I Won The #TheBloggersHub Giveaway!

Hey, everyone! I hope you’re doing super well! This week I wanted to tell you a little bit about blogging, giveaways and show you the giveaway prizes I won!

There are so many amazing blogging communities on Twitter, that support bloggers, connect them to brands as well as to other bloggers. It is a lovely help system for bloggers who are just starting out as getting noticed can be very hard in this huge expanding world of blogging. My favourites are: The Bloggers Hub, Bloggers Who Brunch and Blogging Gals. I mainly use the support system of #TheBloggersHub. I recently hosted a Twitter Chat on their page where I talked to lots and lots of amazing bloggers around the world and it was truly an amazing experience. Twitter chats usually happen a few days a week for one hour so make sure you get involved if you’re a beginner blogger as it really helps!

So now that you know a little bit more about the help system of new bloggers, I’d also like to talk about GIVEAWAYS! These accounts often collaborate with brands to get them out to bloggers. I recently won a giveaway hosted by The Bloggers Hub who collaborated with Leighton Denny Nails. I was given so many amazing nail polishes and other products and I think this is a great way to find out about new products as well as get some freebies! As a student, who doesn’t love free stuff, right? So let me tell you a little bit about what I got.

Skincare / Hair care: 

1. Josh Wood Radiant Shine Hair Treatment Oil

The most fancy hair product I’ve ever owned. I mean it comes with a pipette! I’ve used this a couple of times after washing my hair and it makes it super silky and smooth. So far so good! Not entirely sure if it is worth the price as the Garnier Ultimate Blends does the same job for me with much less money.

2. Percy & Reed Perfectly Perfecting Wonder Balm 

This is a weird one for me as I haven’t used any product like this before. I tested it on dry hair and it did make the ends of my hair less frizzy, which is pretty cool! Still need to try this one out a bit more though to see if it is worth the price.

3.¬†Neal’s Yard Bee Lovely Hand Cream

Now this one is definitely worth the price. The best hand cream I have ever used and I will continue to use this forever haha! The scent is SO amazing, it smells so luxurious and I just do not have the words to explain it. The reason why I like it so much is that it absorbs into my skin SO fast so it doesn’t leave me with sticky hands after using it. The best part is that it completely fixed my skin where I had burnt myself with a straightener! It is so good!

4. REN Evercalm Global Protection Day Cream 

I use this every day now before applying my make-up and so far it’s very lovely! Doesn’t leave my skin greasy and it hasn’t broken me out! So far I’m loving it!

5. Emma Hardie Moringa Cleansing Balm

I had never used a cleansing balm before so this is kind of a strange concept for me. I’ve tried it out a couple of times now and it’s really lovely. Definitely leaves my skin fresh and clean and it’s super easy to use as well. I probably wouldn’t replace it with my Simple skincare products as they are much cheaper but it is very nice to try it out! If you’re more of a designer brand kinda person, this might be the one for you!

6. Skyn Icelandic Relief Eye Cream

I’ve used this every day since I got it and I love it! I use this before going to bed and it absorbs to my skin instantly. It kind of feels like applying water on my skin as it’s not your usual eye cream. I always wake up refreshed and without those horrible bags under the eyes haha!

Nails by Leighton Denny: 

  1. Red: Viva La Diva
  2. Orange Metallic: Let Your Hair Down
  3. Dark Purple: Raspberry Affair
  4. Pink: Peach Lemonade
  5. Clear: Crystal Finish 

– Helina x

I Won The #TheBloggersHub Giveaway!

Valentine’s 2017

Hello, everyone! I hope you’re doing amazingly and that you had the best Valentine’s Day no matter if you’re a single pringle or madly in love.

There are so many different opinions about Valentine’s Day so I thought I would share mine as well. I don’t think there’s anything wrong with Valentine’s Day at all. I know people tend to say that this is just a commercialised holiday for businesses to make more money. I feel like what those people don’t realise is that businesses will find any opportunity to make some profit – be it Valentine’s Day or International Ice Cream Day. That would also make Christmas a commercialised holiday but that’s not really what it’s about.

To me Valentine’s Day is just like a birthday but for both of the people in the relationship – instead of showering one person with presents and flowers, it is a day for both of them. Of course I believe in treating your partner lovingly and appreciating them every day. However, this day is a day to go an extra mile to make the one you love even happier because I’m sure people won’t have money or time to do it every single day to this extent. I’m not saying you have to make a big deal out of Valentine’s Day but¬†I quite like celebrating it as it just makes me happy and I really don’t get why anyone would have a problem with such a positive day. The more positivity in this world the better!

My boyfriend and I were meant to go for a meal and then to the cinema. However, he wanted to surprise me. When I got home from university, feeling more tired than ever, I was surprised with candles, flowers and the cutest teddy bear! There were candles all over the room and it looked so magical. He had ordered pizza from my favourite restaurant ever and combined the meal out with a movie night. This night couldn’t have been any more perfect! Here are a few pictures of how I spent my Valentine’s Day…

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What I Eat In A Day 2: Easy & Vegan

Hello guys! I’m back with another “What I Eat In¬†A Day” blog post and this time I’ve decided to show you some vegan meals I like to cook. I’m vegetarian, not vegan, but I try to incorporate various types of foods in my diet (if you can call it that haha). Here are some of my super easy vegan meals, which are actually quite affordable!

1. Breakfast: Yogurt & Fruit

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This is the most simple breakfast but also the best. You can alternate it to whichever flavour yogurt or fruit you want on the day so this is definitely my favourite breakfast of all time.  Here is what I used (and what I recommend).

