Living with Mental Health as a university student! Lets Talk

Mental health is something I will always talk openly about on Dungarees & Donuts as it's not something I am afraid to talk about, if you are looking to find my mental health story check it out here. Today's post is about what it is like dealing with mental health issues at university.

Some of you may know that I never actually stayed in halls as part of my first year at university due to the stress of being around and living with strangers, the crazy amount of thoughts that went through my head talked me out of even considering thinking about halls. I'll never know on what I missed out on not going to live at university halls. I am now just finishing my second year and am moving in with my friends and boyfriend for third year, which I am over the moon about. Although there are still parts of it which scare me, the whole what if I annoy everyone with my weird moods, or what if they start to hate me despite being my friends these are the thoughts that constantly go through my head.

One part of my anxiety and depression which I have noticed does effect my university social life is the way I feel uneasy about visiting my friends at their university and going to clubs. The idea of going to club makes me want to be sick, people all around me, it's warm and so many people are touching you by accident. The fear is unreal. I have been to clubs before but always freaking out and having to leave early, or getting so drunk and feeling so unwell that once again I have to leave early, which really does suck. I'd to be able to experience the 'fun' in clubs but I am not sure it is something I will be okay with in this lifetime. There is one good thing though, I am finally starting to be able to go out to pubs and have a social drink, I can sit in a pub for hours and actually start to enjoy it, I am not sure if it's the fact I don't have to wear 6 inch heels or the fact that I won't randomly get touched that makes going to a pub more okay in my mind.

My friends are so great with my anxiety and depression and when I struggle to go out at all they are great about it and try their best to help me the ways they can. My boyfriend is amazing with it all, if we miss a night out because I can't face it he never once holds it against me, he says he doesn't fancy it anyways, which really helps with my guilt issues. I am not saying this will be the experience for everyone who goes to university, in fact for some people it does them the world of good and helps them break out of their shell! I just wish I was able to take that leap.

Olivia Thristan

Freshers Kit With Three | Students

Recently the lovely people at Three, sent me a freshers kit to help me survive during my time at Freshers, when I opened the package I was super happy with the contents. The first being a Nokia Lumia 835- with the reasoning being that everyone needs a spare phone when they go out, which I think is totally true whether you're on a night out or at a festival an extra phone can always come in handy. If you're using your phone a lot whilst you're out, your battery may become flat (holla all Iphone users) and if you end up in a dangerous situation, end up losing your friends or in need of a taxi you always have your spare phone. Next in the kit was a small charger, which is perfect for long days if you are on a night out, you can often find that your phone days half way through the night especially if you take a lot of photos (like me) then having a charger to carry around with you is perfect, especially when it's tiny and perfect to carry in your clutch bag or even your pocket.

 Next in the kit was a sim filled with £10 credit, which is perfect for my emergency phone, and ready and loaded for emergency calls or texts when it's needed. If you are interested in checking out Threes sim only deals check them out here. The final item in the kit was an awesome selfie stick and not just any selfie stick, one like the purple guy (Jackson) on the advert if you haven't seen it, feel free to check it out here it's the one that says MAKE IT RIGHT and is super catchy, and everytime me and my housemates have the hand, we cant help but say "Alright" like on the advert, so yeah a Selfie stick with a huge fluffy purple hand attached.

So my verdict on the kit on a night out: 
With my super unpredictable Iphone battery dying out within a few hours of the night, having a spare phone with my friends numbers and a local taxi service proved to serve me well when getting split up from my friends, its key to stay in contact with your friends when you're on a night out as you never know what can happen to you. Although I remembered my super cute charger I completely forgot the wire with it, so it was pretty much useless but I have used it since at uni and it keeps my phone topped up throughout the day, which keeps me happy. Unfortunately Jacksons hand stayed at home, but was very fun for those pre night out selfies and is also now our house mascot and he will often pop up around my house and he is also amazing for reaching things off of the top shelf.

I want to thank Three for this awesome Freshers Kit, and for teaching me the importance of #MakeItRight. 

*In Collaboration with Three
Olivia Thristan

Look Good Feel Better Review | Beauty

I was recently sent these Look Good Feel Better brushes and beauty blender from the lovely people at Beauty Expert and was super excited, not only are these brushes supposed to be amazing, they also support the charity Look Good Feel Better who supporting women dealing with the visible side effects of cancer. The brushes are super soft for sensitive skin as well as cruelty free, all of the brushes are clearly named with what they do so they are easy to identify.

I have wanted to try out a beauty blender for ages so this came at the perfect time, from previous experience I have found that some beauty blenders can be poor quality and not actually do the job they are supposed to do properly, but I haven't found this is the case with this one at all. I love it for blending my concealer, especially places such as under my eyes, my nose and pesky spots elsewhere and they are lot better covered than when I use a brush or my finger, it is also sticks to the word of the packaging and is SUPER soft and amazing for sensitive skin. 

