Wednesday, 24 January 2018

Saving Money At University: Paperclip x Student Money Saver

If you're a student, you know the struggles that come along with university costs. Books can cost anywhere from £30 to £90 at a time, and that's never covered by the university. Of course, you can borrow books from the library, but often long-term borrowing can become an annoyance if you know that you'll need something all year, or even for your whole course. And then there is finding all the random things that you need for your uni house - even more of an expense!

But did you know, buying second hand is actually very viable if you're in a university town? It's not always "that needs to go in the bin" microwaves or dodgy mattresses. In student areas, buying second-hand or popping things you don't need on sites like Paperclip can be a goldmine. Well, a few lattes.

However, it’s hard to know where to look for these student-friendly deals and sites. When students finish third year, lots of them will unload books, kitchen items, house bits and bobs and so much more that they'll no longer need. That's where Paperclip x SMS comes in. Student Money Saver is one of my favourite sites for cash-saving tips anyway, but when I saw the Marketplace that they'd opened with Paperclip, I think that this could be what students need to finally have somewhere to create as a go-to for essentials.

This kind of site can really take the pressure off spending £50 on a book when you could find the same one, or a similar version, for £10 from someone that just wants to get rid of stuff before Summer kicks in. And the same with furniture - if you can’t make it to Ikea before term starts, try seeing if anyone is getting rid of a bedside table or drying rack. Chances are, they’ll want pennies for it.

The kind of things you’ll find on Paperclip: Bikes, Kitchen items, Books, Furniture..

... And so much more! It’s super easy to use, so you won’t have to worry about paying to sign up or having trouble finding the things you want. You can pick categories to look at, so from books to bed frames, you should be able to easily find anything you’d like to look at a distance that you choose on the site. You can even pick to see ads by how recently they were uploaded. What could be easier? I know I'll be popping my English books onto the site once I finish my degree! (I can't say I want to re-read a book on Victorian literature...)
P.S. Anyone that adds an item to the marketplace in January and February is entered into prize draw to win £100! You can find details on Paperclip's Facebook Page.

Will you be buying your books full price this year, or saving the cash and going second hand?

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Saturday, 20 January 2018


NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cairo

NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi
NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Stockholm
Shop on ASOSBoots or CultBeauty £6.00
This is probably my favourite liquid lipstick formula, literally ever. It’s hard to describe. It's mousse-like enough to re-apply beautifully, yet it doesn’t feel sticky or horrible. It’s non-drying, and the perfect on the go alternative to traditional lipstick. The small tube means that you'll have about 4 of these in your purse at any one time though. But at £6, who really cares? There a beauty blogger fave for good reason!

NYX Butter Gloss in Fortune Cookie
NYX Butter Gloss in Tiramisu
Shop on ASOSBoots or CultBeauty £5.50
These are the perfect pairing for their Soft Matte sister. NYX really know how to formulate a gloss. They smell of vanilla cupcakes, apply beautifully and don't break the bank. The Butter Gloss is an amazing topper for any lipstick and they aren't overly sticky either- a good handbag staple for when you've forgotten a lipstick at work and need a wash of colour!

Anastasia Beverly Hills Lip Gloss in Butterscotch
Shop on BeautyBay or CultBeauty £17.00
I thought nothing could beat the pigment from the Kylie Cosmetics glosses, but the Anastasia Beverly Hills ones trump Kylie's, purely for the cheaper price and zero customs charges with the UK retailers. The Anastasia formula smells like cupcakes from Peggy Porschen and the doe-foot applicator is one of the best I've tried. No brainer. They're not cheap, but they're worth it.

Charlotte Tilbury Lip Gloss in Seduction
Shop on John Lewis £16.50
I can't say that this is the best lip gloss I have ever tried, but it's okay. It's good. It's a lovely colour, with decent sheer to medium pigmentation, but honestly? Save your cash. It's certainly not worth £16.50 though... and for Charlotte Tilbury, I envisioned a better scent, applicator (NYX have a better applicator) and overall I think that Charlotte Tilbury glosses leave a lot to be desired from a high end, "luxury" brand that pride themselves on beautiful packaging and outstanding formulas. 

Fenty Beauty Universal Gloss Bomb
Shop on Harvey Nichols £16.00
This is a beautiful all-rounder. It's a classic rosy, nude shade that is perfect for any skin tone. It looks pretty on its own and works well with other formulas. The applicator is chunky, super soft and perfect for that one-swipe colour that we all need on the train or whilst balancing four different shopping bags. It won't be a wasted addition to your make-up stash, and it's a good introduction to Fenty Beauty.

Colourpop Ultra Matte Lip in Chi
Shop on Colourpop $6
This nude is probably a shade that you have similar colours to, but who cares? You're probably not reading this post because you're thinking "I don't need anymore lipsticks"! This shade looks good on lots of skin tones and the Colourpop formula is super long-lasting, so you probably need this. It comes up a little lighter in person than on the Colourpop site, and it's the classic, shockingly good value that Colourpop offer.

Rimmel Kate Moss in Boho Nude
Shop on Boots, Superdrug or ASOS £5.49
If you are on a budget or like to shop at the drugstore instead of online, then this range will be ideal for you. The Kate Moss collection by Rimmel is very, very good. In fact, the Rimmel lipstick range is highly under-rated by the majority of bloggers and make-up lovers that I see discussing the best drugstore buys. Grab these babies on offer and they are cheap as chips. The packaging pictured is the 15 year anniersary collection, which is since discontinued (boohoo) but the other shades are just as good.
Jouer Long-Wear Lip Crème in Creme Brûlée
Shop on BeautyBay or CultBeauty
These are a little drying, but the shades are perfect. I adore the formula - it's very creamy to apply and the doe-foot applicator is of high quality. It smells of cupcakes and it does easily last hours. Less is more though, as this is a thick formula! I wouldn't suggest this as a first-buy for liquid lipstick beginners.

Kylie Cosmetics Gloss in Literally
Shop on Kylie Cosmetics $15.00
These glosses are super pigmented, smell of cupcakes and last forever because they're so thick, but, Kylie Jenner needs to up the quality of her products. The brush for this still hasn't improved and I am really quite reluctant to repurchase any of these, given that the Anastasia glosses are just so much better in terms of applicator and pricing. The formula is similar, so I will skip on the Kylie if she can't be bothered to improve an aspect of her brand that literally thousands of people have complained about. Yes, these brushes still shed and don't make for easy applcation.

Urban Decay Naked Lip Gloss in Rule34 (Discontinued)
I have spoken about the Urban Decay glosses before on my blog, but they have actually warmed to me over time. I don't need insane pigment at all times with my glosses, and I can appreciate the muted, nude tone of this product from Urban Decay. I wouldn't repurchase this myself (this one was gifted to me) but I do like it. However, I am not surprised that these were discontinued - the cute packaging just doesn't make up for a boring, sheer gloss.

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