The Essential Student Cookbook

One of my biggest worries when flying the nest was how I was going to cook for myself. I didn't have the foggiest about anything - how to cook spagbol, roast a chicken or even boil an egg. A couple of months on and all I can say is thank god for this cookbook. My mum first discovered it when staying with a friend and thought it would be perfect for a clueless cook like myself.

It's very detailed and shows pictures of every step in a recipe which is super helpful if you have no idea. The recipes themselves look so scrumptious and make you want to eat everything in the book all at once. My favourite recipes include potato, bacon and spring onion salad, Moroccan cous cous salad and quesadillas but there are absolutely loads of mouth-watering dishes in there!

I think the best feature in this book is that at the bottom of every recipe Tiffany has written about optional extra which you can throw in with the dish, serving suggestions and also what you can do with the leftovers which I think is a brilliant idea. As a student I often find myself wasting what I haven't eaten at dinner whereas I've now learnt that you can keep pretty much anything for another meal. It's just genius really.

And another bonus.. It's only £6! It's a no brainer really, I think you definitely need to invest if you're anything like me and struggle in the kitchen. I'd say I'm pretty clued up now after having a read through this book and practising some of the recipes.

Current Favourite: L'Oreal Infallible Matte Foundation

After seeing LLYMLRS rave about this foundation for goodness knows how long, it was clear that I needed to try it. I've been using it for a few months now and it's 100% beaten the L'Oréal True Match Foundation to the number one spot on my favourite foundations list.

Providing a full coverage whilst not looking cakey is my favourite thing about this foundation. It doesn't feel thick on the skin and looks pretty natural, and there's no need for concealer which is such a time saver! I would definitely encourage you to moisturise or prime before using this foundation as it can cling to dry skin. As for its longevity, pretty good I'd say but it does tend to rub off on the oilier parts of my face including my nose and forehead.

At £7.99 it's so affordable, and the range of shades aren't too bad but mixing two together may be the best idea if they don't have your exact shade. I've been mixing the lightest two shades together which seems to work well for me and they blend beautifully into the skin.

Honestly this foundation is an absolute godsend for those bad skin days and congrats to L'Oréal, another amazing product.


Updated Skincare Routine


University or college means drinking a lot and eating crap, neither of which are good for the skin so I'm making sure I stay on top of a strict skincare routine. I'll complete the full routine once a week as I don't want to use too many products on my sensitive skin and it really seems to be working. My skin has been so soft and I've hardly had any blemishes which makes a change!

So on an everyday basis I'll remove my makeup with the Garnier Micellar Water (review here) twice to ensure every teeny weeny bit of makeup is off my skin and then moisturize with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra (review here) which is the perfect moisturizer for sensitive skin. I'll then use my Superdry LipFix (review here) AKA my go to lip product and then I'm done! Short and simple, that's my everyday skincare routine. I don't feel the need to overload my skin with millions of different products and this seems to work well for me!

Now onto the weekly skincare routine.. As I do with my daily routine I'll cleanse once with my Garnier Micellar Water and then once with the Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish (review here) and muslin cloth. It just smells so clean and doesn't aggravate my skin at all, I'd definitely recommend it to anyone. After cleansing I'll exfoliate using the Benefit Refined Finish Facial Polish, wow that's a mouthful, and use a muslin cloth to buff in and then take off. After patting down my face with a towel and leaving to dry for around five minutes, I use La Roche Posay's hyped up Serozinc (review here) to tone. I'll then moisturize with the La Roche Posay Toleriane Ultra and last but not least, apply the Efflaclar Duo [+] to any blemishes.

I would genuinely recommend every single one of these products and don't forget to click on the reviews my thoughts on all of them and more details! What are your favourite skincare products?

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