was a child I have been blonde as I started to get older, my hair started to get darker. So with a little help from my hairdresser I managed to keep the wonderful hair colour I had grown up with.

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Me as a child!

 

However over the last year-or-so I have become bored with the blonde hair, I have felt like it was beginning to look a little drab and boring. A few weeks ago I died my hair at home at the time I thought it looked great but over time I began to think it was looking worse and worse.

I have always loved the idea of being a brunette. Brown hair epitomizes everything my hair isn’t thick, curly and dark, in my head at least.

If you have read my blog before, you may know that I got a set of hair extensions earlier in the year which, obviously matched my hair. So if I change my hair colour, they will no longer match.

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Last weekend as Cinderella

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However at the beginning of last week I finally decided to jump into it and I decide to use the boots wash-in wash-out hair dye in chocolate brown. However after putting a load on my hair and washing it out, it turned out a lovely orangey- pink colour (not so great)

So I went to the hairdressers and booked the appointment to go from blonde to brunette, properly. Thursday afternoon I turned up at the hairdressers and let them work there magic on me. After a couple of hours in the hairdressers I pretty much skipped home swishing my beautiful new brunette hair. So I suppose I should show you what it looks like now!

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My new hair!!

 

Although it was very different from the blonde hair I am used to, I am in love with my new hair, although I am still surprised every time I look in the mirror!

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How to save money with Facebook

A few weeks ago I wrote a blog post about using Facebook to organize your university household. Well today I am bringing you a blog post about how to save money using Facebook. Who knew social media could be so useful?

  1. 10 ways to have more money as a student, without working.

Ok, this page might have a super long name (it’s always shortened to 10 ways) but they are amazing! Yesterday they put up offers for Vodka, 3D TV, Earrings, Sweets and (umm) Female toys.

One of the things you need to remember about 10 ways is they use fake names for some of the popular supermarkets (i.e. Tesco becomes Tosco) this means that they don’t find out any glitches quiet as quickly. The glitches and savings they find don’t always work but when they do they are amazing. Just try not to spend too much money on stuff you don’t need!

2.Follow the brands you like.

Most brands like to reward their loyal customers and this is the same with the customers who follow their social media pages.

They will often host giveaways or provide coupons for their followers that wont be given anywhere else. Easy way to get money off your favorite products with very little work.

3.Local free stuff

One of the great things about Facebook being one of the biggest social media pages is that you can find things locally. So search for free and your area in the group section and you will often find people who want to get rid of furniture or used items and all you need to do is go and collect it.

4.Extreme Couponing UK

Couponing is a big business in America and now it has hopped across the pond and come over here and the ladies (Why are they all ladies?) over at Extreme Couponing UK provide amazing coupon details. Including where to find the best coupons, who are the best companies to write to and get coupons from.

You have to be more organised to be a coupon-er but it could save you loads of money. We have all heard of the American’s doing thousand dollars of shopping for a few bucks.

5.Giveaways

People all over social media do giveaways (is this a good time to say i’ll have one soon!). Weather it is a blog, company or band, keep an eye out for their giveaways. They are free to enter (normally) and you never know what you could win.

Lauren.

Confessions

-Yesterday we reached 100 followers! I am so excited and just wanted to say Thank you to everyone who has followed this blog, your support is amazing!

A disney 21st birthday- at uni

This weekend my housemate celebrated her twenty-first birthday with a disney themed party at our house, so I thought I would share it with you.

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Everybody at the party showed up in a disney themed costume and there was everything from Disney Princesses, Simba and a Crocodile. It was great fun seeing how everyone had dressed up.

I went as Cinderella in a blue dress (ASOS-no longer available), blue sparkly headband (Market), blue sparkley shoes (Karen Millen-no longer available) and the birthday girl got an amazing gold dress from ebay for her Belle costume (beauty and the Beast) She brought a gold tiara and tied the shawl that came with the dress to create new sleeves.

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On the day of the party I baked a Red Velvet cake and decorated it, very badly, with white icing, flowers and piped icing that said ‘Once upon a time, Abi 21.’ We also provided crisps, pizza and onion rings through the night.

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Everyone partied until the early hours and abi had a great time so that’s all that matters!

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An extra treat for all you Toy story fans!Imagest

Next week: Uni party planning!

 

If your Birthday is coming up why not check out A Thifty Mrs guide to deals on your birthday. It also has free stuff!

6 top tips for moving into a student house

I can’t believe that it is time to start packing up the boxes and heading back to university already! I’ve barely unpacked. I thought I would share a few hints and tips on how to make moving day a little less stressful.

  1. Be organized.

No matter what I am packing for I always like to make lists before I start to make sure I don’t leave anything behind. In my second year I moved into my house and realized I had taken 2 pairs of jeans 5 pairs of shorts and 2 skirts. I hasn’t planned and pretty much packed whatever. I ended up going home in the week to get more jeans and sweatshirts. It was a complete waste of time and money!

Whenever I plan ahead I know what I am taking, how many I am taking ect so I can see from my list I have everything.

  1. Pack Sensibly.

When you are packing I find it more sensible to pack according to type for example my folders, books and notebooks for all my lectures go in one box, I have box for Pots and pans and other for my undies and socks. This means when I am unpacking I can take the pans straight into the kitchen and put everything away more easily than if I were trying to search for everything.

