How to survive freshers | University Week

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Fresher week (or month depending on how long you drag it out ha) is just around the corner. If you’re getting ready for uni in the next couple of weeks i’m sure you either be excited or absolutely petrified of the unknown and leaving the familiarity of own.

It is scary but will also be some of the best times of your life. You’re about to get all grown up, eat toast and more toast, party hard, cry lots and make loads of new super cool friends.

When you think of freshers, you probably imagine party after party, shots, fancy dress, face paint, no sleep and empty purses at the end of the week. Your quite right, it’s a time to be enjoyed but its hard going too.

Here’s a quick SOS guide to get you through freshers, so you can enjoy parties, meet a ton of new faces and still be well enough to get up for your first introduction lecture on Monday morning.

Prepare everything you need and take the time to see the important people in your life before leaving home. To make sure you don’t have any last minutes frenzies over things you have forgotten, make a list and prepare beforehand all the things you’re going to need, from the essentials to your home comforts. You will need them all and you don’t want to be short of something when you’re all partied out. If you are staying in halls be sure to check what you’re allowed and not allowed to take. There are quite a few rules and it’s easier to know beforehand to avoid getting disappointed when you have to give it up.

Make sure you spend time with the important people in your life. After freshers you will be straight into lectures and may not get back home till half term or maybe Christmas. Try and make plans to do something for when you’re heading home this will perk you up if you start to get home sick and will help you remember that even though you maybe not have heard from your bestie in a while as they went to a different uni and are having as much fun as you; that they haven’t forgotten about you and you will be re united asap. Remember it’s very likely that everyone is missing you too.

Know your budget, a mood killer I know, but trust me the last situation you want to find yourself in is a penniless one because you partied hard and indulged in takeaways every night for two weeks. It’s kinda tricky get to grips with the whole money thing but if you know what you’ve got coming and then tally up your halls fees, food, and travel etc for each month you will know exactly what you have left to go and have fun with or spend however you please. You will soon be acquainted with all the best spots to get student deals.

Talking of deals, before saying your final goodbye… make sure you have set up a student account with your bank. This is probably one of the most important things to do after you have received your offer. A student account maybe your saviour when you need an extra tenner (overdraft) for a meal before payday or you need an emergency train ride home. Most banks have some incentives to for students so make sure you shop around online and see which is the best for you.

Do a little rekky once you arrive, make sure you know when the nearest walk-in centre is in case you need to go to the doctor or dentist. Find a local taxi number and save it to you phone. Keep a look out for the closest cash machine normally there are a few on campus. Finally found out where the corner shop is, for all those things you need straightaway whether it be painkillers, toilet roll or a loaf of bread.

Learn a few basics in the kitchen. We are a world of halves. We either like cooking or we really don’t but either way we all need to eat. If you’re not that confident, it is a great idea to at least learn a few basics, to ensure you can always whip up something quick at the end of the day. Learn how long to bake a potato for, whip up a simple pasta and sauce dish, a salad, or how to fry a quick stir fry. They really are all whack it in a pan dishes and ones you can master after a few goes. You will be thankful you don’t have to have cereal for dinner every night.

Finally remember freshers is just a week or two of you life. It might seen like the most exciting thing right now, but once you start making cool friends at uni there will be so many other ‘memory’ moments of you uni life. Pace yourself, have a blast, grab a hug when you need one and enjoy your time at uni…

Happy Freshers everyone!

Hannah  

An Introduction to AromaWorks Skincare

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Walking round the Professional Beauty show in Manchester I was drawn to the AromaWorks stand by the simplicity of the products and ‘aroma’ that was floating around as you walked by. I was welcomed onto the stand to explore their collection and have a hand and arm massage by one of the girls. This was a very welcome offer towards the end of the afternoon. Laid on a crisp white bed I instantly felt relaxed, the various oils used during the massage were so soft to the skin and warmed as it went along.  As a migraine sufferer I sometimes struggle with highly fragranced products however I was given a choice of my preferred oils and although they were full of scent it wasn’t overpowering at all.

After a blissful fifteen minutes, I explored their stand a little more to find everything from regular skincare and bathbombs to candles and diffusers. All in their signature scents and cocooned in simple yet beautiful packaging.

I was kindly given a few little samples to take away and try at home, again they were lovely to use. The face wash had quite a strong scent however it applied nicely and didn’t feel as though it stripped the skin to harshly. I also has a sample of their hand wash, obviously due to the size I was only able to try this once so can’t really gauge an opinion, but it was nice to use and the fragrance lingered for a while afterwards. Finally and my favourite was the Purity Face Toner, again a slight scent however it felt light when applied and soaked into the skin like a dream. It didn’t feel heavy and I only needed a couple of drops to cover the whole face. I would happily use the toner in my nighttime skin routine, and would definitely recommend this out of all the products I tried.

It is nice to find another skincare brand that has those little extras in their range to ensure you can have a truly relaxing pamper session when needed aswell being perfect for your regular daily routine. Have you heard of AromaWorks before?

