• Trying TikTok Beauty Products

    Trying TikTok Beauty Products

    Are they really worth the hype?

    By Chloe Lansdall

    TikTok is the most downloaded app in the world, with majority of users being part of Gen-Z. The introduction of “TikTok Shop” has allowed users to purchase products directly through the app, making marketing even easier for many businesses on the platform.

    The beauty industry in particular has benefited from this feature, with certain products going viral from influencers posting makeup tutorials and directly linking the products they used in the video. I have purchased some the most popular products to test them myself, as well as asking others who have used them to see if they are really worth the hype…

    Photo by Maria Camila Castau00f1o on Pexels.com

    Coco Cosmetics By Chloe Marshmallow Sponge

    This sponge has replaced the iconic beauty blender in the makeup world. This product is almost always sold out, but Chloe keeps customers up to date with restocks and the behind the scenes of running her small business on her TikTok page. The website claims the sponges “will transform your makeup application”, and it’s not wrong.

    I bought the marshmallow duo sponge set for £16.99 through TikTok shop, which comes with both shape one and two, as I wanted to test both variations and compare them. You can also buy each individual sponge for £9 each. The sponge blends foundation out beautifully, giving a full coverage base without soaking up any of the product. It also works with cream products like bronzer and blush, without going patchy, and is extremely easy to clean.

    Pink Honey Cream Bronzer

    This is one of the products I haven’t got round to using yet, so I asked a close friend who I know is an avid user. After speaking to her I have now ordered it myself, which shows how easily influenced I can be when it comes to beauty products!

    Jess ordered the bronzer via TikTok Shop at a discounted price of £13.50, saving £3 off the original retail price. She said “I love it and use it everyday, I bought the shade fudge glaze and it is quite dark, but I can blend it out to be the perfect shade whether I’m tanned or not.”

    Pink Honey Brow Glue

    I am not being dramatic when I say this product has changed my life. The Pink Honey brow glue allows you to get the brow lamination look without paying the price. For only £8.99, this pot of magic has completely transformed my brow routine. I have been an avid user of the brow pomade for over 5 years, and used one particular product religiously every single day. However, after using the Pink Honey brow glue, I will never go back.

    At first I was skeptical about using the product, as it felt like I was stepping outside my comfort zone. However, I have never received so many compliments on my eyebrows since using this product. They stay in place all day, look natural and fluffy, and it is all down to this one product. If you decide to purchase any products from this article, make sure it’s this one.

    Trigwell Cosmetics Powder Puff

    I managed to get my hands on the mini duo of the powder puffs for £9.99, before they completely sold out yet again. I ordered directly through TikTok shop, and was excited to try, as I have always used the ‘traditional’ method of applying powder with a brush. However, after seeing so many videos of people using this product and claiming it “airbrushes and filters the skin” and “blurs under-eye bags”, I had to see for myself.

    At first I tried it with a pressed powder, and honestly was quite disappointed, as it wasn’t as revolutionary as I thought. However, after watching makeup tutorials on TikTok, it was recommended to use the powder puffs with a loose powder, and it made a huge difference. The shape is perfect for fitting underneath the eye and getting into the small creases of your face.

    Made By Mitchell Blursh Liquid Blusher

    Again, this is a product I have not tried myself, but a close friend cannot rave about this product enough. It’s a liquid blush but with a powder finish, allowing it to be layered underneath or over the top of your base makeup. There is a wide variety of shades available, both in full size and minature variations. The blursh is currently half price at only £7, so if you’re thinking of trying it, now is the perfect time!

    Meg, who owns over 40 shades of the product, said “it is highly versatile, and can be used for all areas of the face, from eyes, lips and cheeks.” As someone who is a huge makeup lover, she said “it’s a great product for beginners, as it is buildable and work on all skin types.”

    After testing these products myself, it’s pretty obvious why they are almost always sold out. They are all affordable, easy to use, and have completely transformed my everyday makeup routine. I would recommend every single product, and buying them directly through TikTok to get the best deals and discounts!

