Frostfire Storms [Mage] #TransmogTuesday

Frostfire Storms Transmog Set #TransmogTuesday

We’ve cycled back around to cloth for the class sets and I randomly chose Mage to wok with for this weeks set; Frostfire Storms.I started with the tier 20 shoulders [wowhead id=71095] from Tomb of Sargeras, aka the updated Tier 6 design. The shoulders keep the same purple hue as their Tier 6 counterpart along with some new blue elements and an electric storm animation. Continuing with the purple theme I pulled a couple of items from other Mage tiers; [wowhead id=138312] and [wowhead id=40418].

I chose a simple yet bright belt ([wowhead id=132374]) to correspond with the design on the chest of the robe and inject some colour into the lower half of the transmog. I kept both the hands and boots very plain to avoid clashing with the rest of the set. I couldn’t find any cloak in the right colours to fit with the set, but I do think that a cloak would finish this set off nicely. For the main hand I chose [wowhead id=27905], a long translucent sword of burgundy and purple that goes matches the robe. In the offhand is a spellbook ([wowhead id=61357]) which is primarily purple with a few blue accents to go with those on the shoulders.

[bctt tweet=”We’ve cycled back around to cloth for the class sets and I randomly chose Mage to wok with for this weeks set; Frostfire Storms. ” username=”justgeekingby”]

Bugs galore – As you can see from the images from Model Viewer the robe is once again not a robe. Usually I rely on Wowhead to provide a full view of the transmog, however, they’ve also got a bug too. The last few outfits I created in their dressing room haven’t created screenshots of the set so there’s no image to accompany the outfit. Sorry guys 🙁

Frostfire Storms

Head

  • [wowhead id=138312] / [wowhead id=141449] / [wowhead id=140851]

Shoulder

  • [wowhead id=147150] / [wowhead id=147734]

Chest

  • [wowhead id=64643] / [wowhead id=40418]

 

 

Hands

  • [wowhead id=14367]

Waist

  • [wowhead id=132374] / [wowhead id=65034]

 

Feet

  • [wowhead id=40750]

Main Hand

  • [wowhead id=27905]

Off Hand

  • [wowhead id=61357]

 

About #TransmogTuesday

Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂

You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets.

 

Over To You

What is your favourite Mage tier set?

What do you think of a purple set for Mages?

Do you prefer to use a set that represents your spec? i.e. red/orange for fire, blue for frost or purple for arcane?

What colour/s are over done for Mage sets? What colours would you like to see more of?

Let me know in the comments, as always I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Geeking by in October

October Monthly Update

Now, how would I describe October? Two things spring to mind; always behind and lergy. The month started off well enough and I had a nice peaceful simple birthday (just what I had in mind) and continued my annual birthday tradition of having some form of illness, usually something flu-like. I’ll let you read on to find out more about how my October went 🙂

I used to do a monthly goals post each month before I swapped to these round up posts this year. The reason for the change was I felt that I was putting a bit too much pressure on myself in the way of setting goals. However, I feel that I need to add some sort of accountability to keep me on track with things and get me where I want to be. From now on at the end of each section I’m going to put a few small goals (when relevant).

 

Birthday Times

Before I get to the depression lergy talk let’s start with the fun stuff! I turned 33 and got spoiled by Chris as always. He says I’m hard to buy for and fusses and worries about what he gets me, but the fact is he is a champion gifter. I always feel that my gifts at Christmas never quite stand up to his because he is that damn good! We’re talking plan for 12 months kind of thing – and now I have brain fog all the time he has the added bonus of not forgetting good ideas when they pop into his head too! Grumbling aside I am very grateful to have him, and he knows he doesn’t need to spoil me so but he likes to see my reaction – and that means I get teased before I can actually open them too. This time it was the DVD shaped delivery that was “not a DVD” for instance.

The eagled-eyed among you may already see that the DVD-that-was-not-a-DVD was in fact… a DVD. You’d think I’d have learned after the time he did the whole ‘hon, I’m expecting a delivery tomorrow, it’s a book for DnD’ when it was Valentine’s Day… Yeah. Not a DnD book 😛

We’ve watched Thor and absolutely LOVED it! I’m definitely considering getting that NowTV subscription to catch up on the rest of the Marvel films and all the other films we’re behind on. Hopefully when we’re both feeling better we can watch Justice League too. I know it’s had some bad revues but I’m a DC girl so I’m looking forward to it anyway and this one comes with an awesome bonus feature about DC comics too.

The next present may look dull but it’s actually a real life saver and Chris gave it to me earlier saying ‘you REALLY need this’ and he was right. My old mouse mat was pretty disgusting. It didn’t matter how much I tried to clean it, it just would not get clean and it was beginning to screw up my mouse. Due to my hypermobility I need the supports and it’s my first time having one for the keyboard too and I’m never going back. It really makes a huge difference – and I am being extra careful about keeping them both clean too, so go me!

