Review | Benefit Cha Cha Tint

Hey everyone,
so i thought id share my thoughts on Benefit Cha Cha Tint

I first tried this last summer, i was out shopping with my sister when a lady from the benefit counter stopped me and asked if i wanted to try out some new products, and she tried the Cha Cha tint out on me and i loved how looked that much that i went back a few weeks later and bought it.

Since then, ive used it in dribs and drabs but it has mainly just been hanging around my make-up drawes, up until i included it in one of my make-up mix up and my love for it was re-kindled.

It's a really nice coral, mango-esque colour and it suits most face shades - i think this tint would be perfect for summer because it such a beautiful coral-y colour and would look gorgeous with a slight tan.

This image doesnt show it as clear as i wish it did, but i did put a very small layer on my hand - the good thing about tints it that you can add more and build up the colour.
The downside to these tints is that as soon as you apply it to your face - blend it straight away or it will leave a stain where you placed it, to tackle this i normally put it on my hand first then use my fingers to blend it into my cheeks.
Im actually starting to prefer to use these over powder blush just because i feel the way it blends into your cheek it looks more natural - but of course, nothing will deter my love from Benefits Bella Bamba!

I really do love this product, and i already know that this is going to my most used product over the summery months. An added bonus is that these can also be use as lip tints, i personally havent done that with this particular tint, but its really handy if you want a really simple make-up look and don't want to be using a million and one products.

Have you tried Benefit Cha Cha Tint? Love it or Hate it?
Natalie xx

Student Survival | It's All Money, Money, Money

One of the hardest aspects of being a student is the financial situation - ive experienced this first hand and it's so much harder than you realise.
I don't go out drinking half as much as the majority of students do, so how they manage to survive is beyond me - because i find it difficult to cope and they are obviously spending more than i am...

-The best advice i could give you is keep a track of your spending!
- If you have two bank accounts split your money up - one account with your money for bills and rent etc... and the other account with the money for groceries and that is just generally for you to spend.
- When sorting out bills and setting up accounts with companies go with the cheapest one you can find.
- Find a good way to pay the bills, a way that suits everyone - i.e open a bank account so it all goes out of that and you wont have to take responsibility for everyone else.
- Student houses are cold, thats a fact. Only use the heating when you are losing feeling in your fingers other than that stock up on hoodies, blankets and my personal favourite - the hot water bottle! Whatever you do, do not keep a heater in your room - they cost a fortune in electricity and unless all your housemates/roommates are getting the benefit, it's just going to piss them off.
- Before you go food shopping - make a list of what you need and stick to it! - this is one piece of advice i need to listen to the most, whenever i go food shopping i end up buying everything but the things on my list. Stick to the list and you won't be wasting any extra money!
- If you are going to need to get a bus frequently to your uni or to the nearby town or whatever - workout if it'll be cheaper to invest in a long term bus pass. Myself and my housemates invested in a annual bus pass because we need to use them a lot, it cost £185 and although that seems a lot to hand over at once, it actually saves over £500 than if you were to pay on the bus every time you used it.
- Don't buy yourself treats unless you are 100% certain you can afford too and you won't be leaving yourself short.

I don't know if this post will be of use to anyone, but these are just a few tips that ive learned or wish id took notice of earlier to help with finance. So i thought id pass them on and hopefully they will help other students.
I know first hand, how scary it can be to think that you won't have enough money to live on because its going on bills, rent and food. Its terrifying but if you're careful with your money there is no reason as to why you can't live comfortably.

Hope this is helpful
Natalie xx

Student Survival | Choosing the Right Student House

Hey everyone,
So this post is a little bit different to what i normally do but i just wanted to offer some advice about student life, living out and choosing the right places to live - in particular if you are finding your student house yourself.

Personally, im currently in my 2nd year of uni and it's my first year of living out. I've not had the greatest experience, in fact the amount of problems ive encountered has put me off living out next year too. Now, please bear in mind, that more often than not people have very good experiences when living out so don't let me put you off.

If you are living in/planning to live Uni Halls, then this post probably won't be as relevant to you, however, the next few that i'll be posting over the next few weeks/days will be. This is more for the people who are getting a student house and are sorting it out themselves through an agency or whatever.

Apologies for the rambly intro!...

- Start early: leaving things to last minute is where you'll end up getting the crap end of the deal, you'll only get the options of what is left. Starting early means you'll get a wider choice and you an pick somewhere that is more suited to you.

- Landlord/Agency: Make sure you read up on who the agency/landlord is, what they are like - reviews people have given them and just generally the type of reputation that they have. More often than not during the viewing, signing of contracts and moving-in day they'll seem really good, but once you've moved in and any problems arise that's when the problems can start. So research as much as you can about them before you get involved with a contract with them.

- View Houses: View as many of them as you possibly can, and avoid letting the excitement take over. Trust me, i know how i exciting it is to be viewing a house first time round, the excitement of it all can take over causing you to make rash decisions. View multiple house, you don't know what you could be missing out one!

Make sure you pay attention to everything, those little things that you think will probably be harmless could end up being the problems that will arise once you've moved in.

That's main advice i can offer for choosing the right house, i will doing more posts about different aspects of student life so i hope this offers some kind of help to those of you who are in search of a student house. I am by no means trying to scare anyone of put them off living out, i just want to make sure people don't make the same mistakes we do.

I hope you like this
& stay tuned for future posts on student survival!
Natalie xx