As far as the brushes go I am super happy with this mini masterclass set as I feel it includes all of the main brushes that you may need when applying make-up and I am in need of a new foundation brush as my other is falling apart so this is also good timing! The first thing I had to test about these brushes are the softness guarantee and once again I wasn't disappointed, they feel very soft. In the set there is a foundation brush, a powder/blusher brush and also an eyeshadow brush. I think these brushes are perfect for travelling or an on the go makeup bag, but I am assuming the full sized brushes are amazing also and well worth investing if you are looking for a new set of brushes/ a soft set of brushes. I like the packaging of these brushes as they look expensive and high quality. My favourite brush is the powder brush as it feels like a dream when applying powder to my face whereas some brushes can be quite rough on the face. I think I will be buying myself a full size of their foundation brush as I think it would be perfect for everyday use and give my current one a run for it's money! 

Olivia Thristan

GOSH AW15 | Beauty

My favourite season is soon approaching (autumn) and I can't wait to carve pumpkins and finally wear purple lipstick and darker eye makeup although given the summer we've had I probably could of done that anyway! I thought today I would share with you the latest releases from GOSH, and what you need to pick up this autumn.

First lets talk foundation drops, I can't say I've ever heard of them before, but it seems like a really cool concept to make your foundation last longer, with built in SPF10 which is perfect for protecting you from the sun. I think it's easy to apply with a brush and will give a nice easy coverage, if you fancy purchasing it you can from here.

2 in 1 nail hardener perfect for all year round, I love the fact that it is a nail hardener and also a top coat, it's easy to use and a perfect product for great looking nails! If you fancy treating yourself to this  then it's a well worth it purchase and it makes your nail varnish last twice as long! 

I am addicted to plum from the new GOSH matt range, I think it's perfect on your lips, and doesn't leave them feeling too dry after applying, it's long lasting and so pretty. I love wearing this shade in the day it's a pretty purple rather than a really dark one. If you want to purchase it you can here.

In my opinion this is such a pretty pink colour, not suitable for those who shy away from bright colours, I love the vibrancy of this shade and like the purple it is long lasting and super pretty as well as a matt shade with a non drying finish.

Finally the awesome Boombastic mascara from GOSH, it's such an amazing mascara and well worth the money, it leaves your lashes feeling fuller, darker and it's like using false lashes after a few coats which is what I usually aim for when purchasing a mascara. Although the packaging is a little bright for my taste!

What do you want from the new range? 
Olivia Thristan

Mature Cheese and Onion Popchips Review | Lifestyle

Popchips are a fabulous alternative to crisps with a low calorie amount at only 95 calories a pack, with the same amazing flavour as regular crisps. Recently they have launched a brand new flavour Mature Cheese and Onion and as part of this campaign I was sent a lunch box full of goodies related to the theme of Cheese and Onion. Inside of the box was two packs of Popchips, one block of mature cheese, with an adorable little cheese board and knife and also some red onion chutney. Of course I went for the pop chips first, and this is the first packet of their crisps I've tried as I was sent a lovely box of them last year (the ready salted were my faves) and I found them a useful snack for weight loss. The reason Popchips are so low in calories is because they are popped rather than fried like most chips, which makes them a lot better for you and if you want to read more about the story of how they are made check out their website.  

 The crisps are full of flavour and remind me a bit of the texture of a popadom (yummy) so I think this flavour is a new hit for Popchips and I will definitely be purchasing some more packs of them myself. I think that cheese and onion compliments each other well and tastes completely different to any other packet of crisp which is out there. Although I am not a fan of the chutney I have given it to one of my housemates who loves it, and I have had a lot of fun using my adorable cheese board and think it makes a perfect little plate for cheese at parties and the knife is a keeper for getting through that pesky cheese. 


Popchips Lunch Box

Cheese and Onion Popchips

Olivia Thristan

Student money saving tips with TSB | Students

University, some of the best and probably the worst times of your life (money wise anyways) I don't know many students who aren't broke for the majority of the time, it's just the way that it is I guess. Although being a student can have it's upsides, like discounts and fun events to attend I think it's about the way you manage the money you do have and enjoy it really, as it's your last steps until you break out into the big bad world of a Job. With the lovely people at TSB I thought it would be awesome to share my money saving tips with you and also bring awareness to their no interest student accounts which are perfect for those just starting university or who are already students and are looking for an account without the interest- if you are interested in that take a look at their student bank accounts here.

Tip One:
Shop around for your bills, I actually wrote a post about this on my student blog which you can read here. It's important to remember there any many companies out there offering different prices on bills and with awesome comparison sites, it's a lot easier to find the best deals.

Tip Two:
Freeze food, it sounds strange but go shopping late at night and pick up all of the bargains then pop them in the freezer, it's the perfect way to get cheap bread and veg which is good for days after it's sell by date.

Tip Three:
Pre drink before a night out! Just drinking with your friends at home before heading on a night out can save you a ton of money as you need less when you're out, plus that means more money for cheesy chips *wink wink*

Tip Four:
Loyalty cards are your best friend! With loyalty cards for just about everything these days it's totally worth getting them for the places you shop, whether it be Tesco or CEX everywhere has them and points = money off and rewards *bonus*

Tip Five: 
Have nights in, although uni is about the experience and of course it's fun to go out, you can also have fun indoors with your friends, have a movie night (which I also wrote about here) or even just a night eating pizza and cake (my favourite kind of night) it usually always works out cheaper than going out and feels a lot better in the morning too!

