Getting into a pickle over what you need to take to school? Whether that is buying everything but needing none of it? Well I think as the person who buys a lot of back to school items and never using them I feel like the expert.
Year 7 – 9
□Black pens, any style
□Cute pencil case
□Ring-binders for each subject + 1 more (take one
-Use others for revision materials and spare/old
□Notebooks if needed.
□ Plastic Wallets
□ Display Books (great for coursework)
Sixth Form has taught me that revision is vital for success. No revision will definitely show in a disappointing grade. Lots of revision will make you feel fantastic and ready to attack the world.
Sixth Form has taught me to use my frees wisely, it's all good using your frees lazing around the common room chatting and gossiping with your friends but using the time to study is important too. Something I will be enforcing myself to do for Year 13. USE STUDY TIME EFFECTIVELY AND EFFICIENTLY!!
Sixth form has taught me UCAS will cause start that 'I don't know what to do' with the endless of different degree options and magnificent university campuses. I think this will encourage me to do well next year to get those offers!
Sixth form has taught me that organisation and time is not on my side, although a year is a long period of time but it isn't enough time so being organised has helped me to keep on track with my work.
Sixth form has taught me that having a job and a levels do not work. Long hours of shifts and assignments do not mix equalling a lot of stress. Cut down on work during exam period is important no matter how much you think you're going to cope with it all.
Sixth form has taught me that eating healthy is not going to happen. Honestly a quick pop to the CoOp does not mean a nice green salad but £8 or more spent on chocolate and don't forget using the NUS student card to get 10% off.
Sixth form has taught me that GCSE's are a walk in the park and doing A-Levels is like jumping of a 52 foot cliff into shark-infested waters and very few survive.
I hope everyone got the results they hoped for. I'm still waiting anxiously for mine :(
I am currently in the process of completing week three of the NCS programme. In case you didn't know what NCS is, NCS stands for the National Citizen Service which is a governmented scheme which intends to get young people aged 15-17 out there within their community. Face fears, learn new skills and help the community.
Now I am the last age able to complete the programme so I had to act on it as soon as possible or else I would have missed out on an opportunity of a life-time.
Week one was the fear facing week where as a team we pushed our limits and participated in activities we hadn't done before or something which made us poo ourselves. The week consisted of mainly water-based activities such as sliding and climbing pipes in a river which was scary as you pretty much drank most of the water or felt like the water was taking you away. Then we had Gorge Scrabling which was by far the best activity as we had to fight the flow of the water, slide done rocks, swim under holes in rocks, this was intense and many had scratches and bruise on completion. Then we jumped of rocks slightly above water level, perhaps a metre or two and jumped in several times. Last of the water activities is canoeing which was pretty tiring if your partner half arses the job and leaves you doing the whole job on your own, I may as well of had a kayak! Now to the dry activities, we did a range of activities using the Dartmoor Moors for wide games which completely wore me out. Then there was archery which I think I shot pretty well for a first timer. We did the typical adventure activities such as rock climbing, tree climbing and abseiling which you expect from residental type courses.
Now for the food, the food was fancy which you would expect from a boarding school. We stayed at Tavistock's Mount Kelly and everything was so beautiful and old. I would never afford to be educated there. Nevertheless the food was fantastic!
Week two was all about self suffiency and providing for yourself and the team. This involved a visit to Asda and do a weekly shop for the whole group of 17 and each subteam cooked and cleaned each day. The room we stayed at was much glamourous than our dormatory at Kelly College we had a double bed as well as a set of bunkbeds although our room was over occupied meaning we had two extra matteress. We had a vast range of meals, some I've never had before. Each day was exciting food wise. Monday one subteam cooked cheesy pasta bake which was gorgeous and I had seconds, Tuesday my group cooked chicken nuggets, rice, peas and sweetcorn with an assortment of sauces such as lemon sauce, sweet and sour sauce, curry sauce and ketchup especially for me. Wednesday we had a treat and had McDonalds, I had a large chicken nugget meal with a flake mcflurry, no surprise really. Thurday brought Mexican foods which I have never chosen to eat, we had tortilla wraps with chicken and salad of our own choice, nachos and french fries which were kind of spicy or in your terms 'flavoured'. Week two we learnt about how important charity is so we spent most of the week in college having talks from charities trying to sell themselves to us to raise money and awareness for their charity as part of our social action project. Charities which spoke to us were very inspiring, they had people who had been helped by the charity share their story with us this was evident with the British Heart Foundation. Other charities were the Play Rangers (Play Gloucestershire) who help children from our local area get out there and have fun instead of vegetating in front of technology especially providing a bit of fun especially for children living in deprived areas of the county. We also had a huge organisation such as the Pied Piper Appeal which is a charity aiding Gloucester Royal Hospital's children's ward where money donated goes towards equipment and facilities to improve the health and wellbeing for ill and disabled children. We also visited an care home for the elderly and heard many intriguing stories especially the one who used to work for the queen!