  • The Inspiration Behind these 2022 World Cup Kits

    The Inspiration Behind these 2022 World Cup Kits

    Written by Ethan Wheatcroft

    In theme with the 2022 World Cup, here are 5 of the 32 team kits that stand out, not only in the way they look, but the inspiration and background behind the kits.

    Image from Adidas.

    Argentina: Draped in the classic blue and white, equipped with the Argentinian coat of arms, the Adidas three stripes and modelled by the greatest of all time; this jersey is made from 50 percent ocean plastic from Parley for the Oceans.

    Image from Nike.

    Brazil: On the famous vibrant yellow canvas, with the blue and green piping around the sleeves and the collar, the jaguar print all over the jersey is what makes this kit so special. According to Nike, the print reflects on Brazil’s “flarey” style of play, which suits the 5 time World Cup winners perfectly.

    Image from New Balance.

    Costa Rica: The Los Ticos enter the 2022 World Cup in a red jersey with blue trimmings around the sleeves. Created by New Balance, the jersey is made up from 100 percent recycled polyester and uses New Balance’s “Dry Technology”, which was designed in mind of keeping players cool and comfortable through the hot Qatar climate.

    Costa Rica defender Kendall Wason said that “These are the perfect jerseys for us to show the world what we’re made of.”, they also stated that “Every time I step out onto the pitch for my country is an incredibly proud moment and I can’t wait for the first game in these new kits,”.

    Image from Puma.

    Morocco: Created by Puma, the kit is made up from the colours of the Moroccan flag, with red and green piping around the arms and neckline. The canvas is decorated with the Puma logo, the club emblem and traditional graphics that take inspiration from Moroccan mosaics.

    Image from Adidas,

    Japan: Adidas position Japan’s kit on a blue and white jersey which takes inspiration from origami. A three legged crow pattern is all over the kit, the designers said these represent self expression. The irregular shapes are there to convey speed, which translates the play style and pace of the team.

  • Christmas Comes To York

    Christmas Comes To York

    By Niamh Wheldon

    Christmas this year is set to be hard for a lot of people, with the economic crisis consuming the news there seems to be no escape. For me Christmas is the most incredible time of the year, created from so many amazing childhood memories. The 7ft Christmas tree touching ceiling, that my dad always had to cut the top off to fit our 15-year-old angel on, Christmas dinner on Christmas eve and eating whatever we want on Christmas day. This year I will cherish my family and the time I spend with them even more.

    People will be thinking twice about extravagant gifts and considering what means the most to them. Being in York for Christmas means being surrounded by Christmas celebrations from the start of November. With the buzz of the markets also known as St Nicholas Fair, this year features the most spectacular Swiss hut, The Winter Hütte, with two floors of festivities, featuring a restaurant with food created by Michelin-Starred Andrew Pern. St Nicholas Fair is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year, so is bigger and better than any year before.

    Me and my best friend went for a browse the other day and loved how it was small brand centric, encouraging people to shop local and celebrate some of the creatives we have in York, the price point of a majority of the items was accessible. From handcrafted jewellery to silk and cashmere blend scarves, to the most sensational chocolate loaded brownies that make your mouth water just from the sight of them.

    This year I will cherish my family and the time I spend with them even more.

    The twinkling lights and the Christmas spirit the market represents is a present in itself. Bring your family together this year by surrounding yourself in this cosy city. Walk around the city walls to embrace not only the culture but the essence of British winter, York has never felt so festive.

  • Lenny Marriott’s Money Saving Tips

    Lenny Marriott’s Money Saving Tips

    The year is 2022. Winter is approaching. Your funds are low and you’re about to run out of teabags. How could this year get any worse?

    Well I, Lenny Marriott, am here to tell you it will get worse. Much much worse. But do not fret, for I will also save you from this peril. Though I have lived comfortably my whole life, being born to a wealthy businessman, never working a day in my life; I promise you I relate greatly too you common folk. Therefore, I have gathered a team of money saving experts who have been locked in a dark room with nothing but a computer loaded with excel to figure out the solution to this dire future.

