Budgeting as a Student 

Budgeting is hard enough without being a student but as a student, it’s 10x worse. People think students are made of money, especially my parents. They think because we get a termly loan in bulk that it lasts forever and we can live off it. This isn’t true at all.

In fact, throughout the whole of my student life I’ve always had money problems and had to work. It just happens. Life happens, you may need dental treatment, car needs insuring or perhaps your laptop breaks. These things happen and you have to decide whether it’s worth funding and whether you have the money for it.

What’s worse is that nobody prepares you to do your own finances. There isn’t a class that you go to before you finish school that helps you figure out how to sort your life out. You’re thrown into the deep end and you’re automatically supposed to know how to do it. In fact, in my first year of uni I was so unprepared that I’ve gone £1000 into an overdraft and haven’t properly paid it back yet.

Before I headed to uni I sat down and tried to figure out how I’ll survive with a very minimal student loan and having to find a job that pays enough to last me a week and allows me to save money.

Step 1: I figured out how much loan I get per term. This allowed me to see what I can pay for and how long the money will last.

Step 2: How much rent do you have to pay? Do you own a car? Children? Pets? Figure out what priorities you have and what you could remove to help minimise the amount of money that goes out each month.

For me, my mum pays my phone bill still so I only had to pay my accommodation, credit card, new look store card and my course fees.

Step 3: Determine how much you have left and how much you need to spend a week to allow you to last the term with the rest of your money.

Step 4: I knew I needed a job to maintain a healthy bank balance during my masters so I figured out how many hours I would need a week to give me enough money to cater for me. I figured I’d need at least a 20 hour a week job that gives me around £140 a week. Most of which I can save.


Helpful tip: Use a budget organiser to keep yourself in track of your finances. Either make your own or you can get one from paperchase and other stores. They’re incredibly worth while for you to figure out what you’ve been spending your money on and areas that you need to cut down on.

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With love, Beth x

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5 Tips For New Bloggers

I’ve been blogging for over a year now and I’m still learning. Every post, every photo and every day, I learn something new and different ways to improve my content. I love blogging and it’s become such a big part of my life that I can’t imagine ever taking away. It’s not just sitting at a computer, writing and taking a photo before uploading it. It’s spending weeks planning your monthly posts, it’s taking photos and editing them to be perfect, it’s drafting the posts to make see they’re as good as they can be and then there’s advertising them as well as the added extras. It’s difficult and for some people, it’s a full time job. 

For me, I’m in uni, I work and I’m a full time blogger so a lot of the time I’m always busy doing something. Although for me, my blog is a priority and I’ll make sure every single week I have 3 posts uploaded. I’ve never missed a day and I don’t have that intention to do it anytime soon. It’s hard though, which is why I have 5 tips for all of you new bloggers out there who are unsure of what they’re doing and anxious about their new life as a blogger. 

1. Be consistent. I know some bloggers are perfectly happy to just post now and again, which is fine. However, consistency for me was so important and without that I don’t think I would be where I am now. I post 3 times a week about lifestyle, beauty and books. I love my content, I love the way I write and the fact that I have a method to my madness. It makes juggling life easier! 

2. Write what makes you happy. Nobody else can tell you what to write, you can take advice and guidance of course. But what you write is your choice and it’s entirely up to you. 

3. The blogging community can be full of positive and negative people, embrace the positive and ignore the negativity. You’re a blogger from the minute you launch your blog and your first post. You will get people who put nasty comments but be the bigger person and move on from them. 

4. I always spend at least one evening a week reading other peoples blogs. Mostly because I love to see other people’s content and also because it helps me to improve my own and think of new content to upload. Liking, following and comment on others blogs will help you to gain more interaction as well! 

5. Get involved with the blogging community. There are twitter chats that bloggers have at least everyday, we get to chat with each other, make friends and promote your blog. Admittedly, there is sometimes blogging drama but I always like to keep out of it. Getting involved will help you become known.

Enjoy your blog! Embrace your new life as a blogger. 

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With love, Beth x 

Halloween Makeup // Clown 

Halloween is my favourite time of year and occasionally, I enjoy to dabble in a bit of facepaint and Halloween makeup looks. I know clowns are often people’s biggest fear, so this clown is hardly a scary clown but more of a fashionable friendly clown just looking to blend in with the crown on a Halloween evening. 

With that, it’s also a fairly straight forward look that almost everybody can do! This look is used with both makeup and face paint. If you don’t have face paint to hand, an eyeliner could also be effective but I prefer face paint. 

