The Lecture Makeup Look

Quite a few of you have probably started back at university so I’ve decided to talk you through a makeup look perfect for a lecture. If you’re anything like me a 9 o’clock start is such a killer, especially if you’ve been out late the night before, so the longer you can stay in bed, the better. I tend to wear minimal makeup in the day, mainly because I don’t have the time to spend in the morning, but I do try to make it look like I have made some effort with this quick and simple makeup routine.

Joanna Bowden



The Truth About Going to University

With my first year of uni finished, I’m now at the stage where I’m still trying to get over the sheer chaos of exams (let me tell you, it was VERY stressful) and I’m also coming to the point where I feel it’s actually time to find myself a summer job as watching back to back episodes of Prison Break probably isn’t the best way to spend my summer holidays. But whilst I ponder around at this stage, I thought it would be a good idea to write a post about my first year at university, what I learnt and what I wish someone had told me.

Having taken a gap year before heading off to uni, I watched a lot of my friends go the year before me, which worked in my favour as I could see what it was like for them and they could give me a heads up on what to expect. By the end of September my Facebook feed was filled with pictures of my friends at uni, followed by tweets about  how great it was and how drunk they had been the night before – as you can imagine, this filled me with excitement and I couldn’t wait to head off the following year.



The Ultimate Hangover Guide

Unfortunately, at some point in our lives (especially if you’re currently a student), we will all be privy to a rather chronic hangover. Sickness, a painful headache, tiredness, dizziness and generally feeling like the ground should swallow you up are just several of the typical ‘hangover’ symptoms but don’t panic – I have put together a list of the top 5 hangover cures so you’ll be feeling fresh as ever before you know it!

The best way to avoid a hangover in the first place would be to avoid mixing your drinks – we all know this doesn’t end well. Why not drink water in between drinks to re hydrate yourself? Not only does this avoid the banging headache you usually wake up with, but keeps your skin hydrated throughout the night.

Alcohol is a ‘diuretic’ meaning it removes fluids from the body and therefore leaves you and your skin feeling dehydrated, so my top tip to get you well on your way to recovery is to drink lots of water in the morning!

We’ve all had that moment when we look in the mirror after a night out and nearly scream when we see how dull and tired our skin looks! It sucks, right? Luckily Garnier Moisture Match is to our rescue! It is designed to improve a dull complexion, of all skin types, so simply apply a small amount to your face and neck and watch a miracle happen in front of your eyes.

Garnier Moisture Match

Garnier Moisture Match

It might sound crazy, and yes, you probably can’t think of anything worse than to go for a run after a night out but the fresh air works a treat! Even if you aren’t sprinting, a brisk walk around the park will help you sweat out your hangover and you will build up a healthy appetite ready for my next tip.

A Good Burger:
Nothing can get rid of a hangover more than a good burger. That shaking feeling you usually get around midday will be sorted right out. Plus – who needs an excuse to eat a burger?

Face mask:
My favourite face mask is Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask but this is pretty pricey so any face mask will do! All you have to do is leave this on your skin for 10 – 15 minutes and the soothing lavender oil will deep cleanse and re balance your skin so you are as good as new – no one will ever know you went out the night before!

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Elemis Herbal Lavender Repair Mask

Nothing can help dull and pale skin like a bit of bronzer. This will immediately freshen you up and give you a healthy glow. My favourite bronzer is Hoola by Benefit but all bronzers will do the job!

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

Hoola bronzer by Benefit

If you want to skip a hangover altogether you can always drink non-alcoholic cocktails – these are great as you can sit with a yummy drink and not stress about the effects of drinking (or the calories). My favourite recipe is by Wayne Collins, it’s a healthy alternative to a Mojito:

Mint Lemonade

  • large handful fresh mint, leaves picked
  • 6 lemons, juice and zest of 3
  • 3 tbsp sugar cane syrup
  • sparkling mineral water, to top up


  • Place the mint leaves into a tea towel and bruise with a rolling pin.
  • Add the mint to a pitcher, with the lemon juice and zest and sugar cane syrup.
  • Top up with sparkling water. Mix the cocktail well and add more sugar cane syrup, to taste.
  • Chill in the fridge.