Then the star prize was this gorgeous statue of Sylvanas Windrunner from World of Warcraft’s Fall of the Lich King collection, and photos really do not do it justice. It is so detailed, and it is exquisite. You can view extra photos of her over on instagram. My final present was some money to buy a pet in the Blizzard store which resulted in me spending 5 minutes searching and ending up with three I wanted to buy; Twilight, Shadow and Mischief. I couldn’t decide! They’re all so cute! So Chris got the final vote and chose Twilight 😀

I got a bundle of gifts from my mother in law which include some chocolate and these make up gift sets which I will be reviewing at a later date. The lip products say ‘lip gloss’ but they looked so matte that I did a quick swatch test when I got them and I’m really not convinced that they’re glosses. I’d say they’re more like liquid lipsticks with a gloss finish. I’ve tried one of them and they’re ok. Not the best quality as they’re super sticky but they look fab!

 

Gorgeous birthday flowers from my parents in autumn shades of gold, orange and peach

I asked for money from my parents so I could get the bits and pieces on my birthday wish list and they always send me flowers. My mum used to arrange flowers (as a hobby not professionally although she did also do a few weddings, including my best friend’s one) so she knows her flowers and always picks the best bouquets to send me. This year she really outdid herself though because they were stunning! They were from Marks and Spencers and the colours were just gorgeous and perfect for autumn. I tried to do them justice with some photos on instagram, but honestly, I don’t think I could have captured them just right. It was one of those things you just had to see for yourself.

I’ve picked up a few things off my wish list but I’m spreading out the cost over a few months so I will update you guys on that another time 🙂

 

Health

I’m not sure if I ended up actual flu or just a flu-like virus (and it took me 5 times as long to write that sentence because Georgie was licking my fingers as I typed ><). Chris definitely had full on flu and was really sick with it. Despite his heart condition he’s not considered at risk so he doesn’t get the flu vaccine where as I do, although October/November is my most at risk time as it’s the period when I get my annual vaccine. I’m sure there’s all sorts of science to explain it but we’ve found that one of being immune/semi-immune isn’t as useful as it sounds. For example, while the flu vaccine doesn’t attack the body of those vaccinated they can still carry the virus so if I come into contact with it somewhere else I can bring it home to Chris and have done so on many occasion over the years. As with this month if Chris gets flu I’ve found that I can get some flu symptoms but not the full illness. I felt under the weather mostly, and got hit with the feeling like absolute death part of flu. My fatigue levels were just crazy high that I couldn’t do anything. I was fine once I got over and the rest of the month went ok, until this last week when all the sniffling and bunged up ickiness have returned again :-/ Bleurgh. I think my nose has entered a sneezing marathon and forgot to tell me.

Time to get serious for a moment. When I was 4 my mum was diagnosed with colitis a serious bowel condition which has had an impact on all our lives. Her biggest fear as a new parent was that I would one day inherit that condition. Over the years she was told that colitis is not genetic and that I was safe. Keep in mind that this was the late 80s and 90s though and medical research has come a long way since then but I was still pretty shocked when her consultant told me earlier this year that I should get tested. It turns out that there is a type of colitis that sneaks under the radar as it doesn’t have the same distinctive symptoms as most types, i.e. bleeding, and it is often misdiagnosed as irritable bowel syndrome. My mum is still recovering from an illness two years ago and so she did not really comprehend what he said to me, which in a sad way I’m a little grateful for, but I did go to my doctor asap.

Health Update - Hormones & Bowel Conditions

I underwent a test that shows up inflammatory markers; it’s really easy and non-invasive as it’s just handing in a sample (sorry if that is TMI but I want to explain so anyone else who ever goes through this knows what to expect 🙂 ).  My results came back and I got 80 which is good and bad. The average healthy person is a 50 and colitis starts at 200, so I’m safely below the colitis but not within ‘normal’ levels either. My doctor is retesting me in 5 weeks and I think this is something we are just going to need to keep an eye on. It’s been more on my mind this month because my tummy has been a lot worse so even though the results are good news I’m not feeling completely reassured just yet. Something still doesn’t feel right.

I’ve also just had another hellish month of PMT again. I’m on the mini-pill which is an Progestogen-only pill as the normal pill is really bad for migraines so I’ve been off that one for years. For a long time the mini-pill worked like a dream; cycle went great, symptoms and moods settled down, and even better? No periods! Then over the last few months it’s been like a roller coaster of pain and hell. My doctor said that it isn’t uncommon as our bodies change and get used to the pill, or something along those lines. Unfortunately I’ve now exhausted the two pill options so it’s time to try injections or implant; we don’t want to go down the implant road just yet for personal reasons as a couple so I’ll be trying injections. I’m not bothered by needles at all so that isn’t an issue, I just really hope they work and I don’t have any issues or side effects with other medications. I’ll keep you guys posted.