For this look you could make this anyway you specifically want and I think big, fluffy eyelashes would look perfect with this look. To start just do your normal foundation/concealer routine, I added a small amount of bronzer as well but generally the look is fairly basic. I then went ahead and done a dark smokey eye, not really being all that tidy with it and especially making it extra smokey on the lower lash line. I did my brows normally, added mascara and a thin strip of liner and that’s is for the makeup side. 

For the added extras that make the clown look, I went ahead and used a black paint with a thin tip brush and created the tall triangles above the brow and making it thinner towards the end. Then placing a small dot at the top. I used concealer to tidy it up and make it really clean. I then applied a small line from the lower lash line and bringing it down, again ending it with a dot. 

For the next step you’ll need a careful hand but you can use concealer to clean it up. From the top of the cheek bone start to create the lines across to the nose. Don’t worry about blending at this point, just try and make sure you get these lines on either side as closely as possible. Once you’ve achieved these lines, use a fluffy brush and a black eyeliner to smokey out the lines, you don’t want them too far down your face so slowly do it and gradually pick more product up until you’ve reached your chosen look. After this add a black circle to the tip of your nose. 

For the lips, add a red lipstick or any that you choose. Then either a black lip pencil or black face paint and create the liner of the lips and drag them out either side to make your lips more clown like. Again, blend it away with a black eyeshadow. Blend away until your hands fall off! 

I would definitely apply a setting spray to keep this look totally in tact throughout your night of partying and enjoying all of the halloWeen fun!  

         If you recreate this look, show me! Tag me in your photos on twitter/Instagram. 

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With love, Beth x 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Tutorial 

Recently I’ve loved to explore with my shadows and eye looks. Although I’ve been loving the ABH Modern Renaissance palette I thought I’d go back to my Top Faced Sweet Peach Palette and create a purple/gold halo eye with a sharp wing. 

This eye look is perfect for a night out with the ladies or even a date night. It’s really flattering and sexy looking, perfect for when you’re feeling fun. 

I went ahead and started with concealer to prime my lids. I used the Maybelline Age Rewind but you can use whatever you have. I then went over and set it using the shade ‘Peaches ‘N Cream’. 

Using a fluffy crease brush I used ‘Puree’ in the crease and dragging it out to make my eyes look more cat like. Next I went in with ‘Delectable’ in the inner corner and outer corner. I do this by taking a small precise brush and adding small pigment at a time, constantly blending and adding until I got my preferred look. I then added ‘Luscious’ to the inner halo and connecting the shade ‘Delectable’ by dragging either side through the crease. Again, adding more of ‘Luscious’ to intensify the took. To finish, I highlighted my inner corner and brow bone with ‘White Peach’. 


I then went ahead as used the Maybelline Master Precise liner to add a sharp, dramatic wing. I added plenty of mascara and some fluttery, flirty lashes to perfect the look. To finish I dragged ‘Delectable’ under the eye, remembering to drag it up towards the liner and out to make it a more cat eye effect. 

There we have a simple but beautiful halo eye!

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With love, Beth x 

Physicians Formula Butter Bronzer // Review 

I purchased this Bronzer whilst in New York this summer and I’ve been committed to it every since. Before I went I knew that if I only purchased one item of makeup it would be this Bronzer since it’s been raved about for so long. 


I saw the last one that was in Target and I didn’t hesitate to grab it. I will say that it is very warm toned but don’t let that turn you off. It’s still a gorgeous shade to wear and it doesn’t make your skin look orange at all. In fact, it applies so evenly and just adds a beautiful bronzed glow to the face. The scent is incredible, it’s like summer in a compact. 
I’m fair skinned and this just makes my skin look so healthy and nourished. It blends so well regardless of whether you’ve powdered your foundation or not. I’ve been obsessed with this for months now and I’m hoping that Physicans Formula come to the UK so I can try more of their products. 

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With love, Beth x 

Book Review // The Start of Me and You 

The second book I read by Emery Lord was called The Start of Me and You. I’ll admit, it wasn’t as good as When We Collided but still very enjoyable. 

At a very young age, Paige suffered the loss of her boyfriend and never thought she would feel the same again. Eventually, life had to change and she realised that there was a lot of things that she wanted to do and no longer wanted to be stopped from doing them. The new school year began and it was time for her to make those changes, but will she ever be able to swim if she doesn’t dive? 