    So here are the five best tips they gathered, and it only took 3 of the team falling into a deep state of exhaustion to make:

    1. ‘Spaghetti Bolog’save

    Do you wake up in the early hours of the morning with a pang of hunger consuming you? Do you want to save money heating up that damn dinner in these trying times? Well here’s a tip that can solve both your problems in one fell swoop.

    Before you head to bed with your cozy water bottle; your lifelong partner (and the only one that will never leave you (IM TALKING TO YOU JESS. I STILL DON’T FORGIVE YOU FOR ENDING THINGS OVER THE PHONE)): fill your water bottle with some uncooked spaghetti. After the spaghetti is added; fill the bottle with some lovely hot water. The one key element is not to forget to add salt to your hot water bottle. This will add flavour and prevent the spaghetti from sticking together. Now, as you sleep peacefully this spaghetti will slowly cook itself and you will wake up not only warm, but with a delicious meal ready by your side.

    Top Tips for True Chefs:

    • If you want to improve the flavour of your spaghetti; add more salt (you can never have enough)
    • To turn this into a lovely breakfast snack; add some peanut butter as a sauce. Delicous.

    2. Water Inflation

    Did you know that if a tap drips ten times per minute; you could lose 90 litres of water a month. This quick tip will save all your water woes. My team in finance have calculated that by using this tip you can save around £25,000 a year in water wastage.

    For this tip you simply place a balloon over each and every tap in your house. Before using the tap, you take off the balloon and then place it back on after use. These balloons will collect any excess water that would have been wasted down the sink. You can then use this water to drink or even wash the dishes. Ill leave it up to your imagination what you do!

    3. The ‘Key’ to All Your Money Woes

    Do you ever feel like its impossible to save in this current age? Like all your money is slipping out the door… through the windows… maybe even through your keyhole? Well, you wouldn’t be alone; many British citizens have reported feeling the same. And I’m here to tell you that none of you are wrong either.

    Scarily; a large sum of your heating bill is wasted. How? You might ask. A lot of the heat from your house escapes through small holes. One of these holes is located right in your front door: the keyhole. To fix this issue our money saving team devised a complex strategy.

    To do this strategy you must first find some masking tape in your house. Then, when the keyholes are not in use; proceed to place a small square of masking tape over the hole, consequently trapping the hot air inside. This will keep your house warm all through the winter months.

    Top tips for true savers:

    • For a more permanent solution; fill the keyhole with superglue. Therefore, no hot air will ever escape again.

    4. ‘Tap’ping into hot water

    Is the future advent of a blackout filling you with dread and fear? Is this fear due to not knowing how you’ll cope without your habitual hourly tea? Fear no more. We have devised a 10-step strategy that you can practice now in readiness of the coming daily blackouts. By following this strategy correctly you will be guaranteed a lovely warm cup of tea, electricity or not.

    The first step involves turning your tap on. You must then proceed to light a candle. After that you must hold the candle underneath your tap until the water flowing is very very hot. Then put your cup, with teabag inside under your tap. There it is. You now have a lovely warm cup of tea. Feel your stresses fade away as you slowly sip your brew. You’re welcome!

    5. The ‘Foil’ to creating a carbon footprint

    Got cold feet? And no I’m not talking about your engagement to James, I’m sure he’s a lovely bloke. Do you literally have cold feet? It’s a common problem felt throughout the UK in these winter months. Not everyone can afford under floor heating and so many are left with a sour taste in their mouth and a cold feeling in their foot. Our money saving experts have found the solution, through numerous calculations and spreadsheets filled with numbers.

    They suggest that you can keep your feet warm through lining your slippers with aluminium foil. This creates a barrier through which the heat can escape from your slippers, thus trapping any excess heat in with your feet. Your feet will never not be cozy again. Experts are telling us this also reduces your carbon footprint due to your feet not actually touching the ground anymore.

  • 5 Gifts for Christmas

    5 Gifts for Christmas

    By Arabella Ryter, 2022

    What is Christmas about? 

