Friday, 29 August 2014

Locker Essentials

I am sure that I'm not the only one who struggles when it comes to my locker. I mainly struggle with organisation. Thankfully I have a good sized locker which makes it a lot easier. I've learnt some tips and tricks that have helped me immensely and now I'm going to share them with you!

1) Our locker room is so busy between lessons and during breaks that you need to get in and out as quickly as possible. While that's important it's also very important to get all your right books.
I have bought about 8 huge folders to fit all of my books for each subject in. They are A3 and need to be super strong to carry everything. When you get to your locker you can just grab the folder and leave before the corridors and stairs get too crowded. This also means you won't forget any books.

2) Make room for books. A problem for some of us is that there isn't enough room in our lockers. Even though I have enough room for books there are some additional essentials which can take up quite some room (e.g. tracksuit). I was advised to get a sort of metal step from Ikea that is perfect to keep in the locker. Thankfully it doesn't look too horrid. Infact it's quite cute. When I put it in this morning it fit in perfectly and I'm very happy with my new space. I've been keeping my coat under it with my books on top. Make sure your coat isn't wet, though!

3) Always keep plastic bags in your locker. On rainy days you can put your wet coat in the plastic bag. It will ensure that your coat doesn't saturate all your favourite business books. You can put the bag on a hook and you are saving more space. Plastic bags are also great for putting your tracksuit in after long hockey practises.

3) Get to know the person with the locker beside yours. Make sure they are trustworthy. Give them your spare key so that if you forget your key, that person can give you the spare. If you are a bit sceptical of the person beneath you, like I was, just give the key to your closest friend. But do try to remember your key!

I suppose that's it for today. Sorry for not posting anything in so long! I'll be back soon with some more beauty news!


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Sunday, 3 August 2014

Lasting Perfection, Collection 2000

We've all heard wonderful things about the Collection 2000 Lasting Perfection concealer but, unless I've missed something, not very much has been said about the other 2 products in the line. That's why I picked them up in Boots yesterday. In total, the Lasting Perfection line has a concealer (obviously), a foundation and a powder. They are priced at around €5.50-€7 which is a very good price, but is it a bargain or a waste of money?

The first thing I notice is the smell of the foundation. I was apalled to find that this is the worst smelling foundation I have tried. It has a revolting odour that resembles the smell of paint which is slighty worrying.

The foundation does nothing for me. It is far too dark which is disappointing because it is in the lightest shade in the line. I feel like there isn't much coverage and you can't really build it up. Overall the foundation is a very very disappointing start.

The concealer however is a new favourite of mine. It matches my skintone very well and I think that it will be a new favourite of mine. It is a high coverage concealer which is perfect for use all over the face. Until now I've been using the Nyx Concealer which comes in a pot form. Sadly the concealer is similar to the foundation in that it smells like the foundation.

Lastly comes the face powder. I didn't realise that this comes with a mirror and sponge until I got home. I haven't used the sponge and don't intend to but you never know when it might come in handy. I really like this powder. I use it over foundation and concealer but I just tried it on it's own and it really doesn't look too bad. I'm not sure that it's my favourite powder but for less than €6 who am I to complain?!

The only letdown with this line was the foundation. Did the others make up for it though? Collection should broaden their selection of shades but in general I was quite happy with this line.

Thank you for reading and enjoy your day!

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