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How to be Organised In Uni

Today for my University series, I am talking about how to stay organised in University/College. This is my second official post in my University series!! My first post was about making friends in Uni and you can read it here!! I also posted a haul for Uni which you can read here!!

When going to University, being organised is essential for a good experience. From knowing where your seminars are to making sure that you get all your work done in time, my University series will focus on how to actually get organised. I tend to find that it’s very easy to get disorganised in Uni because of how busy life tends to get. One moment you’re enjoying the early days of college and the next, you have ten assignments due in the next week. Don’t fret, here are my tips for staying organised.

1. Get to the Library:

This first bit of advice is probably the most obvious tip of all. However, I’ve noticed that students tend to procrastinate when it comes to the library. For me, it is currently week two of my first semester and I’m already researching my essays which are due in week six/seven. Last year I found that I didn’t give myself enough time to write a good essay for my modules. Getting to the library early in the semester is also important because the good books can very quickly disappear.

2. Get a planner or a Planner app

My 2018 planner is essential to my everyday life. I quite literally schedule everything into it- from my classes to my social life to my blog posts to my workout plan- and it keeps me on the top of my game. My planner was a cheap one euro blue little A3 book from Dealz. While I think it’s an important buy, I think a cheap one does the same job as an expensive planner. I open my planner and my whole life is planned out for me. I don’t need to look at my phone to discover what class I have next.

3. Use the Syllabus. 

I know this may seem obvious, but many of friends think the module syllabus is useless. They go their lectures, so why would they need to keep the syllabus? I for one probably look at my module syllabi once a day or more. They’re an essential part of my learning schedule. They contain all the necessary information which I need to do well in my modules. From my lecture schedule to my assignment details, there is very important details that I would forget if I didn’t have my syllabus to remind me.

4. Make a list of your essays

This is something I’ve done this year. On a small piece of paper I’ve written out all of my due in assignments in the order they’re due with all the details like word count. It’s a messy little list but it allows me to be organised when I’m planning what books to get out of the library each week. I will often look at this list to make sure that I’m not forgetting anything important that I need to do.

5. Look after yourself:

The most important tip of all is to look after yourself. It’s very tempting to pull all-nighters and do a lot of study. However in the long run, getting very little sleep is not worth good grades. Getting good grades is not the most important thing – happiness is. Even when I have a big essay or test, losing sleep is one of the few things which I’m not willing to give up. I know myself too well – I’ll be miserable without sleep and sloppy. Eating well and putting your mental health is also very important. If your feeling stressed, talk to your tutors, friends or family.

Does anyone else know of any tips for staying organised while in Uni? Let me know, I could use them!! Thank you for reading!!

Read my previous post here!!

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Primark Haul August 2018: Misses

As you may have seen by my last Primark post, I had a lot of luck this month. However I also had some bad luck when it came to shopping in Primark. Some of these items I’m not sure about whether or not I’m returning them (all of them were both recently so I can still return them at a later point.) HU

The first disappointing item which I picked up last month was this dark red shirt. Now it only cost €9 and I absolutely fell in love with it in store. I’m a big fan of shirts in general as I think they look lovely both casually with a pair of jeans or formally with a fancy skirt. This shirt also gave me Amy Santiago vibes from Brooklyn Nine Nine! However when I looked at this shirt again when I got home, I noticed that the shirt fits weirdly at the chest area. The material stretches in a way that look odd. I need to retry it on to see if it fits better.

I am a big fan of the design of this blouse. It’s very pretty and very different compared to the other items that I bought in Primark. It also fits amazing and reminds me of the yellow blouse that young Donna in Mamma Mia 2 wears (it seems all shops in Dublin have Donna inspired clothes right now and I am living for all the stripes.). Everything is perfect about this top. Everything that is except the sleeves. The sleeves may look unique and nice, however they are the most uncomfortable sleeves ever to exist. They’re made of scratchy material which irritated me straight away when I put this blouse on for the first time. This blouse was also €13 and I will definitely be returning it as I cannot wear it with those sleeves.

(Also for some reason the pictures look like they’re two different coloured blouses despite being taken at the same time with the same lighting. The picture of the sleeves is the more accurate colouring of this blouse.)

This top I will be keeping as the problem I have with it I’m able to ignore. I bought this top to wear with the dungaree dress which I showed in my last Primark post (which you can read here.). And while it looks really good under the dungaree, I could never wear this top without it. Why? Oh, because it is completely see through along the front of the top. Yeah, I do not want to wear a see through top. However it is perfect for my needs, as the dungaree dress completely hides the parts of this top that is see-through. It was only €6 so I’m not annoyed by this problem.

