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Tips for making friends in Uni

University is said to be some of the best years of a persons life. With opportunities to make great friends and to further one’s education, it’s easy to see why. Yet despite making many friends in my first year of University, I’ve noticed many people from my Uni complain on twitter about how hard it was for them to make friends. Making new friends can be difficult, especially if you’re going into University with no friends like I did. So I decided to write a post for those who may need it- for people who are like how I was last year, shy or unsure of themselves. This can also be used by people who wish to branch outside of the friends they already have.

I myself made amazing friends last year and I can’t wait to make more friends this year. I’m going back to Uni next week and I can’t wait for the year that is ahead of me. I discovered last year that by putting myself out there, and, taking all opportunities, I really allowed myself to meet new people. This post was written for anyone starting University this year looking for tips on how to make friends. However this guide can also be used by anyone returning to University- it’s never too late to make a new friend.

1. Student Union

One of the things that I would really recommend to do is to get involved with your University’s Student Union. There are so many ways to do this too! From becoming a class rep to volunteering at Union events to helping out at charity events. I made so many friends by just going to night outs hosted by the Student Union. I also went out on a couple of trips with some of the class reps. The student union is a great foundation base for making friends and expanding with those friends. My student union hosted S Club 7 last year which was one of the highlights of my year.

2. Societies

Societies in University is another way to make amazing new friends with similar interests to you. In my university, we have a wide range of societies from Filmsoc to Harry Potter Soc. The choices were endless and I joined so many. I would really recommend joining as many societies as possible and then sticking with a few that suits you best. Most societies host a couple of events a week which are great opportunities to meet people. They also tend to host a ball and a trip once a year. For example, the Harry Potter society on my campus held coffee morning, movie nights, and even a sorting ceremony. Their trip was to London.

Another thing I would really recommend is going away on any society trips if your university has them. The trips are often subsided and way cheaper than a trip usually would cost. A friend of mine went to Rome with the History Society and only paid for her flight and accommodation. All trips and events were paid for by the society. Trips are also a great opportunity to meet new people and bond with them quickly. There’s no better bonding experience than rooming with three people in Berlin. My personal favourite society was the Arts Society.

3. Join Sports Clubs:

I am probably one of the most un-athletic people ever to live. I lack both coordination and balance. However that didn’t stop me from joining a sports club in my university. I had a bouncing time at my university’s Trampolining club. I did this purely for the chance to jump around but friends of mine competed and even won prizes.

Every university has sports clubs. Most are the general sports clubs like hockey or football, but there also tend to be cool sports clubs which are very expensive to have as a hobby outside of university. For example, my university had Cave climbing, surfing, and of course trampolining as already mentioned. Just like the societies, these clubs also host events like coffee morning, balls and trips. There is definitely a sports club for everyone. Although it was a bit more expensive to sign up to a club, I felt that it was worth it. I got to go to Trampoline classes twice a week and I made lots of new friends.

4. Take all Opportunities

Here’s the thing, before starting university I was an extremely shy person. Half the things I did in university, I would never have dreamed of doing before. See I adopted a new mindset when entering my uni. I decided that I wasn’t going to hold myself back anymore. I was going to enjoy every moment of my college experience and so far, I have. I’ve amazed both myself and my parents at the opportunities I’ve allowed myself to take part in. So my biggest piece of advice for making friends in university, is push your limits. For example, I have a huge fear of heights so this year I am trying to battle it by joining the rock climbing sports club.

5. Go to Fresher’s Events:

Another great way which I made friends in my first year was by attending all of the events which my University hosted during Fresher’s week. From Speed Friending to Nightouts in clubs, there was plenty of opportunities to meet new people before classes actually began. My university brought in rides too. During Fresher’s week, societies often host events during this week to allow new students to taste what the societies can offer to students. A good one I went to last year was a karaoke event by the Musical Society. I would really recommend attending these events as they gives students the opportunity to become friends.

6. Host Pre-Drinks:

Don’t get me wrong, I love going to clubs. However, I much more enjoy the pre-drinking which comes before the club. It’s at Pre-Drinks (prinks) that you can have a good chat with your new Uni buddies and bond with them while singing along to your favourite songs. The nicest pictures are taken at pre-drinks along with the best memories. Like with the post club food time, pre-drinks are a perfect opportunity to make new friends- it’s intimate and much calmer than the club. At the club, the music is loud and perfect for dancing. However, in the club it’s possible to have a good chat.

Hosting pre-drinks is something I’d really recommend all Freshers try and do. If you live in dorms, invite your roommates and your neighbours. Invite the people you sat with in your seminars. Invite that person who seemed nice. Not only will hosting pre-drinks give you an opportunity to make new friends, it also will get you invited to other people’s nightouts. Often when I invite a friend to a pre-drinks, they will automatically invite me to their next event or night out. Hosting Pre-drinks allows people to consider you when they’re heading out themselves.