What are your tips for money saving? 
Olivia Thristan

Teespring: Get my tees made | Lifestyle

If you follow me on any form of social media you may already know about my latest campaign, but you don't this one is for you. I have teamed up with Teespring to create my own Donut t-shirts which I did mention I previously wanted to do, and I need 10 sales of the t-shirt in 10 days, I am currently on 3 so it is going well, I am hoping that people actually like the t-shirt and I would love some feedback for any future ones I may make, if you decide to purchase a t-shirt or someone in your family or friends does please let me know as I will be writing another blog post if they get made and would love thank everyone who buys one personally as well as including them in the post. The t-shirts are a pun of Do not talk to me and it links in with my blog theme.

 I have been working super hard on the design and it would honestly mean the world to me if you could purchase one. If you want to purchase one, you can do so via this link if not all of the t-shirts are sold then you won't be charged and also you don't get charged straight away either so if you are waiting for payday you won't be charged instantly. I have also attached a pic of t-shirt for you to see, I do hope you like my design and want one in your life!

Olivia Thristan

Living with friends, is it all it's cracked up to be? | Lifestyle

Some of you may know this year I officially moved out of my house and moved in with some of my friends, 3 friends and my boyfriend to be precise. It's honestly such an awesome thing and I am so excited to carry on living with them for the rest of the year. But what happens when you move in with your friends and end up hating each other? Taking the time to process through if living with people is for you and if you can hack living with your friends for a whole year. If you're a university student it's often the case that during the second and third year that you live with your friends that you made in first year and often people don't realise living in a house can be different to halls as you have to share bathrooms and it's a lot less spacious. With house prices even higher than ever before, some people choose to live with their friends or in flat shares when they're older which I think is awesome.

Front room 1
Photo credit: Ani-Bee / Foter / CC BY-NC-ND

But I think living with people is totally different than just being friends. I mean a house or a flat is small and if one person isn't pulling their weight it can be annoying especially when you end up living in what can be described as an explosion of a bin lorry it's not the best. Of course when you're friends it's a little harder to ask them to do anything in case of arguments so be prepared to deal with the fall out. I mean you could live with clean freaks and then everything is perfect but there is always going to be something that annoys someone else. When it comes to TV and films, all liking different things can be a problem especially when everyone wants to watch something together it's about finding some common ground and in most cases you actually find something you end up loving, but in other cases not so much.

If there is one thing I wish I could change about our house is the fact that their is only one bathroom and that can be a bit of a nightmare, even more so when you're in a rush and someone is in the shower. I have gone from having 3 bathrooms at home (living with 2 other people) to one with 5 people. It can be an argument waiting to happen but as long as everyone is considerate (do you need the toilet before I shower kind of thing) it'll all be gravy. My final thing would be the food sharing, it's so pointless to buy 5 lots of everything such as butter, bread and toilet roll. It makes so much sense to split buying them between whoever you are living with and that way there are no fights over who bought what.

Would you live with your friends? 

Olivia Thristan

Growing up a girly girl! | Lifestyle.

Hitting 20 this year meant I was no longer a teenager which was is a totally weird thought, I survived my teen years, I went through all of the embarrassing hair styles, strange fashion choices and most importantly high school! I thought I would bring you a different type of a blog post today, featuring some of the many things that I have loved in my life growing up a girly girl from the mid 90's, I am sure if you are a girl or had sisters you know about most of the items in my post and in case you couldn't already guess, my favourite colour was pink!

90's Girly Girl

Betty Spaghetti:  
In my opinion the coolest toy ever created, and if you didn't ever have one, you are missing out. I was constantly obsessed with changing my dolls legs and giving them different shoes, I remember the devastation if I ended up loosing one of their body parts around the house! I loved to braid their and the smell of plastic that came with them! 

Claires Makeup:
I remember being able to take my first trip into town at 13 years old, my town is tiny and I went with 5 of my friends, of course we took a trip into Claires. I was the girly one out of the group and purchased a set of their glittery eyeshadows a pink nail varnish. Was totally useless at applying them both, but that was my first makeup purchase. 

Pink Flip Phone:
Okay so I actually didn't have one of these, but seeing them in films and seeing members of my family having them gave me serious envy, I mean who doesn't want a phone which you can flip up to answer and take a picture on? (the answer now is clearly everyone) but at the time it was the coolest thing you could have! 

Girl or boy, I don't know a single person who didn't have one of these bad boys growing up! I remember the constant beeping and needing to feed them and then getting bored and leaving them for months and then going back and needing to start again. I must of used so many batteries on this little dude. 

Pink Jelly Shoes:
Although these are back in fashion, I had them as a six year old girl and back then they were cool too! I would totally wear them now if my boyfriend and mum wouldn't disown me. I think they're fun and easy to wear in the summer as they are easy to wash and comfy. Even though they do make a stupid wet noise when you walk in them. 

Lizzie McGuire:
My all time favourite programme, I remember wanting her family, her friends and her cool life. She was the cool girl in my eyes who I dreamed I would become in high school and one of the programmes which totally made me believe high school was going to be awesome! The movie is just awesome and I am totally in the mood to go watch it right now. 

Powerpuff Girls:
The powerpuff girls were the coolest, I was obsessed with blossom as she was seen as the leader and also was pink/red which again I owned everything in. I loved Blossom and her bossiness, I loved the show as a whole and never did understand why 'him' wore pink and looked like a girl.  

