Top 5 Perfect Movies for Christmas Eve

There’s only a few days until Christmas and it’s time to jump on that sofa with all the best festive films, grab some snacks and veg out. For at least 4 days over Christmas you can forget about uni work, trousers and responsibilities – it’s movie time. We’re running down our top 5 favourites, there could be loads more but we’ve whittled it down otherwise we’d be watching ‘em until February!

1. Elf
“Buddy The Elf – what’s your favourite colour?” Of course, this is our number 1 Christmas film! Will Ferrell is at his comedy best and we always forget that there’s blonde Zoey Deschanel in this movie AND she can sing.


2. The Grinch who Stole Christmas
Jim Carrey all green and furry eating glass and wearing Leiderhosen? What’s not to love. This movie is packed full of awesome one-liners, cute heartfelt moments and Carrey’s constant hilarity. Shout out to Max too – the unsung hero of this movie.


3. The Holiday
This is our favourite girly chick flick movie that it perfect for chilling out on Christmas Eve. It’s also one of the longest, so pop it on before you go to sleep and you’ll be well and truly ready for bed before Santa comes! Jude Law, Cameron Diaz, Kate Winslet and Jack Black create a stellar cast full of romance and all the ‘awww’ moments a girl will ever need this Christmas (and guys we know deep down you can’t resist a good ol’ rom com!).


4. Jingle All The Way
This is without doubt Arnie’s best film, by the end of it even we want a Turboman! It’s funny, heart-warming and just sometimes downright ridiculous! All together now… ‘Put that cookie down! Now!’

5. Bridget Jones’ Diary
Ok – so not strictly a Christmas film, but it starts around Christmas and makes us all thankful that we don’t have an Aunt Una jabbering on about lumpy gravy. It’s full of quotable lines and single girls everywhere can sigh with relief as they realise they aren’t as hopeless as they once thought!


Merry Christmas guys! We hope you have an awesome one.

UNiDAYS #ChristmasTips + WIN a £50 Lookfantastic Voucher!

We’ve been glued to Pinterest since the 1st of December getting excited about our Christmas-inspired nails! Luckily, Lookfantastic provided us with festive nail polishes and awesome Elegant Touch press-on nails from their Little Mix collection to help us on our creative quest for the perfect Christmas manicure. Don’t forget that you can grab 15% off selected brands at Lookfantastic with UNiDAYS. This equals super savings – you could grab the wintery-white Rita Ora for Rimmel nail polish for a teeny £3.14!

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Let’s get straight down to our office nail antics! One of the girls went for this amazing Christmas design created with the Nails Inc Gel Effect in the bright red ‘West End’ as a base coat and a coat of Deborah Lippmann ‘She Drives Me Crazy’ on alternate fingers. You can use whatever festive colours you like to create this look and once they’re dry, grab your nail art pens and a steady hand and start drawing your candy canes and snowmen.

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We also love a non traditional Christmas nail! This icy design can be easily achieved with glitter polish, we picked this one up in H&M during our 20% off event but we also love Ciate’s Fair & Square. Layer it over a light blue colour to create a snowy look – try Essie Professional Find Me An Oasis for the perfect ice blue. You can pick it up for only £9.31 including your UNiDAYS discount.

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Christmas nails can only mean one thing, glitter, glitter and more glitter. Get the ring finger and French mani style glitterama by applying a mega sparkly polish such as Butter London Nail Lacquer in Anorak over a dark metallic colour which is only £10.20 with your UNiDAYS discount.

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We’ve been crushing on this red & gold tartan design but we weren’t brave enough to try them – are you? We’d love to see your Christmas nail art designs – head over to Instagram, tag @MyUNiDAYS and hashtag #ChristmasTips and you could get your hands on a £50 Lookfantastic voucher on Christmas Eve!

* Giveaway open to UK students only. The winner must be following us on Instagram & Twitter *

UNiDAYS Blogger Christmas Countdown

Christmas is fast approaching, (seriously is it only just over a week away?) so it’s time to get those last minute presents for your nearest and dearest sorted! Obviously, we’re here to help as always and we’ve been having a chat with some of our favourite bloggers to see what they want to get their hands on from the big guy. This is your chance to grab some serious ideas for presents if inspiration has been lacking recently. From beauty bloggers to menswear street style it’s over to these guys!