    This year has and will be very hard time for us all. The rise in cost of living is most likely going to affect Christmas, but it is not only about spending money and material items. It’s about love and spending time with your loved ones. Making time for loved ones. Showing them how much they mean to you and how much you appreciate them. It’s nice to express throes feelings to your loved ones especially in these difficult times. People tend to forget about that. Christmas is the time when you are surrounded with your loved ones making memories. You don’t need to spend any money to show someone how much they mean to you and how you love them.

    Here are 5 Gifts for Christmas to show how important your loved ones are to you:

    Gift 1

    Spending time with them, possibly going for a winter walk 

    Gift 2 

    Makes Christmas cookies with lots of love

    Gift 3

    Painting art with love and make it abstract 

    Gift 4 

    Christmas movie night with hot chocolate with marshmallows 

    Gift 5

    Write your loved ones a poem. Beautiful heartfelt words last forever.

    Gift 6

    Hand-making gifts for loved ones.

    These are just some ideas on how to make your loved ones feel special this Christmas, without having to spend too much money. If in doubt, giving a loved one a hug, could be more than enough.

  • Charitable Chouinard

    Charitable Chouinard

    by Jasmine Fisher-Wright, 2022

    Yvon Chouinard, the Forbes recognised $1.2 billionaire and founder of the outdoor clothing brand Patagonia. He has been celebrated recently due to his decision to donate 98% of the company and all of its non-voting stock to The Holdfast Collective with the remaining 2% and all of the voting stock being held by The Patagonia Purpose Trust, built to help protect the company’s values.

    Photograph: Patagonia

    “Earth is now our only shareholder”

    In their recent page on the company website , the founder writes a personal letter to the consumers of Patagonia on his important and industry changing decision.

    Instructing the business professionals of today how and why change needs to happen.

    With the brand pledging 1% of sales to the preservation and restoration of the natural environment, Patagonia isn’t shy to talk about the serious and severe implications the fashion industry has on the planet. In which, the brand created a non-profit corporation named ‘1% for the Planet’ to encourage other businesses to do the same thing, in their own words to “understand that profit and loss are directly linked to [the planet’s] health, and are concerned with the social and environmental impacts of the industry” asking business owners to reach out to the cause to “affect real change” with the satisfaction of “paving the way for more corporate responsibility in the business community and the recognition, support and patronage of conscientious consumers who value serious commitment to the environment” referring to the growth in concern amongst Generation Z and their purchasing behaviours.

    The opening image of Chouinard, 83, on Patagonia’s website writing the impactful statement “Earth is now our only shareholder” strikes the correct, raw and realistic truth that is shadowing todays fashion industry. This pioneer and accidental business-man is known for his outspoken grounded ways, “to say and do things for the shock value” stated a fellow climbing pioneer and business-man Doug Tompkins for an Outside interview back in 2001.  So, to this, is Chouinard the hero we need in this failing planet? Can he awaken the realistic and future corporate social responsibility efforts fashion brands need to bring to the table in order to fix and hopefully provide a balanced and sustainable future for the upcoming generations and the ecosystem around them?

    We give thanks to Chouinard and the leap he has made to bring to light the decisions that need to be made in the fashion industry, especially the well-developed brands that can afford to take similar actions or even better, match the efforts made by our respected and aspirational Yvon Chouinard and his team.

  • A/W 22 – Capsule Wardrobe

    A/W 22 – Capsule Wardrobe

    Niamh Wheldon

    Outfit 1

    & Other Stories – Relaxed Wool Knit Sweater £95

    Weekday – Rowe Extra High Straight Jeans £26

    Ugg – Classic Ultra Mini Boot £135

    Mango – Faux Shearling Lined Jacket £89.99

    Outfit 2

    Zara – Striped Sweater with Zip £32.99

    & Other Stories – Wide High Waist Linen Trousers £75

    Uniqlo – Bucket Shoulder Bag £34.90

    Outfit 3

    Skims – Soft Lounge Long Sleeve Dress £86

    Karen Millen – Leather Mid Calf Chelsea Boot £129

    Outfit 4

    Everlane – The Way-High Drape Pant £132

    & Other Stories – Oversized Wool Knit Sweater £75

    COS – Oversized Long Sleeve Shirt £59

  • 5 November Releases To Get Your Hands On

    5 November Releases To Get Your Hands On

    By Ethan Wheatcroft – November 2022

    Crocs / Salehe Bembury Clog – November 1st

    American footwear designer Salehe Bembury is continuing his sought after collaboration with Crocs. The classic clog takes a unique twist with the design based from Salehe’s own fingerprint, this collaboration takes inspiration from his love for the outdoors, with a cherry blossom palette throughout shoe.

