university; is it worth it?

university; is it worth it?

It’s the big question, is university worth going to? Have we all wasted nearly 30K and 3/4 years of our lives? Well, my honest opinion is yes, some jobs require a degree (such as the career I want to go into) so obviously, it’s worth it but the whole university process in the UK is something I find really hard to grasp.

Since the tender age of 13 we are set into the mind frame that “university is just the place you go after you finish school”. In year 9 we pick our GCSE options and little did we know how much that would shape our future; pick the wrong options and you can’t do the following A-levels, potentially limiting your opportunities for university. If I had known the effect that my options would have on my academic life at the time I might have spent more time deliberating over them, rather than picking the ones I thought would be easiest/ the most fun. I was lucky enough to do decent enough in my GCSE’s to go on to do A-levels which I enjoyed. by the second year of uni, we’d had enough “thinking about the future’ chats to overwhelm our brain. Just because I’d chosen these A-levels, was I now prepared to pick my future career? Had I picked the right A-levels to help me get to the career or had I limited myself already? I certainly didn’t know the answer to these questions and by now it was too late to find them out. I’d had phases of wanting the be a dancer, singer, a vet – all the usual choices. I felt compelled to commit to a career out of thin air, attending open days and prospect days under the pretence that this was my passion that I had wanted to do for years- really, I didn’t have a clue. I ended up going for something that I thought sounded good without really understanding the career prospects it would lead me to; would it give me everything I needed to actually find a job? Would I require a placement? Is the degree better at some universities than others? I really was blind going to uni. Inevitably, during my first year of my degree, I realised it wouldn’t lead me on the path I would have liked and ended up transferring course to something which I do genuinely enjoy and am now excited for the career I will be going into. “Hindsight” Is something people always talk about and experiencing what I have after transferring tranferring courses, sometimes I wish at school and sixth form/ college the idea of waiting a while before going to university was something they promoted more. At the time it felt like it was either university, college or having no career prospects, obviously I am now aware of all the other options available to people; could I have done an apprenticeship to help me get to where I wanted to be, or could a year of working have prepared me to be more financially stable and sure of my choices before applying for university? I know some people who did decide to take “gap years” and, at the time I thought it may have been a wasted time following so many years of education but now I find myself jealous of things I could have experienced (let’s be honest I missed out on so many potential “finding myself in Thailand Instagram posts) whilst I threw myself into a world I wasn’t entirely ready for.  I wish schools could encourage giving yourself time to enjoy the world, understanding yourself and what you want to do with your life before committing to the world of uni.

Even for those who are sure that university is the option for them, the whole process of applying is, in my opinion, less than ideal. Our teachers give us a predicted grade based on our work at school and out “potential” and when we apply to university they use these grades (alongside work experience, personal statement and references) to determine whether we can earn a place. These “made up” grades that are chosen for us determine which type of universities we can even look at applying for, if you’re predicted all B’s the chances are there’s no point in even applying for a university required all A’s, to find yourself being rejected immediately. A lucky few gain advantage from this process, those with high predicted grades can receive an unconditional offer from a university if they see potential in the student meaning even if they get an E in their exams they can still go to university, these are the students I was very jealous of. Nobody knows what you can achieve in A-levels until you’re sat in that chair filling out your exam paper, exams are stressful and people can deal with them differently. I for one was very disappointed with my A-levels results, I put all my effort in and did well with my coursework which made up most of the grade but then I did badly in the exams because I wasn’t focused enough (something which I’ll admit to now) but luckily I still managed to be accepted to my university. My point is, we are limited in our future before we even do our exams; as if somebody has already decided what we are or aren’t capable to achieve.  I know that if people do achieve higher than their predicted grades they can apply through clearing to get into another university, however personally if I had been told for a year+ that I wasn’t good enough to get into “better’ universities I would find it hard and would be totally unprepared to suddenly find myself a place in one.