Kitten chasing string - an accurate portrayal of how my October went

Always playing catch up

The aim of  October was to catch up with my blog schedule and other things in my life once and for all. Instead I spent most of it feeling like a kitten running after a ball of string, never quite catching onto it and when I did I’d find there was so much more to catch.  One thing would lead to another and another… case in point; our bedroom. We knew we had some condensation issue of some sort in our room but we didn’t realise the full extent until this month. We began to realise that the walls were getting damp to touch and so was the floor in some places. In preparation for someone coming in to check the walls for us we moved the bad and an old mattress from underneath it to find that things were a lot worse than we realised. The guy we got in to check it confirmed that we had rising damp complete with nasty spores that had spread half way around the room. It turns out that all the rain we’d had for weeks had been leaking through from the outside and had built up, meaning we had a pool of water sitting in/behind the walls. We had to get a big electric dehumidifier in and blast it for about a week to dry the room out, and of course everything needs decorating. Thankfully having the old mattress under the bed has saved our own mattress because it soaked up all the icky stuff and the moisture.

But tidying up the bedroom so that someone could come in and so we could move the old mattress out took time. We had to then tidy up another room to make room for things that had to be moved out of the bedroom. Between all the moving, tidying and sorting out it took up the better part of one week and then of course we both had the massive slump afterwards from really overdoing it. So that pushed me back for blog work, inktober and dissertation work, and from then on everything just seemed to end up in a never ending cycle of catch up.

November Goals

I’m done chasing the string. This month I’m catching up on blog stuff and my to do list. One of my blog series, the Zodiac series, has been the biggest culprit in stressing me out and has been playing a big part in all the trouble. Last month I got so close to getting caught up so this month? It’s getting done baby!

 

Disstertation Update - October 2018

Dissertation

I started writing again!!! I am so happy to be able to say that and it is a huge relief off my mind. I now have a schedule pinned up on the wall in front of me with a weekly world count of 500 words, although I’m trying to do 100 a day to keep myself floating nicely ahead. It means I can also miss days here and there if I need to. My schedule started two weeks ago and takes me up to the end of March which is when I send my supervisor my first draft, and my final deadline is the end of April. It also includes when each section will be complete so I know how my progress is going in terms of the actual content not just number of words.  Every two weeks I hand my supervisor the work I’ve done to that point so that keeps me on track and we are having a monthly Skype chat too.

Getting started was so hard especially with everything else going on this month, but once I got into it and pushed through the fatigue I was good! I had to knuckle down and put some hard work in to catch up a bit last week, and again that pushed me behind this week. As long as I don’t keep letting that happen and letting it get on top of me I should be ok.

November Goals

Keep up with my schedule, especially the 100 words a day and not let myself fall behind.

 

Inktober 2018 - Some of my doodles

Inktober

If you some how managed to miss my inktober post at the start of the month then October is when a well known art prompt called Inktober takes place. This was my first time doing Inktober and I was using it to kick start my doodle book, which in turn was to help me get back into art again. you can read more about all that in my Inktober plans post. As you can probably guess I didn’t keep up with it as much as I had hoped but considering how manic this month ended up being I’m really happy that I did keep going with it and I didn’t give up! There was a point there where I could have jacked it all in and I chose not to. I’ve still got 7 prompts to do and I’m going to finish it because I’ve really enjoyed it. Some drawings didn’t go as planned and others really surprised me. I found that artist inside me that I wanted to reawaken and I’ve also found my confidence again, so watch this space 😉

November Goals

Finish the last 7 prompts in my own time – and don’t stress about it! I’ve started a photo challenge and video game screenshot challenge so I want to keep up with them. That probably seems like a lot but it actually isn’t as the video game challenge will be a quick one week post with 7 screenshots to sum up my week so keep an eye out for that on Wednesday!

 

Blog Updates

I’d really hoped to be unveiling geeking-by.net! Yep, I did it, I got the domain. I purposely wasn’t mentioning the exact name in case some nasty person snapped it up before I actually bought it, however, it is now safely mine. I just need to do the actual move. Although I’ve not been able to do that due to the hectic month, I have been tinkering around and you may have noticed some changes! I could list all the changes or I could do one better and take inspiration from the lovely Nerdily who did a fabulous video walk-through of her blog changes – which you need to check out because it looks FABULOUS!

November Goals

Actually migrate to the new domain? Yeaah 😉 I also want to finish off the bits I noted in the video and launch my newsletter!

