Tuesday, 30 April 2013

Being a student nurse.

I've just started my second placement and I'm coming to the end of my first year as a student nurse. I thought  this would be a good time to talk about being a student nurse, for any one thinking about applying or starting in September. 

So my intake was the first year to try the 'new' degree at my university. The degree is audited by the Nursing and Midwifery Council who basically give our lecturers criteria that students need to reach before they an be registered. My course is a three year course, with 6 placements over the three years. The course is split 50/50 practical and theory, so it's a great mix of hands on work and head in book work! 

This year I've taken four written exams, one practical exam and written three essays, as well as two placements and keeping up with portfolio work. If anyone ever says being a student nurse is easy, trust me it's a lot of work. 

Student nurses tend to study a bit longer than other degrees, I will be in uni until the beginning of July, where as most courses will have finished much earlier than that. I hate the massive summers that you get in college/uni so less time off works perfectly for me. I say that like I get no time off, I still get around 9 weeks, but I do go back slightly earlier than most courses around the beginning of September.

The best thing about being a student nurse is without a doubt placements. I love being out with the patients, cos after all that is what nursing is about - being with people. It's so nice knowing you make a difference to people's lives even if it's the tiniest thing, like just talking to them - sometimes that's all people need. It's amazing how interested patients are about student nurses, and most people love the idea of having a student nurse observe or give a hand to the nurse.

If you are looking into nursing, I hope this gives you a little insight to the degree and the kind of thing you will do whilst training. I'm not saying every course will be exactly the same but I'm pretty sure it's a requirement from the NMC that all nursing courses are 50/50. If you are willing to work hard the course is so, so rewarding and I can't wait to qualify!

Katie xx

Monday, 29 April 2013


100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer 30ml - £34.95*
Advanced Eye Cream 15ml - £24.95*
Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Cream 30g - £34.99*

Way back at the beginning of this year I discovered Supaskin on Twitter (@supaskin). I entered one of their retweet to win competitions and won a gorgeous selection of samples, including the Super Hyaluronic Moisturizing Cream. I hadn't noticed how much I loved the cream until I popped a different moisturiser on one day, after that I found myself reaching for this little pot until I had to scrape the bottom of it. So when Supaskin asked me if I would like to give their 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer a go, I literally jumped at the chance.

I've been using the 100% Pure Hyaluronic Moisturizer a go for around two weeks now, morning and night. If you are wondering what Hyaluronic is, it's the same stuff that is raved about so much in the cult product Hydraluron from Indeed Labs. Basically it's an acid we already have in out skin, that can retain 1000x it's weight in water, so is amazing for dehydrated skin. This differs from the well known Hydraluron in the fact that this is 100% hyaluronic acid and has no added extras for your skin to deal with. 

This comes with a little pipette, to squeeze just the right amount onto your hand. I tend to get a pea sized amount, which is certainly enough for a thin layer over my whole face. I have made the mistake of using too much and it gets very messy. I have learnt to leave this to fully absorb in before even thinking about another moisturiser or putting my make up on, but it only takes a minute or two and then you're good to go.

My skin is naturally quite dehydrated, and at the minute very dry, I kind of expected this to dry my face out more, but it has done the complete opposite. I suffer with dry patches around my eyes and forehead but they have completely disappeared since using this moisturiser.

I was also sent a cheeky eye cream to try out too, which was really exciting. I've confessed this before I'm a bit flaky when it comes to eye creams and either don't use them at all or just pop them on when I remember. I have been giving this ago though, it's a gorgeous cream where a little really does go a long way. Even the hubby has been impressed and confessed it was one of his favourites (and that man tries A LOT of eye creams when I drag him around beauty shopping). It has a slight green tindge so is perfect for colour correcting and smells AMAZING really cucumber-y and delicious.

I am so impressed with the Supaskin range, I realise I have been gifted these items but this is a very honest opinion. I absolutely love both the moisturisers I've tried and literally can't bring myself to throw out my empty sample pot.

Oh and the entire rang is free from parabens, sulfates and is NOT tested on animals - a winner all round!

You can check out the whole Supaskin range here

Katie xx

Sunday, 28 April 2013

Instagram #6.

Here we are again, the end of another week. I was glad to see the back of this week to be honest, I've had three exams so I'm pretty happy they are all over and I've only got an essay and placement to focus on now. After I spent most of last week revising my Instagram looks a little more interesting this week!