Of course, all of these are just my opinions about the university process and I am sure others may disagree. Personally, despite an extra year, I am very glad I am here. I have learnt a lot more about myself by being away from home, met amazing people, made many memories and learnt a bit of science for my career along the way. If I could go back and advise little 16/17 year old Tamsin on life, it would still be to go to university and gain the degree that I’m getting because I will love it, however I would also tell myself to take more time in deciding what I want, enjoy the teenage years before the years of debt and all-nighters take over. Young Tamsin, don’t feel pressured to decide when you aren’t ready, explore the other options available to you and see the world because believe me you won’t be to afford to at/immediately after uni. PS enjoy house parties; you’ll really miss them.

Rant over

T x

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Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

Goodbye 2017, Hello 2018

So we are 5 days in, so far I haven’t cried once, have eaten at least one salad and have listened to the Greatest Showman soundtrack 138563 times. Not a bad start eh?

So 2017 was crap, I don’t know about you but I faced challenges that I never thought I’d have to and at times my strength was really tested and I began to lose myself.  I’m not going to bore you with the details of all the negative things that happened, and I’m sure many people had it much worse, but let’s just say this year could only be up from there.

I’ve never been a big “new year, new me” zombie but this year I feel a bit different, like the stars have all aligned waiting for me to make a big change, maybe it’s real and it’s this is the year I magically turn into the adult Tamsin that everyone expects me to be or maybe it’s just all the cheese I ate over Christmas repeating on me. Either way, this new found motivation to make a positive change of myself hasn’t gone amiss, it’s time to get back to a routine that I so badly fell out of towards the end of the year, get back into doing the things I love and stop putting off going to the god-damn gym.

It helps to be entering this year surrounded by supportive loved ones and friends and leaving behind the nobodies (to put it nicely) of last year. That’s probably my take-home message from the horrible experience we call 2017; live life for what really matters. I spent so much of time worrying about people and situations that I had no control of and losing focus of what really mattered.

It wasn’t all bad, in 2017 I visited the beautiful city of Galway, Ireland, landed my dream placement which will lead me to my desired career, gaining a lot of confidence in my driving and realising who I do and don’t need in my life.

SO here’s to the many drunken nights, tears and tantrums of 2017, you definitely won’t be missed but here’s also to a productive, happy new year full of love joy and (hopefully) more cheese.

T x

Sophdoesnails X Makeup Revolution: The Review.

Sophdoesnails X Makeup Revolution: The Review.

Hello all,

Long time no see! Unfortunately, as I am now on a full-time placement, I’m going to find it hard to blog a lot but today I had something I had to write about. I have been a fan of @Sophdoesnails on youtube for a good few years and was pretty excited when she announced she was releasing makeup items with MakeupRevolution and despite my attempts at saving money (I mean I already have 7 other Makeup Revolution palettes, I didn’t need it, right?), I ended up giving into temptation and buying it.  At the reasonable price of £10 and easily accessible in larger Superdrug stores, I don’t feel Soph or the Revolution team has played on the collab too much by making it inaccessible and pricey unlike other recent collab attempts *ahem* Maybelline X Gigi Hadid.

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What I like most about the palette is that it is true to Soph’s channel, a lot of other YouTubers who bring out merch tend to bring out generic t-shirts (no offence to anybody who enjoys that!) but knowing her love for eyeshadows and particularly highlighter, it made sense for these to be the products she chose. I admittedly didn’t choose to buy the highlighter palette as I found it so similar to my Sleek Solstice palette I didn’t need it. The palette itself oozes value with 24 shades, a huge mirror and the aesthetically pleasing embossed rose gold logo.

Onto the palette, I love the mix of colours, both matte and shimmer, in the palette. For £10 I feel you get the ability to create so many different looks rather than them all being different shades of brown. Obviously, some colours are more wearable everyday colours (my faves including Cuppa Tea, Peaches and Pumpkin) whilst others are more outlandish such as Mixed Berries and Petrol).  I’ve always found makeup revolution palettes to be really good quality and this one is no different, the colours pack a punch and blend so easily. Below are images of the shades with flash (top) and without (bottom).

