How To Survive Your First Month at College

Today, thousands of Irish students got their Leaving Cert results (exams that dictate which college or university they can get into) and await the CAO offers next week offering their college courses. I've been through it all and it's honestly such a stressful time. 
Once I accepted my place at university, I had an overwhelming sense of relief. But, then the panic set in. I had no accommodation, no real idea about the city I was moving to, how I was going to live 'alone', if I didn't know my roommates, what if I hated them? Needless to say I was basically an anxious mess. However, university is one of the best times in your life and once you get settled, not that stressful. Here are my top tips for surviving your first month at college. AKA, Twisp's Declassified College Survival Guide.

1. Attend Introductrory Events

The first week of college is a total whirlwind. There are tours, events held by clubs and societies and many parties held by local clubs and pubs. 
I went to a lot of these events and all my introductory lectures. Basically if I could go and it was free, I went. I went on those cheesy tours where they show your around at least twice. I also was one of those cheesy tour guides last year and let me tell you, it is so awkward. It helped to go to all those things. I made some new friends at events like movie screenings, table quizzes  and more. Hey, you will probably never see these people again but it's nice to meet new people so you know a few people around campus. 

2. Join Clubs and Societies

Now, if you know me in real life, you know I'm about that SocLife. My university has two days dedicated to joining societies and clubs. I signed up for pretty much everything I found to be interesting. I ended up being really into the Baking Society and the Literary and Debating Society (Lit and Deb). I joined the committee for Baking Soc as the Public Relations Officer and attended debate weekly. I made some of my best friends in college through societies, attended some pretty kickass balls and events, and met some amazing people including Ardal O'Hanlon (Dougal from Father Ted). If you take away anything from this post, it's that societies are great for making new friends. 

3. Go To Lectures

College and Universities have a reputation for students never attending lectures and tutorials. I know it's super tempting to skip when you don't have your parents or teachers forcing you to go to class. Especially in the first few weeks it's really important to get a feel for what you like and don't like. I'm studying an Arts degree and the first couple of weeks we had so many options for courses. I went to all the introductory lectures of courses I was interested in. I had originally planned on taking IT for one of my four options and I ended up hating it. Because I had explored other options, I was able to change from IT to Irish before the closing date of class registrations. College is amazing because for once in your life you can actually take subjects you're interested in and not forced to study.

4. You don't have to be Friends with Everyone

Making new friends is a really daunting task. You will make best friends for life in college but you don't have to be friends with everyone. When I was first preparing for uni,  I had this idea that I would become best friends with people in my classes and my roommates. Spoiler: I didn't. And, that is totally okay! In secondary school, you make friends mainly because you're stuck with these people five days a week for most of the day. College? Particularly in first year, you'll meet someone in class and probably never see them again. You can pick and choose your friends based on actual interests and it's okay to not be best friends with that one person who's in all your electives or to be best friends with your roommates like in Friends. You do you, and it's all cool! 

5. If you're gonna party, stay safe

College parties are infinitely better than secondary school ones. Going out to bars and clubs are so much better in university towns and cities than in small towns.  That being said, bigger parties come with bigger risks. Not to sound like your mother but if you're going out drinking, make sure you've got a safe way home.  When I went to university first, my boyfriend and I decided to take a Krav Maga course  which was so much fun! It was really worth the money and I feel a hell of a lot safe knowing I can defend myself. On nights out, I like to withdraw a certain amount in cash and then use either a Hailo Cab or if you're city has them an Uber I really love using these to get home in case I spend all my cash or worst case scenario, my purse gets robbed. The just apps make it so much easier for drunk me haa. 
Also, let's talk about sex baby, you will get like a thousand free condoms in college, don't let them go to waste. Use them. Keep them in your purse or wallet for nights out, either way, be safe. 

6. You will miss home

Don't listen to people who are saying they don't miss home at all. It's a bravado. Nearly every person I spoke to in my first few weeks told me they missed home. Hey, I still miss home every now and then. It's not a big deal. Talk to your family or friends, or even the college counsellors or a service like The Samaritans. College counsellors are trained to deal with this and can be incredibly helpful for free! Honestly, you can always go home at weekends and there's no need to stress if you feel like you don't fit in or can't make friends. You will, trust me on this one. Call your family at least once a week. They can make a bad day seem a lot brighter (and also make a walk home from class seem a lot shorter too). Once you're settled, you won't want to leave at the end of the semester. To be quite honest, going back to college is basically like returning to Hogwarts for some students. It becomes a home away from home.

Here's a little collage of some of my favourite gallery of some of my favourite college memories so far! 

Let me know in the comments what helped you settle into college and if you're just starting where you're headed off to in September! 

Top 10 Coconut Oil Uses

Hey pals! Long time no see! I know I've been totally MIA this summer but honestly, I had writer's block and just felt really uninspired and disillusioned with the blog. But, I've really kicked myself into gear, learnt some video editing skills (Watch this space for some tutorials and vlogs!) You can now expect new content to be posted every week!
While I was away, I have become obsessed with Coconut Oil!  Or you could say I'm nuts  for coconut oil (i hate myself for making that pun but it had to be done.) Pretty late to the coconut oil game but I use it for almost everything now! 
Coconut oil has some amazing benefits for you both internally and externally. 
Here are my top tips and uses for coconut oil!

1. Make Up Remover

As I've mentioned before, I have really sensitive skin. For years I just used makeup wipes and then I started using Micellar water after wipes to get rid of excess makeup but my skin was still getting red and sore. I first decided to try coconut oil after I wanted to buy the Clinique Take The Day Away cleansing balm but didn't fancy forking out thirty quid for a small enough tub. Coconut oil is honestly THE best product I've used for taking off my makeup. It removes it so quickly including waterproof eye makeup and lash glue (which tends to stick to my lids for ever). After rubbing it all in and making sure the products have been sufficiently removed, I use a warm washcloth or cotton wool dipped in warm water to remove the oil. I then continue with my nighttime skin care especially double cleansing. Try it and once you get over the oily texture, you won't go back!

