Saturday, 30 September 2017

BYBI BEAUTY REVIEW: BABE BALM + FACIAL POLISH

BYBI Beauty are relatively 'new' on the skincare scene. Their products are fun, affordable and the brand itself is a breath of fresh air in a world full of drawn-out marketing and fancy claims. They focus on the simple idea that skin should look good with minimal effort whilst promoting environmental awareness. BYBI stands for "By Beauty Insiders" and this brand are growing fast in the beauty and skincare scene (Pretty packaging always helps that along!)

The brand is vegan, microbead-free and cruelty-free. They focus on using natural extracts from plants, instead of synthetic chemicals or ingredients in their formulations. Often with companies that claim to be "natural" it's all greenwashing with very little research, but I do honestly appreciate these formulations and I love that they're not laden with fragrance like most "natural!!" companies are, as often natural fragrance can be just as irritating to sensitive skin as synthetic ones. I also hate putting anything overly perfumed into my face.


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BYBI are celebrating the re-launch of their cult favourites, the Babe Balm and Priming Facial Polish, as they've just switched from jars, to biodegradable tubes!

"The beauty industry contributes a huge amount of plastic waste and we're keen to change that! Our tubes are made of sugar cane, and while they look like plastic, they definitely aren't."


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Prime Time Priming Facial Polish Shop here
One to grab, for sure. The consistency of this product is very thick for a face scrub, you don't need much at all and it feels very luxurious. It's more like a 2-in-1 cleanser and scrub - I wouldn't double cleanse and then use this, I would use an oil cleanser and then this afterwards, as to not risk being too abrasive on skin. This is a great product that doesn't leave you feeling like your face is the sahara desert. This really does leave your skin feeling super soft and hydrated.

 The "scrubby bits" are actually 
jojoba beads: a great Microbead alternative. They're so much more gentle on the skin and far better for the environment. This is a dry-skin saviour with ingredients like Sweet Almond Oil, Grapeseed Oil and Marsh Mallow Root Extract.  It turns very milky and rinses easily once you're done at the sink. The scent is very subtle but enjoyable - a fruity, tangy, lime scent.


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Babe Balm Shop here
Babe Balm can be used as a cuticle oil, moisturiser, subtle highlighter, lip balm, salve... the list is endless. Where you have dryness, this product will fix it. It's like an ultra-dose of hydration.
I again have to praise BYBI for excluding horrible fragrances from their products. This is a dream to use as yes, it still smells nice, but it's not overwhelming or irritating on the skin. To give it the peachy colour, they even added Sweet Potato into the mix - madness. The balm contains ingredients like Squalane, Vitamin E and lots of amazing plant-extracts and oils.

It's the perfect size for on the go, and you can't really go wrong with a multipurpose balm like this. 
love this product and you will too.

Have you tried anything from BYBI Beauty yet?

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Tuesday, 26 September 2017

UNI ADVICE: Do You Really Need A Macbook For Uni?

I always see a lot of talk around this time of year about whether or not people should buy Macbooks for their university course. I've had mine throughout my entire degree, so I thought I'd write a post on whether or not they're worth it.

Uni is a huge life change, and it can all seem very exciting! So naturally, people will want to "refresh" their "life" before moving away from home, but I think that people feel the need to curate the perfect university experience: buying a fresh new Macbook, notepads from Paperchase, a new tote bag, looking cute every day... when it really and truly doesn't matter. You'll quickly notice that people go from wearing cute and fashionable outfits, to the weird grey hoody they got for free on their first day and leggings. University is like anywhere else, people feel the need to impress others and just like moving house, you want everything to be new and perfect.
Uni advice: do you really need to buy a macbook for your university course

Macbooks are expensive. There is no beating around the bush - they're not worth the insane cost, they're a fashionable and trendy gadget, basically. And they're not just expensive in the initial cost, which is around £1,100 for a student, but in their upkeep, too.