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Not wanting to sound overly positive I tried to think of a negative to this palette and the only thing I could come up with was that I didn’t find it in my local smaller stores and I am aware they did sell out from the tambeauty.co.uktambeauty.co.uk (the only other place it can be purchased) website for a short while but overall, it’s such a good palette for the price I paid and I think Soph should be very proud of what she has achieved.

Until next time!

T x

P.S this is my first blog post using my new camera. Hope the pictures have improved.

12 things I’ve learned​ from Love island 2017.

12 things I’ve learned​ from Love island 2017.

So this year more than ever the programme has been massively successful and appears to have sparked the interest of pretty much everyone from Stormzy to Philip Schofield. I’m sure nobody has been able to avoid the programme and if you have then you’ve really missed out. From memes to Primark t-shirts to #muggy these are the things I’ve learned from this year’s Love Island.

  1. Finding a friend who is happy to be tagged in memes (and tag in return) is truly a friend you need in your life. The enjoyment of the programme doesn’t have to stop at 10 pm, you know when you get that notification that your day is about to be made.
  2. The whole of my summer has been planned around my 9 pm plans with my sofa and snacks;  chance of getting stuck in traffic at 8.50pm? Oops, can’t make it.
  3. The SUN publishes so much shit, Let’s burn it!…. Unless they have the inside scoop on whether Mike and Jess really did bang and then I’ll consider buying it.
  4. Jess and Dom have become the biggest celebs in the UK, or so they think. If you’re lucky you might catch them on their UK club tour but unfortunately, they’re so busy they have no meet and greets planned on their days off. #wearealreadyoverit
  5. Feminism isn’t dead. That infamous argument between Johhny and Camilla reminded people that women on game shows can still have strong feminist opinions and defend themselves. Cam honey, You’re doing amazing.
  6. Everyone’s remembered how much they used to love Blazin’ Squad. But definitely not just because they love Marcel, right?
  7. Every girl has had to deal with a Craig in their lifetime. For at least a week we were all cringing at his lines to win her affections, my personal favourite was “I’ve only come on this programme for you”. Luckily his stalker vibes didn’t sway her #jamillaforever
  8. The results are in and the new top names for babies born in 2018 are indeed Cash (Hughes) and Star (Sign).
  9. Shoutout to our favourite polar bear/easter egg/Brother/rapper Chris. You know you’re our real winner.
  10. The whole of the UK is still undecided if Theo was an absolute dickhead or the best joker around. Booping Camilla around the face with his wang might have made up for his joke about Tyla leaving with Johnny.
  11. Being gutted that we never got to see Chloe’s ex John entering the villa and fucking shit up.
  12. If “A little bit leave it” isn’t Christmas #1 2017 then the world is messed up.

Anyway, whoever wins tonight (my guess is Kember), we can’t deny it’s been a good few weeks of solid British entertainment and now we will all go back to aimlessly trying to fill our evenings whilst still shouting “TEXT” whenever we get a text and using the phrase  “100% my type on paper” in our daily lives.