Mat from Buckets & Spades is after some slick Nike Free OG sneaks.
“As a long-term fan of Nike I’ve managed to get through my fair share of trainers – wearing them out at the gym, running, traveling and weekly trips to the pub. Conveniently it’s now that time of year where we’re all putting our wish-lists together, and I just so happen to need a new pair. I hope my girlfriend is reading. These Nike Free OG are more muted than I would usually go for, and I’m digging that. Sometimes we need something less in-your-face and showy. The colour-way of black, grey and faded red is a match made for Christmas. Plus you can wear them indoors for the whole day!”


Beauty Guru Lisa from The Beauty Type is wishing for some perfume:
“I’d love to get Si, by Armani this Christmas! I only found this scent a few months ago, and as soon I smelt it, it was just so me! It is a really warming fragrance that is very unique, is a strong lasting scent with a very woody scent to it which I find really comforting. It’s a beautiful fragrance with a bit of a price tag, so I’d love this as a gift!”

giftblog-1Emma from Essays and Wine is after some shiny new Converse!
“After 10 years of wearing the same pair of black Converse they’re looking a little bit worse for wear, so this year for Christmas I’d love a new pair to replace them. Rather than going for black again I’ve picked this maroon pair with the double tongue as they’re much more interesting. I love this style and wear them with almost everything!”giftblog-5

Dinosaur Dances‘ Lucy is lusting after these Whistles Boots
“I’d love the Whistles Hana Ankle Boots from ASOS to be under the tree this year! They are the perfect flat boot with a quirky equestrian feel. You really can’t go wrong with a good quality pair of leather boots!”

Jack from The Jack Experience: Carharrt Parka
“A parka is absolutely essential this season. A timeless classic, parkas can be paired with anything; whether that be a simple white t-shirt or your favourite Christmas jumper with a flashing Rudolph nose. Everyone needs a great winter coat which is both practical and stylish. This particular parka from Ark’s AW14 range is the perfect balance. With potential to be worn either formally or casually, this is a winter jacket I’d be pleased to wear. Venturing into the cold winter night away from a steaming mug of hot chocolate and a crackling fireplace has never seemed more appealing!”


Now you know what our awesome selection of bloggers are after this Christmas, does it make your last-minute festive shopping for your brother/sister or boyfriend/girlfriend any easier? We hope so! Don’t forget to check out the boosted discounts running for a limited time only too, there’s always a pretty penny to be saved with UNiDAYS!

Been super organised and nailed your Christmas shopping already? Treat yourself to some sweet new party treats with our One Stop, Party Shop!

Selbstgemachter Weihnachtskorb: das perfekte Weihnachtsgeschenk

Das Weihnachtsfest steht vor der Tür! Habt ihr alle eure Geschenke gekauft? Habt ihr keine Geschenkideen mehr? Keine Sorge! Wir haben ein schönes Geschenk, das ideal für alle ist und Spaß macht.

Der Weihnachtskorb!
Holt euch einfach einen Korb – oder eine Kiste – und füllt es mit selbstgemachem (oder nicht so selbstgemachtem) Essen! Wir haben auch ein paar Rezeptideen.


Zuckerstangen Kekse
- 125g Margarine (zimmerwarm)
– 1 Ei
– 125g Puderzucker
– 1 Päckchen Vanillezucker
– 1 Prise Salz
– 300g Mehl
– 1 Päckchen Rote Grütze Dessertpulver (z.B. Himbeer-Geschmack)
– Frischhaltefolie
– Backpapier


1. Margarine, Ei, Puderzucker, Vanillezucker und 1 Prise Salz mit den Quirlen des elektrischen Handrührers gründlich aufschlagen. Mehl zugeben und zu einem glatten Teig verkneten. Den Teig halbieren, eine Hälfte mit dem Rote Grütze Dessertpulver verkneten, bis dieses gleichmäßig verteilt ist. Teigkugeln 1 Stunde kalt stellen.