I have had my Macbook Pro since around September 2014 and my battery needs replacing, my screen has had to be replaced (I'm pretty sure this was a screen fault from Apple, but I wanted to mention it anyway), and my charger cable has broken and the wires are exposed - yes, they suffer the same annoying fate as their iPhone counterpart eventually - and those are £79 to replace. Yep, £79. You need to keep in mind whether or not you'll have the funds later on down the line to repair the laptop and keep up with the insane servicing that Apple products seem to need. I'll state now, that 2 years down the line, you'll be shelling out £100+ for a battery replacement, even if you are careful not to over-charge it and let it drain down to nothing every so often as I do.

I bought my Macbook under the Education Store in 2014. I can't recall the exact price I paid then, but the price right now is £1,124. In 2016, Apple made some pretty rubbish changes to the (already limited) Education store pricing that they offer. 


CHANGES APPLE MADE IN 2016:

  • Dropping the discount from (up to) 15% to 10%
  • Free Beats headphones
  • No more complimentary AppleCare (They now offer that for 50% off with your purchase)

At first, this looks like a great deal. It's not.

1. You don't need Beats headphones. No, seriously. They're exactly the same as any other headphones. I wish I was lying - it's marketing rubbish making you think they're amazing and worth more than your average £20 pair.
2. No more free Applecare! In my opinion, it's pretty much a necessity when if you don't want to run into issues later on down the line with your laptop. Mine expires this month but has been worthwhile when I ran into issues with my screen, that Apple recognised as a fault on their side, but I do wonder how they would have responded, had I not been holding a piece of paper with Applecare on it.

I think that this is disappointing, given that Applecare was such a nice perk to get when buying through your university, but hey, all good things must come to an end. (Sarcasm..)

My favourite things about my Macbook Pro:
  • Photobooth (I haven't clicked on this in over a year though..)
  • In sync with my iPhone easily
  • Portable and much smaller and slimmer than a Windows PC
  • The style - sorry, gotta admit I wanted one of these for about 3 years before I bought one.
  • Built in, "free" Microsoft Word counterparts - These work just as well and are very user-friendly. I've had no issues ever exporting them to a word document and I prefer the Apple programs to Microsoft now.
  • Aesthetics - It's so simple to use. Like iPhones, the Macbooks are so simple that my Nana has one and loves it. No fuss downloading and installing things, easy searches and use.
  • Perfect for the university if you buy the super-light air model.

Negatives:
  • The charger cable is awful. I'm having to replace mine after 2 years at £79. It's like the iPhone cable, only bigger. What's worse, is that Apple have patented their charger in some weird way inside (Or so I have read) so good luck finding a half-decent, cheaper version. I searched high and low and wouldn't trust the sellers I found selling replacements.
  • Battery "cycle-life" is awful. After 2 years I'm having to shell out £100 for a replacement - I never, ever had to do this so soon on the numerous other laptops I've had over the past 8 years or so.
  • There is NO DISC SLOT. Not that anyone ever uses discs anyway, and you can buy something that plugs into your USB slot, but be aware of this! Lots of people assume that it's a given to get it, but as discs phase out, so are laptops having the slot.
  • They aren't as Pro as they seem. I am not a techy person (As in I don't know what RAM is...) but every single tech blog I've ever read states that Apple vastly overprice their products for what they are. Acceptable for iPhones, perhaps? But definitely not for a laptop you'll want to last you several years... It's why no gamer dudes ever buy Macs.
  • Easily overwhelmed - it'll run the Sims, but not your mountains of custom content.

I hope this blog post gave some insight into owning a Macbook. The brand itself it's hyped beyond words and Apple are outstanding at branding themselves as new and innovative. (It explains why people line up to buy a new iPhone that is only marginally different from the old models!)
Bottom line? If you have the extra income, go for it. Don't buy an Apple product if you know that you are going to struggle to feed yourself in two months. They're a luxury product and everything that can be done on a Macbook (within reason) can be done on a cheaper laptop or on the affordable £879 Air model. John Lewis offer a free three-year warranty - so it may be worth spending your cash here if you want to purchase something pricey from a trustworthy company that are good with customer service.

Are Macbooks the student essential that people make them out to be?

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