T x

10 things you’ll know if you’ve worked in retail

10 things you’ll know if you’ve worked in retail

  1. The look you give your colleague when you’re serving a rude customer speaks a thousand words.- Just know, you’ll be the talk of the staff room later.
  2. Wanting to die inside when people STILL complain about having to buy a plastic bag- It’s 5p Sharron, I think you’ll survive.
  3. Going shopping and finding yourself wanting to tidy and pull forward in other stores. You barely do it in your own store but you can’t help yourself, we all gotta stick together right?
  4.  The long wait while your customer searches for their loyalty card. “It’s always the last place you look” *awkward laugh*.
  5. When customers ask “do you work here?”. No honey, I wear this uniform because it looks fab.
  6. Breaking down your days into smaller chunks to make it through. SO you’ve got 2 hours until your next hour break then only an hour and a half until you have to move department and then an hour until your break. Easy.
  7. Not being able to finish your story to your colleague because of all the stupid customers getting in the way.
  8. Starting to give someone’s change and panicking when they say “can I give you the spare 16 pence” and having to think back to GCSE Maths to work out the change.
  9. When you get bored you can wander round the shop and do mental shopping. You’ve got so much spare time you can work out all the best offers because let’s face it who wants to spend all their wages back in their own store?
  10. Feeling unnecessarily offended when customers put their money on the counter rather than in your hands.

Just some fun things, I’m sure we’ve all experienced working in retail.

T x

The (not so) good, the bad and the ugly..

The (not so) good, the bad and the ugly..

SO today’s post is something that you don’t really see talked about on blogs a lot….. COLD SORES. These little buggers aren’t on most people hot topics but can be the bane of some people’s lives.

They aren’t pretty, not only are they something you can’t really hide, they can actually be really uncomfortable. For those of you who have never had one (lucky you) you may not be aware of what they are, what causes them or be unsure whether to believe some of the myths you may have heard.

So the common cold sore is caused by the Herpes virus (not the strain you get down there) and can be caught very easily through contact with others who have a cold sore, including on towels etc.  and pretty much anybody can get infected. The virus stays in your body and can cause the cold sore if your immune system becomes compromised, even the simplest cold can trigger them. They can also be triggered by stress and things like the weather.

Post-face ruining scab, people can experience tingling and itchiness (which is worse because touching it only helps spread it), blisters break out and when they eventually burst it scabs over. This can turn into a horrible vicious cycle of scratching of the scab only for it to scab again, until eventually your skin heals. Symptoms can range from a couple of days to an ugly couple of  weeks.

My top tips:

  • The creams you can buy aren’t a gimmick, an amazing drug called acyclovir found in most creams such as Zovirax is involved in some amazing science (my fave thing)  to help treat the outbreak however are pretty much only effective pre-scabbing stage. Other creams like toothpaste can be used during the blister as it helps to dry them out (similar to when you use it for spots)
  • Try not to let it make you feel too self-conscious! Ignorant people who may stare or ask you what is, purely because they don’t understand. Just as a person can’t help getting spots, a cold sore is only a temporary inconvenience that you can’t prevent.
  • Try not to cover it. Whacking loads of concealer on top of a cold sore can be so tempting but honestly leaving it exposed will help it heal so much better plus if you use makeup brushes or sponges with foundation/concealer you may spread the cold sore further.
  • Treating a cold sore early is vital. I’ve heard from so many people to apply a cold wet tea bag as soon as you feel a tingling (not sure why this helps) but I’ve done it before and it was a miracle. Give it a try next time!
  • Be mindful of others. As you’d expect kissing is kind of off the cards for a while, but you have to be mindful of other things like sharing straws, towels and bedding.

 

T x

Beauty Haul

Beauty Haul

Hey all, it’s finally spring so I decided it was time for an overhaul of my makeup bag and skincare regime, out with the old and in with the new. Some of these products are quite new and have been so popular so I had to try them myself.

Firstly I bought the original Flawless palette, I originally planned to get the new Flawless 2 Resurrection palette but A) it was sold out nearly everywhere and B) I decided the colours were a bit warm for me and my pale skin. The original palette boasts a lovely array of both warm and cool colours, some brown mattes for transition colours, champagne highlighter colours and some shimmers which have amazing pigmentation.  I think, despite the recent controversy surrounding the company, I will always be a fan of their products and the value for money (this palette was only £8!).17820569_10154648846424891_1953812797_o.jpg

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Next was the new L’oreal Miss Baby Roll Mascara. I have previously owned the Miss Manga mascara, I loved the formula however the wand itself meant you got lots of product on the lashes which could made them clumpy, the unique design of this new mascara wand prevents this and allows for thinner coats which are build-able. I really rate it and when I bought it , it was on a cheaper introductory price. Bargain!