7. Use Social Media:

Now, some people may find this suggestion to be a bit odd, however, trust me on this one: it works. Basically my best friend from Uni I met through twitter. She had tweeted asking if anyone was doing the same course as her. I DM’d her and we hit it off. Two semesters, one holiday, and, many nights out later, we’re looking forward to sharing many lectures and seminars together (we coincidentally signed up for the same Tuesday 5pm seminar).

Social media- as many people on this website may know- is amazing for branching out and meeting new people. This can be applied to most forms of social media. You can use twitter hashtags – my uni uses hello UCD as their hashtag for incoming freshers. I would also really recommend joining any groups for your Uni which are set up with Freshers in mind. Most student Unions will set one up just for their new students to meet each-other. These facebook pages will have events and you can find people attending and befriend them. Another way which I would recommend is using Bumble. Bumble may be a dating site but it also has a friendship function. Many Uni’s now Bumble representatives as well.

Social media is great and can be a power tool when making new friends.

No matter what, making new friends at University level can be very scary so I’d recommend for anyone trying to make friends to always be themselves. People like someone who is genuine.

Got any more tips on how to make friends at University level? Comment below and let me know!!

beauty

Collection Pressed Powder

Hello beauties! How are you all today? Today I am back with another blog post. I have been posting quite frequently recently and I honestly feel quite proud of myself. I have always struggled to keep up a routine of posting regularly – as anyone could see based on how many posts I have each month!

Today, I have a review for one of my favourite go to products by the drugstore brand Collection. I have yet to find a product by Collection which I dislike, and better yet, most of Collections products are under a fiver! Great quality for a small cost. Makeup can often be expensive so it’s good to have brands like Collection available for times when money is low. This brand does everything a beauty lover could wish for, but today, I am writing a review on their pressed powder that I discovered a couple of weeks ago! To put it precisely, I absolutely adore it.


I am a very pale girl so often I find it hard to find products that are pale enough for my skintone, without making me look like an orange. Collection is a great range for pale girls. The powder I use is in the shade 18- Ivory. Now, I bought mine in Boots, however they no longer seem to stock it. But, Asda sells it for under two pounds.

This pressed powder is great for those who need a powder that will last throughout the day! I found that often I could go through a whole night out, and go home with my powder still intact. The powder blends into the skin very well and is not cakey at all, unlike some other powders that I have used in the past. It is particularly good for keeping my T-zone oil free while giving my face a natural look. It sets my makeup greatly. It’s superior to some other powders that I have used in the past due to it not cracking and it lasts all day for me without having to touch it up.

Overall, I really find this powder to be worth the price, and I highly recommend it to all of my readers!

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My favourite facemask of all time

So after nearly a year of no posting, I have finally decided to come back and try my best to get back into my blog. I feel the blog itself needs a bit of a revamping but I will be able to get onto doing that later on. One thing that has not changed in the last ten months or so is my obsession with beauty and skincare. I adore both of them. I often feel that my makeup clogs up my pores however when I wear a lot of it and I always loved to remedy that. My skin is very important to me, and I like to think that if I look after it when I’m young, I will set up good habits for later on in life.

It is for that reason that I bought the Soap and Glory as it is a deep pore detox mask. I had honestly never read reviews on this product before I bought it but after the first time I used it, I fell deeply in love with it. One of the coolest thing about this mask however is that it’s a self heating mask. And it also changes colour from the original green colour to a light colour. Now this mask is for people with Oily or combination skin, the latter is what I have.

facemask

So how do I use it ? Well, I simply dab a bit onto my face when it’s dry before I wet my fingers and rub it in. The water on my fingers trigger the self heat and makes the colour change from green to blue. Then, after about five minutes, I wash it off with a warm, wet washcloth. I would really recommend this product to everyone I know as not only does it unclog my pores, it also leaves my face feeling very soft as well.

Usually in Boots Ireland, the product costs €15.99 but at the moment, there is a sale on selected Soap and Glory products meaning it is only €11.99 right now. In the UK boots, it is usually £11.50.

Thank you all for reading, and until next time, xx.

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Rimmel Kohl Eyeliner

Hello beauties 🙂
So I haven’t really been that active recently. Mainly because school has left me so tired that the only thing I can think of is homework and sleep. But now it’s nearly October and the main thing I’m thinking about is Halloween which might just be my favourite holiday. It’s tied with Christmas and I can’t pick between the two. Both are pretty awesome. Once a week starting next week I’ll be posting Halloween Tutorials which I’m so excited for because dressing up and becoming someone else is one of the best things about Halloween. I can barely hold my thoughts in right because I can’t wait to do them.

