A Guide to Attending University

Over the next few weeks I'm going to be discussing the topic of university. When I was applying and starting my main source of information came from the university websites and UCAS. However I found these to be extremely painful boring to read. Although they covered most of the information I required, I wish I had found a blog that broke it down in a more interesting way. And so….  I have set myself the challenge of writing a mini series of posts to guide you through applying and starting university.

So before we start I thought I would give you a bit of background information about how I got to the university I am currently at. At sixth form I took History, Maths, Chemistry, General Studies and Government and Politics. I also undertook the Extended Project Qualification. Getting good grades in my first year put me in a good position for applying to universities at the beginning of my second year. I applied to five universities, where I was going to study Primary Education (5-11 years). The universities I applied to were:
·         University of Chester
·         Oxford Brookes University
·         York St John University
·         University of Northampton
·         University of Gloucestershire

I applied to these universities for the following reasons:
·         They were all in places I could see myself living
·         I liked the look of the modules that were in the course programme and could see myself studying them
·         They all had an ‘outstanding’ rating by OFSTED for my course
·         There were NO exams on my course

At the end of my course I will be a qualified teacher, this meant that as well as the usual applying through UCAS, I was also subjected to an interview at the universities. I was lucky enough to receive interviews at all five. Once I had my interviews, I then had to wait to find out if I would receive a condition offer from the university. Once I had received all my offers it was then time to make the big decision. I picked my firm choice and insurance choice universities based on the two that I felt I could see myself at the most.
·         Firm choice: University of Gloucestershire
·         Insurance choice: York St John University

Once I had made my final choices, it was time to apply for student finance and accommodation (later posts to follow on these topics) and take the all-important exams. On results day I woke up to an email from UCAS informing me that I had been accepted by my firm choice university, this made the whole going and collecting results a hell of a lot easier.
So two years on and I am loving university. I would not change my choice for the world!


So what I am aiming to cover in this mini-series? I am going to discuss topics covering the following areas:
·         Picking the University that is Right for You
·         Applying for Student Finance
·         Applying for Accommodation
·         Moving to University
I am also looking to write a post dedicated to your questions! Is there anything that you are dying to know? You can leave your questions in the comments below or tweet me @SkinnyJeansBlog or send me an email to LoveBeautyStudent@gmail.com.

I am very excited to get started on this new project and I really hope that I can help some of you feel more confident about starting university.


Why I Love The Zoo (And You Should, Too!)


So my lovely boyfriend arranged a day out at London Zoo as part of my 20th Birthday! I love going to zoo's so much (much to the annoyance of him). Although he often jokes that I have the maturity of a six year old, there is just something great about going to see animals!!!!! I had never been to London Zoo and it definitely didn't disappoint. 

*Warning, warning  heavily pictured post*


Collection Eyes Uncovered Palette Review


I have been waiting to get my hands on these palettes ever since I read Lily Pebbles's review.  There are three different palettes to pick from and I picked up the 'Nude Palette' and the 'Nude Bronze Palette'. Both the palettes provide a good range of neutral colours which can be used to create a soft neutral look or smoked up to create a more dramatic look. I am really enjoying using the shade 'Golden Brown' from the 'Nude Bronze' Palette. Although they don't have the greatest staying time, with a bit of primer this is easily resolved and for £3.99 I wasn't expecting them to last forever. If you are new to makeup and are looking for a good neutral starter palette then these are for you. 

*Very cheap and affordable
*Good range of neutral colours
*Both matte and shimmer shades
*Eyeshadow names on the back- Does it bother anyone else when products aren't named?!?!?

*Cheap looking cardboard packaging
*No mirror- but for £3.99 this isn't a huge issue
*Slightly chalky- easily resolved with a primer

Have you tried these palettes?


Spring Drugstore Wishlist

February Favourites


I can't believe it's already March, this year is going far too quickly! As it is the start of the month, there is no better way to kick off this months posts then a monthly favourites. I don't actually have many favourites this month in terms of beauty products, however there are a few random things that I have been really enjoying. 

Barry M Speedy Quick Dry Nail Paint in In a Heart Beat

If you love Barry M nail paints, then you will love their new release. It has the formula and pigmentation of a normal nail paint but dries so much quicker.... what more could you ask for? This new release from Barry M comes in a range of gorgeous pastel shades perfect for the spring and summer season. I am currently wearing In a Heart Beat which is a gorgeous coral pink shade. 

Bourjois Delice de Poudre Bronzing Powder in 51

This used to be my absolute favourite bronzer, however I had neglected it recently. I used it at the start of the month and have definitely reminded myself why it is one of my favourite products. As a pretty fair skinned person I find that bronzers tend to look pretty ridiculous on me if they are too orange or dark. This bronzer give a gorgeous natural glow and it smells amazing! 

Brown Chelsea Boots from Dorothy Perkins

I love a Chelsea Boot!!!! I just find that they look great with a pair of skinny jeans and a top for an everyday look. I had been looking for a light tan coloured pair for a few months when I spotted these in Dorothy Perkins and I have honestly worn them most days this month. You can buy them here.

Tesco Candle in Damson and Pomegrante

This month I have really enjoyed burning candles. This one from Tesco has left my room smelling lovely and is never too overpowering. It has a fresh fruity scent and although I only paid £2 it comes in a really pretty glass jar. 

Other Random Favourites:
*One Tree Hill
*Tenerife Sea by Ed Sheeran 
*Pink Lemonade
*Pretty Little Liars Series 5

What have you been loving this month?


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