Hannah  

Instagram Log: August

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Liverpool Sunsets | Sunday Lovin’ | Snack Time

Chocolate Treats | Divine Cream | Summer Skies

Summer turned my work world upside down compared to what it has been like for the last few months but in a good way. It  was nice to be back in a bubble of doing what I enjoy most for a while. However it wasn’t all work and no fun. We managed to squeeze in lots of weekender trips, just in the UK but still lots of fun. A little time away can work wonders and get you relaxed over night, don’t you think? Thankyou to my mum, family and boyfriend for making summer that little bit brighter it was just what I needed after a tough end to the term.

If you are reading  this, I hope you had a lovely summer break if you were off or just managed to enjoy the sunshine we’ve been having on your precious days off. Let me know if you got up to anything exciting. Do you have a favourite place to escape for the weekend?

Hannah  

Divine Cream | A moisturiser for all skin types?

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You know the saying one size fits all but in reality one size fits nobody!

When a moisturiser claims to suit all skin types, that’s a pretty big ask right? So I was excited to try out Heaven Skincare’s Divine Cream. I tried this out with my mum who’s a different skin type to really see if we could both see the benefits. As advised we used this both in the morning and evening alongside an SPF in the day.

Packed with organic essential oils  such a witch hazel and Vitamins A, C and E, this cream is great to soothe and repair sun damaged skin aswell as increase elastin levels to leave you skin looking and feeling plumper, younger and fresher. Don’t be put of by a product that is labelled with anti-ageing, this doesn’t mean if you’re under 30 you can’t use it, it just has extra properties to assist more mature skin along the way. With a natural source of  Vitamin C, this will help to make everyone’s face radiate.

So after using this, me with my normal to dehydrated skin and my mum with a more dry to combination skin type have both seen positive results. Mum, found her skin was more balanced overall rather than being dry and then oily in different areas of her face. She also felt her skin was much softer to the touch, always a nice feeling; but thought that she would need to carrying on using the Divine cream for a few more month to see if it had any ‘plumping effect’.

I have fairly normal skin with no issues apart from the odd spot of dehydration which is purely due to not always drinking enough whilst out of the house (bad me)! I found this cream to be really nice to use, it’s quite a thin creamy texture however sinks in nicely and doesn’t settle on the top of the skin.  I am not too picky with my moisturiser as long as it doesn’t leave a greasy residue. This didn’t but did leave my skin looking fresher and brighter especially on those little dull bits from lack of sleep and water. I can’t speak for those of you who may have more problematic skin issues, however with all natural ingredients I wouldn’t hesitate is recommending the Heaven Skincare brand for you to try out. It was a big thumbs up from us both, we would definitely be happy to keep on using this cream daily.

Hannah  

Escape Rooms | Manchester

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We recently got invited to experience the escape rooms in Manchester for the evening. Having no idea what to expect and wondering if live actors would jumped out at you in the dark we headed over nervously to find out what it was all about.

We were warmly greeted and ushered over to the their cute little bar which was tucked away in a nook at the back of the building. Our first room was to be shared with some other people we hadn’t met yet, meaning more brain power but the tasks of working with strangers aswell. We headed into the ‘Science Lab’ room, a level five so it was going to be tough (we thought). We we giving a quick safety briefing and a little spiel about the room, the timer was set for sixty minutes and the offer of a starting point was given, that was it! It was up to us to solve the clues, work together, avoid wrong choices and climb through hidden walls. It was fun and challenging, we did have to ask for a clue twice but we made it and escaped through the coded door in forty two minutes before the body on the science lab gave us anymore frights. It’s quite surreal having to work against the clock and in a small dark place, it definitely adds a lot of pressure, but try to not focus on it too much and you will soon be sussing out the clues. Don’t fret if you need to get out you can straight away and there is a switch if you need assistance, we felt completely safe the whole time.  (I couldn’t quite believe we did it, I even poked my head around to the desk and asked does that mean we’re out now, yup)

After a little drink, a bit if fresh air and a chat with some of the staff me and Dave were kindly offered the chance of experiencing another room in a smaller group just the two of us. We decided on the ‘Prison Break’ room which is a level 4 difficulty. Before we had entered the room we were already handcuffed together and wondered if we would even be able to get through the first clue being so restricted (we kept it on the whole time silly, perhaps rethink that if you’re going in this room). Anyhow, we did get through the first clue and it was so much fun, we were so proud when we got this first one. This room involved lots of numbers and looking out for the obvious rather that doing what you initially are draw to when trying to escape a cell. You can have lots of fun in hour despite being locked in the dark and literally in prison with nothing but a torch and your team mate for comfort and help.

A thoroughly good experience, we eoupd definitely go back to try out the other rooms. It would be such a good work teambuilder or race if you go down with your mates into seperate rooms Just remember to think outside the box for the clues or perhaps in the box. Things maybe not be what you seem. Your maths, colours, patterns and pyshical skills will all be tested, but not in the way you might imagine.

Cryptic I know, but I can’t give you too many clues! So would you go, check out their website for a venue you.

Hannah  

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