 

Over to You

Right, so my October was a hectic lergy mess which ended up with me likening myself to a kitten chasing a ball of string – you can tell I’m back writing something can’t you? 😛 How did YOUR October go? I especially want to know about your Halloween adventures as mine were zero as usual (holidays during the cold wet season in Scotland aren’t particularly welcoming for a disabled girl even when it’s been a good month!).

How was your October?

Did you do anything for Halloween?

Did you dress up? If so what as?

Do you celebrate Halloween, Samhain or both?

What do you think of the blog changes? And how was the little walk through video – should I do some more video content occasionally?

Thanks again for reading and keeping up with my adventures as I make my way through life. Your ongoing support has made the things I’ve managed to do in October – start my dissertation again and have the confidence to make changes to my blog – possible so please don’t ever forget that. Whether you’re reading, commenting or engaging with me on social media it all means so much to me every time I see a notification or see the page stats going up. Thank you <3

Lightsworn Paladin of the Val’kyr [Paladin] #TransmogTuesday

Lightsworn Paladin of the Val'kyr Transmog Set

So we’re having a Transmog Thursday this week! I had to push through for a deadline and ended up with several bust days afterwards thanks to my ME. As you can probably guess from the set name (set) it’s Paladin time and guess what? It wasn’t based on a set of shoulders! Rejoice! It was a helm this time, namely [wowhead id=125914] which I think is just gorgeous. I am not a big helm fan. I find most of them are big, ugly and as I play female characters they cut my hair off too. So it is highly unusual for me to pick a helm like this and especially for me to make a set based around it. Ideally I would have made a set with the blue version [wowhead id=124800] because I just LOVE the colouring, but once again Blizzard have made a set which doesn’t work with anything else but the items in that set /facepalm  Maybe one day I’ll be able to work out a set for it but it wasn’t going to be this week.

This set is by no means perfect, and a little rushed due to this weeks circumstances so I apologise for that. I do throw some blame at Blizzard though for making some awkward coloured items again without offering matching pieces. For example, the chest piece [wowhead id=143334] is a great red bronze breastplate, and you would think that the matching legplates would be the same colour, right? Nope! They’re yellow scale. I eventually found a plain-ish set of legs [wowhead id=160718] to accompany the rest of the set, and the dark tone balances off the head piece a little. I love the shoulders, but again not the best fit as the pale surface is a little too pale for the outfit and in some light stands out like a sore thumb.

Lightsworn Paladin of the Val’kyr

 

Head

  • [wowhead id=125914] / [wowhead id=125279]

Shoulder

  • [wowhead id=51824] / [wowhead id=49980] / [wowhead id=511790]

Back

  • [wowhead id=128106]

 

 

 

Chest

  • [wowhead id=143334] / [wowhead id=142431]

Hands

  • [wowhead id=164420]

Waist

  • [wowhead id=142424] / [wowhead id=143358]

 

 

Legs

  • [wowhead id=160718] / [wowhead id=160639] / [wowhead id=161360] / [wowhead id=161408] / [wowhead id=161888]

Feet

  • [wowhead id=164425]

Two-Hand

  • [wowhead id=155943]

Shield

  • [wowhead id=125862] / [wowhead id=125228]

 

About #TransmogTuesday

Every Tuesday is #TransmogTuesday and I’ll be posting with a new creation. My main is a discipline priest called Kaelea, so I do tend to edge towards cloth transmogs more than anything else. The aim of this project is to push my own boundaries, to get creative and work on some themes and ideas I’d normally not consider. That means I’m open to suggestions! Themes, colours, a transmog set around a particular item? Let me know 🙂

You can see my pre-existing work over at Wowhead where I’ll also be uploaded any and all sets. ((Texture used in banner is from Mercurycode.))

 

Over To You

Not my best work but I hope some of you like this one!

How do you deal with awkward coloured items that just refuse to fit together?

Do you have a trick to get them to work?

Or is it a case of hours searching for the perfect pieces or giving up and trying something else?

Let me know in the comments, as always I’d love to hear from you 🙂

Halloween Fashion on the UK High Street!

It’s been a little while since the last Geek on the High Street due to holidays and getting back on track, and this month I’m doing something a little bit different! While most months I’ll be sticking to a particular fandom/franchise I am going to be doing some themes as well because I’m going to run out of fandoms and also because being a geek is more than just being a fangirl. I think this quote from Simon Pegg sums it up quite nicely:

“Being a geek is all about being honest about what you enjoy and not being afraid to demonstrate that affection. It means never having to play it cool about how much you like something. It’s basically a license to proudly emote on a somewhat childish level rather than behave like a supposed adult. Being a geek is extremely liberating.”

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don’t and I first realised this when I was browsing someone’s Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I’d quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Unfortunately health, badly behaving internet and house maintenance shenanigans has meant this has been posted later than intended but that does have the benefit of a lot of these items being on sale now! So do check them and the pinterest board out asap to get your Halloween and bewitching fix in before the items disappear for another year.