    Priced at £80, available at selected retailers and Crocs.

    Supreme / Nike Air Max 98 TL – November 3rd

    For fall, Supreme has worked exclusively with Nike on a collaboration of the iconic Air Max 98 TL. Offered in 4 colour ways, the shoe is constructed together from a knit mesh and synthetic leather upper, a foam midsole and a rubber outsole and reflective overlay and logos surrounding the silhouette.

    Price TBC, sold exclusively via Supreme and Nike.

    Supreme / Doughboy – November 3rd

    Releasing alongside the Nike collab, Supreme are also set to drop a clothing and homeware collection with Pillsbury Co., featuring its iconic Doughboy mascot.

    The apparel collection is compiled of a hooded sweatshirt, varsity jacket, work shirt, crewneck and pants in a strong selection of colours. The drop also features a cookie jar, which every fashion head needs in their home!

    Price: TBC, sold exclusively via Supreme.

    Reebok / Maharishi LT Court – November 7th

    London-based streetwear label Maharishi continue to push their respect for nature whilst utilising technology with an upcoming collaboration with Reebok and a special take on their 40-year old shoe, the LT Court.

    Made from ethically-sound and long lasting sustainable materials, the court offers a natural and appealing design with an army green outsole, off-white upper made from layered natural hemp, and a chalk midsole.

    Priced at £90, the LT Court is a staple piece that will look stylish with any outfit, while continuing to protect the environment. Available at selected retailers such as Maharishi, END, SneakersnStuff and Reebok.

    Nike Dunk Low “Fruity Pebbles” – November 8th

    Crafted from the finest of leather, Nike take a special approach to its newly released Dunk silhouette, with help from basketball legend LeBron James. With health and nutrition coming into the thought behind this shoe, a subject in which LeBron holds close to his heart, these Dunks embrace the importance of strength, wellness and recovery.

    Showcased on a colourful palette and funky graphics of cereal on the laces, insoles and tongue, the dunk shows respect and inspiration to LeBron’s legacy. The usual Nike branding on the heels have been replaced with his iconic crown insignia.

    Priced at £100, available at selected retailers such as END, Size? and Nike’s popular SNKRS app.

  • TOP 5 STUDENT FRIENDLY PLACES FOR FOOD IN YORK

    TOP 5 STUDENT FRIENDLY PLACES FOR FOOD IN YORK

    By Chloe Lansdall

    One of the best things about York is the huge variety of places to go for food and drink. The city is the perfect spot for socialising, whether it’s grabbing a drink from a coffee shop through the week, or booking an evening meal on the weekend to celebrate, there’s somewhere to suit everyone.

    Here’s our top 5 places we recommend to go in York that are affordable for those on a student budget:

    1. Drift-In

    Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/CiPY5HjsXUj/

    Drift-In is a quaint and cosy café located in the heart of York, and is the perfect meeting place for friends and family. Its menu has a huge range of sweet and savoury options; with plenty of choice to suit all dietary requirements such as gluten free, dairy free and vegan.

    Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/CZHY-bWsBLc/?hl=en

    They serve fresh juices, smoothies, milkshakes and hot drinks, and also offer 10% discount to all students! It is also dog-friendly, with a dedicated wall displaying Polaroid shots of all the fury friends who have visited the café. You can find Drift-In at 1-3 Nessgate, York YO1 9NP.

    2. Plush Café

    Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/Cd2zePDoxQX/

    Plush café is an independent family-run business located at 6 Stonegate, York, YO1 8AS. It has three themed dining rooms – the garden room with flower vines and wooden swing seats, the art deco-inspired neon room, and the luxurious, floor cushion-filled bohemian room.