Body Shop Gift Card
Friendliest Cat ever
Trying out my Palmer's fake tan
Attempting some subtle eye makeup
Lush goodies
Holiday lipbals
A box full of Lucozade
What I bought with my voucher - I am a student nurse remember
Some lovely body balm to try

I've got so many bargains this week, the three lip balms were only £1.49 from Home Bargains and the box full of Lucozade was a massive 99p delivered to my very door, unfortunately the offer has stopped now. It has been a successful shopping week, even if I don't really have any pennies to spend, it always makes me feel better picking up a bargain.

What have you been up to?

Follow me:
 on Twitter: @Katieatki
Instagram: Katieatki

Katie xx


Friday, 26 April 2013

ROWME Wishlist.

Untitled #43

I've never really explored ROWME until today, I 'liked' them on Facebook a while back and saw a post from them on my feed that inspired me to take a look. Firstly, I didn't realise they did such a selection of clothing. It kind of reminds me of ASOS - they have free P&P too! It does take a little more searching than ASOS does, there are a few pieces that are a definite no-go for me, but the pieces I love, I really, really love.

I think the neon green oversized dress is my favourite piece, it's just the perfect shape to be flattering on anyone and the vibrant colour is perfect for spring/summer. Can you imagine how amazing this dress would look with a tan on holiday? I need this is my wardrobe, plus it's only just over £20!

I've seen this style of oversized tshirt/shirt around quite a lot at the moment, and again it's so flattering. I love the bagginess of these three tees and I love the neck lines too. I'm not into the high neck, polo shirts that seem to be creeping in at the moment, but this is just the perfect compromise between a polo neck and a low rounded neck. I think the cut of the sleeves would look amazing too.

I'm so glad I took a look at ROWME, it's certainly somewhere I will consider looking in the future for a bargain, although looking now when I have no pennies isn't good for my health!

Have you explored this website?

Katie xx

P.S I did a cheeky skin update video here.


Thursday, 25 April 2013

Face Mask Faves.

 I am a face mask addict, I use face masks at least 4 times a week - that may seem excessive but I use different ones for different things. I just wanted to show you my favourite face masks I've tried.

Elemental Herbology Facial Glow Radience Peel - 50ml £39

This is a mask I have a love/hate relationship with, and it's probably my least favourite of these masks. That's not to say I don't like what it does to my skin, it just frustrates me that it is only applied for 4 minutes, then you take it off. I don't know about you, but I like to lie back and relax with a face mask on, 4 minutes is just not long enough. It's full of gorgeous things to literally make your face 'glow' and some friendly acids to hell with cell renewal, just a lovely mask. You can pick this up from Look Fantastic here.

Soap & Glory No Clogs Allowed - 100ml £11

Much more reasonably priced than the others, which is a big thumbs up for me. I use this when I feel congested and my skin needs to breathe a little. This has tiny beads in so is a good exfoliator as you take it off. It's also self heating, so is perfect when it's chilly outside and you really need warming up. I adore the scent, much like all of the S&G products I've tried - although this is my first skin care product. The only down side is, if you don't use it regularly it can become a little watery and weird inside the tube. You can pick this up from Boots here.

REN Invisible Pores Detox Mask - 50ml £18

Obviously, this isn't the full size - I got a few sample sizes of this product so I could give it a good go. I've had about two masks out of each of the 5ml tubes I have, which suggests the full size would last a long time. This is a clay mask and kind of reminded me of Origins Clear Improvement, but I actually like this better. It really digs deep into your pores and leaves you skin feeling so fresh and soft after you remove it. This is perfect for those days when your skin is misbehaving. You can pick this up from Space NK here.

Origins Mega Mushroom Skin Relief Face Mask - 100ml £34

Last, but not least, my favouirte mask ever. Of course, it had to be an Origins mask. I've tried a few of their face masks now, and none compare to this one. I have very red skin at the moment that is very dry due to medication and this is just perfect for perking my skin up and chilling it out. The mega mushroom range was developed for people with sensitive skin and common skin problems. As it suggest 'skin relief' it certainly does do that. I use this mask at least once a week, and the thing I love most is that I can leave it on as long as I want then just wipe it away. Perfect. You can pick this up at Selfridges here.

What are your all time favourite masks?

Katie xx


Wednesday, 24 April 2013

Primark Haul: Video.

This needs no introduction, as promised a Primark Haul. I didn't photograph a pile of everything cos my camera was misbehaving.