 

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T-Shirts

There are so many fabulous halloween t-shirts out there right now! It was so hard limiting myself to just six to showcase for you so do check out the pinterest board for more. A lot of stores went with similar themes and slogans with their own twists so if you see something here and aren’t sure about it definitely take a look because I can guarantee there will be an alternative at another store.

First up is this cute and chic skeleton hands heart T-shirt from Ms Selfridges, currently reduced to £9.80 so grab it while you can! This skeleton tank top from Claire’s might not look that great but follow the link to check out the back; it’s completely made of lace spider webs! Again it’s currently reduced to £8.40. For the more fashion conscious ladies there’s the ‘Hallow Queen’ cropped T-Shirt from Topshop, unfortunately it’s only available in medium now and it’s down to £7.00. At the bargain price of £3.00 pumpkin spice lovers can  announce their love for the flavour all year round with this t-shirt from Matalan. Halloween spirit or homage to the Bat Family? You decide with this cheeky Bat T-Shirt by PrettyLittleThing available from Next for £12. My last choice is this adorable Ghouls just wanna have fun T-Shirt from George at Asda, one of several great T-shirts in their Halloween range this year now down to £3.00 and still available in all sizes!

 

 

Jumpers & Long-Sleeves

One benefit of British weather at this time of year is that we get some really awesome snuggly Halloween apparel too! Check out these great jumpers and long-sleeved tops that I found. Next are the champions of the Halloween sweater brigade in my opinion and I’m going straight in with what I consider the best of the bunch. This gorgeous Black cat hooded sweater from Next (£24) which even glows in the dark! How amazing is that?! It definitely made it’s way onto my wish list. Next up is neat wool sweater with a bold ‘What up Witches’ slogan for £18. If sequins are your thing you can go all out in this Halloween sweater with sequinned pumpkin and bats for £24. I really like the patterned effect of this Purple Bat Sweater available from next for £24, although personally I would say this is closer to pink than purple. Or if you prefer to go for a more subtle look then this striped top is perfect for you. In traditional Halloween colours it features a small bat logo on the breast pocket with the words ‘Let’s hang’, again from Next for £18. And the final item that made the cut is a Black Bat Jumper from Peacocks, reduced to £11 – but be quick as they’re selling fast!

 

Dresses

No Halloween would be right without a Halloween party and if you’re not in the mood for a costume check out some of these fabulous dresses which you can add to your wardrobe all year round! The first dress on my list can actually double as an easy costume as this Black Collar Shift Dress, £22.40, from Dorothy Perkins is giving me all sorts of Wednesday Adams vibes! In a similar vein of style is this Bat Collar Skater Dress Ladies by Jilted Generation available for £24.99 from Sports Direct. Ever the gold mine for some great geeky fashion, Sports Direct have some wonderful alternative dresses that are perfect for Halloween and another great dress I spotted there is this sequinned skeleton party dress which has been reduced by 70% down to £15.99 – unfortunately it’s now only available in sizes 8-12 but that’s still a fantastic price for any ladies in that size. If you prefer a less fancy skeleton dress then there’s this great Lipsy skeleton bodycon dress available from Next for £22 in sizes 8-18. Also from next is this super cute Spider Web Halloween Skater Dress which makes me think of a couple of neighbourhood friendly superheros and could definitely be reused for some causal cosplays. It is flying off the shelves though with only sizes 12 and 14 still available so grab it for £23 asap! My final choice is this absolutely stunning Hell Bunny black rose and cobweb dress from Yours Clothing for plus sized ladies available in sizes 16-32 and while it’s priced at a steep £59.99 it’s a piece that can be used for a range of occasions.

 

Jewellery

I have to say one of my favourite things has been the amount of Halloween jewellery I’ve found. Some of it has been really unique and the great thing about geeky jewellery is you can sneak a little bit in to accessorize any outfit. Take these black cat earrings from Marks and Spencers, £5.00, for example, although they’re designed for Halloween they’re perfect for all year round! How about these dangling spider earrings £2.00 at Primark if you’re brave enough? If you’re more of a hoops kind of girl get decked out in style with these gold-toned skull hoops from George Asda for £4.00. Chokers are back in trend and there are so many beautiful Halloween chokers on the pinterest board, but my pick is this two pack choker and long necklace from H&M, £9.99, which lets you also play with the current layering trend. This adorable silver toned boo pendant is only £5.00 from Next.Last. but not least, this bumper back of Halloween motif earrings is a must for any fan of this holiday and will keep you going as you countdown to next year’s Halloween. It’s a fabulous £9.00 right now for 20 earrings from Claire’s.

