Best of Primark Beauty!

I love doing my make-up for fun, and since I’m a student, I love my discounts. Make-up can be quite expensive at times but that’s when Primark comes to help. I was super hesitant about Primark’s make-up as I wasn’t sure if a clothing store should really be expanding into a completely new product line – beauty and make-up. I was intrigued enough to find out what their make-up was like and I was thoroughly surprised. I’ve found some absolute staples to put in my make-up bag that are far better than any high-end beauty products I’ve ever tried. Yes, they’re that great! 

The first product I love the most and only recently bought is this PS Bronze Shadow & Shade palette, which only cost £4! The pigmentation of these shadows is incredible. I never want to use my other eyeshadow palettes again! The colours in this palette are gorgeous. It has those lovely nude shades as well as a blue shade, which makes this palette so special as I love using a touch of blue in my shadow when I want to do something different. It’s got some vibrant shades as well as some more neutral ones. You definitely need this palette in your make-up bag, trust me! I also love the packaging. It’s so thin and simple, which I love as I hate bulky palettes. This is a must-have!

I’ve had this PS Pure Glow highlighting palette for a while now and I’m in love. I’ve put all of my other highlighters back in my cupboard because this is all I need! I use ‘desert’ on the bridge of my nose, inner corners of my eyes as well as my brow bone. I use ‘glimmer’ on my cheekbones and it gives the prettiest golden glow. I also use the other shades depending on my make-up look (‘firefly’ for when I’m more tanned and ‘eden’ for more cooler toned looks) and honestly it’s the best palette ever, especially for £5!

This PS blusher in the shade ‘taboo’ is gorgeous for when you want more of a coral-toned blusher rather than a pink-toned one. Pink doesn’t look the best on my pale skin so when I found this I was all over the moon. I’ve always used sparkly pink blushes but since I’ve been loving using those Primark higlighters, it all looked a bit too much. This is a gorgeous matte blusher and it’s definitely worth the £1.50 that it costs (which is insanely cheap for how amazing this is, seriously)!

Primark’s lipsticks are incredible. I decided to try out their PS Matte Long Last Lipsticks, which are so lovely. I bought this pale shade (can’t find a shade name on the lipstick, I’m sorry!) as I don’t have any pale nude lip products and I am so happy I got this. This also cost £1.50 and it’s honestly worth so much more! It gives a matte finish but it doesn’t dry out my lips at all! My lips can’t normally handle matte products (i.e. matte lip kits etc.) but this one works beautifully! Definitely check out these lipsticks, they’ve got some beautiful shades in store!

Let me know if you know of any amazing make-up bargains in the comments below because there’s nothing better than affordable good quality beauty products! If you want me to do similar posts about other drugstore brands, let me know!

Be kind, be humble.

– Helina xxx

Best of Primark Beauty!

Moving House.

Hello everyone! To most of you, this blog post won’t be that different. But for me life has completely transformed. I’ve moved house! I’m still in the United Kingdom but as I just finished my Bachelors Degree at University College Birmingham, I had to move out of my student accommodation. I’ve lived in student accommodation for three years and I can definitely say that’s enough for me. My future is now in Loughborough, where I will be studying for a Masters Degree in International Management.

And because my boyfriend is also a student at Loughborough University studying Civil Engineering, we thought why don’t both of us move out of student accommodation and rent a whole house for ourselves instead?

So here I am, sat on the floor of our living room (because I can’t find my long laptop charger and the plug is too far from the couch), hotspotting data from my phone (since we still don’t have any Wi-Fi), and thinking of how lucky I am.

When I first moved to England, I had no idea that I would end up in Loughborough. I wouldn’t even have dreamt of living in a house with someone I love after my Bachelors Degree. But here I am, happier than ever.

For the past few days, we’ve been putting together furniture and I can honestly tell you that putting together IKEA furniture is far harder than you think. If you think you can put together 10 big pieces of furniture in one day, think again. It’s taken us around 2-3 days to put together all furniture, we’ve had numerous nights of staying up until 5 am but it has been so worth it. I finally feel like home in England. It used to feel kind of like a stop along the way of my journey, but now it finally feels official. I live in the United Kingdom. Who would’ve ever guessed that. I cannot even express how happy I am. My lifelong dream has finally come true at the age of 22, and this is just the first step of my journey. I have so many more hopes and dreams, so many places still visit and so many experiences to still go through. I am so excited for everything that the future holds, and this is just the beginning.

So what’s better about living in a house rather than in student accommodation? Well, here’s a shortlist I can make in two minutes flat:

  1. No noise. Yes, neighbours can be noisy but we are quite lucky as so far we haven’t heard anything at all. It’s so nice to finally have peace and quiet.
  2. No parties. This kind of goes together with the first point but this also means that you can sleep whenever without anyone waking you up in the middle of the night. And this I’m so happy about!
  3. CLEAN KITCHEN / LIVING ROOM! Now this is by far my favourite thing about living in our own house. No filthy food in the sink, no mountains of unwashed dishes, no someone’s week-old leftovers, no stinky fridge, no oily cookers, no mess. I honestly cannot express to you how disgusting living with 10 people gets, especially when you like everything clean and tidy. I feel a thousand times more motivated and happy now that I don’t have to walk through a dirty kitchen every day. YAY!
  4. SO MUCH SPACE! Another very important part is the space. In student accommodation I had 2 little cupboards that barely fit any food inside. Plus, in the fridge I had just half a shelf as well as one shelf in the freezer. Now we’ve got the whole fridge and freezer to ourselves. There’s just something about having all that space to ourselves and knowing we are keeping it clean – not just throwing our leftovers in it.
  5. Just us. In our house, it’s just us. I honestly appreciate alone time so much. Most of the time in student accommodation, I’d run to the kitchen, cook something quickly, run back to my room, put my headphones in and ignore the world haha. Now, there’s just no need. Some of you might like having people around constantly but not me.