2. Eye lash and brow serum

Oils such as castor oil have been known for improving hair growth for centuries. In order to increase the growth rate of my brows and lashes I melt a small amount of coconut oil and run a spoolie through it and then through my lashes and brows. I've noticed a big difference in how quickly my brows grow and the thickness of the hairs. It's a really quick and easy way to improve hair growth without breaking the bank.

3. Fake Tan Remover/ Body Scrub

You girls know the struggle of trying to get off a fake tan that's gone patchy. I got you covered gurl! Mix melted coconut oil with some sugar and scrub gently with exfoliating gloves. Voila! Tan be gone! The oil breaks down the product of the tan very quickly in a similar way to how it does with makeup. The sugar acts as a natural exfoliant helping to lift and remove dead skin cells and really work in those hard to get places like knees and elbows. A really quick and cheap alternative to other products with harsh chemicals. Bonus, the scrub also helps to stimulate circulation and can aid the the removal of cellulite!

4. Repairing Hair Mask and Detangler

I have naturally wavy and curly hair which tends to get quite matted if I forget to brush it daily (which happens pretty often if I'm being totally honest #LazyAF). I put the oil all over my mane and leave it for a while and then use my Tangle Teezer dupe (which I got in Dealz for 1.65 and is great). I then leave the oil in my hair for at least an hour, sometimes over night if I'm feeling it. Leaving the oil in as a mask really helps repair any damage done. I rinse it out and shampoo twice to make sure any residue is gone. It leaves my hair feeling soft and shiny and really healthy looking. I've also really noticed an improvement in how quickly it grows since I've started massaging it into my scalp. I use this mask about once a week during my weekly pamper sessions. 

5. Shaving 'cream'

Are you looking for smooth skin post shaving? A lack or razor bumps? Look no further! The oil prevents the water from rinsing the cream off like it normally would with shaving foam. It also creates a really smooth surface for the razor to run over. The moisturising properties of the oil locks in moisture and leaves a silky smooth finish. You won't be able to stop touching your legs! 

6. Nail and Cuticle Treatment  

I perpetually have those gross hangnail things on at least one of my fingers. They hurt, they're pretty darn ugly.  My nail technician Olga had previously told me that it's because the skin is too dry. So to combat this, I've been applying a little oil to my nail beds every so often. I've already noticed a difference in my nails they're growing stronger and faster and not as many unsightly hangnails! I'm going off to start my hand modelling career now ha! 

7. Moisturiser

As I've previously mentioned how moisturising coconut oil is. I use it literally everywhere. If I'm suffering with dry patches on my skin like elbows, heels etc. But my favourite is to use a tiny bit as a face moisturiser, avoiding my t-zone. I love to rub it in my under eye area at night as an eye cream to make it nice and hydrated and hopefully prevent fine lines and wrinkles. I've found my skin has become a lot smoother and I've noticed I'm having less hard dry areas (particularly my heels).

8. Rash and Burn Soother

I've recently started getting Laser Hair Removal (I'll be writing a blog about it soon). So far, I've had two sessions and afterwards, find the areas can be very itchy and dry. It was recommended to me to use Aloe Vera gel on the areas but I couldn't find it after my second session. After a quick google, I found that coconut oil can be used to help soothe bug bites, rashes and sunburn. It worked well in replenishing the moisture and soothing the areas post laser. However, once I found the aloe vera gel I'll continue to use that as it's what is recommended by the clinic. 

9. Makeup Brush Cleaner

When I first started getting into makeup and beauty, I used extra virgin olive oil to break down the makeup left in the brushes. Now, I use coconut oil. I use some melted oil to really break down the dirt and excess makeup before washing them with a gentle soap or shampoo. It's really important however to make sure that all oily residue is removed from the brushes because it will cause your makeup to go on oily and break down before it's even applied. It also leaves your brushes nice and soft. 

10. Bath Oil

I love baths, and I love using essential oils. I like to mix some epsom salts, lavender oil and coconut oil into a bath for the ultimate soak. I find this to be perfect for the ultimate pamper evening. The oils add to the relaxing atmosphere of the bath while the epsom salts are great for easing muscle aches. 

I recommend using either pure or unrefined coconut oil. I got mine in Tesco for under 2 euro and it's lasted me months! 

I hope you enjoyed this post and if you didn't you could easily make a drinking game out of the amount of times i used the words coconut, oil and moisture (in any form) haha. 
Let me know in the comments if you have any other uses for coconut oil! 
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The Ultimate Chocolate Biscuit Cake

Here's a little way to beat those blues and a fun study break!
Exams are looming around and more than likely stressing you out, I know I am.
Here's a little way to beat those blues and a fun study break!
As Tom and Donna from Parks and Rec would say "TREAT YO'SELF" 
 For me, I love to de-stress by baking or as I like to say "Procrasti-baking" because I'm usually meant to be doing something else! 

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A New Start

Hello everyone! Welcome to DaireTwisp.com

You may or may not be wondering 'who is dare twist?' and why is she starting a blog?

I'm Daire Twisp (pronounced Dara) and I'm an 18 year old girl studying Law and Economics in Galway,Ireland.

I had been thinking about starting a blog for a long time and when I started getting asked about beauty and skin advice by friends, girls in bathrooms on nights out and even people online, I figured (with some convincing from my mom) why not start this blog?

I plan on sharing tips, tricks , bargains and advice about beauty, health, fashion and study.

I hope you join me on this journey of fun!

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