I didn't quite love Barbies as much as I loved Bratz, but there was a time in my life when I owned a ton of Barbies and a couple of Ken dolls and used to make them get married and go on holiday, pretty much repeatedly. 

Totally Spies:
This was my favourite show when I was a bit older, and I was in love with Clover as you can guess wore red which was the closest to pink. I loved all of their gadgets and dreamed to have my own one day, it was obviously not ever going to happen, but still cool in my eyes. 

Honestly can remember owning so many of these furry things, my most vivid memory of mine was getting car sick and getting really ill all over my furby and it stopped working and me getting really upset about it. I think they're awesome and the way their mouths and eyes move is a bit creepy, but at the same time pretty cool especially when you're 8. 

I totally saved the best til last, I can honestly say I was obessed with Bratz, I owned over 50 dolls, the cars, lodges, houses, DVDs, games and films. My favourite doll was Cloe and I wanted to be her and I learnt how to do my makeup on their game (if you've played it before you know what mean) I would make my own school and constantly change their clothes and make up little stories with them. They have recently relaunched Bratz based on bloggers, and I have one which you can see here.
Olivia Thristan

Three Autumn Staple Pieces | Fashion

I love autumn it's my favourite season not too cold but it's not mega hot either (so basically like all of summer) I love the feeling of the leaves, the wrapping up warm, fireworks and of course hot chocolate! I think it's key to have some staple pieces in your wardrobe for each season, for summer mine is a pair of flip flops, a floaty dress and some sunglasses whereas with winter it's a scarf, boots and a gorgeous pair of jeans. I thought it would be cool to share with you lovelies, my three staple items for Autumn and why I think you need them. Let me know in the comments what you NEED during the autumn months.

This gorgeous parka is from Target Dry and I love it, it's so warm, waterproof and also has a hood which is key for me, I think it is a lovely colour and perfect for the autumn months as it looks girly and fashionable and can be worn with pretty much anything.  It comes with a hood which is super fluffy which can be taken off which is always a bonus, espeically when we are having 'nicer' weather it's perfect to wear in the run up to winter and also really good to give shape as you can tighten it to make it look less 'puffy' which I feel a lot of coats can give a feel of that which I dislike. 

I am always in boots all year round but I always treat myself to a few new pairs in the months leading up to August, these amazing boots were only £16.99 from Shoe Zone (AMAZING price) and are perfect for those who need a little height like me but are still easy to wear everyday and most importantly comfy. I always go for a pair of boots in black as they are easy to wear with most items of clothing and always look good with a pair of jeans or even a pretty dress. The price of these boots makes them even more appealing as if they get ruined I can repurchase easily. 

I love scarf's I think they're gorgeous and make a simple outfit have a little bit more to it, I think they're kind of like a bag when it comes to adding a finishing touch to an outfit and I don't think you can have too many scarf's the same as my policy on bags and shoes. I love this one in particular as I think it will go perfectly with the parka and boots and you can get them for all different price ranges whether that be Primark or New Look. 
Olivia Thristan

Lush Haul | Beauty

The fact that some of the amazing products I purchased at Lush Oxford Street are available to purchase in other stores and online yay! Which of course means a haul is in order right? I am in love with so many Lush products and just wish I could buy 10 of everything so I'd never run out but of course that's not realistic nor great for my bank, so I have a bit of a mini haul for you lovelies today and I will be doing a bigger one in a few weeks so if you have any recommendations, feel free to leave them in the comments.   

Lush Haul

Princess Cotton Grass Body Spray:
This body spray doesn't smell what I thought it would smell like, but it still smells gorgeous! The smell when it's first sprayed is very strong and smells like fresh cut grass mixed with fresh flowers which is so lush. It comes in an easy to spray bottle which is 100ml so will be long lasting for myself, the name is inspired by a Swedish Fairytale which makes it all that more irresistible. The fragrance is made from violet leaf and nettle which makes me feel like it's even more fresh and lovely. The perfect scent for those who love fresh scents. 

Princess Cotton Grass Spray

The Experimenter Bath Bomb: 
I am addicted to this bath bomb, not even gonna lie this is the third time I've had it and I plan on purchasing some more real soon. It's just an explosion of colour, beautiful scents and glitter, an ideal bath bomb for myself! You see each bit of the bathbomb explode into the tub then it breaks off into different bits, leaving your bath a dark blue colour at the end which is nice to relax in. Although some people have said the scent is overpowering but I love it. If you are not a fan of bright colours and strong scents you may want to avoid it, but I recommend it hands down.

The Experimenter

The Little Dragon Bubble Bar: 
This is one of the few bubble bars I have purchased but this one has convinced me to get some more in the near future. So if you can't tell from the pic, this is a dragon and if you fold the piece of paper in the middle (which I didn't think to do) it looks like a really cool Chinese dragon. I would recommend removing the paper before using so you can use them separately for even more joyous baths! If you don't know, if you run a bubble bar under the tap it creates a huge amount of lovely bubbles and gives off a gorgeous scent! The bubbles turn your bath into a gorgeous red colour, almost like the fire of the dragon and has a very fiery scent to go with it (I am terrible at explaining) but for the price it's amazing for the amount of baths you get out of one bubble bar.

