UNiDAYS Loves: Adidas Street Style Fashion

From Superstars to Stan Smiths and our favourite Rita Ora Originals range, adidas are bringing their serious A-Game in the fashion stakes right now. Anyone who’s anyone has been rocking a pair of adidas kicks in their street-style snaps and we can’t get enough of it! PLUS – students can save an awesome 10% off adidas with UNiDAYS.

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Get that street-style look nailed with the classic Superstar 80s vintage trainers or the time-honoured Stan Smiths. Rock an Originals hoody like Rihanna and Rita Ora for only £42.30 – we’d rock this paired with ripped denim or leather leggings!

If the whole white trainer trend isn’t for you, then adidas Gazelles are the way forward. Suede uppers, three iconic stripes and a contrast inner, the 1968 classic are so 2015. They also come in a massive range of colours! Winner.

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Fashion royalty such as menswear icon Nick Wooster and model Cara Delevingne have been spotted rocking the pearly-white sneaks. Check out the rest of our street-style inspiration over on Pinterest with celebs, bloggers, models and more!

By Students – For Students: 10 Tips for The Best O Week Ever!

Need a helping hand surviving O Week? We’ve got 10 top tips to keep you on the straight and not so narrow right here! We ran a little giveaway on our Facebook to find the best tips and the winner of our favourite O Week tip was Kymberley Colerio. She won $50 to spend at Forever New. Thanks for all the awesome entries and keep your eyes peeled for the next mini giveaway! Enjoy the tips…

1. “Never under-estimate the healing powers of coffee! Seeing as all-nighters are practically inevitable, a large cup (or two) of coffee will see you through the next mornings lecture!” – Nkisu Machona on Facebook

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2. “Don’t buy your text books before your first lecture/class. Sometimes they say don’t bother, and then you have more money to spend online on clothes!” – Amanda Moore on Facebook

3. Remember that being at uni can sometimes be like pre-school all over again. All you’ll want to do is watch Disney films and take naps! – UNiDAYS Tips

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4. “Everybody is a genius but if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree it will live its whole life believing it is stupid.” – Troy Albert Hargreaves on Facebook

5. Get to your new apartment or room early, you don’t want to miss out on all the fun and meeting your roommates because you’re too busy unpacking. Also, you don’t want to be living out of boxes for the first week either! – UNiDAYS Tips

6. Make sure you head off to uni fully equipped with fancy dress costumes. Trust us, you’ll need that random fake police hat and that tutu skirt at some point in the year. – UNiDAYS Tips

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7. “Join lots of clubs/interest groups, it’s a great way to make friends with similar interests to you. Also during O week visit as many stalls as you can, its a great way for us poor students to get free stuff” – Kymberley Colerio on Facebook

8. “Just be yourself.” – Brianna Skye on Facebook

9. “You aren’t limited to anything, just put your mind to it…” – Jessie Lee Armitt on Facebook

10. And finally, sign up to UNiDAYS and save every time you shop! Plus you get access to exclusive student events, competitions and recruitment opportunities.

UNiDAYS Buys: 20% off River Island!

Who doesn’t love a bargain? We know you guys do so make sure that you grab an amazing 20% off River Island until the 27th February – only with UNiDAYS! We popped down to store to grab some inspiration and we might have stumbled by the tills on the way out… Check out what we’ve been buying below!

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Emma: “I am a huge fan of turtle necks this winter – I can’t get enough (seriously – I have about 10)! River Island do such good quality ones, I wear them in the day time with jeans and boots or dress them up in the evening with a pencil skirt and heels!”

We love the roll-neck trend too – it can be worn in so many different ways from 60s chick to 90s retro.

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Hannah: “I’ve been looking for a tan leather skirt for months so for £30 PLUS 20% off I couldn’t resist. My black top is a great length to wear with jeans and great for day to night.”

The 70s trend is written all over Hannah’s tan leather-look skirt. Hello, Woodstock!

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Allie: “I love this skirt – it’s such a sixties shape! I can wear it in the summer with bare legs and a white shirt and now, whilst it’s still chilly, with tights and chunky loafers.”

Riviera chic, 60s A-line shape + 2015 colours = heaven in a skirt.

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Katie: “I really didn’t need a new jacket but the fringing on this number won me over (that and the 20% off). I put it on as soon as I got back and I never want to take it off. Love it!”