    Image:https://www.plushcafe.co.uk/?lightbox=dataItem-k3x0wahc7

    There is a wide variety of sweet and savoury options to choose from, such as rainbow bagels, pancakes, burgers, and pizzas. They also cater for lots of dietary requirements such as vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. They also offer 10% student discount and are available on Deliveroo and Just Eat.

    3. SPARK

    Image: https://www.sparkyork.org/

    If you don’t know about SPARK then get to know! SPARK is an outdoor community space, home to some of York’s most exciting start-up businesses. It hosts a wide variety of food and drink choices from all over the world, such as Mexican, Italian and Greek! It offers plenty of outdoor seating in its funky upcycled shipping containers, and there’s always a feel good atmosphere.

    Image: https://www.sparkyork.org/mission

    There are multiple bars and shops within the space, with a general knowledge quiz/bingo to take part in every Wednesday, and even fitness classes hosted every Wednesday and Saturday! It is located at 17-21 Piccadilly, York YO1 9PB.

    4. The Cut & Craft

    Image: https://www.thecutandcraft.co.uk/

    For a more sophisticated and chic option, Cut and Craft’s flagship restaurant is located at 8 St Sampson’s Square, York YO1 8RN and is the perfect destination to celebrate, catch up and relax with friends and family.

    Image: https://www.instagram.com/p/CjfMkulLuVu/

    The restaurant is famous for its 10 oz flat iron steak, burgers, ribs, alongside an extensive cocktail and craft beer menu. The flat-iron steak starts at just £12, with also a wide variety of burgers, salads and sides. The business has also just opened up a new restaurant in the heart of Leeds, and is worth visiting for the steakhouse experience that won’t break the bank.

    5. Nola

    Image: https://www.nolayork.com/

    Nola is a new Restaurant & Bar styled in a 1920s Art Deco Theme. The Great Gatsby style interior consists of mirrors, marble, large leather upholstered chairs and dark wood panelling. If you’re after date night on a budget then this is the perfect spot!

    Image at: https://www.nolayork.com/

    The menu consists of Cajun inspired dishes and tastes from around the globe, served on smaller plates giving you the chance to try a wider variety of the food. Nearly all the dishes on the menu are priced under £10, and they also offer an extensive cocktail menu. The venue hosts live Jazz music every Tuesdays, Friday and Sunday, adding to the atmosphere and roaring 20s essence. You can find Nola at 2A Lendal, York YO1 8AA, UK.

  • Fit 4 Free

    Fit 4 Free

    By Jovana Lleshi

    Due to the pandemic, the closure of business activities, public places, fitness and activity centres, and social life, has hampered many aspects of the lives of people, including routine fitness activities of fitness freaks, which has led to various psychological issues and serious fitness and health concerns.

    Here are some free activities you can do in York to keep up on your fitness regime:

    Walking routes

    • Walking around the City Walls. The city walls are 3.4 kilometres long, where you can also enjoy a leisurely coffee or a spot for the perfect lunch break.
    • The River Ouse is also a good route as it is a 2km loop from the Millennium Bridge, on traffic free paths and fantastic for a city jog!

    Cycling

    • If you’re looking for fresh air and escapism for reality, Yorks cycling routes are the perfect getaway.
    • From Lendal Bridge in the center of York, this easy, mostly traffic-free route follows a cycle path north through some stunning meadows to Beningborough Hall. The Farmshop Café serves afternoon tea – an indulgent treat perfect before biking back to the city centre.

    Discover York’s cycle routes and accessible green spaces by bicycle with the leisure route map on the ‘Travel York‘ website.

    Dog walking

    If you’ve brought your pet along, a walk or run is a pleasant way to get some fresh air and exercise whilst in York.

    Aswell as walking around York, here are some suggestions of what you can do with your fury friend:

    • Duke of York, Eagle and Child and Cosy Club are just a selective few pubs and restaurants that are dog friendly.
    • Click here for a link to all the free nature walks you can go on which show full routes.