Friday, 4 November 2016

Hennessy Gold Cup Invitation || Giveaway*

For everyone that follows my adventures through my blog, you'll know that I get invited to lots of different events and functions. However, I was particularly excited upon receiving an invitation to attend the bet365 Festival's 60th Hennessy Gold Cup at Newbury Racecourse. Believed to be the oldest sports sponsorship in the world, Hennessy's continued support of this event in a testament to the tradition and partnership that is clearly valued by both the whisky company and the racecourse. 

Not only is this event known for its deep routed history as part of British culture, but it's also widely regarded as a highlight of the winter social calendar, especially when it comes to showcasing winter fashion trends. With celebrities such as Joan Collins, Stanley Tucci and Carey Mulligan in attendance in recent years, it's clear to see the class and style that this event exudes. To try and blend in I'll be upping my fashion game (let's be real, I have no fashion game to begin with) by wearing this sequin mini dress from Forever 21, any excuse to dress up ;) Rich will also be joining me so you can probably all imagine how excited I am to see him in a suit *smirky face emoji*. 

Not only are we seeing the races, we're also going to be having a cocktail making class which is enough to make any blogger die with excitement...bloggers and their cocktails eh! As well as, a wintery picnic... yes, you're probably thinking the same as me... cream dress, cocktail making and a picnic; this isn't going to go down well haha! 

I am so grateful to be given the chance to go to such a lavish event and be wined and dined! Is this something you like the sound of?! It is... well... 

I've got an exclusive discount code for you, which gets you £5 off of Premier Badge Tickets ... valid until midnight on the 18th November: 

Just enter: FUN16

If you would like the chance to win a pair of tickets, a night in the hotel at the race course called The Lodge, a bottle of Hennessy and a Hennessy picnic for two then enter the Rafflecopter giveaway below! GOOD LUCK :D

a Rafflecopter giveaway


Head over to my Twitter and RT this tweet to be in with the chance of winning 2 tickets to the race day!

You've got to be in it to win it ;) 

*Thank you to ZEAL/Hennessy/Newbury Racecourse for this opportunity. I cannot wait for the day! 

*This post is in collaboration with ZEAL/Hennessy/Newbury Racecourse however, all opinions are 100%my own and have not been influenced by the company. 

Sunday, 23 October 2016

Some Misconceptions About Uni

When most people think 'Uni', they think; partying, freshers week, lots of holidays, getting drunk, making friends, with the occasional bit of work. 

When I think of 'Uni', I think; Work, Work, Work, presentations, social anxiety, general anxiety, depression, stress, travelling, overwhelming amounts of dates and deadlines, stupid systems. 
If you've been following my uni experience so far, you'll know how much I have struggled. I didn't go to any freshers events, purely because my anxiety was stopping me and honestly, my unis freshers events may as well not exist they are THAT BAD! I do feel like I have missed out on that part and I haven't been able to experience uni in the same way that my friends have, but at the end of the day uni for me is not about getting drunk, it is about getting a degree. I can get drunk for the rest of my life if I really wanted to! 

There are SO many misconceptions about uni and it really pigs me off (Is that even a saying... no?! Well it is now). The elderly, kids, anyone who hasn't actually experienced uni will think that all us students do is party, eat crap, sleep, cause trouble and then do a little bit of work on the side; that's if we can be bothered to move from our beds that are clearly surrounded by endless amounts of pizza boxes and bottles, of course *rolls eyes*. 
I can for one tell you that yes there are students that are like this and honestly, they may as well not go to uni BUT, there are people like me out there who are actually at uni to do their degree and succeed. When I mention on Twitter etc that I need a break, I usually get backlash like "Uni students get loads of time off" "You don't need a break, all you do is get drunk and party" "You have chosen to go to uni, you shouldn't be given breaks".... the endless list goes on. However, this is ALL wrong. Yes, I have chosen to go to uni therefore I'm not entitled to a break but you could say the same about a job; you've chosen to do that job therefore you knew that you wouldn't get loads of breaks. All I'm saying is that WE ALL NEED A BREAK! 