Katie’s jacket is seriously amazing and you can save £13 off it with this major 20% off. We hope you enjoyed seeing our picks! We’re all pretty pleased with our purchases, with 20% off you can’t say no to a few new wardrobe additions, can you?

Cake Thursday #2: The Hobbycraft Mothers Day Edit!

Mother’s Day is fast approaching (15th March FYI!) and it’s time to start thinking about something super cute to do for your Mum and what better than to bake her something über-tasty? Here at the UNiDAYS office we’ve combined our favourite unofficial weekly holiday of Cake Thursday with a bit of gift making practice for M-Day!

We’ve had a little help from Hobbycraft on this one, we must admit, but they’ve got a massive baking section as part of their Mother’s Day range and we couldn’t say no to a helping hand! They hooked us up with a whole load of baking goodies that got us psyched up and raring to be the next Mary Berry.

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Katie created some awesome butter cookies and the most epic chocolate flapjack with her Hobbycraft loot! The Wilton heart-shaped cookie cutter set definitely came in handy for these simple but majorly yummy biscuits. Check out the recipe, they only have three (yes, three!) ingredients so they’re as easy as they are delicious. The chocolate flapjack was covered with Candy Melts in the ‘Light Cocoa’ flavour, these are the best thing to coat, drizzle and decorate bakes with as they’re so easy to melt down.

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Jake whacked out the big-guns and created some amazing maple bacon cupcakes which were as ridiculously tasty as they sound! Bacon + cake might sound a little crazy to some people but trust us on this one, don’t judge before your tongue does!

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Allie made classic lemon cupcakes (a Nigella recipe!) and iced them with the amazing Dr Oetker Easy Swirl Cupcake Icing in vanilla flavour. They were finished off with some edible roses and edible glitter, which are a really pretty mothers day touch.
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As you can see, cake is a pretty big deal in the UNiDAYS office. A massive thank you to Hobbycraft for hooking us up with some super useful gear.  Don’t forget that you can grab an awesome 10% off Hobbycraft online and in-store with your UNiDAYS account. Stay tuned for next week’s epic baking creations where we’ll have Andrew, James & Abbii’s show-stoppers on the blog!

The US Edit: Spring Break Style Checklist!

Off on Spring Break to a gorgeous, sunny location soon? Packing stressing you out? You NEED our style checklist to give you a helping hand! Be sure that you’re prepared with the UNiDAYS Spring Break Style Checklist! Read on for the ultimate guide.

1. First of all, make sure your luggage is big enough for everything you’re taking, there’s nothing worse than your bikini bottoms spilling out of your bag in front of your crush. Another top tip is to try and pack light! You don’t want to be that girl with the HUGE amount of bags.

2. A sunny Spring Break means only one thing – cute swimwear. Pack at least two different bikinis and a swimsuit for boat parties. We can’t resist ASOS’ French Fries bikini. For a girlier look, a one-piece Seersucker swimsuit is perfect.

3. Don’t forget a beach cover-up! Motel’s Parrot-print beach playsuit is the one we’re lusting after right now.

4. Sunglasses are obviously a Spring Break staple; these retro-style frames from ASOS are on our radar this vacay.

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5. For the daytime, you’ll need a cute dress and Missguided’s striped skater is perfect to throw on over a bikini. You can roll it up and pop in your beach bag to use as a neck pillow whilst tanning too! Not a dress kinda gal? A striped top and denim shorts are an awesome alternative. We love Boohoo’s pom-pom trim shorts and this Warehouse Striped Top.

6. Shoes-wise, you’ll obviously need some Havaianas thong sandals – the classic beach footwear! Don’t forget to pack some sneakers for trips to the store and in case the weather turns nasty. We love Vans Authentics and you can grab them for 20% less from Karmaloop.

7. Chilling on the beach at night? Pack some Jack Wills leggings and a hoodie to help keep warm around the campfire!

8. Partying the night away? A fun clutch bag is all you need for your phone, keys and lipstick. Pair with this cute Boohoo patchwork dress and Warehouse statement necklace for the ultimate party look. Party shoes are always top on our party packing list and these heeled sandals from Dune are the perfect middle ground between beach chic and club.

We really hope this has been useful – let us know if we’ve missed anything essential off the list. Happy Spring Break!

