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The subscription box every student needs! unibox
It is getting closer and closer to the end of my time at university, which I have to say is a rather scary thought. It is also rather stressful, so I was really excited to receive the March Unibox through the post. Unibox is a monthly subscription box that basically acts as a student care package parents...
Around the world with Emmi Bowles ibiza-1769548_960_720.jpg
A strong desire to pack your suitcase and get the first flight to anywhere around the world can be tempting and everyone's travel list can be full of some great countries they wish to travel too. Our Travel feature, "Around the World", gives us a glimpse into the places and countries our editors here at Kettle travelled too. This week, we have...
Ombar: The healthier side of chocolate 25805665630_02f92e424f_h.jpg
Just because chocolate is usually high in sugar and can be unhealthy, that doesn't mean there isn't a better alternative out there. Ombar kindly sent us some of their raw cacao bars to try and they get a big thumbs up from our Lifestyle Editor Emmi Bowles. What is Ombar? For those who have never heard...
Does your relationship have a price tag? loop-gift-packaging-decoration-40717.jpeg
Whether we like it or not Valentine's Day have become a commericalised holiday. We focus on finding the perfect gift, spending ridiculous amounts on food and drink and finding the cheesiest card we can. Hey big spender It is no surprise that men come out on top when it comes to splashing the cash on...
The Teapigs Matcha Challenge 9409937063_2d8a1dcffc_b.jpg
As a lover of tea I was so excite when Teapigs kindly sent me a box of their matcha sachets to try and invited me to take part in their #matchachallenge.  What is matcha? Matcha is essentially pure green tea. One cup of matcha is the equivalent of 10 cups of normal green tea.  The Teapigs website says that matcha...
8 ways to food shop on a budget titu0k1e0ue-brooke-cagle.jpg
Moving away to university can become quite a challenge, especially when you have to budget your money and cook for yourself, neither of which are the easiest of things to do. But with these simple tips and tricks you might be able to save yourself some time and money. Buy in bulk and freeze Buying...
Review: Superdrug B. Skincare IMG_0065.JPG
The team over at Superdrug were kind enough to send us some of their B. Skincare products in exchange for an honest review. We were given three products: The b. quick 4 in 1 cleansing wipes, the b. refined exfoliating cleanser and the B. pure micellar water. Cleansing Wipes RRP £3.50 The 4 in 1...
Fashionable Sportswear on a budget fitness-1348867_960_720.jpg
It has been said that if you feel good on the inside then you look good on the outside which is why many of us are hitting the gym to become healthier. But this doesn't mean we can't look stylish whilst working out! You can workout in whatever you want; a pair of old leggings and a...
Choosing the right student bank account credit-card-1583534_1920.jpg
Congratulations, you got into university! All of that stress and hard work paid off and you will soon be moving into your new home. But with this great new adventure comes responsibility as you will be made to budget, pay rent and look after yourself. Student loans can be a great help, but you need...
5 top tips for packing luggage-933487_1280.jpg
As a frequent flyer I have learnt a thing or two when it comes to packing and how to make the most out of the space in your suitcase. Here are my top tips and tricks. 1. Lay clothes flat  It may seem obvious to some people but if you try and lay your clothes...
Novellas are making a comeback – but what are they? photo-1469013078550-305e63b7c8f7.jpg
Novellas are making a comeback according to the Independent, and this bookworm couldn’t be happier! What are novellas?   Image: oxforddictionaries.com A novella is basically a short story - usually under 50,000 words - set in the world of a pre-existing book or series. It acts as a filler between one book and another in the...
Just my cup of tea
Tea has become a favourite British drink and it comes it all shapes, sizes, colours and tastes. A few of the Kettle Magazine Editors thought they would share their tea preferences. Gemma Hirst - Ex Culture Editor "I drink flavoured tea because it is good for you, I love how there are a range of flavours. After...
5 reasons to eat more natural yoghurt yogurt-1039309_1920.jpg
I love natural yoghurt. At first it was hard to get used to the taste and texture but honestly it is now my favourite thing to eat as a snack or dessert and it has so many benefits! Bacteria Most natural yoghurts contain probiotics which are good bacteria that help your digestive system and your...