2. Backofen auf 180 °C (Umluft: 160 °C) vorheizen. Backbleche mit Backpapier auslegen. Für jede Zuckerstange von beiden Teigen eine etwa walnussgroße Portion abnehmen und zu daumendicken kurzen Rollen formen. Die Rollen nebeneinander legen und rollend ineinander verdrehen. An einem Ende zuckerstangentypisch umbiegen.

3. Die Zuckerstangen im vorgeheizten Ofen ca. 15 Minuten backen. Auf dem Blech abkühlen lassen.

Chutney aus karamellisierten roten Zwiebeln
- 8 mittelgroße rote Zwiebeln
– 1 rote mittelscharfe Chili
– 2 Lorbeerblätter
– Olivenöl
– 200g brauner Zucker
– 150ml Rotwein Essig
– 150ml Weisswein Essig oder heller Balsamico Essig
– etwas Salz und Pfeffer


1. Zwiebeln und die Chili in dünne Scheiben schnitten. Diese zusammen mit dem Olivenöl und den Lorbeerblättern in einen Topf oder tiefe bringen, um für 20 Minuten zu kochen. Regelmäßig umrühren.

2. Zucker und Essig hinzugeben. Jetzt für weitere 30 Minuten kochen bis lles zu einer Marmelade-artigen Masse eingekocht ist. Jetzt kann mit Salz und Pfeffer abgeschmeckt werden.

3. Nun kann das Chutney in die, mit heissem Wasser ausgespülten, Gläser gefüllt werden.

Mandelplätzchen mit Cranberries
- 250g Mandel(n), gemahlen
– 50g Cranberries, getrocknet
– 200g Zucker
– ½TL Simt
– 1 Eiweiß
– 1 Orange)n), unbehandelt, den Abrieb davon
– 50g Puderzucker


Arbeitszeit: ca. 40 Min. Ruhezeit: ca. 1 Std.

1. Die Mandeln mit dem Mixstab noch feiner mahlen. Cranberries sehr fein hacken. Die Mandeln mit Zimt und Zucker gut mischen. Eiweiß, Puderzucker und Orangenschale zugeben und verkneten, Cranberries einarbeiten.

2. Den Teig zu einer ca. 30 cm langen Stange formen, sehr gut kühlen und in ca. 35 Scheiben schneiden.

3. Im vorgeheizten Ofen bei 200°C Ober- und Unterhitze 6 – 8 Minuten backen. Vorsichtig vom Blech nehmen und auskühlen lassen.

Wirf einen Blick auf unseren Partner Firebox, um andere Sache für deinen Weihnachtskorb zu finden!

Firebox hat viele klasse Gechenkideen und wir haben einige gefunden, die perfekt für einen Weihnachtskorb sind. Hast du schon Bier gegessen? (Ja, das ist richtig: gegessen). Vielleicht möchtest du streichbares Bier oder Bierbrot probieren. Bewirte deine Freunde oder Familie mit trinkbaren Karamellen oder einigen seltsamen und wundervollen Süßigkeiten wie diese Gourmetschaumzucker oder scharfe Gummibärchen. Alle mit 10% Studentenrabatt bei UNiDAYS!


Wir hoffen, dass wir euch die Anregung gegeben haben, um kreativ mit euren Geschenken dieses Weihnachtsfest zu werden! Dreht die Weihnachtslieder auf volle Lautstärke und backt. Macht Spaß!

Christmas Jumper Day 2014!

The day is finally here! No, not Christmas Day itself, it’s better. It’s the day when everyone dons their fave Christmas sweater and it’s a battle of the worst! We’re checking out some of the best pieces of knitted art that you can grab with your UNiDAYS discount.

But first let’s all take a minute to revel in the glory of our favourite advocate of the reindeer jumper, Mr Mark Darcy. Ding dong. 


Check out this guy, he’s made probably the best Christmas jumper we’ve ever seen. It has a toy train track literally built in to it. Is this the Christmas jumper to end all Christmas jumpers? Check out the whole article here, it’s magical.


It’s all well and good admiring these incredible Christmas sweats but what about the ones that we can actually get delivered straight to our door? First up, this Missguided number is top of our list. Cute gingerbread on the front? Check. On trend tartan? Check. DIY with customisable sticky-on bits?! CHECK! ‘Take me to it!’ we hear you cry!