 

 

 

Accessories

I didn’t want to go too far into costumes, however, in my search for geek fashion there were some accessories and items that bordered on costumes that were just too damn gorgeous not to show you. I also recognised a few pieces that I knew some people would probably include in their daily outfits so I wanted to throw a few bits in. Like this sequin feather headband from Accessorize, £5.00, which screams 20s flapper style to me. Accessorize also has some great beauty items that only pop up at this time of year but are really useful for the geek community for cosplay or conventions, such as these gold butterfly face stickers, £5.00. They have a whole range of stickers which I’ve added to the pinterest board for you guys. They have a few nail art items too, and I particularly like these chic spider nail art stickers. These black tinted bat sunglasses will definitely help you stand out from the crowd, and they were just too quirky not to include. They’re £3,99 from New Look. The last two items are more costume than accessories, and I hope you’ll agree with me that they’re just too beautiful not to include. Unicorn horns are all the rage this year, but for me it was this one from George at Asda, £3.00, that won best in show. And then there was this stunning dragon mask from George at Asda which is just amazingly detailed for £10.00!

 

 

Hair Accessories

There were that many incredible hair accessories that they got their own category. Like jewellery I love the diversity of hair accessories for being able to add that little touch of geekiness, and the perfect example is these sweet glitter cat ear hair clips, £3.00, from Claire’s which you can just slip in to add a little bit of fun to an outfit. Be the belle of a very creepy ball with this Spider Web Fascinator Headband £4.20 from Claire’s. Halloween hair clips are really popular this year and Claire’s has a great collection. My favourites from them are this 2 pack of skeleton bow hair clips, £2.70, and this 6 pack of assorted glitter Halloween designs for £4.00. You could go for the full colour experience with these Halloween extensions with bat and pumpkin clips from Accessorize for £5,50, or if you prefer a more monochrome look there’s these black Halloween slide clips from New Look for £3.99.

 

 

Over to You

I hope that you enjoyed this slightly different Geek on the High Street! As always I do appreciate your feedback so please do let me know what you think of the idea of seasonal and/or themed editions. I’m not sure yet if I will be doing a Christmas one because at the moment the only Christmas items I’ve seen so far have been Disney related. If I see some more geeky Christmas fashion for women I’ll gladly put one together (I’m really hoping for some ugly Christmas jumpers at least!). As for theme ideas I’m thinking of things like fantasy, magic, mythology, science/space, bands/music and so on. Basically any type of ‘geek’ that I can think of and find fashion for in UK stores. Any suggestions are welcome!

What are/were your plans for Halloween this year?

Do you buy Halloween fashion or items each year?

What is your favourite thing on this list or the Pinterest board?

For those of you in the UK; do you feel that Halloween has now become a big holiday over here or is it still more of an American thing?

Let me know in the comments! <3

To me being a geek also means that when it comes to our fashion choices we get to go where others don't and I first realised this when I was browsing someone's Halloween themed post, I saw an awesome Hocus Pocus T-shirt and knew it would be something I'd quite happily wear all year round. While Halloween is a holiday that most people only celebrate once a year, most geeks spend the whole year counting down to it and would happily wear a lot of the fashion items all year. So I figured a Halloween Geek on the High Street edition was in order!

Student Survival Kit Review

Amphora Aromatics Student Survival Kit Review

For those that don’t already know I’m currently finishing off a Masters in Information and Library Studies. The appearance and subsequent diagnosis of my ME (you can read all about that over here) threw some of my plans into chaos but thanks to a supportive department and understanding supervisor I was allowed to go on medical leave. But before all that I’d also graduated with two undergraduate degrees; one in Art History from the University of Leeds and one in English Literature from the University of Glasgow. So when an opportunity came about to the check out Amphora Aromatics’ Student Survival Kit I signed up straight away, because if there’s one thing I’ve learned throughout my studies it’s that it’s super important to remember to look after yourself. And that is exactly what Amphora Aromatics had in mind when they created this survival kit.

 

Student Survival Kit Introduction

The Kit

The kit features some great products that utilise aromatherapy to provide relief and comfort for students in all walks of life. Whether you’re a Fresher just starting out, a student in the middle of their course or a Masters/PhD student there is something for everyone. The products also cover a range of needs; there’s some great beauty items from AA Skincare for skin, lips and hair care, face marks by Ooh-arr, a foot lotion by Amphora Aromatics and their specially developed focus Aromatherapy Blend.

What attracted me to this kit was that Amphora Aromatics  have covered all the bases and put together an assemble of products that I would have picked myself. I’m a big fan of aromatherapy products as I’ve mentioned before and I really appreciate that they combined their knowledge of aromatherapy with the realities of student life when creating their student survival kit. While it’s great to have some excellent face care products to pamper yourself with for a self-care session, it’s even better when you’re getting the healing and soothing effects of aromatherapy to boost you too! I’ll be talking more about this in my review of AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Face Lotion below.