Did anyone buy some products from Primark that they didn’t like? Let me know in the comments!!

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Hozier

On Monday the 3rd, I had the extreme pleasure of going to one of the rehearsal concerts which Hozier was playing. Words can barely describe how amazing it was to see Hozier live- I was blown away by how amazing his voice is live. I’ve always loved his music but I never thought any human could be as talented as he was – his live voice is the same to his studio voice. We were also very lucky to get hear some of his new songs which is from his new album which will be out on tomorrow. Despite only hearing 3-4 of his new songs, I can guarantee his new songs as just as amazing as his older ones.

Hozier asked us not to film the songs as he played them because he didn’t want to have any leaks and he felt it would he good if people watched the show through their eyes rather than through the screens of their smartphones. All proceeds from the concerts are going towards three charities: Safe Ireland, One In Four, and, the Peter McVerry Trust. With tickets only €30 I was thrilled to get to see one of my favourite singers live.

I was awe struck by how down to earth Hozier was. He chatted to the audience like we were part of his band and I enjoyed how much the fun the band and he had while they performed the music. They didn’t just play the music, they made it come to life.

Has anyone else ever gone to an amazing concert? Tell me in the comments!!

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Stationery Haul

Hello to all those reading, how are all of you? Do you like stationery? I hope so.  There are many things in life that give me a great old thrill and buying (cheap) stationary is definitely one of them. Although I don’t start University for another month, I decided to start preparing myself physically. By physically I refer to my habit of somehow always running out of stationery.  I got most of my current stationery from a Danish shop called Søstrene Grenes. Along with their amazing stationery, they also have lovely items that are perfect for an Instagram aesthetic! Seriously, check out their insta page!

Keep on scrolling to see everything that I got!

Thank you for reading! Make sure to follow on Instagram @infinitebeautybyc and twitter @infinitebeaut31. 

If you have any questions, please email me at infinitebeautybyc@gmail.com!

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My trip to London: Day 1

The other day, I arrived home from London. I was only there for four days and three nights but it was an amazing holiday. I honestly wish I was still there. I’m a huge city girl, and I loved the buzz that I felt around London. Ever since I first visited London when I was thirteen, I have loved the city. My family decided to visit because I just finished my exams so it was a bit of a treat for me. It’s kind of bitter sweet, thinking about the holiday now because it flew by so quickly, and I already wish to go back. I decided to make some posts about what I did while I was there.

Day one of my London trip began at 3.a.m. in the morning. Despite the early hour, I felt wide awake and fully prepared to take on the day. The excitement from the fact that I was going on holiday gave me all the energy that I needed. The only drawback was security. For some reason, going through security machines in both the airport or shops always makes me extremely nervous. I don’t know why as I have never stolen anything nor do I own dangerous items. I brought no liquids with me on my carry on to be completely safe. I also made sure not to wear any metal on my person. Once through security, it was maybe 4.30.a.m. We had gotten through the check-in part of the terminal very quickly and security was also very quick to get through. I then headed with my family to get some breakfast which was stressful. Anyone who has been in terminal 2 of Dublin airport will know that the layout is terrible in the food court – especially when it’s busy. It’s long and narrow making it hard to actually access some of the food. Much to our dismay, by the time we got through the long queue, our food was cold. By the time we were finished, it was 5.30 a.m. and suddenly, our flight was having it’s final boarding.

Terry’s Cafe

We had to rush to the place where our plane was taking off from and finally got on. It was odd that we boarded so early. Then it actually took about 45 minutes to lift off. At 6.30, we had arrived in Gatwick airport. I soon learnt the hard way why packing light is vital when travelling. We got a train to London Bridge train station. There I had my first black taxi experience. I don’t know how Londoners feel about them, but I am obsessed with the traditional London taxi’s. Irish Taxi’s are just normal cars and really boring at the best of times! We were staying near Borough Market- although we never actually had time to visit the market place itself- in the Borough area. We went and had a proper English breakfast in a lovely, authentic breakfast cafe, called Terry’s Cafe. The food there was actually the nicest food I’ve had in a while, but it was really the decorations that I loved the most. From old pictures of London to wireless radios and old boxing gloves, I felt like I had traveled into the past while I was eating Brunch.