What have you been buying lately?

Katie xx

Tuesday, 23 April 2013

Burt's Bees Bath Crystals.

Burt's Bees Therapeutic Bath Crystals - £7.69

I've been after some bath salts for a while and I spotted these a few weeks back and really regretted not buying them. So when I spotted that these were on offer in Debenhams I just had to buy them. The pot is a heafty 450g which considering you only need 1 to 2 tablespoons per bath, will last a good few baths.

I've heard amazing things about bath salts and how amazing they are for relaxation and reducing tension in muscles, but the thing that attracted me to these particular one was the smell. These salts have Eucalyptus oil in - if you've ever had Vicks Vapour Rub you'll know the smell. It's great for opening up your airways and helping you breathe, which is fab when your just feeling a little yukky and need a pick me up. Of course the steam from the bath water helps to circulate the smell too - I refused to allow my hubby into the bathroom while I was running my bath so he didn't let any of the smell out!

Getting into the bath with these crystals just feels so nice. In fact the smell will be the same as the smell used in steam rooms - I think that might be why these crystals feel so lovely when you're using them. I would highly recommend these salts if you are in need of some chill time and to de-stress.

I'm desperate to try some other salts now, particularly these ones from Fig + Yarrow. You can pick the Burt's Bees crystals up from Holland and Barrett, Debenhams, Boots and lots of places online. The price ranges from £7-£11, I managed to get mine for 30% off in Debenhams.

Have you tried any salts that I must try?

Katie xx

Monday, 22 April 2013

Lavender Oil - This Works Dupe.

Lavender Oil - £1.99

If you know me, you'll know I LOVE the smell of lavender. It's so therapeutic and completely relaxes me. The hubby hates it though, but I think he might appreciate this little baby I picked up to help me (and him) sleep well. I'm sure you've all heard of This Works Deep Sleep Pillow Spray, which is meant to be amazing. Well that is packed full of Lavender, and for a fraction of the price how could I not pick this up. Plus because it's so concentrated I won't have to use much to get that lovely soothing smell.

Lavender is renowned for helping you to relax, which is probably why so many companies use it in bubble bath. It can also help with headache and migraines which can only be a good thing. Apparently it is also good for promoting hair growth and has fantastic anti bacterial properties. 

I can't wait to try this as a pillow mist, I might even pop a bit in my bath too.

I picked this up for less than £2 in Bodycare but of course you can pick this up from Boots, but it's a little pricier at £6 - You can find it here

Have you tried Lavender Oil?

Katie xx 

Sunday, 21 April 2013

Instagram #5.

Another week bites the dust, before we know it Christmas will be just around the corner. Urgh. It's true what they say, time goes faster the older you get. This week you'll see I've been pretty boring and attempted to revise most the week for exams tomorrow and Tuesday. I literally couldn't sleep for nerves about Tuesday's exam, but fingers crossed all with go well.

Relaxing bath time
Back to uni
Holiday wishlist is getting longer
Revision time
Burt's Bees bath salts
More revision
Home made bread
I forgot how good Cherry Coke is
Cutest slippers ever

What have you been up to this week?

Katie xx


Saturday, 20 April 2013

Amazing Henna Art.

I follow a lot of people on Instagram, but one of my favourite people to follow is Mendibyshahima. This lovely lady does amazing henna designs, just like this one I had custom made!

Shahima has also started designing custom made phone cases and candles too, which I have been eyeing up. The phone cases are a tiny £8 including P&P which is pretty amazing considering they are done to order and your tastes. 

I love my picture so much, it's perfect and matches my living room really well. I got a 25x30cm canvas, which are priced at £10 including P&P - a real bargain, or you can order a much larger canvas 40x40cm for £25. Shahima was so helpful and really saw to exactly what I wanted, I would certainly recommend you take a look at her work if you are after some special!

I have Shahima's email address if anyone wants in, also go check out her Instagram!

Katie xx

Friday, 19 April 2013

I've been shopping.