UNiDAYS Review: NEW Benefit Rollerlash Mascara

When Benefit Cosmetics release a new product, the girly contingent of the UNiDAYS office goes crazy and we can’t wait to get our hands on it. Seeing as you guys can grab an awesome 10% off with your UNiDAYS discount we figured you’d love to know if their latest product is worth the hype! We’ve tested out the new Roller Lash mascara and we also asked two of our favourite bloggers to give it a go too. Benefit say; “It’s a roller for lashes! The eye-opening Hook ‘n’ Roll™ brush grabs, separates, lifts and curls…while the instant curve-setting formula holds for 12 hours.” Let’s see what our reviewers thought…

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1. Tilly from Tilly Jayne
“Hello! I’m Tilly and blog over at tillyjayne.com. I’ve been trialling the new Benefit Roller Lash, and I’ve been BLOWN AWAY by the results. I always tend to invest in decent mascara; I don’t dabble in false lashes so it’s important that I not only get enhanced length but also thickness. I’m a big fan of Benefits ‘Bad Gal’ so this had a lot to live up to.

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The packaging (which as always is super cute!) gives a rundown of stats from testers. It states 97% said it visibly lifts lashes, and I have to agree. Just one swipe and my lashes were instantly lifted and much longer. The hook ‘n’ roll brush enables your lashes to have a lovely curl to them, which I haven’t found before. Honestly my lashes could almost touch the sky with this product! The brush is also a perfect size and lets you get into the corner lashes, which can otherwise be tricky with a chunkier brush. Overall this product gets massive thumbs up from me and will become a staple in my makeup bag. See-ya later eyelash curlers!”

2. Katie – UNiDAYS Social Babe
“Before we start, I have to admit I’m not very adventurous when it comes to mascaras, I’ve tried a few but it was a previous Benefit mascara, ‘They’re Real’ that earned pride of place in my makeup bag and I’m yet to find anything to beat it. I was interested to see if the new Roller Lash would change my mind. I’m quite lucky that my eyelashes aren’t particularly short and they’re quite dark naturally, so what I look for in my mascara is something that can open them up without clogging together but also lasting the day and more importantly, nights out.

Verdict: This mascara is amazing! Usually I like to get a few coats in to ensure my lashes are looking as full as they can, so I tend to think of the first coat as a base. But with this mascara I could have definitely left the house happy with just one coat on! I think this may be down to the way the brush is made; with different bristle lengths on either side, ensuring all the lashes are covered with one stroke. It’s a plastic brush too which I love as these definitely help with the separation. 

Anyway, as I’m a double layer kinda girl, I decided to stick to what I usually do and applied an extra coat. Not only did this open up my lashes even more, it made them look even darker and NO CLOGGING! … I think this mascara might have just secured itself a new place in my makeup bag. Bravo Benefit!

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3. Hannah from Hnnhvnbles
“I’m one of those people who buys cheap mascara over and over again just because I believe that good eyelashes come naturally and amazing eyelashes aren’t down to mascara. However, after receiving my new Roller Lash it’s made me realise that brand may actually matter. Let me start from the top – this mascara actually has packaging – and it’s lovely. You can already see and feel the quality of this mascara!

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Onto the tube – I love the wand handle; yet again you can see the quality of it! The handle is ‘grippy’ and it’s easy to open and I <3 it. I always seem to go with mascaras with big brushes and big wands for some reason so Benefit’s Roller Lash was a change for me, I thought it would leave loads of product on my lashes as there’s less bristles on the brush, but it was actually a pleasant surprise when I tried it out. It was lifting and made my eyelashes look longer. The thing that I liked the most actually was that because it lengthened my lashes it made my eyes seen brighter and it hasn’t left me with panda eyes yet which is always a plus! I would give this mascara a strong 4.9 out of 5 and have already given my Mum urgent instructions to go out and buy one for her! I definitely think if you’re looking for a mascara to widen and brighten your eyes, this is the one! 

3 Campus to Beach Outfits to Rock this O Week

Studying near the beach is a blessing and a curse, right? You’re literally a stones’ throw away from heaven but you’re stuck in a lecture theatre or a sports hall just needing to be on that beach. Well, if this is you, we’ve got 3 campus to beach outfits that are going to rock your world when you’re finally set free!

1. Monochrome Minimal
Pop your favourite black bikini on under this super-chic Missguided stripe jersey t-shirt dress for a simple but effective outfit that’s complete in 5 seconds flat! Add some cute sunglasses, we’re into the retro ASOS pair below and swap your backpack for a beach bag on the way out of class. Throw on some easy, breezy sandals like The Iconic’s white & black flatforms – monochrome never looked so hot.