Review: 7th Heaven’s Blemish Mud Face Mask
Promoted as a deep cleansing and soothing face mask, The 7th Heaven Blemish Mud Mask is only £1 in supermarkets and drugstores around the UK and comes in a 20g sachet. Being a completely cruelty free and vegetarian brand, you have nothing to worry about when it comes to the ingredients, which include crushed witch hazel,...
8 ways sex is good for your health few-feet-684685_960_720.jpg
1. Healthy Heart Depending on how vigorously you go at it, sex is a form of exercise and cardio. Your heart rate gets higher and your BPM is at its highest during an orgasm. Studies have shown that the average peak heart rate at orgasm is the same as it is during light exercise like...
Clinique Skincare Routine
It is so important to look after your skin from a young age but I must admit, I am quite forgetful and lazy (especially with 9am starts) so I don’t always get chance to go through my full skincare routine each day. Luckily, now that summer is here and I’ve got a break from lectures,...
Universities announce increased fees. Piggy bank
Universities across the UK have announced fees higher than the £9,000 limit. Parliament is due to debate plans for Universities which could see the fees rise, but some universities have already started advertising courses with increased fees. Durham, Kent and Royal Holloway are among the universities that have set fees for 2017 on their website...
Review: Fitbit Alta
As somebody who has recently become a gym bunny and zumba enthusiast I have been looking at getting an activity tracker for a while. For my 20th birthday I was gifted the FitBit Alta and it has become my most important accessories. What is a FitBit Alta? FitBit are a company that offers activity and sport...
What’s on my Shelf: Relationships & Lifestyle Editor Emmi Bowles
A book lover's bookshelf can contain many wonderful, interesting, and intriguing books, some that you might not have even heard of yet - and our new books coloumn, 'What's On My Shelf' allows a glipse into the bookselves of our editors here at Kettle. This week, you can find out what lines relationships & lifestyle editor...
How to survive the summer: Tips for Gingers Beach in sunshine, Emmi Bowles, KettleMag
As a ginger myself I know how terrifying the summer can be, just one hour too long outside and you are as red as a tomato and spending the rest of your summer getting laughed at whilst you are stuck inside covered in after-sun. This year I have compiled my top tips for surviving summer...
13 books to read before you finish uni pile of books, literature, reading, uni, books, Emmi Bowles, Kettle Mag
Most people have a bucket list of things they want to do and places they want to see before a certain time or before they die. As an avid reader and book blogger I have a book bucket list. Although War and Peace might take me at least a year to get through, there are...
How long should sex last? girl and boy on the floor kissing, sex, sex and relationships, lifestyle, kettle mag,
Sex is relative to every individual. Whether you like taking things slow or getting right down to it, there is no ‘normal’ time for sex to last. Although it is desirable for sex to last longer this isn’t always the case. Boys get teased by their mates if they only last a few minutes but...
Tinder’s Most Desirable Jobs
Although Tinder is a dating app purely based on finding matches on looks alone, there are some people who get more matches than others.  The dating app has revealed a list of the top professions which get the most right swipes. Now I don't know about you but I wouldn't mind a man in uniform,...
5 Quotes: To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee
It was announced on Friday that the author Harper Lee has died at the age of eighty-nine. Best known for her much loved classic To Kill A Mockingbird, and her more recent novel Go Set A Watchman, the author has touched the hearts and minds of millions who read and studied her work at school....
What to do when you’re single on Valentine’s Day
Valentine’s Day over the past few years has also become singleton’s awareness day. Not everybody cares if they are in a relationship or not on Valentine’s Day, but sometimes it helps to stay busy. Here are things to do when you are single on the day of love. Have a pamper day Everybody deserves a...
Five things to do during a power cut Working, power cut, frivolity, Emmi Bowles, Kettle Mag
With the wind howling outside and storms hitting the UK, power cuts are going to become more likely for many homes in Britain. But as a nation attached to phones, tablets and anything else that needs a plug to function, power cuts can be our worst nightmare. Here are five alternative things you can do if you...
5 ways to spend more time together in 2016 hourglass, list, 5, time, together 2016, sex, relationships, love, family, friends, kettle mag, emmi bowles
I always say I am going to set myself some goals in the New Year, but I rarely think about how I can achieve those goals. Relationships, whether they be family, friends or romantic relationships are important and we need to make more time for them. But how? I thought I would share with you...