You will need:

  • Vegan natural yogurt (I used Alpro’s simple plain yogurt)
  • Tangerines (I used two)
  • Banana

Suggestions:

  • Honey ‚Ästif using Greek style yogurt (vegetarian, not vegan)
  • Chia seeds – to boost your metabolism
  • Cashews – for extra crunch

Recipe:

This is very simple, as you can probably imagine. Put¬†one serving of the yogurt a bowl (check the packaging how many servings it includes). Mix in some chia seeds and cashews. Cut up a banana, peel the tangerines and put them on top. All done! Perfect for when you’re running late to uni.

2. Lunch: Veggie Stir Fry

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Another one of my favourites because it is SO quick and easy!¬†It can also be altered with what vegetables you like to have – I personally have different ones every time! Or you can simply buy a stir fry mix. Here’s what I used this time…

You will need:

  • Udon Noodles (I used Amoy Straight to Wok Udon Thick Noodles)
  • Stir Fry Sauce (I used Amoy Stir Fry Chow Many Sauce)
  • Beansprouts
  • Cauliflower & Broccoli

Recipe:

Now the portions are completely up to you. This recipe is for¬†two portions – or to have on the next day as well. Put a handful of broccoli and cauliflower in a pan and fry with a little bit of oil (I use frozen vegetables as you can get massive bags for a pound from Tesco) until they’re soft and starting to get a tiny bit golden. Add beansprouts, stir¬†for another minute. Add the stir fry sauce, stir for a minute again. Add the noodles, stir it all together, let it cook for one minute and done! So quick and easy!

3. Dinner: Mashed Potatoes

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This is the easiest but also most comforting food of all. Potatoes are very important for people in Estonia so whenever I have mash, it reminds me of home (especially since my dad makes THE BEST mash in the world). Here’s the most simple recipe you’ll ever read…

You will need:

  • Potatoes (six-eight large potatoes, you can always add more)
  • Milk (I used Alpro’s Soya Milk)
  • Butter (I used dairy free margarine)
  • Salt (I used sea salt for extra health benefits)

Recipe:

Peel the potatoes and cut them into cubes (as this way they boil quicker). Boil in water until soft (takes about 20 minutes) with about half a tsp of sea salt. Drain the potatoes from water when they’re ready. In the same pan, mash them with a fork. Then add the butter (about 1 tbsp) and some milk (add a little bit at a time until you like the creaminess). Now use a hand blender to make it extremely smooth or keep mashing with a fork. And that’s it! So simple!

I hope you guys liked these recipes! Make sure to tweet me @UCBloggers if you try any of these out! Have an amazing day!

– Helina x

 

What I Eat In A Day 2: Easy & Vegan

Top Three Budget Cameras

Hey, guys! I hope you are feeling amazing today! This week I thought I would give you my top three cameras on a budget around £300. I got this idea as I was looking to buy a camera for myself to take amazing pictures for this blog as well as to post better quality videos for my YouTube channel. I picked out three favourites, but first, I will talk about my chosen one.

1. Canon EOS M10

This camera is amazing for both photography and videography. I have taken some amazing photos so far, which will definitely make their way to this blog! It focuses really easily and blurs out the background completely. Auto-focus is pretty good on this and it makes it easier to focus because of the touch screen. However, it can take some time to focus sometimes so I like to use manual focus when taking pictures/videos. Also, you can flip the screen up to take selfies/vlog which was what I definitely wanted in my camera. It also has wi-fi as well as a corresponding app so you could get the footage to your phone/computer super easily. I got mine from John Lewis as I found that the cheapest option. The white one is £20 cheaper in most stores but I believe both the black and white are the same price in John Lewis, if you do want to go for the black one. It cost £280 with a two-year warranty. They also offered an extra £25 warranty for any damages caused by the user e.g. if you were to drop it, they would either fix it or give you a brand new one. I will probably end up buying a new lens in the future in order to test the capabilities of this camera even more. Overall amazing for simple blogging and vlogging!

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(This is the first picture I took with the camera, focusing on the two sheep)

2. Sony a5000

This was my second option as it is said to produce good quality videos and photos. What makes this different from the Canon EOS M10 is handling low light situations. I watched lots of videos on YouTube comparing the two and the tests showed that it does not adapt to low light situations easily. It is grainy or completely dark. It also often has more of a trouble focusing. Therefore, although the cameras were quite similar, I decided not to buy this one. Other than that, it also has wi-fi, flip screen, flash etc. I think this is mainly for photography though as it is said to produce better photographs than the Canon camera. So if you were looking for a camera for photos, this is the one! Costs £299.

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(Source: Which?)

3. Nikon J5

This is the camera I initially wanted to buy but it was sold out EVERYWHERE online. This has 4k video quality, which is why I wanted it in the first place. However, after some research people have said that it shoots poor quality photos in low light and is quite slow. What pushed me away from this is that the reviews stated VERY poor low light video quality as well. Since I was buying a camera for that, I stayed away from this one. However it proves to shoot amazing videos and photos outdoors¬†and in good lighting. Since it does have 4k quality, if you are buying a camera for outdoor use or if you have good lighting where you’re filming, I’d say go for this one.This also has the flip screen and other features like the cameras mentioned above. Costs¬†¬£299.

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(Source: Which?)

All in all, it all depends on what you are buying the camera for. I based my research on the Which? website, which UCB students have free access to. It provides overall ratings for cameras as well as statistics, pictures and reviews for all elements. Definitely something worth checking out!

– Helina x

Top Three Budget Cameras