The Little Dragon Bubble Bar

I swear this product was made for me, with my always tangled hair which is like impossible to remove all of the knots from it, the perks of having long (ish) thick hair! This product is a hot oil treatment and what you do is boil the kettle and pop the treatment block into a container, then pour the hot water over the treatment and then stir until it becomes like an oil treatment which should be fairly thick then you can apply to your hair, it is recommended that you leave on your hair for up to 20 minutes before rinsing off and shampooing, which gives the treatment time to work its magic and give you knot free hair, yay! The fragrance of the tangled bar is very floral and uplifting and leaves your hair smelling gorgeous which is a bonus right? I would recommend this to anyone has prone to knotty hair, and it's a lot better than attacking your hair with the brush. ouch.

Tangled Hair Treatment Lush

*I was gifted these items for an honest review 
Olivia Thristan

Pinterest Dream House Girly Edit | Interior.

I am a huge fan of Pinterest and spend so much of my time on there, it's so fun to collaborate all of the things you like and blend them into boards for others to see. I think Pinterest is perfect for those planning a wedding, keeping tabs on house interior and those who love fashion and beauty. It's also a great way to display your own images for others to see and admire. If you fancy following me on Pinterest you can do so here. I decided today I would create a collage of gorgeous girly and pink interior for my dream house, I am planning do different posts just like this one if you enjoy it, so let me know! Below are all of the gorgeous things I would include in my dream house, from the kicthen to the bathroom, as you can tell I am a very girly girl and love all things pink. I think this house would be perfect for me, not sure my boyfriend would agree but I can dream.

I think these images have a sense of elegance within them and this makes me happy as I would love my house to look classy and elegant. Although I may not get a girly pink house, in the future I hope I will get an office which I can go a little girl crazy in and include lots of pink and girly items like makeup storage, pretty mirrors and of course flowers! When you own your house I think it's key to keep things like bills to a minimum so you can spend your money on other things like making your house pretty, for example keeping your rooms heated for less; click here for an example I think making your room girly is possible without having pink walls, by adding different pink items throughout the room and also creating a theme is key, else it may look a little cluttered. My favourite part in the pictures are the chairs, as they all look classic and also comfy, if I was to create my own dream house it would include some nice big chairs, a huge bath and of course a lovely big dressing table!

All of these images came from Pinterest and do not belong to me.

What would you include in your dream house? 

*Includes a sponsored link 
Olivia Thristan

Why Rape Is NEVER the fault of the Victim | Issues.

An issue that has recently been brought up after a well known rock star decided to claim women can sometimes be at fault as far as being raped concerned, which in my opinion is a disgusting and false statement! This was shortly followed by Loose Women who of course had an opinion on the subject as well as asking people to enter a poll on whether it can be a womans fault, which is disgusting. Rape is a crime, just the same as any other crime so why do people try pass the book to the victims themselves, you don't get people who are burgled being blamed so why is this any different? It's a serious issue and I think it's disgusting victims are being blamed, people who are victims often find it hard enough to speak up, in case of something like this happening and now it's likely that even less people will come forward and admit what has happened to them which is awful. 

No matter what women are wearing or what they are doing if they say no or do not want to have sex doesn't mean it's okay for people to carry on with it. If a woman is wearing a short dress and heels does that mean it's okay to abuse her? OF COURSE NOT. What a ridiculous statement, women can look nice and wear short clothing without that being their intention and I think it's so wrong that some people use this as their excuse. If a woman changes her mind, she has the right for it to not go any further, whether you've took her back to your house or whether you want to go further NO means NO. I recently read something online which made me think about this and it was "why teach women not to get raped and teach the men not to rape"which is so true, why are we still teaching women not wear short clothes, or go out after dark in the case of being attacked why can we not teach young men the meaning of no and why it's not okay to do things to a woman who doesn't want it. 

Another high amount of rape cases come from being drunk, most people will refuse to sleep with someone who is out of it out of respect for that person which I am glad to hear, but there a few people who will take advantage of someone when they are not in a fight state which makes me mad, how can you think that's okay to do? If they are drunk how can they know what they want, if someone is too drunk to stand up they are too drunk to consent to sex. It is often done by a friend who you trusted or even your partner which is a sad thing to have to say, but it's true. People assume rape is only done by strangers but it can be done by the ones closest to you and then it doesn't get seen in a bad light, but just because they are your other half they still have NO right to make you feel uncomfortable. I hope this post sheds some light on my views as well as gives people the confiedence to speak out and get help for what has happened to them. I wrote a previous post on 'The Common Misconceptions of Sexual Abuse' and if you want a read of that you are more than welcome to do so. 
Olivia Thristan

American Candy Haul #3 | Lifestyle

Hi lovelies, I hope you're well! It's that time of the month again where I review some goodies from across the pond. I am glad this feature has taken off the way it has, as I enjoy writing it (and eating candy of course) and I think it's a fun thing to do. I did something a little different this month and ordered online as I found an amazing website where the candy is SO much cheaper than in my town, I ordered from the website American Soda and after this post if you want some candy- feel free to go check it out their site if you want to see any my previous hauls you can read them here and here. So what does this months haul entail I hear you ask? As it cheaper to purchase I did get a few more bits this month, and I am excited to share them with you!