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2. School to Surf
Be set to go from seminar to surfboard in no time with these summery style picks. Grab the perfect Roxy Optic Nature Bustier Bikini with 15% off from City Beach using your UNiDAYS discount – stylish and surf appropes! Pair a summery print shirt such as Warehouse’s boxy kaftan with some cut-off denim shorts over the top of your ‘kini. We love white denim to really highlight a golden tan! Finish off the look with some two-tone sandals from Shopbopcampus2beach-2

 3. Glam to Sand
If Kardashian-glam is more your style, a kimono is the only study to beach staple that you need. We love this lace lace detail one by Noisy May which looks fab over Missguided’s lattice strap bikini on the beach or a simple day dress like this ASOS skater dress with 90s neckline at uni! Finish off the look with these monochrome Vince Sawyer sandals for the ultimate in stylish beachwear.

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Now you’re armed with some seriously style ammo, it’s time to get shopping! Head over to site to see what awesome brands have boosted discounts at the moment, we’re talking Missguided 20% and General Pants 15% for a limited time only ladies!

20% off ASOS Australia: The Denim Edit

We’ve got another O Week special for you guys! ASOS are rocking their epic 20% discount for a limited time only so it’s time to empty those Saved Items into the basket and get shopping. Update your Uni wardrobe with a denim hit this season and never be stuck for something to wear again.

For the Gals
Jeans are so 2014 right? Well, not really, we love a good pair of skinnies but there are so many more ways to wear denim this year, it’s unreal. We’re loving this denim dress with patch pockets which would look sweet with suede boots and a floral crown for a festival or grunged down with some trainers and a backpack for easy Uni days. Whichever way you rock it, we love it. Love your trusty denim jacket? Ramp up the style in this light wash Miami denim lab coat would look amazing with white jeans and a striped Breton top.

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Get all your denim in one hit with a cute playsuit, a summer time staple which you can save nearly $15 on with the awesome boosted discount! Want a $30 denim style injection? This denim A-Line mini is perfect, we think it’s totally Alexa Chung.

For the Guys
We get that you guys might not be into the cutest skirts and playsuits but there’s no reason that you can’t wear denim in more than one way. We love a pair of jeans and finding your ‘second-skin’ denim is a feeling like no other! For guys that like a fitted look, we recommend the Japanese denim Edwin skinny fit jeans with 1% Elastane for a little added stretch! If you’re not feeling the raw denim look, a more distressed wash could be the one for you. We love the Blend Cirrus skinny fit jeans!

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Pair a slim-fit denim jacket with a white tee, Vans and black jeans for an easy but stylish everyday look for Uni. Still liking the denim up top? Grab a shirt during the ASOS 20% off and try out double denim! Just make sure the shades of denim are different, you don’t want to be rocking the 80s look. We like ASOS’ short sleeved grandad shirt which you can save an epic $8.60 on with your UNiDAYS discount.

Don’t forget to grab a code for this amazing discount, it won’t last long!

HELP & SUPPORT FAQs

Here’s a comprehensive list of the most frequently asked questions that the social and support team get on a daily basis. The aim of the post is to give you guys a go-to area to grab answers from quickly.

VERIFICATION
1a. “It says my email is already in use.”
Try logging in with institutional email address. Or using the portal login.

1b. “I don’t have a portal login or institutional email address”
You’ll now need to email support and they will be able to advise them further.

2. “I’m waiting for my verification email to come through, it’s been 10mins”
Check your Spam to ensure it hasn’t gone there. If not there should be an email address with a similar format to: v+a7sm9p686twn@myunidays.com. Send an email to this address from your institutional email and we’ll be able to verify your account for you.

3. “I’ve emailed in, but heard nothing back, how long does this usually take?”
This usually takes around 10mins, but can take longer during busy periods. If you’re really worried try emailing in again, or contact social support who will be able to flag this up for you.

4. “My account is now verified, but I don’t know how to get to my codes”
You need to login with the email address you used to register with us. If you’ve forgotten any of your details contact our support team who will be able to help you.

5. “It says my institution isn’t supported, what does this mean?” – Unfortunately we don’t currently support all institutions and schools. We’re working on being able to support as many institutions as we can and once we do, we will contact you to let you know. Many apologies.