Classy gals will love ASOS’ ‘I’m Too Old For This’ sweater with its monochrome colour scheme! Fancy a more festive fairisle addition to your wardrobe? We’re all over this ASOS co-ord and for the guys dying to get their hands on a more traditional looking jumper to really impress the ladies (i.e your Nan).


Feel like the Christmas jumper is a bit 2014 and you want to head into 2015 a trend-setter? A Christmas tree onesie from Kigu is the ultimate in festive wear. Happy Christmas Jumper Day guys – tag us on Instagram @MyUNiDAYS to show us yours!

Doesn’t money off with your UNiDAYS discount just make the festive season even sweeter!? The cash you save can go to a really good cause, go on it’s the season for giving so no excuses! Sign up to Save The Children and text WOOLLY to 70050 to donate £2!

WIN! £500 to Spend at Topshop!

The time has come again. The chance to win an absolutely amazing £500 to spend at everyone’s favourite style haven – Topshop, is back! We thought we’d mentally spend the voucher so you guys can visualise the amount of beautiful booty that you can get your hands on with that magical £500. We’re so good to you.

This pretty little lot comes to exactly £499 (and that’s without your epic UNiDAYS discount!), so you’ve got a cheeky pound for sweets on the way out, or you can raid their awesome sale section for a mega-bargain. Without further a-do here are the 15, (YES 15) gorgeous buys that we’d be picking up if we got our hands on this epic prize.


In our juicy Topshop shopping basket we’ve gone for two pairs of bangin’ heels. Some oxblood chunky platforms to wear with the tartan skirt and top co-ord that we’re lusting over and some snake print barely there sandals to rock with jeans and a silky cami top. The longline cami would also look fab with a statement midi skirt, dontcha think?

It’s all about velvet at the moment so this babe-tastic choker was straight in our imaginary basket alongside Topshop Boutique’s lace collar velvet dress. We went a little accessory crazy and can’t get enough of Topshop’s sequin pouch, the roll-top fur clutch and the futuristic silver belt buckle holdall is top of the list for day time glam. We also popped some cheeky polka dot knickers into the basket as Topshop just do the prettiest pairs. Plus the hair bobble to beat all hair bobbles – this fluffy white pom pom!

To finish it off, who can resist Topper’s stand-out beauty collection? We’re loving their Nails in Stars & Stripes, the Lips in Partition which is an amazing fuchsia pink and their Cheeky Jelly in Sibling. We probably wouldn’t advise wearing them all at the same though! Pop along to Facebook and enter here for your chance to win – Good luck!


The Ultimate Secret Santa Gifts Under £10 for Gals & Guys!

It’s the time of year where we round up all of our relatives and send them on their way with a bulging Christmas list of the treats that we’re hoping to see underneath the tree on Christmas Day! It’s awesome but we’ve got to admit the best part of the festive season is those crazy Secret Santa gifts and get togethers with old friends, new friends and everyone in between. Whether your budget is under a fiver or £10, we’ve got the gifts for him and her that won’t break the bank. We’ve even taken off the UNiDAYS discount for you, put that calculator away, we’ve got it covered.

Shop, Gift, Save for her right here!
Did you draw the party girl from your group? These giraffe straws (only £3.60) from Topshop and the star bottle stoppers (£7.20!) courtesy of stationary haven Paperchase would be perfect for her. All you need to ask yourself is she a whole bottle at a time gal (STRAWS!) or does she like to savour her tipple? Pop in the ‘Love on Toast’ stamp as a little hangover pressie if she’s the former! It’s also only £3.60 too, so bargain!
For the stylish lay-day, Urban Outfitters will always come up trumps, we’re loving this peace ring holder which is £9.00. If she’s into her beauty bits, Ciaté’s ‘Night on The Tiles’ nail polish, for £8.10, is the perfect addition to her stash!

Shop, Gift, Save for him this way!
Is one of your mates a major dog lover? Grab them some Bulldog original moisturiser, (under £6!) to make them think that you’ve listened to their interests, tenuous link. OR, actually be a mate and grab him this cheeky floating bath pug. It’s all he needs to keep him entertained in the tub and for only £5.40 from Topshop with your UNiDAYS discount, you can afford to put a smile on all the gals in your family tree with additional stocking fillers too!
Head over to Topman for the under a fiver budget and grab some novelty socks for only £2.70 – Christmas dinner for the win! Still hungry for some more food-inspired Secret Santa gifts? Paperchase’s ketchup & mustard stationary for £6.75 and IWOOT’s cheerful egg shaper are just the ones for the more luxurious under £10 budget!