The book was just as lovely as When We Collided by Emery Lord. Although I did prefer the other novel, I must admit that I like the character of Paige. She actually reminded me of myself and the things I realised when I knew my life had to change because of anxious thoughts and holding myself back. I love that again, Emery Lord has written in a character who is homosexual and I think that’s such a wonderful aspect to her books because she shows that she is so accepting of everybody’s background and lifestyle choices. 

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With love, Beth x 

Mini Haul 

Over the past few weeks I’ve purchased a few items here and there that I thought you might want to see, well even if you don’t I’m going to show you anyway. So, I’ve been preparing for freshers and thought I’d pick up a few clothing items for the Autumn season and I decided to grab a few beauty items as well.

I decided to grab myself a few new makeup brushes. I’m rather lazy when it comes to washing my brushes so I bought extra ones for when I’m extra lazy and don’t wash them when I should. I picked up the Real Techniques Flawless Base Set from Boots for £10.99, it was half price which is fantastic. Comes with 4 brushes which include the buffing brush, contour brush, square foundation brush and the small detail brush. I’m an avid fan of the Real Techniques brushes and I do always try and pick up them when they’re on sale. I especially like this set because it comes with the brush cup which is ideal to store your brushes in! You can pick them up from Amazon as well at discounted pricing which is fantastic.

Their brushes are excellent quality for drugstore pricing and I love that they have introduced more expensive brushes such as the bold metals brushes. The brushes are always so soft, they blend products like a dream and they clean brilliantly. What more could you want? 

I also picked up some eye shadow brushes from Amazon, they were at a bargain at £3 for 12 brushes. They were recommended amongst the blogging community for the fact that they are crazy affordable and they are so fluffy, soft and the quality is fairly decent for the price. I honestly thought they were going to be a sham and awful but honestly, they’re decent and do the job well. Bargain buy of the year I think.

I was having a little look in New Look and I come across a suede biker jacket and fell totally in love with it. However, I didn’t buy it for weeks because 1. I didn’t know if I would ever wear it and 2. Not knowing how to style it. So, when I come across it again on the website I bit the bullet an bought it anyway because well, treat yo’self ladies.

So like I said, it’s a suede biker jacket in the colour stone. It’s more of a beige tone and I’m not gonna lie, I love it. I’ve had leather jackets in the past but I never wore them because I always felt like I looked odd in it, so I donated it to charity. I personally don’t think I look nice in leather and I feel strange and I feel so much better in the suede jacket. I find that I can match it with so many outfits (Pinterest is my go-to for style inspo). I paid £39.99 and it’s perfect for nights out and day looks during the autumn and winter months.

I needed some new trainers to head back to uni in and I went ahead and purchased a new pair of low top converse. I love converse for nights out or even day wear, they’re such fashionable and practical shoes that last such a long time. I’ve had my last pair for around 3 years now before they separated at the bottom. If you really look after them they’re fantastic and will last you a long time. I got them in white and I’m feeling quite brave with them. I’m really hoping I can keep these ones clean!

I visited Carmarthen during August and got very excited to see that my new little town has a Lush store! So obviously I went in and treated myself to some bath bombs. I purchased my all time favourite, I Kyle baby bot bath bomb, this is my favourite ever and whenever I have a bath in it I just feel so much softer and more relaxed. I went with the  rocket science bath bomb and it’s made my skin feel so incredibly soft and fresh. It also really helped to relax me and make me feel so happy and healthy minded. 

I also bought some basic black skinny jeans because when can ever have too many, right? These were £9 from primark and they sit lovely. 

I went ahead to Superdrug during the 3 for 2 offer and bought several little bits to add to my collection. The Collection lasting perfection concealer is an all time favourite and for £4.19 you can’t go wrong! It’s got full coverage and such a lovely colour to highlight the under eyes. 

I also repurchased the Collection contour stick in shade 1, this was also around £4 and it’s the perfect grey toned shade to contour the cheek bones with. The consistency is lovely and it’s so blendable, it’s easy to  built as well which is what I love the most about it. 

Lastly, I had my eye on the new Rimmel liquid lipsticks and I bought mine in the coral shade. These are £5.99 and I’ve heard nothing but good things about them. I honestly feel like this lipstick was the best purchase of all. It’s so creamy when applied and it’s so lightweight which makes it an absolute dream to wear. Lovely colour and the formula is right up there with some of the best. 

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With love, Beth x