6. “My institution isn’t on the list, how do I get an account?”
If you can’t find your institution, click the button “Can’t find your institution?” Enter your email address and we will contact you shortly about getting your account verified.

CODES
1. “I get an error message when using my code, but I’ve not used it before!”
If you’re having trouble with your codes, you can log into www.myunidays.com and reissue yourself with a new code once an hour. This will allow you to make your purchase sooner, as we may take a little while to answer your request. If you continue to have trouble with your codes please check in the terms and conditions that it is not a restricted item. If it’s not restricted please ensure you are delivering within the correct country, as you cannot ship internationally with a UNiDAYS code, nor can you use more than one code at a time, this usually includes brand own delivery offers such as Boohoo. If you’re still having trouble, please send support a screenshot of the error message, plus the URLs of the individual items. From this we will be able to assist you further.

2. “My multiple use code isn’t working. I can’t reissue myself with a new one”
Email our support team and they’ll be able to reissue you with a new code. Make sure you’re not trying to apply it to sale or a restricted item, as this may be causing your code not to work.

3. “How to I use in-store?”
Download the UNiDAYS app or use our mobile site (m.myunidays.com). Make sure you’ve got a picture next to your iD so the cashier will accept it. Please note not all of our online retailers will accept in-store, so just check before you go shopping! There will be a shopping bag next to the offer if you can use it in-store.

4. When’s the next ASOS/Topshop/River Island event or boosted discount?
If we told you when all of our exciting events are coming up, there’d be no surprises! Plus, sometimes even we don’t know ;)

10 People You’ll Definitely Meet during O-WEEK!

Orientation Week is ON. You’re at a brand new uni and there’s a massive adventure to be had for the next few years of your life! But first, let’s suss out the people you’ll be spending the next chapter of you existence with, or avoiding… Either way.

1. The Hot One
Like it or not, there will be the hot person and this guy or gal can get away with anything! Purely because of their hot body and killer face. They can flirt with anything or anyone that moves and it’s totally ok. But, if you tried it, you’d be a creep, right? They’re basically the Ryan Gosling of your university and you’ve got to learn to deal with it. And not to fall for them.

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2. The Rich Kid
This guy’s got all the moneys. They’ll flaunt it on their bestest buds on nights out so get in there quick in O Week and reap the shots-shaped benefits!

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3. The Overly Involved People
Every society, every club, every sports and debate team… you guessed it! They’ll be on it. Their CVs and job applications will be AWESOME but they might alienate a few people. Why not join one of their clubs with them, be their friend and enhance your CV too?

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4. The Early ‘Graduates’
We say ‘graduates’ in the loosest sense of the word. These people are awesome; you’ll meet so many new friends through them because their degree is (unofficially) in SOCIALISING. These party animals will be the life and soul of every night out but will most likely be dropping the hell out of uni when they realise they can’t cope!

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5. The One that Wants To Stay In
As much as it might totally baffle you, sometimes people just like to stay in and chill out as opposed to go out every night. If you meet this person, try and stay in one night a week with them so they don’t feel too excluded. Some people just like to chill and get all snuggy.

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6. The Grump
They hate organised sports, O Week activities and anything else that is supposedly ‘cool’ or ‘normal’ as they put it. They’re not mainstream and they’re proud of it. If you want to go out and party with the rest of your course mates, don’t let The Grump stop you! If you feel the same as The Grump about some things, maybe hang with them a few days a week and you might coax them out of their grumpy state for the other few days – who knows?

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7. The Smart Kid
Like the Overly Involved but actually really, really smart. Great people to know when you’ve got group projects or you’re super stuck with a project. Also, they’re usually really nice, so it’s an all round winner.

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8. The Waster
Similar to the Early Grad but these guys actually pass! We don’t know how they do it, but they do. Occasionally missing class but scraping through by the skin of their teeth, they nail uni AND have a social life. These people are rare, very, very rare!

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9. The Gym-Goer
The healthy-eating, gym-going, sweatpants wearing person that will haunt your hungover nightmares – and your apartment. If you end up with one of these gym-goers and the closest you get to a gym is walking to the supermarket to get more ice cream, you’ve either got to move out or join in. Harsh, but fair. Get squatting.

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10. The Instant Friends
You’ll instantly click with a few select people. Hold on to these people like your life depends on it! They will keep you going through uni and your sanity will be safe with them. We promise.

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