Monday morning of this week, I got up ready to go to uni, Rich was here ready to take me and BAM, anxiety took over and I had a massive breakdown shall we say. I just could not do it. I couldn't face the day. Doing anything in life with a mental illness alongside that is bloody hard and there are days upon days where I just can't do it. For me, social anxiety is a big thing and in my course you have to do A LOT and I mean a lot of presentations; this is one main thing that I have struggled with. My anxiety eats me up, wears me out, makes me feel so vulnerable that in fact it does effect my work ethic. I could get hours and hours of sleep but I will still wake up in the morning feeling exhausted because, my mind has got 10 million things to think about and hundreds of deadlines to meet. 

I go to uni 3 days a week and on all the other days, no I am not partying, lying around doing nothing with my life. I am in fact spending every single minute of my waking day doing work and even if I'm not doing my work and I am giving myself the break that I desperately need, I spend every second of that 'break' being eaten alive by anxiety/depression and guilt from not doing work. PFffttt what am I even saying, in these 'breaks' I'm getting on with blogging and YouTube to meet all the deadlines I have with companies. 
Ok so back to my original point... yes we do get long summer breaks and christmas breaks but in those 'breaks' we are working to pay off all the debt etc, we are doing work experience/ Internships to gain that experience alongside our degree and we are also planning for the year of uni ahead. Yes I have chosen to go to uni but that does not mean I find it a walk in the park. Yes I know life gets harder and I am not prepared to grow up yet, but let me face my battles one step at a time please. Yes students party and get drunk but there are some out there like me who spend every minute of the day doing their work to get their degree. Yes there are students who spend every day off in bed watching Netflix but there are students like me who spend every day off, catching up on all the work in order to meet the deadlines and succeed. 

I don't know how to conclude this post or where it is even going but all I'm trying to say is; not all students are lazy, party animals who do not care about their degree. Believe it or not, there are students like myself who do not go out and party all the time and who actually get all of their work done. 

Sunday, 16 October 2016

A Life Changing Product || Shadow Switch*

We've all been there, you want a simple natural look, but then BAM... your eyeshadow brush still has the deep dark remains of the smokey eye you miserably failed at before a night out. You just can't win in the make up world! But, look no further... there is a new and certainly life changing product out there for all your eyeshadow addicts like me. Shadow Switch is the dry brush cleaner that saves you from them unwanted panda eyes!
The lovely people from Beauty Essentials UK sent me this prototype to try before they released the official and final product! I was SO eager to try it out as I have stained and ruined many towels in my time ... oopsie. It is going to be available in Sephora and online when it launches, so keep an eye out :) Below are the images of the final packaging that they've sent me. 
It is essentially a sponge in a little pot which you swirl your brush in to remove the product, in between using different eyeshadows. It is an absolute game changer! It's the perfect travel must have... you essentially only need to take one brush when you are travelling now! I can't imagine my life without this product now; my eyeshadow has never looked so blended and clean! 
  • So you've just applied your first lot of eyeshadow and you want a new colour but don't want to look like you belong in the panda enclosure in a zoo and you're definitely too lazy to find a clean brush... well let's face it, who has time to clean their brushes anyway. 
This swatch is from before I cleaned the brush. I've swatched again after but you can't see it (proves how much of a life saver this product is)!
  • You swirl the brush around the pot until all/the majority of the product has come off of the brush.
  • You then apply your next eyeshadow. 
  • SIMPLE! You can see for yourself how good the results are! 
That is literally it! There is not much too it! Lazy makeup lovers unite *cheers*! 
I am definitely going to be using this until the day I die and for only £5.99, you cannot go wrong!

*Thank you Beauty Essentials for sending this for me to try!
This is a PR sample however, all opinions are my own and have not been influenced by the brand!