Razzles: I adore these, from the first one I was hooked they reminded me a little of the bubble gum which you get in the bottom of screwballs from the ice cream van but they are also chewy candy before which is interesting, there are so many flavours in a packet and my favourite was Orange which is surprising as I am usually more of a strawberry sweet kinda person. If you haven't tried these before you should and I know they come in many variations such as sour and tropical which are next on my list to try.
Rating: 7/10

Ice Cubes: Honestly this is chewing gum made in heaven, I could happily eat through a box in about 5 minutes- the gum is cube shaped and the feel reminds me slightly of playdough. When popped in your mouth the flavour is intense but at the same time great, and although it doesn't last very long (but what chewing gum does) it's worth it. The flavour I have is Peppermint and leaves your breathe smelling minty fresh.
Rating: 8/10

Golden Oreo: I had super high hopes for these until realizing they are just an Oreo version of custard creams *sad face* I was expecting something more, but I should of realized by the packaging what they are. Obviously I was underwhelmed by this, but for Americans who don't get custard creams I am sure they loved these!
Rating: 5/10

Candy Corn: I tried Candy Corn whilst in an America as whim as it's as a dollar and was by the till when I was queuing, I did happen to buy a 1kg bag (and another before I went home) I wasn't sure what to expect from it, I was attracted to the bright colours of the candy. When I tasted it I was reminded of the flavour of rock on from the beach but in a softer form, which is amazing who wants to loose their teeth whilst eating rock anyways? I would totally rebuy this over and over!
Rating: 10/10

Chewy Lemon Head & Friends: These reminded me so much of Jelly beans which of course is ALWAYS a good thing, because who doesn't love Jelly beans (I do, I do) they just taste full of flavour, and very yummy and also great as a treat as they're in a small box!
Rating 9/10

Chewy Lemon Head Berry Flavour:
Jelly beans in berry flavours! Although I wasn't as much of a fan of these as I was of the plain ones, they tasted a bit strange with some of the flavours and then others were fab, it's a bit of a mixed bag as far as these are concerned.
Rating: 7/10

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Simply Feet | Beauty.

Four steps to fabulous feet! 

If you know me well, you will know my feet have been in bad condition for a while now which is never good, so I decided I would give my feet an easy but effective pamper and I thought I would share with you lovelies how to give your feet a much needed pamper in four easy steps. I was sent a box of goodies to give me perfect feet from Simply Feet, the box also came with some instructions which were very useful and I thought I would share with you lovelies.  

Step One:
File off all of the dead skin from your feet, this may take a while if there is a lot of dead skin. Use a special foot file which you can get from a lot places some look like a cheese grater which can be overwhelming but in my box there was a huge foot file ready to tackle my feet. If you take your foot at an angle and keep filling until a lot of skin comes off and you should be able to keep a different and also see one as well. After this just them a quick rinse followed by a patting down with a towel.

Step Two: 
Next use a scrub of your choice to try scrub off the remainder of dead skin, I have tried lots of good ones so it's up to personal choice which you fancy using. I was provided with this Gehwol scrub which I found to be effective. With scrub I recommend sitting over your bath applying the scrub all over, leave for a few minutes then wash off and repeat the dabbing and drying process.

Leave it half an hour before the next step.

Step Three:
Next apply some moisturising cream to your feet, this is key after all of the intense scrubbing they have just been through, once again pick any you fancy, I was sent this foot cream from simply feet although I have repeated since using a variety of different ones and have enjoyed using ones with pretty scents more.

Step Four: 
My favourite part of the whole process is after applying the moisturiser from step three is to pop on these socks, which on the onside are rubber which I guess stops things getting in and they are also easy to clean out after use. leave these on overnight for the best results. Repeat step three and four every night for a week for perfectly pampered feet.
Olivia Thristan

The phone case edit! | Updated.

Phonecase love

I last did a post all about my love for phone cases in March, since then I have bought many more so I decided I would show them to you. If you are interested in seeing my previous post feel free to click here since buying an iPhone 5c a little under a year ago I am addicted to purchasing cases, and whenever I go near Claires on taking a ponder on Etsy I usually end up with a new phone case, all of the cases mentioned in my previous post do still exist they just went missing in moving and are somewhere in my room. I usually go for quite 'crazy' cases if you couldn't already tell by the unicorn and elephant.

I go for bright cases because why not first off, and secondly why not make your phone fun? All of the cases in the picture are from Claires except the watermelon one which is from Electric Melon which they kindly sent me woo! I love having bright phone cases as they never get lost in my room as you can see a bright neon unicorn from miles away! I usually spend around £8 on phone cases and keep it on my phone for around a month before getting bored of it, but when I rediscover it later on down the line like I did with the pink and blue one yesterday it's fun as it's like a brand new phone case! I will happily keep building up my collection, and I think I will be pretty gutted when I get a new phone as I will have to start all over again *sobs* but for now, I am happy with my collection and my phone.

Where do you purchase your cases from?
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New Look Sportswear | Fashion

Something I am very excited to bring to my blog is New Looks' amazing new sportswear range, I am forever buying gorgeous sportswear from a variety of places as I love to have new workout clothes often as it keeps me motivated to keep working out (whatever does it right?) so today I thought I would share with you two awesome looks which I created with clothes and accessories from their collection. If you want to purchase any of the things featured within the outfits you can from here.