 

 

17838508_10154648846359891_1054356143_o.jpgMe and foundations don’t have a good relationship. I have still never found my one “go to” foundation, due to my paleness and combination skin, so as new products come out I keep searching. I decided to pick up the Rimmel London Fresher Skin foundation in “Light Porcelain”…obviously. Firstly, I like that Rimmel brave the paler shades as I do find some cosmetics companies end at “Ivory”.  I was attracted to this due to it’s claims of natural finish, SPF and “non-pore clogging” solution… that sort of claim is hard to live up to but I will see. So far I do like the light/medium build-able coverage and the way it applies.

 

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After finally visiting the NYX store in Westfield, Stratford, (which I tell you was like animals in the wild scrapping for whatever they could get their hands on), I needed this new(ish) Lip Lingerie eye tint in “Rose Pearl”.  It creates such a lovely shimmer on the lid, is easily blended and didn’t break the bank.

 

Next is some skincare, following a very bad week at uni, I treated myself to a free full facial at the Liz Earle stand in Boots St Albans ( not an Ad, I just think it’s a fab service). Following my treatment I bought this set which contains their 4 bestsellers in miniature formation, tailored to skin types and it came with a free muslin cloth for the cleanser. I adore the cooling sensation of the tonic, which I have heard so many good things about. I’m always up for “try before you buy” so the idea of trying the products out before paying for the full size is fab.

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Have you tried any of these products?

PS guys don’t forget I’m working with Coconut-lane.com and I have my own discount code – Tamsin20 for 20% Off some of their wonderful MacBook and iPhone cases, jewellery and so much more! ❤️

T x

 

 

10 things I’ve learnt about going home during Easter.

10 things I’ve learnt about going home during Easter.

Hey everyone, I hope this term has treated people well and you’re all lucky enough to be able to go home for at least week for Easter. These are all the things I learned about that awkward 2 weeks you get off from uni.

 

  1. Pre drinks are so awkward…. Unless someone lucky enough to have a “free house” or just has pretty cool parents who don’t care, there’s basically nowhere to pre drink. The only option? Heading to a spoons before heading to an equally shit nightclub in your hometown, spending your night constantly asking people how uni is going even though you can’t even remember what they study.
  2. You never remember how much you hate your hometown until you go back and bump into everybody that you vowed to never see ever again.
  3. Hungover days are the worst…. Younger siblings don’t have the same level of understanding when you’re half dead, as you uni housemates. You’ve got no-one  to give you sympathy or be hungover with you, just a younger brother who makes things worse.
  4. Coming home after a night out just isn’t the same…. I love coming home after a night out and continuing the party infact some of best memories are post-nights out. I can’t exactly come home and have a chicken nugget party by myself can I? You are forced to lie down in a quiet, dark house and listening to your ear buzzing until you fall asleep.
  5. You’re not really “at home”…..  Half your stuff is in boxes or stored away for your move to your next student house, especially that one nice top you want to wear.
  6. Night times… At uni it feels perfectly normal to be wide awake at 1am watching the SAW film back to back with your flatmates, Family household’s go to sleep so early.
  7. The heartbreak of still paying bills and rent for you uni house when you moved out in May. Need I say more? RIP bank account.
  8. Student finance. The summer split’s people of my age into 2, those who have a job that they can come back to in summer… and those that don’t. So basically you either always working, or always complaining you have no money, there’s no in-between.
  9. One night stands… Personally, this isn’t an issue for me (big up the BF life) but what do people do? Do you bring them round and hide them away or just introduce them to your mum and have a cuppa to chat about your night?
  10. Friends. Even though it’s only a couple of weeks you end up missing all your university housemates/friends because your friends are too busy working or visiting their uni friends.