The hubby set me a little challenge - I had a certain amount of money to spend and whatever I didn't spend he got. So of course I had to try and spend it all. Oh and his other rule was I had to spend it all in one day. Don't be deceived he isn't this generous all the time, I think he is just feeling bad for me cos I have so much work to do and very rarely get to 'treat' myself. Here's some of what I bought:

Lavender Candle from TKMaxx - £8 £3.99

 Juju Jelly Shoes from Bank - £16.99

Hawaiian Tropic After Sun Body Butter from Body Care - £3.99

Natural Radiance Brightening Balm - £5.99
Natural Radiance Hot Cloth Cleanser - £5.99
Hair Dye - £4.09
Fudge Hairspray - £5.99 £2.99

MUA Polishes £1 each
Mud Pie
Pistachio Ice Cream
All Nude

Nail Polish - £2.99
Perfume - £1

Palmers Gradual Tan from Wilkinsons - £5.97 £3.50

I bought a lot from Primark too but as my parents are visiting tomorrow we are taking a trip to Manchester and I will certainly be buying more Primark goodies - so I will put them all in one haul!

Have you been shopping lately?

Katie xx


Thursday, 18 April 2013

3 Ingredient Pancakes.

Recipe pinched from here

This recipe is super easy, plus it's a bit healthier than 'normal' pancakes and it's gluten and dairy (bearing in mind you avoid the Nutella) free!

I made pancakes for one, so I just halved the recipe:

2 Bananas - Riper the better
2 Eggs
1/2 Cup/155g of Peanut Butter/Almond Butter 

Whisk it all together then fry. I used a bit of vegetable oil, but I don't see why you couldn't use and alternative like margarine or spray oil. 

These are soo simple to do, and literally take 5 minutes which is fab if you're just after a quick brunch. I was a little naughty and topped mine off with Nutella, but these would be equally as nice with some golden syrup or some alternative healthier topping!

When I make these again I'm going to try and add a little more peanut butter, as they were slightly too bananary for my taste, but other than that these are a great healthy-ish snack.

Katie xx


Wednesday, 17 April 2013

Lets talk about body image.

I don't think I'm alone in saying loving your body is pretty tough. Especially as you are growing up, boobs appear, hair starts growing in strange places and for both men and women our bodies change shape. As you all know, I haven't always had the confidence I have now, it may not necessarily be directly my 'body image' but I've had issues with confidence due to my skin and found dealing with that very difficult. It's very misleading at times, how we 'should' look - the media can portray these 'perfect' people, that don't really exist. I wish I had had something like Body Gossip, to make me accept who I am, earlier than my twenties.

I discovered Body Gossip when my gorgeous friend Ally became an abassedor for them. I spotted they were looking for bloggers to help promote what they are all about, and as I love everything these people promote I so wanted to give a helping hand. 

Okay, so what is Body Gossip? They are 3 people with full time jobs, that voluntarily run the Body Gossip Campaign. They are also unfunded, which I find amazing - I find it difficult to find spare time and I'm only a full time student, I have no idea how they juggle jobs and a very successful campaign. The campaign is all about promoting positive body image, and loving your body. They travel around the country, into schools, colleges, universities and shops to help promote positive body image to everyone possible. I love that they go into schools cos this is the time I could have really done with a good confidence boost. They have recently been working with Curvy Kate too, the gorgeous underwear brand especially for curvier women! 

Body gossip have published a book, sharing people's stories - what they love about their bodies. And more recently have brought out some amazing t-shirts, which are due to be featured in June's Cosmo mag:

The beautiful Curvy Kate models in the Body Gossip tees
Photos pinched from Facebook and Body Gossip Website

You can buy the Tshirts for £20 here

How amazing at these logos? I love the design and the entire meaning behind them. My favourite is the 'What's so great about perfect anyway?' - this is so true. What even is perfect and who decides what perfect is? I imagine perfect would take a lot of effort to maintain and I'm pretty happy with 'imperfect' if it means I have time to enjoy my life!

I would love to make it to one of Body Gossip's events, or for them even to come to uni. You can keep up with their events on Twitter - @_Bodygossip and on Facebook just search Body Gossip. Of course their website is full of cool stuff too so go check it out if my post hasn't been enough to sway you! You can access the website here.

I hope I've made you think a little about your body confidence, and I hope these photos and the website gives you a little boost in the right direction, if you've been struggling. And remember EVERYONE is beautiful in their own way. I'd love to pinch Body Gossip's amazing idea and share something I love about my body...

I love my eyes!

What do you love about your body?

Katie xx


Tuesday, 16 April 2013

Tea Horse Teas.


 I was sent some lovely teas to try from Tea Horse a few weeks back, which was really exciting as a 'new' tea drinker. I'm sure you've seen me raving about green tea and some fruity teas so I was really looking forward to trying these. Tea Horse are a tea subscription website - much like Glossybox is beauty, Tea Horse is tea!