 There are so many great thing about this outfit, the first one is the fact you can wear it pretty much anywhere to work out whether that be in the gym, outside or even in your own home. The leggings are easy to wear and also very comfy, and the gym vest is perfect for those who feel uncomfortable just in a sports bra. I usually invest in branded trainers but these are so cute and I'd happily make the switch for them. I went for this vest as it's a nice piece of motivation which you can see whenever you are by a mirror, and it's great to be reminded of your goal and why you should keep going. I love the salmon coloured theme throughout this outfit also, I think it's very pretty and makes an awesome gym outfit a bit more fun and nice.

A little bit of a different outfit in this picture as I added a hoodie as well. I think this a great outfit for running or in the gym (although I would recommend the hoodie for after workouts) I love how simple this outfit is, but still really appealing to wear. My favourite part of the outfit is the pattern on the top of the leggings. This outfit is more suited to those who like to workout in a sports bra rather than covered up which is also motivation in itself as you can see your stomach which for me is my goal so being able to see it, makes me want to work harder.

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The truth about braces | Lifestyle

If you have me on Facebook or know me on a personal level you may already know this wonderful part of my life, but if not let me tell you. When I was 13 I got braces which is pretty normal for teenagers who have bad teeth which need sorting out, when I was 17 I got them taken out (not so normal) which meant for FOUR years and and 9 months... yeah I counted... I had braces. Which of course led to bullying and other rubbish which is totally silly because I wanted straight teeth?! The most original I got was 'brace face' those crazy kids. But I've got to admit despite the bullying I got for having them, it was totally 110% worth it, my teeth were a mess and even now I'll forever be smiling to show off my smile and it's been three years since they were taken off. Braces are a lot easier to be accessed now than what they were years ago, it's a lot more common for people to have braces (probably for a year or two) not four like myself.

But as they were less accessible around 30 years ago or so, people are now getting them as adults, which I myself think is pretty awesome. I would rather spend the money on my teeth rather than my lips or nose but that's personal to me. I think the amazing thing is you can have clear braces which aren't even noticeable which great for those adults who are self conscious about their image. Although I think a mouth full of metal isn't as bad as it seems as you can get pretty colours but I totally understand why a lot of adults choose to go down the clear route.

Claire Nightingale of Queens Gate Orthodontics  states:

'We are seeing an increasing number of adults wanting to straighten their smiles both to improve their appearance and to create a comfortable bite. In many cases, adults are choosing to go ahead with Invisalign as a treatment rather than traditional, medal braces given that they can, in most cases, achieve the same results without inducing the metal mouth look! Celebrities such as Michelle Keegan are openly using Invisalign to help them achieve their dream smile and it's quickly becoming an attractive option for many adults.'

As much as the aftermath of braces is AMAZING, the pain during, not so much. If you have had braces yourself you'll know the pain of having them tightened is unreal and leaves you in achy pain for days to the point where you can't eat much more than soup and bread. But as they say, no pain no gain, right? I enjoyed wearing my braces for most of my time as it felt cool to be able to change up the colours when I had an appointment and I often went for rainbow colours, yeah I am awesome aren't I? If you have to have braces or choose to have them as an adult, remember the outcome is definitely worth it. 

In collaboration with Queens Gate Orthodontics* 
Olivia Thristan

How To Keep Blog Organized!

I am forever getting asked how I manage to think of so many ideas and keep my blog always scheduled up to a month in advance so I thought today I would share with you, my secrets! Of course to stay scheduled you've got to be so organized. I do this by having a diary with me at all times to jot down a schedule, post ideas and dates they have to be up by. The fact I can write for hours is in my favour as it helps me to stay focussed and keep writing throughout the day when I have spare days which is fairly frequent at the moment. I also like to bulk take pictures another, thing which keeps me on top as I can always look through my PC archives and find photos for blog posts which haven't been used before.

Bloglovin screen grab

I like to stay scheduled in advance as I can go weeks without any inspiration and I would hate to go weeks without posting after my huge break last year. For me I find it helpful to have posts in drafts which I have written but not put live, these are perfect for times when I am lacking inspiration or time for that matter, I just pop one of those up. Although I have a fairly set schedule sometimes I move things around so that I can fit posts with a more urgent deadline in which can often give me more weeks of posts which is pretty handy too. I think it is key to always write down any ideas you have, even if it is just on a scrap of paper and then at a later date you might pick it up and decide to write that. Not everyone likes having guest posters on their blog but if you are feeling uninspired for a long time, it is a good idea to keep regular content going so having someone new and giving their take on your blog can be refreshing and interesting for your readers. At the end of the day it's your blog and it's up to you how often you post and what you post about but this is just my ideas on the subject.

Scheduled posts screen grab

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Gifts for those who have everything | Lifestyle

There's always one person in your life that no matter what you buy them, they already have it and all of that thought and effort feels like it has gone to waste *pulls a sad face* today I decided to make a list of awesome gifts to buy people who already have "everything" and these gifts are unique and awesome so there's no way they can already have them and if they say they do, they're lying! These gifts are mainly aimed at women but that's not to say men won't enjoy these gifts because some may well do! I hope this give you some inspiration for gifts to give your loved ones and not yourself (like what happened with me haha)

Sweets are the perfect gift for anyone, as they come in all different shapes and sizes and also varieties. I think sweet hampers are an amazing solution to anyone who is fussy when it comes to present because everyone loves a good sweet treat. Ashby treats have the perfect sweet hampers full of retro sweets or even a personalized hamper of the persons favourite sweets which you can send directly to their door with a message attached, sounds fabulous to me!