So there you have it – your ultimate guide to beat the hangover!

Bringing It Back With S Club

All my childhood dreams came true last night when S Club reunited to perform at Halo, a nightclub near my uni. I’ll admit, there was only three of them (Jo O’Meara, Bradley McIntosh and Paul Cattermole) but that was enough for me. I could barely contain my excitement as I danced around to the likes of ‘Don’t Stop Moving’ and ‘Bring It All Back‘.

S Club 3 performing

S Club 3 on stage performing

S Club 3 so the former pop stars call themselves now, reformed when they realised their classic songs are still stuck in everyones head and sure enough, they are right! They embarked on a tour around universities and nightclubs to bring students back to their childhood for a night and I’m bloody glad they did.

The trio opened with their classic hit ‘Reach’ and were thankfully still pretty good at singing. Unsurprisingly they have aged and their appearance has changed, with Jo opting for bright red hair and both Bradley and Paul have gained weight so they didn’t look like the fresh, young stars that we remember. I’ll hand it to them though, they danced around the stage with as much enthusiasm as they used to and I honestly had one of the best nights I’ve had so far at uni. I sang (or was shrieking if you will) along to every song like a 10 year old girl at a Bieber concert.

Their set list included:

  • Reach
  • Bring It All Back
  • Never Had a Dream Come True
  • Don’t Stop Movin’
  • Natural
  • S Club Party

My friends and I even managed to blag our way up to VIP to meet them – the best part being that I got a selfie with Bradley and he even asked for my friends number but she politely declined – mainly because he is 32 now *gasps*. The young me would have been so proud.

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

This is a horrible picture but my selfie with Bradley!!!

So all in all, the night was as good (if not better) as I expected it to be and brought me right back to my 7 year old self.

Can S Club still throw an S Club party? They certainly can.

Do You Have ‘Fat Fresher Syndrome’?

Before you answer that, let me tell you a few facts…

According to a study conducted by Slimming World an average a fresher gains two stone in their first year of Uni and 59 % of students blame stress for this weight gain. Another one of the main culprits is (unsurprisingly) alcohol (56%) and post-partying grub (59%) – so yes, that Subway you demolished in the early hours of the morning does count, even if you don’t remember it.

The results are shocking, aren’t they?

I happen to be a fresher and with the summer season fast approaching I’m starting to panic. If you are anything like me, in January you planned to look something like Kendall Jenner by March and at this moment in time that is definitely not the case. So I’m now on a quest to get a my dream bikini body by the summer.


I have found that staying healthy at Uni is not always possible, and the convenience of the corner shop up the road is too tempting to buy copious amounts of chocolate and crisps. Before I left for University in September, I told myself I wouldn’t be one of those people who come back home for the holidays twice the size they were before they left. However, when you are caught up in a whirlwind of leaving home, making new friends and spending the majority of your time clubbing this nightmare does become a reality.

Like a lot of freshers, I struggle to find a balance between being healthy and still having fun (e.g. drinking lots of alcohol followed by chips, carbs and more carbs the next day) but I want change my ways slightly so I don’t return home a ‘fat fresher’. But where do I even start?

I aim to make a few changes, the first one is to actually get out of bed at a normal time. I always find getting out of bed early sets me up for the day as I am able to fit in a nutritious breakfast so I don’t reach for the biscuits mid morning instead. When it comes to going out, opting for a lower calorie alcoholic drink such as vodka and diet coke over wine will help save calories and I also hope to fit in at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. Despite not being able to afford a gym membership, a quick workout video from YouTube or a walk into town and back will do the job!

I will keep you posted on my progress and let you know how being a ‘healthier’ fresher is working for me. Until then, do let me know if you have tips of your own! I will also be posting cheap and healthy recipes so keep an eye out for them.