 

 

The outside of the Imperial War Museum 

After eating the best breakfast of my life, I headed to the Imperial War Museum, which was amazing. For a free tourist attraction, it had a lot of exhibitions. It had old war tanks and old world war 2 uniforms. From Bomber jets to Victoria Cross medalists, the museum told the story of different people who lived during different wars, both in the past and more recently. They had exhibitions on life for a London family during the Second world war, which I loved. It’s one thing to know the facts about the war, it’s a different thing to discover the way it effected the people who lived during the history we casually learn in school. I then got an ice cream while my sister bought about ten key rings from the gift shop.

It wasn’t until two o’clock did we get to check into our apartment that we were staying at. I was exhausted at this stage, and the thought of going anywhere else was looking very doubtful. However, later on in the evening, we boarded a bus – which was exciting because it was the first time I had ever been on a red bus which is such an icon for London in the eyes of a foreigner. Getting the bus to Kings Cross station, I achieved what every child dreams of- going to Platform 9 and three quarters! I lined up for about an hour but it was so worth it. My sister and I donned the red and gold Gryfindor scarves and got our photo taken. I nearly went for a Slytherin scarf to annoy the attendant who had a clear disdain for the house. Once I had purchased my picture, I bought some house pencil and a box of Berty Botts sweets.


My first day in London was long yet amazing. Looking back on it, I wish I could be in a time-loop and do it all over again! But there is no stopping time. I love family holidays because I love getting to spend time with my parents and my two little sisters.

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My wishlist

Hola Beauties! How are you??

It’s been quite a while since I last posted here… well I just finished my state Exams and I am officially on holidays. It’s crazy how quick my secondary school experience ended. I can’t believe that I am finally done my exams. It felt that they would never end, but they did! Now that the stress of school is over, I plan to put more posts on my blog, meaning that I may need some new products.

Since I wanted to make a fairly quick post to get my blog started up again, I decided to make a post of things that I currently have my eye on. It was my birthday a couple of weeks, so I got a good bit of money. I’m travelling to London in about three weeks so I’ll probably binge a bit when I get there. I realised after making this list, that I seem to be obsessed with Urban Decay at the moment. I can’t help it, their collection is so pretty, you know? I haven’t bought any new makeup in about six months so I definitely deserve a shopping spree – celebrating my exams ending would be a great excuse to go out shopping!

Anyways, here is my current wish list:

  • Naked Heat


The minute I saw this palette, I instantly fell in love with it. I have three naked palettes: Naked 3, Naked Smokey and Naked Basics. I love them. I have only actually ever really used Urban Decay eyeshadows but I do want to try more of their range in the future. This palette is not released at the time of writing this but I think that the colours are really pretty. It appears to be the perfect palette for the warm winter months. I will , of course, wait to purchase until it has been out a  while – I would rather read loads of reviews before throwing money down the drain.

  • Garnier Camomile face mask


Anyone who knows me will know that I adore face masks. Nothing brings me more joy than a face mask. I also love Garnier. I have tried the moisture bomb mask and loved it so imagine how excited I am to try Garnier’s new Camomile mask in the moisture bomb range. Due to the hot weather, my skin has been feeling very dry and tired so this mask looks like the perfect mask for me. The thing that I love the most about Garnier is the fact that their products are great for skin for an inexpensive price. €1.80 for this facemask. What a bargain! I have no idea when I’ll actually get to try this face mask but I am looking forward to it!

  • Naked Skin Shapeshifter


This is probably the item that I’m least likely to purchase on this list. Mainly for the reason that I’m really pale and I worry that the light shades on this contour palette will be too dark for me- it happens a lot with  things like this. This is a three-in-one complexion palette for contouring, highlighting and color-correcting. It claims to have blendable and build-able shades. I really like the look of this palette and if has great reviews on Debenhams. But for €47 I will have to try the shades out on my face before even thinking about buying it.

  • Mac Burgundy nines

In general, I think that the MAC cosmetics Nine Times palettes are gorgeous- I love the look of all of them. But there is something about the Burgundy one that really catches my eye and stands out to me. Firstly, I love the purple toned colours. I wouldn’t be a big fan of such colours but at the moment, they are really jumping out at me. I have been looking at this palette for a while now, and I definitely hope to purchase it when I’m in London. It seems to overall have great reviews with a 4/5 star rating. If I end up buying it, I’ll definitely post a review here.