Have you just run out of makeup remover, don't want to spend money on high street products which last you a week or two at prices of a fiver? I have found a way to create a makeup remover with only 3 basic ingredients which every household should have.
What you need
Baby Shampoo - ideally Johnson's for guaranteed 'no more tears' unlike some brands (Loréal Kids, you 90s/00s kids get what I mean.)
Empty makeup remover bottle or any travel bottle
Baby Oil - ideally Johnson's for the same reasoning.
Sorry for the rubbishy photo since I couldn't be bothered to clean the bottle from the previous batch I made to trial the concotion. Add 2 tea spoons or more depending on the type of makeup you want to remove. 2 being for light products such as the general makeup types. 3 for waterproof makeup since that can take forever to wash out and I mean it literally, not good when you're rushing in the evening because you want sleep. For makeup of a thicker consistency like stage makeup (facepaint) I wouldn't recommend this remover but if you still want to try I would use 4 - 5 teaspoons of oil to guarantee removal power
Add the same amount of baby shampoo as the oil for general makeup but half the amount for a harder textures as you don't want the product to get too bubbly and to add to more than the oil content so watch out.
Fill the rest of the bottle up with water, and shake it, shake it out. There you have it a fairly cheap makeup remover. Good for the skin softness. The products can be reused after purchase to remake of as a brush cleaner/cleanser.
I did the opposite of fail today, I passed my driving theory test! I'm super happy about that because I was sure I was destined to fail it.
2. The beautiful weather is a great delight. It's been wonderful embracing the lovely sun whilst splashing in the paddling. The heat isn't great at night or on the sweaty bus. Imagine the amount of teenage body odor on that tin can.
3. I've had the absolute delight of reading Amy Poehler's memoir 'Yes Please'. She is my current girl crush, she just inspires me so much. So far so good, perhaps I might recommend it to you.
4. Thank you Netflix. This interrelates with Amy Poehler. Lots and lots of Parks and Recreation = one happy girl.
5. Costa iced fruit coolers, the holy grail beverage of every summer possibly until I find somewhere better. The mango and passionfruit one is the ultimate best.
I can't believe how fast my blogging journey has gone. One day I wanted to blog about my holiday to Tenerife back in 2013 and now here I am still writing in 2015 finished my as-levels and back then I was just starting the GCSE syllabus. Although sometimes my blog posts get into a little rut nevertheless I don't believe I'll stop. Not yet.
I have many hopes for my blog and cannot wait to fulfil them over the course of the year.
Makeup Revolution is cropping up in many Superdrug. Only recently I've found that my hometown has the stand and that makes me so happy! However, before the stand came I had to travel to get them. Every beauty blogger loves lipstick more than anything so pretty much every beauty blog has featured these lipsticks so here I present my cliché blog post on these bright lipsticks.
The lipstick has a glossy, apart from the matte shade, consistency which looks so pretty on the lips. The brand ventures to the bright and daring shades with many vampy, scarily bright, 'scandalous' shades in which I picked up 5. So, the scandalous shades have got to be my favourites of the lipstick line. I picked up the scandalous shades 'Vice' and 'Depraved' and they are extremely pigmented and have the best pay off on the lipstick. 'Vice' is very true to it's colour and is definitely a great colour to spruce up a look or simply experimenting different styles to be out of the ordinary. It feels like it's been forever since I've been looking for a good orange lipstick and I guess I've found it but unfortunately it doesn't suit. Probably because of my very auburn "ombré". 'Depraved' is pretty bright when swatched however on the lips the colour pay off is more of a beautiful lilac colour. Then I've got the matte shade 'Beloved' which is a very pretty light Barbie pink colour which looks very gorgeous on however I do not like the texture of it. If I'm honest I do not like matte lipsticks and I avoid them at all costs. I found the lipstick rough and difficult to apply and found the lipstick to pull on my lips to get the colour on my lips. The colour doesn't seems to stay long on the lips and the colour to be flaking of my lips which is definitely not good if your out for the night. Then I've got two colours from the regular line 'Crime' and 'Luscious'. 'Crime' is my ultimate favourite shade partly because it's bright and looks fantastic on but it also has amazing lasting power on my lips and the colour is definitely the most pigmented out of the five I bought. 'Luscious' is more of a more wearable shade in comparison to 'Vice' but still just as much as a statement to a look.
The packaging quality is okay but it's what you get for the price. If the lipstick has just been tossed into your handbag you can expect the brand name to fade away and the stickers to peel away. Also, I would suggest being more cautious about it being loose in your bag as the packaging has the tendency to not do it's job right and the lid to no longer protecting the lipstick. So if you don't want lipstick stained lining in your bag put it in a makeup bag and don't be lazy like me.
Overall, the lipsticks are pretty good quality for the price paid for them all together coming to £3.80 (with student discount otherwise £5.) They're long-lasting, pigmented and a huge range to choose from so it's definitely worth picking up. I can definitely see myself buying many more but they won't beat my all-time favourite lipsticks by Rimmel.