You should be all set now for your Secret Santa! We’re mega pumped for our office one this year and we’ve all got our gifts from Shop, Gift, Save! Check it out for those cheeky little stocking fillers too, everyone loves a novelty present – check out the For Mates section too!

Win £200 for Clarins + Celeb Beauty Focus

Beauty lovers – get excited! It’s time to introduce a brand new partner that we’re buzzing to tell you about. Clarins are on board the student discount train for a limited time only and are running an exclusive offer that enables you guys to save £10 when you spend £40!

We’re also running an amazing competition where you can win £200 to spend at Clarins. Have a little look below at some of the stunning make-up looks you can create with their amazing products. Beauty inspiration coming your way in 3, 2, 1…

Get all matte everything like Alexa!
Alexa Chung is nailing the matte skin look here without looking flat and dull which is no mean feat! She brings her beauty look to life with a pop of pink lipstick and a subtle tan. If you struggle with oily skin or keeping your make-up shine free throughout the day then we’ve scouted out the perfect products for you. First up is the Truly Matte Pore Minimizing Serum – a great addition to your morning skincare routine. Apply before a matte moisturiser and then choose a foundation that isn’t dewy or shimmery. Finish off with Clarins’ Ever Matte Mineral Powder for a shine-free finish all day.


To combat oily skin which can be blemish prone – the best thing for it is more oil. No, we’re not kidding! Clarins’ Huile Lotus is the addition that your skincare routing is craving. It soothes irritated skin, closes pores and gives your oily skin some moisture when some products can strip it. Pop it on after cleansing and before moisturising and let it work its magic overnight.

Get that winter glow like J-Lo!
Jennifer Lopez’ gorgeous Latino heritage obviously has something to do with her year round glow but we also know that she’s partial to a little bronzer! Get her look with Clarins’ Radiance-Plus Golden Glow Booster, a nifty little treat which can be added into any of your favourite skincare products to give your skin a boost of colour with its self-tanning effect. Try mixing it in with your primer or night cream for easy application.


Next, grab the gradual-tanning Moisturising Body Lotion and apply nightly to create toned tanned legs just like J-Lo in only a few applications! If you’re after a quick fix Clarins’ Self-Tanning Instant Gel is a must-have for those girly weekends away. Pop it in your overnight case, rub in with a tanning mitt, wait for it to be completely dry and then dance the night away.

Get Kylie’s Most-Coveted Nude Pout!
And, the most noted and controversial beauty moment of 2014 goes to Kylie Jenner! Of course, this year’s beauty trend has been all about the nude lip and this gal nails it every time. Get her gorgeous look with Clarins’ Lip Definer in ‘Rose Bay’ and the lovely Rouge Eclat lipstick in ‘Nude Rose’ for an almost-matte nude lip. If you fancy a little shine to go with your nude, the Colour Quench lip balm in ‘Sweet Fig’ is the answer. Moisturising and a gorgeous shade of deep nude to boot! What more could you ask for?


Get Cara’s Mega-Wow Brow Look!
As well as nude lips, all year we’ve been slaving over the mirror with tweezers stashed safely in the depths of our makeup bags and eyebrow pencils firmly in hand! All this to get luscious brows à la Cara Delevingne, of course. Clarins have got this look down to a tee with brow-perfecting products. We’re loving their Eyebrow Pencil to create some serious shape with colour and the Perfect Brows Palette for added definition.


This wonder palette includes three shades of brow powder, some teeny tiny tweezers that are strong enough to pluck out the toughest stragglers and a brow-setting wax which keeps your brows in tip-top condition all day! (FYI – this is actually a fave product of the UNiDAYS social team!) Finish off the look with a slick of mascara and let your brows do the talking. We’re loving Clarins’ Instant Definition Mascara for that fluttery lash look without being overpowering.