 
Now, onto the actual review. The product that I am reviewing today is the soft kohl kajal eye liner pencil in the shade 07 Pure white ( I did not know that white can be pure but okay 😉 by Rimmel London. I am not a big eye liner wearer type of person. I can only really apply pencils like this but when I was testing this out, I had never used the colour white before. I do like this one as it’s very easy to apply. The only problem I had with it is that it would not be easy to smoothen out. It’s like chalk. It’s long lasting though so that’s a good thing. I mostly would use it on my water line but my friend used it for under her eyebrows which was great too. I do like this pencil but it’s a little bit too hard for my liking.

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Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator 

It’s amazing how much a good exfoliator can do for our skin or how much it can ruin our skin.  I find that some can be too much for my skin so I’m always very cautious when buying new exfoliator. The first question I always ask myself is how other girls with skin like mine react to the product. I also never really know what products to get for my combination skin. Most products for combo skin often are also for oily skin which makes me worry how the dry bits of my skin will react to the product. Now, I no longer have to worry about that. Ever since I tried a sample of the Body Shop’s Pore Cleansing Facial Exfoliator – which is made of seaweed like the clay mask made by them – I’ve found that this exfoliator really helps both the dry parts of my skin and the oily parts too.  It’s ideal and easy to use.


It is supposed to cleanse pores and soften skin. On the back of the packaging, they recommend that you apply a little bit to wet skin and then wash off with warm water.  Now, to start my review, I’ll be looking at the ingredients evaluating  them. Like in a lot of products, the names of the ingredients are very long and unknown to me, so I had to research them all and see if any of them are harmful.  I found nothing too alarming but I did notice a couple of the ingredients in the product are known for irritating skin. Examples of that would be Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Acrylates Copolymer, Glycol and lots more. This product has a lot of ingredients that can really irritate your skin. This product has never irritated my skin but I would recommend that anyone with sensitive skin might want to stay away from this product just to be safe. Not to worry though, the body shop have plenty of different exfoliator’s and one that is good for sensitive skin is their Aloe Gentle Exfoliator , which is known to be great for sensitive skin.


The first things I have to say about the actual product is that I adore it so much.  It’s a brilliant scrub and it really leaves my skin lovely and smooth without it being too harsh or drying.  The smell is very refreshing and I love the seaweed smell to it.  It just smells so good. This really helps remove dead skin, excess oil and impurities. It does not dehydrate the skin but I do need to put on moisturizer after using it. It comes in a tube that you squeeze which is very hygienic and convenient for easy use. I found that once I started using this product, I’d never switch back to my old one due to the results that I got with this one.  I have no complaints about this scrub and will be buying it again when it runs out.


You can get this product Here.

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Lipstick Thursday: Stay Mauve


As you could probably tell by the title, on thursdays, I’ll be doing lipstick reviews. Since today is the first Thursday that I’m doing this, I decided to review a lipstick that I’ve have had forever. It’s the Estee Lauder Double Wear lipstick in the shade Stay Mauve. I have a bit of a love hate relationship with this lipstick if I’m to be honest and I’ll explain why below.


Lets start the good aspects of this lipstick. I love the colour firstly. It’s a deep berry pink colour that I find is perfect for the colder months of the year and will match my wardrobe brilliantly for the next couple of months. It’s a satin lipstick and is very easy to apply. One coat is enough to get a lovely finish.  The colour is perfect for girls with cooler skin tones. It’s texture is very creamy and soft. I also find it’s very long wearing.  The packaging of the lipstick is very chic and pretty.


The only problem that I have with this lipstick is that it seems to go everywhere and I much prefer Captive by Mac which I find to be better value. Overall I do like this lipstick, it’s just not my favourite.

Thanks for reading,

Cxx

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Foamingly Clean !!!!


I mentioned in my post on Monday, that this week, I am focusing on skin care products and I did not lie, today, here is a review of Foamingly Clean facial wash by Benefit. Words cannot describe how much I adore this product. To go along with their fantastic makeup range, their skin care range does not disappoint. I first tried out their skin range about two years ago when I bought their bag of mini skin products and I loved Foamingly clean from the first time I used it. Due to it’s effect on my skin, I decided that the full sized product would be a good investment and I was not wrong.


One of the main things that I love about this product is that it leaves my skin so clean and refreshed. It also doesn’t leave any residue at all either. I love how soft my skin is after I use this product. True to it’s name, the product feels like foam when applied to the skin. This cleanser has a lovely smell which is of cucumbers.  I find that everytime I use this product, it always leaves my skin extremely soft and it really clears my skin up. Also, a little bit goes a long way so this product should last me for a long time. The product itself is very large too.


The one bad thing that I can say about this product is it’s packaging. Don’t get me wrong, it’s very pretty and appealing to the eyes but it has no pump. No pump!!!  The bottle is quite hard to squeeze the product out too which is another bad thing about the packaging. I do like the colour and feel of it, but it isn’t the most ideal when it comes to being practical for easy use.


This product like all other Benefit products is quite pricey. It cost me twenty five euro but I have yet to regret buying it. I am quite cautious when it comes to buying different products that are a little bit more expensive than others. I would recommend this product for anyone looking for a great cleanser.