The New Makeup Primer?

Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

So if you don’t watch YouTube, you might not have heard of this latest trend and be thinking “What on earth is she talking about? That’s a men’s after-shave balm! Is she crazy?” This product has been raved about all over the YouTube community as being an amazing, yet affordable makeup primer! I wanted to give this a try to see what all the fuss was about and test it out for myself, as I’m all for cheaper alternatives being a student an’ all. It retails at around £5.35 from the likes of Boots and Superdrug, yet I found it in my local Wilko for only £2.45!

This has been pinned as being a face primer as it contains ‘Glycerin’, which is also in many other mainstream face primers. It’s the stuff that helps makeup stick to your face, apparently (I’m no expert!). On the Boots website, it claims that this product is an “alcohol-free formulation that is perfect for sensitive skin that lacks moisture”. Immediately I wanted to try this as I definitely consider my skin to be “sensitive” and during the cold weather (which is pretty much every day here in England), my skin is also very dry and dehydrated. This product also claims to reduce sensitivity over time with regular use, which is a very bold and attractive claim, one that I am yet to see the results for.

Ingredients of Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm

I must admit, I was sceptical at first when I first heard 'Kathleenlights' raving about using this a makeup primer, but I can now see the hype! It also claims to reduce redness, which I have definitely noticed that it has on my skin! I have normal-combination skin, but my skin is very sensitive so I do tend to get the odd red patch here and there, especially on my cheeks and forehead.

The bottle is very weighty as it is made from milk glass, so it feels very substantial, yet it’s not ideal for travel. The product itself has a thin consistency so I do find that it starts to run along my hand when I dispense it. You only need the tiniest amount of this product, which is brilliant in that it’s hopefully going to last me a long time. I have found that if I put too much on, it takes longer to dry and can also affect how my makeup looks. I would recommend letting this sink into your skin for a good couple of minutes before applying your foundation, so it’s not the best thing to use if you’re in a hurry!

Previously, I have been using the ‘Benefit Porefessional’ primer for my current go-to primer, which retails at around £24.50. Immediately, it is clear to see that the Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm is definitely the cheaper alternative. So far I have been really impressed with using this product as it 100% helps my makeup last longer on my face and also it has reduced my redness. So yes, the 'Nivea Men Sensitive Post Shave Balm' can be used as a makeup primer, and a decent one at that.

Have you tried the Nivea Men Post Shave Balm? Let me know your verdict!

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Revision Tips #1

Revision Tips

Today I thought I would share with you some of my revision tips that I have picked up along the way. I am currently in my first year of university and in the middle of revising for my summer exams. I have already gone through both my GCSE's and A-Levels, so I think I'm (unfortunately) becoming a bit of an expert when it comes to revision!

Revision Pens
1. Start early- Even if you start off with a couple of hours a day, you'll definitely be less stressed than if you try to cram all of your revision in the last week.
2.  Re-write your class notes onto index cards- This is a great method of revision as you're condensing your notes into smaller, more manageable chunks, whilst also refreshing your memory on what you have previously learnt. Try to abbreviate your class notes and summarise the most important stuff. I like to start with this method when I begin to start revising. This also means your notes are more travel-friendly as you're not lugging around your workbooks, or masses of A4 paper around with you.
3. Use colour- This makes your notes more appealing and stand out more. It also makes revision that bit more bearable. Have fun with it, be creative!
4. Take regular breaks- I'm sure everyone will have already told you this but it's important to take breaks during your revision as 9/10 times if you've been revising for hours on end, the information isn't going to go in. Watch an episode of your favourite programme, go for a walk, or even just call up your friend and have a natter. Just take your mind off of your revision for a short while, then come back to it with a fresh mind.
5. Stay hydrated- Make sure you're staying hydrated and drinking a lot of water. This will help to keep you awake and refresh your brain. Perfect tip for during the exams too- keep drinking water!!!
6. Complete practice exam papers- This is a great revision technique to do to test your knowledge. It’s also a good idea if you can ask one of your teachers to mark it for you after you've done it, so you can see how you are performing and which areas you may need to improve on
7. Stick-up revision notes- This used to annoy the hell out of my mum during my GCSE's especially. I had a maths equation formula stuck up on the fridge at one point! Write up important facts or figures on post-it notes and stick them up around your house (ask for permission first, of course!) Subconsciously, you'll be learning the information as you walk past it and read it a few times throughout the day. This can really come in handy whilst you're sitting your exams too, thinking "I know this! It's on the bathroom door!"
8. Make a revision timetable- This might work for some people, and not for others. But I would say it is an essential if you're doing your GCSE's as you obviously can't study 10 subjects in one day. It's a good idea to plan out what days are for what subjects, so that you're making sure you are covering all your subjects.
9. Find a quiet place to study- You want to be revising in a distraction and clutter-free space.
10. Make a playlist- Depending on if you like to revise with music or not, you shouldn't be revising to Panic at the Disco! or something loud and heavy. Try to find some slow, calming songs and make a playlist so that you can listen to that whilst you're revising instead. This also limits the risk of you blurting out into song and turning into Beyoncé.
10. Test yourself- Use index cards to learn key terms or facts and test yourself. For example, on one side of the card you could ask a question and have the answer on the other side of the card. You could always ask your family or friends if they will test you as well!

I hope you found these tips helpful and good luck with your exams!
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April Goals

April 2016 Calender

April is here, which means Spring has ‘officially’ began, yet I say that loosely as I sit writing this post with the sound of rain hammering on my window. Ah, who doesn’t love the UK weather, right?
A new month brings new things to look forward to and aim for! I decided to create a mini set of goals for myself this month so that I can be more motivated by planning ahead. After all, the dreaded exam season is lurking just around the corner, just less than a couple of weeks until it begins! I guess you can say this is a good form of procrastination just typing down my thoughts, so I’ll continue to ramble.
Revise: Probably my No.1 priority this month is to get started (oops) on my revision! My exams start next month so I need to get cracking and prepare for them.
Blog Weekly: I've been loving blogging and it seems strange to think I only started just over a month ago! I want to continue to upload a blog post at least once a week.
Colour More: I’ve had a couple of those ‘Adult colouring books’ for a while now and I’m really into them. I find it’s a really great way to relax and wind down, especially if I’ve being working away all day staring at a screen. I find it helps me to ‘switch off’, which I struggle to do as my mind constantly just goes round and round worrying about things. I haven’t been doing it enough recently, as especially with exams coming up, I’m going to set aside some ‘me time’ and wind down before bed.
Exercise Classes: I love going to gym classes, just as much as I love going to the gym. But I find that a class like ‘Zumba’ is great for me as it helps me to de-stress, as well as keeping me fit. It’s also a great way to take a break from revision and helps makes you feel good and it even gives you more energy!
Get to sleep earlier:  It comes at no surprise that since I've started university I've been going to bed a lot later. Yet I do find that the constant late nights do impact on how I feel the next day. So, I want to try and aim to go to bed before 11pm (majority of the time!)
Spend Less: I must say this to myself every month but I really do need to stop spending! *sad face*. I'm hoping to book a holiday for the summer in the next couple of days so I need to save save save!!
What are your goals for April? Leave them in the comments section below!
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