 

 

  • Naked illuminated trio


Recently I have been highlight crazy and this beautiful highlighting palette by Urban Decay definitely catches my eye. It’s a limited edition trio designed to create a sophisticated, Naked shimmer. It claims to be a lightweight product with light reflecting properties. It creates an instant glow on the user’s body or face. It includes three shades: Pyrite (the gold shade), Oasis (frosted taupe), and Twilight ( iridescent pink shade) as shown in the picture above. Like many other products on this list, it has many good reviews. For €35, I really like the look of this palette and may buy if I come across it when I’m out shopping.

  • L’Oreal Pure Clay Purity mask


I already have the detox face wash and glowface wash  from this range. I love them and plan to review them sooner or later. However, recently I met up with my best friend and her skin was radiant looking. I was literally staring in awe at her skin for a good ten minutes before I finally asked her, what her skin secrets were. She laughed, and told me that it was the L’oreal purity mask. I was amazed and I knew that I need that mask. The results on her skin was out of this world. She was wearing no makeup, yet her skin looked as if it belonged to a model’s. I quickly went online and started to read reviews- her experience was not unique. The three clays and eucalyptus seem to do amazing things for the skin. I am a big fan of clay masks for my troubled T-zone. I’ll probably buy the three packet mini’s to try all three masks since I love the face wash versions.

Well beauties, that is all of my wish list for today. Other items that nearly made the cut include Too Faced “Papa don’t peach”, Urban Decay’s optical primer,  and Barry M contour cream palette.

What is on your wish list at the moment?

Thank you for reading, and until next time, C.

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Movies galore

I’m the type of girl who tends to not go to the cinema very often, instead I tend to get a thirty day pass from our local movie rental shop and binge watch movies. I decided to talk about some movies that I have loved recently. Not all of them are ones that I got from the rental store though. Most of the movies that I will be talking about will be historical because I adore history and have a great interest in other people’s stories. There is something amazing about it when you watch a movie and go “wow, this person has gone through so much.” Below are some movies that I’ve loved recently.

The Pianist (2002):

  

The Pianist is a war time, non-fictional based story about a man called Wladyslaw Szpilman who survived World War two. Directed by Roman Polanski, this heart wrenching story is unmissable. With three Oscars and two Baftas, this movie follows the memoir of Wladyslaw who is a jewish man trying to survive the Nazis’ prosecution of Jews in Poland. With great acting and an interesting story, I love this movie. It is a very tragic movie which had me in tears for days after watching it. In the movie, it’s very easy to empathize with the characters and get attached to them. I would really recommend this movie and the book itself. Both are brilliant and very sad. I would rate this movie 5/5 gold stars.

Child 44 (2015):

  

This movie is about a  man called Leo Demidov – played by Tom Hardy – who is a disgraced member of the military police as he investigates a series of nasty child murders during the 1950’s in the middle of the Cold war, Stalin era Russia. This is a dark and brooding tale with outstanding performances by actors like Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Gary Oldman etc. This movie really intrigued me and made me think of how life must have been like for the Russians during the cold war.  In school, we learn more about the Americans during this time than we do about the Russians.  This movie is so good that I now plan to read the book. I would give this movie a 4/5 of gold stars due to it being a little bit slow at some parts of the movie.

The Imitation Game (2015):

  

As a huge Benedict Cumberbatch fan, I’m very biased towards his movies but I love this movie. Starring a brilliant cast with the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch (duh), Keira Knightly, Mark Strong, and Matthew Goode, this movie is based on the true story of Alan Turing who is a mathematician during world war two, who is trying to break the Enigma code with the help of some mathematicians to win the war.  In this movie, I really got a “Sherlock Holmes” vibe off the character since Alan and Sherlock have some personality traits in common.  This story has an easy to follow plot, isn’t too long and is very interesting.  For all of the reasons above, I give this movie 5/5.

Theory of everything:

 

Based on the biography of Jane Wilde Hawking, this movie centers around the lives of Stephen Hawkings and Jane Wilde Hawking as they meet, fall in love and then, deal with his diagnosis of ALS, or Lou Gehrig disease as its also called. Starring Eddie Redmayne – starring as Stephen Hawkings – and Felicity Jones – starring as Jane – , this movie shows how Jane sacrifices everything for the man she loves.  Directed by James Marsh, this movie is a great way to be educated of how Stephen Hawking’s earlier life was.  Redmayne performs an outstanding performance and at times, I found myself forgetting that I was watching a movie with actors.  This movie is inspirational and very moving.  I would give this movie a 4.5 out of 5.

Thank you for reading, much love

C!