Sunday, 24 August 2014

Back to University Looks

It's that time of year again for a lot of my readers, so I thought I'd so a few "Back to School" looks. When I was in Uni, I pretty much wore a combination of all the below. On exams days a tracksuit was Okay, but other than that it was a No Go! Like most people I'm not a morning person and would give up my first born for an extra couple of minutes in bed, so I know how to get dressed in 10 minutes. These three outfits are really simply and you can mix and match  a lot of the items too, which is what you want for a money conscious student! For Plus Size girls my Top Stores to go shopping for Uni friendly outfits would be Yours Clothing, Boohoo Plus, New Look Inspire, and Asos Curve

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Look #1
This is probably my favourite outfit, it's really relaxed and cool. A pair of Boyfriend Jeans are a must have item. I got a pair from Boohoo Plus, but I must warn you, you need to size up two sizes! There's still a glitch with their sizing, but I'm a fan of the jeans (now sold out) If you're looking for Plus Size options these ones from Asos Curve are really similar.I love everything from the wash to the size of the rips. For a College Cool look pair with Cons, a quirky jumper (Simply Be and Asos Curve have loads of cute ones!) and a contrasting scarf as we all feel the cold trickling in! Finish off the look with a pair of glasses and a black bag and you're set to run out the door! 
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Look #2
I love this cute smock dress. They're so comfy and loose and perfect for a long day in lectures. Add a pair of 10 Denier tights as well as a pair of socks for a cute look with chunky boots. I love these boots are they've a heel but they've a platform and aren't high so you can fly around with ease! A Leather Jacket is a Uni staple and you'll pick one up in every High Street stores as well as all the Plus Size Stores too. A cute necklace ties the look together and gives the impression of making an effort even if it only took you a few minutes to get ready. Throw your stuff into a cute rucksack (from Penney's) and  put on your circle sunnies and you're ready to start your Golden Week! (I didn't once make have one and I turned out okay!)
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Look #3
This was probably my most go to look during my final year. Leggings and a comfy jumper. I go to H&M for both my Legging and Jumper needs. It's cheap and cheerful and I find their Knitwear quite durable for the price!This is a great look for when you're stressed and haven't slept (Whether you pulled an all nighter studying or were in Coppers the night before) This cute backpack is worth going back to school for itself. It's a decent size so you can fit your laptop and folders but is also really cute and girly! For this look I'd add a statement necklace (again) and cute cut out ankle boots and a statement watch, as we all know how time conscious students are, or was that just me? ;-) I didn't wear much makeup in Uni, as I wasn't that bothered but I always has my eyebrows done and a slick of tinted balm to complete my looks! 

If you're heading off to University in a  few weeks I wish you the best of luck and I hope I gave you a bit of outfit inspiration! Don't stress too much about the work load, it's all about balance! Although I shouldn't be saying this but I learnt a lot more out of the lecture theatre then in it!

Sunday, 17 August 2014

Ziaja-Manuka Tree Purifying Range

Another day, another skincare review, but please stay with me as these products are absolutely fantastic and after using them for 3 weeks I've made up my mind. Now when I first got these in the post I was slightly disappointed as someone who has dry skin I immediately thought the Manuka Range which is meant for Oil and Combination skin would be lost on me. However I decided to give it a whirl one night, and I must say I was VERY impressed.
We all know I'm a fan of Ziaja products, as I'm on their Beauty Panel I get some of their products to trial out every couple of weeks and have not (yet) have had any negative or bad reviews. It's amazing as I'm quite selective and I'm ashamed to admit in the past I was a bit of a skincare snob. As these products range between €4.99 and €6.99 I would of in the past been quite the sceptic but after testing these products I've been converted to lower end skincare options.  

If you've oily -combination skin you know the numerous challenges you face. Whether it's an oily T-Zone, Dilated Pores, Blackheads, Spots, Acne Breakouts or Shine control. Long story short but the Manuka Tree Purifying Range hits the nail on the head with this one. It not only purifies but normalises the skin and is alcohol free. The Manuka Leaf Extract which is found in New Zealand and has antibacterial properties reduces excess sebum secreation that causes blackheads, acnes and blocked pores. 
 Ziaja-Normalising Cleansing Gel €4.99*
I started this routine by splashing my face with warm water and using a pump or two of the cleansing gel working it into my skin, getting rid of all the makeup and gunk that my skin is left with. It works up a nice lather and you can feel your skin getting cleaner and cleaner. It's a clear gel, which I'm a huge fan of as I don't feel I'm loading my face with anything nasty. It depends on how dirty my face is, but I'll either wash it off with warm water, or use a Muslin cloth by wetting it with warm water and rubbing the gel off. If I don't have a Muslin cloth handy (I swear they go to where all odd socks go to die) a normal cloth still does the trick. 
I've been using this now for at least three weeks and I've only made a little dent which is great. There's nothing worse than getting through products as quick as you open them. The best thing about this is definitely the smell. It smells absolutely amazing, and it's a real pleasure to use morning and night.  It's not great at taking off mascara/eyeliner but that's not a big deal as I always use an eye make-up remover anyway. Over all this is a fantastic cleanser and I will definitely repurchase it if I'm on a budget and want a great quality cleanser thats is kind to your skin, while kicking ass on those spots. At under €5 it would be rude not to! 
Ziaja- Manuka Tree Purifying Deeply Cleansing Peeling Paste €4.99*
This is my favourite product out of the three, hands down. It's an absolute god send to dry skin gals, and after one use you'll feel a dramatic difference in your skin. My problem area's would be my chin and my cheeks and after using this Peeling Paste my skin was left incredibly soft. The difference was exceptional. I like to think of it as Tough Stuff for the face, as it's *that* good. I've yet to find any sort of face scrub that I'm impressed with, as I find most of them just don't do the trick, but this Peeling Paste is something else! A little goes a long way, and you can either use it as a scrub or leave it on a little longer and use it as a mask.
When I first saw the packaging I wasn't expecting this consistency. It's pretty much a toothpaste feel. I apply it onto my dry face, and focus on my problem area's. After a good scrub-a-dub-dub I then rinse with warm water. I've never been so impressed with a scrub in my life. Your face is left a little red, but after a couple of minutes that vanishes and you're left with the softest skin you've ever had. If you don't believe me drop what you're doing and run to the nearest stockist, you won't regret it! If any dry skin sufferer's that don't particularly have sensitive skin(I think this could be a little harsh) definitely give it a go. again at €4.99 this get a massive thumbs up from me!
Manuka Tree Purifying Gentle Exfoliating Night Cream with Almond Acid €6.99*
With Exfoliating in the title I knew I'd like this. As you can see below it's almost like a serum instead of a cream. Like the whole range it smells wonderful (A nice clean, fresh scent-not over powering) A little goes a long way, and I love applying this on before bed and letting it sink right in. I can't vouch for the exfoliating factor as I always use it after the Peeling Paste and my skin is nice and soft, but this definitely aids the softness and in the morning I wake up with soft skin. Since using the range I've noticed my imperfections and my blackheads have reduced, which of course I'm a pleased as punch with! 
This cream sinks right in and leaves you wanting to touch your face constantly (try to avoid this!) It claims to Exfoliate and regenerate your skin without any irritation. My skin isn't irritated and has never felt softer, so I think we're on to another winner here lads! It's the most "expensive" product which comes in at €6.99 which is still unbelievably good value. I've really enjoyed using this and the other two products and have found myself pleasantly surprised that although it's not targeted to my skin type my skin has reaped the benefits of using these products. Over all this is a fantastic range, it's cheap, cheerful and works! 

You can purchase all Ziaja products HERE