My holiday reads baubles, christmas tree, holiday, christmas, festive, reads, books, kettle mag, emmi bowles
Christmas break is the perfect time to catch up on your reading; to pick up a book that has been on your shelf for a long time. But it is also a good chance to read some festive books. I thought I would share with you four festive books perfect to read during the Christmas break....
My top 3 NaNoWriMo novels
National Novel Writting Month (NaNoWriMo) is now over, and after 30 days of writing 50,000 words I thought it would be a good time to reflect on three young adult novels that have been published, after having been written during NaNoWriMo. Cinder by Marissa Meyer The first in the Lunar Chronicles Series, which is a retelling of Cinderella. Cinder...
The Full Works: John Green
John Green is a New York Times bestselling author and a YouTuber. This American has reduced millions of teenagers to tears with his books but also educated them using his YouTube channel. The Books John Green has written a total of five books and written short stories and novellas. His most famous novel is The Fault...
What I’m Reading: Relationships Editor Emmi Bowles
As a keen reader who runs a book reviewing blog, I love to read as many books as possible. But, with university work and NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month), getting through a book a week has been hard. Luckily for me I have read some brilliant books recently and have some highly anticipated ones on my...
Five ways to stay warm this winter
With the clocks going back and the nights getting colder it is safe to say that winter is coming. But luckily there are some tips and tricks in staying warm this winter. There may be no sadder moment of the year than when you're forced to put away your open toe shoes. #winteriscoming — Christina...
Five date tips for boys Man in a suit, tips for dating, kettle mag, Emmi Bowles
Although it may seem like us girls are hard to read and we never know what we want – which is true- here are a few tips to help you out on that first date. Pick-up lines don’t work As much as you may think it is funny and cute in reality pick-up lines rarely...
First date tips for girls
Dating is relative and therefore these tips might not be for you, but they could just help you have the perfect first date. Whether its because you need to remember what to do or what not to do, Kettle magazine's sex and relationships editor has put down her top 5 tips for girls on dating....
Has porn ruined our sex lives? Kettlemag, Sex, Relationships, Porns, Emmi
With over 30% of the internet being porn and sexual images becoming more and more available for people to find is the pornography industry starting to take over, and is it ruining our sex lives? A vast majority of men and women watch porn on a daily basis and this has led to more people...
Review: If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World
TLC's new series hosted by Britain’s 'most hated woman', aired on Thursday at 10pm. If Katie Hopkins Ruled the World is styled on a chat show where, each week, Hopkins and a panel of guests pose a motion as to what they would get rid of if they ruled the world. The audience then votes...
Top 10 Universities to find love Boy and girl kissing in front of sunset
A recent survey conducted by the University of Surrey shows that 36% of people meet their lifelong partner whilst at university. The most romantic of universities is Edinburgh with over 50% of students finding love in the Scottish capital, with Bristol and Liverpool in joint second place. But Manchester and southern city Plymouth are nowhere...
Who is the King of Showmance – America or the UK?
Gone are the days of Cilla Black presenting blind date, but now we have a plethora of reality dating shows on our TV’s to occupy our time with. But who is on top when it comes to showmance? America or the UK? Here in the UK we have two types of dating shows. The big...
What’s in a name, misspelt on a coffee cup?
We have all been there, about to order a drink at Starbucks when they ask for your name to put on your cup. With pride you tell them who you are, ready to have your very own personalised disposable cup, only to find out when you pick your drink up that your name has been customised...
Reliance on technology is ruining relationships KettleMag, Emmi Bowles, Relationships, Social Media, Technology
Our current generation of teenagers and young adults spend hours every day glued to their smartphones, tablets and laptops. We are so caught up in online dating and social media have we become less romantic? Today is National Unplugging Day, and research carried out by Innocent smoothies and thier un-plugged festival found that more than half...
Colour changing condoms – The future of sexual health Kettlemag, Sex, Relationships, Condoms, Emmi Bowles
We all get taught about sexually transmitted diseases and who to get treated but do we always know when we have an STI? Three students who came up with the idea of a condom that changes colour when you have an STI have announced that they have been approached by a contraception company. The teenages...
7 steps to help your relationship last the distance KettleMag, Emmi Bowles, Love, Relationship, Summer,
The Summer Holidays tend to be everyone's favourite time of year. But for those having to leave their partners behind when they go home for summer, the warm weather and sunshine may not be enough to put a smile on their faces. Long distance relationships can be the hardest type of relationship to be in...