As every student knows it’s not always easy to splash out on products to pamper yourself, especially when you’ve got x amount of expensive textbooks to buy. All the prices in the student survival kit are reasonable and the slightly more pricey items, such as AA Skincare’s Natural Shampoo Bars and the FOCUS aromatherapy blend is something that will last for a long period of time. Prices start at £1.20 for the Ooh-arr facemasks, with most products ranging between £3.40 – £.5.60.

 

Amphora Aromatics - My Student Survival Kit

My Student Survival Kit

I was given the chance to choose three products to create my own student survival kit and then provide an honest review of them. So before I get into the review of each product I wanted to explain why these three products beat off the other contenders to make it into my personal survival kit!

First up is Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion which made it onto this list because sore feet is a part of any students life. I’ve not met a campus yet that hasn’t been huge, and I know from experience how often students have to trek from one side of the campus to the other – usually in a tiny 5 minute window! Throw in the cold weather as we head into winter and it’s a horrible combination for our bodies, especially our poor feet. I’m a big fan of foot lotions especially those that are made from peppermint so this was a must for my own kit.

Next up is AA Skincare’s Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion because as I said it’s important to remember to take time out to give yourself some self-care. This lotion can be used as a cleanser as part of your daily routine so if you’re super busy and don’t have time for a full on pamper session you can still actively be looking after yourself and your skin. It was the two key ingredients, lavender and tea tree, that drew me to this product and ultimately got it a spot in my kit. Lavender isn’t just great for your skin; it’s great for your well being. It’s great for stress – which lets be honest is something ALL students will suffer from at some point during their studies – due to it’s calming and sedative products. So you’re not just helping to soothe your skin, you’re also giving yourself a calming boost at the same time! I talk more about how I noticed this while using the product in my review below. Tea Tree is fabulous in skin care due to it’s natural antiseptic and antibacterial qualities, so popping that in a moisturiser alongside lavender was a win-win for me.

The final product in my kit Amphora Aromatics’ FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend, and if you’ve been keeping up with my blog you’ll know I suffer from ME. Since hearing about Focus blends I’ve been wanting to try one to see if it could help me focus when struggling with fatigue and brain fog. However, this is something that can benefit all students. If you’re having a long day with back to back lectures, or you’re stuck in a room that is too hot and stuffy, it’s really easy to start to lose focus. Early morning lectures, especially if you’ve been out the night before, can be a nightmare too. Blends like this are great for popping in your bag or spotting on a tissue to keep in a pocket. It’s also designed to be used in a oil diffuser or burner so after a long day of classes you can get back home, pop it in and feel able to focus on that mountain load of coursework waiting for you.

Now that you know why I picked these three items, it’s time to find out how they shaped up!

The Products

Amphora Aromatics - Fresh Feet Lotion

Fresh Feet Lotion

Due to my hypermobility I’ve always suffered from sore feet and being a student didn’t help with this at all. Hurrying across campus, often struggling through crowded hallways and in wet and cold weather; yep student get definitely need some TLC! And lets be honest; until it gets to the summer and we whip out the sandals we won’t really give them much love. Peppermint and Tea Tree are an ideal combination for a foot lotion because not only do they help keep your feet feeling and smelly fresh, but tea tree has lots of natural anti-bacterial and anti-fungal qualities too.

After a long day the idea of giving your feet a thorough pamper or a pedicure is not at the top of any student’s list. A lotion like Amphora Aromatics’ Fresh Feet Lotion is something that you can rub into your feet within minutes, or use as part of a longer massage to really work out those aches and pains. The fact that it’s so easy to use, and not messy means that you can use it on the go too. If you know you’re going to have a long day at Uni, followed by a shift at work or a night out then pop this beauty in your bag. No one’s going to know if you whip it out in the toilets and rub some on your feet!

The light weight lotion spreads really easily and absorbs quickly not leaving a sticky residue behind like some foot lotions, and also not leaving you with excess cream to spread. It does smell strongly of peppermint but no more so than any other peppermint product out there – pocket mints smell stronger as an example. It is a foot lotion after all so you don’t want something with a weak scent. I found that it doesn’t take much to use as it spreads so well so the 100ml bottle will keep you going for ages! And finally; does it work? Yep! I recommend putting it on overnight (and wear socks to lock in the goodness) and you’ll wake up with feet that feel nurtured, soft and refreshed.

 

AA Skincare Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

Lavender & Tea Tree Moisturising Lotion

I have been eyeing up the AA Skincare range for a while, and have heard great things about so many of their products so I wasn’t surprised to find that I liked this product. I was surprised, however, to find just how much I needed it. I thought I had most of my skin care routine sorted out and this product came along and proved just how wrong I was!