I love the packaging, it's really simplistic and quirky, plus the box is the perfect size to fit in your letter box. The package comes with a really hand leaflet, explaining about the teas, where they are from, temperature of water and brewing time. This was so handy for a newbie like me as I have no idea about temperatures and brewing times! I really loved the fact it was loose tea and I had to make up the 'bag' myself, again I've never used loose leaves before so it was fun trying to put together little bags! Plus the loose leaves are so pretty and smell gorgeous. The only think I would change is making the bags have a little drawstring, as my bag kept falling in and a few leaves escaped!

I was sent four different teas in my pack, a mixture of black teas, green teas and herbal teas, which was lovely to try out some new tastes. I drink my tea without milk (I have my weird phobia) so I guess it tastes slightly stronger without milk? But none the less all of the teas were great. I was sent Honeybush, Russian Revels, Nepal Celebration and Tanzania Luponde which can all be found at Tea Horse website here.

Have you tried Tea Horse teas?

Katie xx


Monday, 15 April 2013

Neal & Wolf Harmony Hair Treatment.

Neal & Wolf Harmony Intensive Hair Treatment - £9.95*

It's not very often that I feel I want to review a product after one use. However on this occasion I am going to go ahead and do just that. This Neal & Wolf product came in my goodie bag from the North Meet Up (post here) last week, and I've used it on my hair once since last Sunday and I'm in love. 

It's no secret that I adore hair masks, I've raved about a few different ones in the past but this has shot up to my number one favourite. I have pretty dry hair at the moment and it can seem a little lifeless and dull, so I like to use hair masks as a treat every time I wash my hair - bearing in mind I will wash my hair twice a week at the most, usually only once. This treatment comes out lovely and thick, I used about a 10p sized amount and massaged into my hair. I like to wash my body then rinse out a conditioner or treatment, so it gives it time to work. The recommended time for this is 5 minutes, which is just enough time to shave my legs etc. and not too long that I will go wrinkly! 

Now the best part of this treatment comes after you've dried your hair. This stuff smells UNREAL. It is so, so gorgeous and smells exactly like you've just stepped out of the salon - everyone wants to keep that salon scent for as long as possible! Even better, the scent was still on my hair the 2 days later. I absolutely love this stuff and will certainly be repurchasing, although I don't think I will need to for a while yet. 

I've found this on Beauty Bay here for £9.95 for 200ml which I would think, using once a week, would last about 2-3 months if you only use the small amount I do. You can pick it up on Amazon too for slightly cheaper. Just for reference my hair is just below shoulder length.

 Now I am DESPERATE to try some of Neal & Wolf's other products, is there any you would recommend? Have you tried this product?

Katie xx


Sunday, 14 April 2013

Instagram #4.

Somehow another week has gone by. Seriously, I know I say this every week, but HOW is it Sunday already? I'm back at Uni tomorrow, so my Easter break is over and I will be hard at work until I break up at the end of June. Here's what I've been up to, according to Instagram, on my final week off.

Looking for more penpals
Yummy Gluten Free Breakfast Snacks
Cutest lantern ever for my bathroom
Lemur cuddle
Cats the musical
Gorgeous Lemonade
Jelly Shoessssss
My tipple of choice

Instagram: Katieatki
Twitter: @katieatki
Follow me on Bloglovin here

What have you been up to?

Katie xx


Saturday, 13 April 2013

Manchester Cake and Bake Show.

I was lucky enough to receive a press pass for the Cake and Bake Show in Manchester last weekend, so I dragged the hubby along to go and check out some amazing cakes. I spent the majority of the time being in awe of the decoration and detailing on some of the cakes, especially the ones in the decorating competition. 

It was so busy I don't think we managed to look around every stall properly and sadly there wasn't many gluten free tasters, but the hubby was very happy to taste all of the cakes and pies on my behalf. 

We also managed to watch a live 'bake off' with John Whaite - the winner of The Great British Bake Off last year. We watch the show every year so it was exciting seeing him bake and some of the other contestants from last years series were there too! 

I came away with this lovely press goodie bag, which I have already started using. I've always wanted a bottle of vanilla paste but it's so pricey, so thank you Cake and Bake show for providing me with it! If you missed this Cake and Bake show, I believe there is another in London later this year - which I imagine will be bigger than Manchester's.

Did you got to the Cake and Bake show?

Katie xx
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