But overall we know it’s nice to be home for a while and enjoy all time with the family. Happy Easter everyone

T x

 

 

My boyfriend- the MUA?

My boyfriend- the MUA?

Hi all, a bit of  fun post today.

 

17121408_10154540629799891_622657127_oSo, not to brag here, but my boyfriend is pretty amazing.  Not only does he put up with my makeup obsession, he embraces it. I’ve definitely caught him listening in on some of my youtube watching sessions (Hi @sophdoesnails videos). I knew he was the one when he bought me The Balm’s new palette when it came out because he knew how much I wanted  needed it. But when he said he was confident enough to try doing my makeup, I thought it wasn’t going to end well. After agreeing to go out in public (well to the cinema where it would be dark- but still) in whatever look he created,the bet was on and he picked his tools.

 

 

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As he started on my base it was clear he’d been doing some research, deciding to use a primer and commenting on my foundation’s “coverage” although he struggled with the concept of the beauty blender. He tackled eyebrows with ease and even noted that I’d “hit pan.

 

 

 

A few eyeshadows in and he began to struggle with 17142187_10154540630079891_1874380120_otransition colours and the amount of available brushes because there are so damn many. It was time for eyeliner and I knew this is where he would crack- because let’s be honest don’t we all? After one attempt at a winged liner he realised it wasn’t worth it and decided to go for a safe wing-less look. A few Q-tips later and the eyeliner looked somewhat acceptable.

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Surprisingly , he did an amazing job. He went for the full works including a cheeky contour and highlight. I’m going to proudly go out looking like this and from now on I’ll definitely give him more credit.   
Ps guys! I’m now working with the amazing company COCONUT LANE – you’ve probably seen them all over instagram with their beautiful phone cases, MacBook cases and jewellery! If you use my discount code tamsin20 for 20% off ❤❤❤

 T x

The life cycle of a hangover

The life cycle of a hangover

It’s 12pm, you’ve reached the point of the night where you have to decide how your night is going to end. Do you stick to your one pitcher then call it a night, or do you commit your undivided attention/money/dignity and finish the night with a bang (or a tactical chunder in the spoon toilets – don’t judge me, we’ve all been there right?). Ultimately for me, there’s no real question, go hard or go home, right? All memories of previous experiences fly out the window and you focus on having a good time. Fast forward 10 hours later and your hangover is born. Nothing can prepare you for the headaches, 3 hours naps and inevitable alcohol shakes that will plague you for the whole day.

You start off waking up, convincing yourself that you’ve managed to avoid a hangover. You smugly get out of bed mid afternoon, unsure whether to make yourself breakfast or lunch or something unnaturally in-between. Looking in the mirror you realise you’re wearing last nights makeup and you’ve worn leggings to bed. To your horror you realise you spent way too much on your debit card, smashed your phone on your way home and lost you Mac lipstick, but it was a good night, right?

Come 2pm and you start to feel a nap coming on, but it’s fine, you’re not hungover, just tired right? You start to realise the thirst you’ve had, since waking up with a mouth like Ghandi’s flip flop, is not going to be solved by any amount of water or coffee. If you can muster up the strength to leave your bed to make some snacks, whether it be chicken nuggets or pizza, at least you’ve achieved that right?

By 4pm it’s time to admit it outloud, you are hungover and not just really tired. God forbid if you have to go outside and face the real world- for those who managed to do so still hanging out their arse, I salute you. 3/4 films later and you have to admit that you’ve had a wasted day and begin to question whether the 3 for £5 jager bombs were worth it (FYI they weren’t).

Surprisingly, at about 8pm you suddenly feel like a new person with lots of energy….you’ve made it through the hangover. You may actually attempt to redeem your unproductive day by doing some work but at this point you may as well just accept that you’ve sacrificed your day to the sesh. It’s been a long hard day of hangoverness but lets face it, you have to prepare for it all again the same time next week.

yours truly,

a hungover tamsin x