  1. Don’t stress

This is the one thing I suck at when moving house. Every time I move I want everything to be sorted that day. If I don’t have things sorted out and in a place I feel unorganized, and a little over whelmed. You have the whole of freshers week to get sorted before you have to start university; it’s plenty of time.

  1. Use the Professionals!

The longer you are at university to more stuff you collect. Last year I brought a number of organizational things, decorative things and I almost brought a mirror. In the process of trying to sort out your new home you may find yourself buying new bits and pieces that you need.

This can mean that you can’t alway fit everything into your parents car. I have heard a lot of people who have said that in the 2nd and 3rd years they have to take more things either meaning they have to take multiple trips to university from home or hire a rental company.

Companies such as Ecomovers will help you move from home to university and back. They even provide storage facilities for people who don’t want to move everything back home over the summer!

5)Get sociable!

No matter weather it is your first year or your final year you need to spend time with your new housemates! Don’t forget to go out and have fun!! You want to make sure your year starts off really well after all you have a year with these people! Don’t annoy them.

  1. Have fun!

Fresher week is always fun so just relax. Don’t worry about moving, if you forget something it’s not the end of world.

Hope you have a great move!

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p.s. This blog was created in association with Ecomovers. All opinions are my own. http://www.ecomovers.co.uk/removal-services/student-removals

My Confessions!

-I am going on holiday this time next week.

-I have just had my nails done

-I am going to a wedding this weekend (pictures will be on the blog!)

July Favorites

I thought I would do a series of monthly favorites, so at the end of every month I will write a blog post about what I loved that month; From makeup, Food, university and many more things!

 

Make-up 

Estaee lauder double wear foundation- I have been in love with this foundation over the last couple of months actually. Although the foundation is expensive, you only need a little amount and it stays in place all day. I have used the concealer for a while now and after battling with makeup that has disappeared by mid-day this is a brilliant product. 

 

Dream Matt Mouse Blusher- I love this stuff! I have dry skin so using a cream blush means that my skin looks dewy rather than dry. They have a beautiful soft pink that makes my pale skin look slightly flushed. 

 

Food 

You may know that at the begining of the summer I had to go gluten free as I discovered I have a Gluten intolerance, so it has been really hard finding food I can still eat and enjoy. 

 

Gluten Free Snack- Tesco Free From Chocolate Sponge Cake. Ok, so this isn’t healthy at all, and I am not saying that I eat it everyday. In fact one cake has lasted over a month in an air tight container. However after being restricted by my health, it’s really nice to have a cheat meal which is actually still good for me. 

 

General Snack- Metacalf’s Skinny Topcorn in Sweet ‘n Salt. I got these for the first time in one of my Cosmopolitan Gift bags, and to be honest I thought it was a stupid idea, why would i want sweet and Salty in one bag? However the Salt makes the sweet popcorn sweeter and somehow means you don’t get bored. It’s also only 115 Calories. 

 

Favorite restaurant- I am in love with Giraffe at the moment. All the staff there are mega friendly and can’t do enough for you and the food is amazing. If you’re gluten free they have a menu for you and they can try and re-create any of the normal menu in a gluten free way. 

University. 

Book- Dummies guide to writing your dissertation. I am starting to write my dissertation and this book has been really useful giving me advice on everything from research to what to put in your acknowledgments. 

 

University store- WH Smiths. They have some amazing ranges in at the moment with lovely looking notebooks, folders ect. I have always found that nice looking work things will make me work better. 

 

Home Store- Dunelm Mill has always been my top favorite store for buying home goods. It is where I got all of my things when I originally moved to university. However I have also found that Supermarkets like Tesco and Asda have some great deals. 

 

What have you loved this month?

 

Lauren.

 

p.s. Sorry I’ve been MIA; I have been working two jobs which is a mega busy deal! I am trying to come back and have a number of new ideas. x

The Stress of Exams

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Me at university- Stressed!

Over the last few weeks my Facebook timeline has been filled with desperate posts about revising and sitting exams, everyone hoping to get into university. Every time I read one of these posts it takes me back to when I was sitting my exams.

I have never been academically smart, I have struggled by being a solid C student. While my friends managed to walk into an exam, without revision. “I looked through my notes this morning.” was a phrase I heard too many times, followed a few months later by a soul killing “Oh, I got an A.”

At aged 7 my English teacher and tutor diagnosed me with Dyslexia, I struggled with my writing, often merging 3 words together, and always adding an ‘E’ where it wasn’t needed. However in my following schools they dismissed the idea, saying I was boarder line but it wasn’t serious enough to give me any additional house.

While I sat my A-levels and GCSE’s the pressure got too much for me, I constantly stressed about not doing enough revision or that I would suddenly forget everything when I got into the exam. I swear it actually did!

However after all my stressing, my worrying, emotional breakdowns and moody attitude. I got into university. Looking back over my school years I am amazed. I went from the girl at bottom of the class, who had been told she had Dyslexia to the person I am today, studying Journalism, getting firsts in my coursework and doing really well.

What’s the point of the post. Although your exams are important and you want to do your best. Don’t stress out about it, In my case I don’t think I got the right grades but my chosen university sit let me in any.

Trust me, everything will work out perfectly!

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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