We hope you lovely lot have too been inspired by our love for Clarins and now you know that there’s even more to their fab skincare range with absolutely stunning makeup too! Let us know what products you’re loving on Twitter and Instagram by using the hashtag #UNiDAYSXCLARINS.

5 Gifts Not to Give This Christmas!

As much as we love Christmas, there’s always that little cloud of doubt that lingers alongside the dreaded question – how hard will it be to try and look pleased with the horrendous gift? We’ve scoured the internet for the 5 things that crop up every time on the ‘Worst Christmas Presents Ever’ breakdown.

1. Star Naming
What the?! Why would you ever want to name something that you can’t touch, feel or probably ever see? You’ve just thought of something that you think is thoughtful but it’s actually now SO weird that it’s really obvious you didn’t know what to get them. Don’t be that guy.


2. Anything with ‘Batteries not included’ stamped across the box.
Don’t buy someone something that they can’t rip out of the box and use right then and there! If you’re buying a battery operated gift (we don’t want to know what it is but Ann Summers is this-a-way with 20% off FYI), make sure that they have batteries, yeah?


3. Re-Gifting
This is only acceptable if it’s a totally brand new present and you’re giving it to someone that will have absolutely zero idea you didn’t buy it specifically for them. Don’t, under any circumstances give someone something that you’ve already worn/used/opened because they will definitely know. Imagine if you just gave something back that was bought for you? Now that would be bad!


4. Anything that could be misconstrued.
This cancels out anything to do with body fragrance (unless it’s a specific perfume or aftershave that they’ve asked for!). This means no deodorant or weird organic shower gel. They’re going to think you’re trying to tell them something. Also! Nothing about weight-loss – bathroom scales and a diet book is not OK! Expect this reaction if you do… Christmas is not the time for offending people, so step away from the ‘I’m doing them a favour’ gifts.


5. The Last-Minute
Think Joey from Friends when he gets them all gifts from the petrol station on his way to the apartment. If it’s a last-minute gift, make sure it’s a good’un! Srsly struggling for a gift? Grab them half price Spotify premium for a few months and they’ll love you forever!


Hopefully this has spurred you guys on to get going with your Christmas shopping! There’s no excuses not to get everyone you love something awesome with your UNiDAYS discounts. We’ve got amazing retailers for the random gifter – I Want One of Those to the beauty lover – Lookfantastic & Benefit Cosmetics. For all those fashion needs in between – check out our gift-guide for more inspiration. We’ve even popped in a playlist to keep your festive spirits up. Happy shopping!

Have You Been Naughty or Nice? Find Your Perfect Gift with Ann Summers!

Listen up, girls! We have a cheeky little offer which is perfect for this time of year in the shape of Ann Summers 20% off. It’s running for a limited time only so now’s the time to grab your sexy sets for the festive season. Don’t forget to add those links to the email-your-boyfriend Christmas lists that we know you’re compiling!

1. Purple Rain
If you’ve been naughty this year, it’s best if you step away from the white and frilly knickers. The gorgeous Georgette plunge bra and Brazilian brief is definitely much more your style! With its deep plum colour it’s a lovely alternative to black lingerie and will definitely make you feel a million dollars this Christmas Day.


2. Sweet & Innocent
Ever the good girl? Ok, ok, we believe you! Try Knickerbox’s chiffon baroque bra out for size with the matching thong for that butter wouldn’t melt look. This is the perfect set if you want to feel sexy in your underwear but aren’t sold on the sultry dark colours that are ten a penny at this time of year.


3. Balconette Beauty
Channel your inner Maleficent, Cat Woman or Black Widow in this classic dark and dangerous set. The Eclipse balconette bra and Brazilian brief set are lacy perfection and are great if you want a striking look with a luxury feel.


4. Santa’s Little Helper
Last but not least the Knickerbox balconette bra and thong set is perfect if you’ve been extra nice this Christmas! This is the one to drop hints for, who can say no to a festive lingerie set when it’s this cute? We bet he won’t!


Head over to Ann Summers for loads more stunning sets plus extra goodies that might take your fancy! Feel like you need more pressies to add to your wish list? Point your nearest and dearest in the way of our awesome gift guide and watch the gifts pile up under the tree!