I recently saw some gorgeous glass jars on IWOOT which I think would make perfect presents for anyone who just moved into a new house or just as a birthday gift as they're so sweet and lovely. I don't believe anyone who already says they have these are they're so unique and different. Although they are meant for drinking they can be used as orniments also, it depends on what style the person is in to. I would highly recommend these as they're lush and I couldn't help but get them myself.

I don't believe a person who says they don't love a good bunch of flowers and with ordering online you can get personalized flowers to the taste of that particular person, I love flowers from Appleyard as you can pick a variety of different flowers and different sized bunches all dependant on the budget. It's a perfect surprise for someone also as you can get them delivered on their birthday and they won't be expecting it.

Experience Days:
This the perfect gift for anyone female or male who claims they have everything. The best way to treat anyone in a style which is personal to them, with experience days you can get anything from a spa day to a car experience. Simply by searching your budget, age and location it suggests different ideas to you which is awesome if you are also stuck for an idea.

When doing my search for awesome gifts for those who have everything I came across a few gems which didn't quite make the short-list but I think I would share them with you anyways, an edible tea pot, a portable wine sack and a grow your own mushroom garden... a little bit strange but you've gotta admit noone would have them right?

*Includes PR samples* 
Olivia Thristan

4 Places To Get Awesome Beauty Advice | Beauty

I addicted to looking at different beauty tips and products online at the moment, it came after my addiction to beauty gurus on youtube! I think it's super cool to learn new tips and tricks from others and without amazing tips from others how can you improve yourself, everyone has to start somewhere right? I love tips about different ways to apply makeup, new makeup looks, quick ways to cleanse your body, how to have the perfect pamper etc. I find it awesome to find somewhere which supplies you with instant beauty knowledge that you may not of known previously, so today I thought I would share with you my favourite places to find out new makeup and beauty tips and advice.

Magazine Snap

Grazia Beauty
One of my favourites when it comes to discovering tips and favourites, the Grazia beauty page has a huge amount of tips like the most flattering eye make for your eye shape and why it's important to drink 8 glasses of water a day (something I really need to start doing) their page reminds me a bit of their magazine but all based around beauty and at a click of your fingertip which is pretty awesome, it's always one of my go-to places when I am looking for a bit of advice, I know it'll be on Grazia.

Beauty Blogs
Well this is an obvious one, being a blogger myself I am a huge fan of reading blogs and I love reading other beauty gurus tips and advice as they give you everything from on budget products, to high-end products and every type of makeup look under the sun. I am a huge fan of LBQ as Hayley shares a huge variety of beauty knowledge which is a massive help to me. As well as Really Ree and Polished Couture who are also amazing for their beauty knowledge and blogs.

Another obvious one, who doesn't watch Youtube videos when it comes to learning new beauty tips and tricks. I love watching a variety of Youtubers for different things and I have recently discovered some new faves such as Hey Claire and Luna Fay Beauty and some old faves such as Gabriella, Tati and Lucy. If you haven't checked out any of those amazing Youtubers you need to, as they're all fab.

This one has been a long-standing favourite for me, it's something I've always done and probably will do for a lot longer, I love flicking through the pages of a magazine and getting tips and the latest products to get my hands on and I think a magazine is an amazing place to find out lots of new products which are highly recommended.

I hope you enjoyed this post, let me know what your thoughts are in the comments! 

*In Collaboration with Grazia Beauty 

Olivia Thristan

Firsts| My First Pet (without my parents)

Hey all! If you follow me any of social media you will know in July me, Luke and our friend Kee all bought a hamster each for our house. I've wanted a pet for ages, and when I saw these in Pets at home a few months ago I talked myself out of buying them, but recently when I saw them again I knew I had to have one. We went for Russian Dwarf Hamsters, I called mine Flash/Lightning I went with these names because my hamster is SO fast and it took three of us to catch him when he escaped on the first night! I went for lightning as Luke decided to call his Thunder and they look similar. I also refer to them all as Hammie when talking about them all. So we went out and bought the cage which is in the pictures, then a day later decided it was WAAAY too small and invested in a four floored one with plenty more space and also some super slides for them. 

Dwarf hamsters only live for a couple of years so they're a great pet to have now especially if in the future if a landlord doesn't allow them we're not stuck with a long living pet although they are so gorgeous and I'll probably end up buying more at some point. I find them to be super friendly as well as very quick and if they don't want to come and out play you've got no chance as they'll just keep running and hiding. When we bought thunder, lightning and stripe (Kees' hamster) kept fighting with him so we had to separate him and put him a separate cage which has made us all a bit sad as it's a shame he has to be on his own, but we are still going to try in the future to put them together. I am enjoying looking after my hamster and I think it's a great way to use up some of my free time by caring for a pet. I adore hamsters and am happy I bought one, next step is to buy them lots of toys and a super cool pad to live in! 

Hamster 1

Hamster 2

Hamster  3

Hamster  4

What was your first pet without your parents? 
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