It’s described as being “perfect for balancing acne prone skin” in the Student Survival Kit and while I don’t have terrible acne I would definitely describe my skin as acne prone. I’m now in my 30s and I still have trouble with it. I’ve made great progress in recent years after discovering Garnier’s PureActive and SkinActive ranges, but it’s still not perfectly under control. Well, after a month of using this lovely product I can say for certain that it definitely does balance your skin.My skin felt more hydrated and refreshed, and generally it felt like a balance in my skins levels had been reached. It really did feel like I’d found the missing piece of the puzzle for my skin routine. It kept my skin free from blemishes, and any that did pop up due to hormones were soothed away thanks to the wonderful combination of tea tree and lavender.

The added bonus with this product is that it smells very strongly of lavender – and before you think, oh no, give me a moment to elaborate. Strong smells, especially lavender, can be a big turn off and I hear you on that one. When I first got a whiff of this moisturiser I did think it was pretty strong and wondered whether it was going to be too strong. What I found was that it disperses as you use it and ends up becoming a pleasant lingering scent instead. My fiancé normally notices when a product has a strong smell and when questioned he had absolutely no clue what I was talking about. So don’t worry you won’t be walking around smelling like you’ve dunked yourself in lavender! 😉 You will, however, be benefiting from the therapeutic qualities of lavender. I like to use this product before bed so that the lavender helps to calm and soothe my skin and my mind, preparing me for a nights rest.

 

Amphora Aromatics - FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

FOCUS Aromatherapy Blend

You might be wondering what exactly is an aromatherapy blend, and why is it worth investing £7.50 in a tiny bottle of 10ml? That’s a pretty steep price, or so it seems, especially for a student. Aromatherapy blends like the FOCUS blend by Amphora Aromatics isn’t just a bunch of oils thrown into a pot. Made from pure essential oils, Amphora Aromatics’ blends are specially formulated to produce a mix of oils that work in harmony to help boost your mood or well-being. They have a whole range, but this one is specifically designed to help stimulate and clear your mind, enabling you to feel refreshed and be able to focus more.

The instructions on the product itself says for use in a diffuser or oil burner; I did not test the product in either of these for two reasons. As I am asthmatic I have to be careful when burning oils, especially those with a strong scent and that is why I didn’t try this in my diffuser either. While I was very happy with this product and it’s effects (read on) it does have a very strong smell due to the main ingredient; cloves. I have a pretty sensitive nose; I can visit candle shops and Lush without any problems, where as my mum who has an incredible sense of smell cannot even walk past them. So hopefully that can give you an idea of scale for strength of smell.

I did still use the blend though and found other ways to use it that worked for me! For example, I found it useful to spot some on a tissue and smell that, and I also used it during steaming sessions to clear my sinuses and found that it worked fantastically for that. After steaming I felt much more refreshed and focused than I would have done using a vapour rub, while also benefiting from clearing my sinuses as the blend also contains Eucalyptus (one of the main ingredients in vapour rubs!).

After using the oil I definitely felt a difference in how I felt. It helped to clear my head, almost feeling like someone had run through my mind and giving it a shower. The cobwebs were gone, the fuzziness and the fatigue that coated my thoughts had been brushed away and I could focus again! I really do recommend trying this blend if you find you are having trouble concentrating in classes, or exams. If you have ME like me, or another condition that causes fatigue or brain fog then this may also benefit you. As with all aromatherapy oils be aware of the ingredients and check that they’re safe for you to use. As this blend is made of pure essential oils it isn’t safe to use directly on skin, but you can easily dilute it with a base cream or base oil. You can out the full range of base products available at Amphora Aromatics right here.

Conclusion

Everything I tested in this review would be a fantastic part of any Student Survival Kit. They are just the right mixture of practicality and pampering mixed with all the goodness that aromatherapy has to offer. What I particularly liked about these three products was that none of them meant taking extra time out of my day to add some self care and aromatherapy into my routine. They are all items that are quick and easy to use, and also so easily portable; you can pop them in your bag and use them on campus if you need to. The whole kit listed by Amphora Aromatics fits that bill actually, and is also a great starting place for anyone who has never tried aromatherapy products.

Over to You

Although this review was aimed at students, I think that most of this was applicable to anyone and I hope that even if you’re not a student that you got something from it! For the students among you don’t forget to also check out my student advice section. It’s my way of passing on my knowledge and experience to the next generation of students. If you have any questions about student life then feel free to get in touch 🙂

Do you have a student survival kit? Or if you were a student what would be in your kit?

Personally I think everyone could do with a survival kit for those long days; how do you cope with long/bad days?

Have you tried aromatherapy before? Do you use oils and blends or do you prefer to use products like AA skincare which contain aromatherapy oils?

Let me know in the comments! And if you have any questions about anything in this review please do not hesitate to ask 🙂