Overall, living in our own little house is amazing. We are only getting started with all the decorating but it already feels like home. I hope you guys are having a lovely time enjoying your time off from university, but life’s too short to waste days on doing nothing. Do what I did and make at least one of your dreams come true this summer.

Be kind, be humble, make it happen.

– Helina x

Moving House.

Lazy Day Outfits!

We all have those days where getting ready seems like the hardest task in the world. The days where you just want to hibernate in your bed without a care in the world. Unfortunately, most days it just isn’t possible. So you have to drag yourself out of bed and try to make the most of the day. Since that isn’t the easiest thing to do, the least we can do is dress comfortably. Here are my top three lazy day outfits depending on what I’ve got planned for the day.

1. Keeping it Casual

This outfit is perfect for those days where you have to go outside and do something but it’s not something fancy or formal. For example, going to your lectures, running some quick errands or simply going shopping. There’s nothing better than a pair of converse, your favourite black skinny jeans and a comfy jumper for days like that!

Sweatshirt: PointlessBlog Sweatshirt from the Creator Store.
Jeans: Jenna Skinny Jeans from New Look
Shoes: White Leather Converse.

2. All Black Everything: Meetings

This outfit is for those days where you just can’t be bothered to make a lot of effort with your outfit but would still like to look quite put together. This is what I normally wear for a more casual meeting where you still want to impress someone. Formal at the top, comfy at the bottom – smart casual at its finest! Pair a dressy blouse with some black skinny jeans and your favourite trainers and you’re good to go! You can never go wrong with all black everything.

Blouse: Select
Jeans: Jenna Skinny Jeans from New Look.
Shoes: Nike Free Runs.

3. Stay At Home

Last but not least are the days when you’re just too lazy to leave your house. I know, sometimes you just need those days in your life. There’s nothing comfier than a pair of soft slippers and your favourite robe. Grab yourself a magazine to read and you’re good to go for your lazy day!

Robe: Gabriella x Primark
Slippers: Primark
Magazine: Cosmopolitan

That’s it from me for this week! Have an amazing week and tweet us pictures of your lazy day outfits at UCBloggers!

– Helina x

Lazy Day Outfits!

Christmas Gift Guide: Under £15!

Hello, everyone! Welcome to another blog post! I hope you’re all well and super excited for Christmas now that it’s finally December! Since now is the time people start thinking about Christmas presents, I thought it would be perfect to give you a few ideas for affordable presents, if you’re a student like myself! Here are my favourite ideas for some adorable gifts…

1. Jewellery

Who doesn’t like jewellery, am I right? You could get some statement pieces or some lovely delicate necklaces, all depending on what the person likes! Jewellery Box UK kindly sent me the most lovely Christmas gift, containing three items – a necklace pendant, a bracelet and some earrings – all in the theme of a star. The items on their site are very affordable but the quality is amazing! They come in a little box and you can even choose to get it wrapped if you’re feeling lazy. Definitely something worth checking out for good quality, beautiful and affordable jewellery! There’s something for everyone.

2. Adult Colouring Books

If the person you’re looking for a present is creative, this is definitely something worth considering. These books are much more difficult than your usual colouring books, they need serious precision skills haha. The one I have bought is Harry Potter themed because my friend loves it. This is such a good present idea as you can adjust it to their liking and get it themed. However, if you do not know a specific theme you’d like to go for, there are amazing colouring books like ‘Lost Ocean’ and ‘Secret Garden’ so have a look at those!

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3. Books

Books are always a good idea and there is definitely something out there for everyone! I have chosen Girl Online Going Solo by Zoe Sugg as an example but there are so many amazing books out there! If you’d rather get a more interactive book, I’d suggest ‘Calm’ for someone who’s stressed or Wreck This Journal if they want to bring out their creative side! Always add a pair of cosy socks with a book because they’re the comfiest things on earth.

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4. Make-Up/Beauty Sets

If you know someone who loves make-up, get them a Christmassy make-up palette! I have the Tanya Burr ‘Beautifully Defined’ palette and I think it’s amazing to give to someone as a present. There are a lot of Christmassy beauty/skincare sets in Superdrug (such as Zoella and Tanya Burr) so go have a look – there should be something for everyone.

5. Cup / Mug and Goodies!

You can never go wrong with a cute cup or a mug that’s filled with candy and chocolate! So get a mug or cup of your choice (there’s loads of affordable ones in Primark), fill it with their favourite sweets (or cosy socks) and you’re good to go! Simple but so lovely!

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I hope this gave you some inspiration for Christmas presents! Have a lovely weekend!

– Helina x

Christmas Gift Guide: Under £15!