Thursday, 15 August 2013

A-Level Results Day

Hi all!

So, I know it's that time of year again: you finally have your exam results, you may or may not have achieved what you had hoped, you might even be on your way to Uni.

First off- if you didn't get the grades you wanted DO NOT PANIC. Or worry. Or assume you're just terrible at all things academic. It's not the end of the world. There are re-sits, apprenticeships, jobs, foundations years. All is not lost.

Take my group of best friends:

Example A- One of my Friends decided to do a foundation year first to see if she actually wanted to go to Uni. She loved it and starts at Uni in September.

Example B- Another Friend does drama, she is absolutely amazing at it. However, she was so busy with everything else she got low marks in her A-Level drama performance (crazy, she had never ever got low grades before) and she didn't get into the drama school she wanted to. Instead she went to Uni in a city near us, loves it and has just moved into her first house for second year.

Example C- A third Friend maintained she didn't want to go to Uni. 2 days after the UCAS deadline passed she decided she did, but she didn't want to go through clearing and risk getting non-ensuite accommodation (which is nowhere near as bad as people assume). So she waited a year and applied and got into the same University I go to. During this year she got 2 jobs at pubs in the area and realised that she loved it. Now she isn't going to Uni and is going to hopefully do courses which means she can manage/ own her own bar/ pub.

Example D- A fourth Friend carried on at the Senior School we all went to at the 6th Form with us. She didn't like it so started again at College the following September. She didn't get into Uni this year but is determined to try again next year, is looking for a job for the year and is currently volunteering in order to gain some experience to put on her CV.

Example E- (final one, I promise!) A fourth friend decided she wanted to do creative writing, in all honesty I have no clue why she decided she wanted to do creative writing, just one day I know her UCAS form was handed in and she was waiting to see if she was trotting off to London to study Creative Writing. (Yes, she left me and went all the way to London while I was going up North, how dare she!). Now, she claims it was the best decision she has ever made in her life, and she absolutely loves it.

I personally uhm-ed and ahh-ed over which Uni I wanted to go to. I first decided I wanted to go down south, then realised I never wanted to go south at all. I wanted to be close-ish to home and chose one uni that is 2 hours north from me and another that is 1.5 hours south-west from me for my final two options. I ended up at the one 2 hours north, and am so happy there. I also have family and family friends less than an hour from uni, which is reassuring in case I need them,

My point here is that we're all different, and different thing work for different people. I wasn't really sure what I wanted to do, all I knew was that I wanted to do law eventually, but I also wanted a degree in a non-related subject first. At A-Level I studied English Language, English Literature and Law, so you can see that my choices were somewhat limited. Thankfully I love English and chose to study English Language and Literature. I got into my first choice University even though I thought I had messed up my exams and didn't quite get the grades I would have liked. I then got the accommodation I wanted and I love my University. I volunteer at the Students Union and I couldn't ask for a better University.

I think it needs to be noted that I didn't get the grades I would have liked (in one subject), but I did get the grades to get into my first choice uni. I think sometimes we're too hard on ourselves, and you've done well for even thinking about going to College/ 6th form, never mind actually studying A-Levels and applying to Uni.

I've listed some really great websites for any advice of queries you might have. Also remember to talk to friends, family and teachers! It's what they're there for, and the can really help.

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Review: Benefit H20 'Hello Flawless' Foundation.

Welcome to my favourite ever foundation. Bold statement, yes? A very true statement too.

'Hello Flawless' was the first (and currently only) liquid foundation by Benefit. It was also the first item from their Hello Flawless range, and it has now been joined by the Hello Flawless pressed powder and primer and was released in the UK last March.

I actually got my first bottle when I was in New York, the week before it was released in the UK. Prior to this I was using a M.A.C. Studio Fix. Unfortunately, it wasn't love, I think it oxidises too much and left me orange.

However, this foundation, oxidises very little (it's not even noticeable) and is fabulous. It's water based which is good for my combination skin, and irritate it at all.

I wear the 'I'm so Money' Honey colour, it's about the middle of the range. Sometimes I don't even need to use concealer with it which is great.

 The staying power of this is great too. I have a horrible habit of sitting with my head rested on my hand which obviously rubs my make up off, but this foundation seems to last. I also have a tendency to not check my make up all day, so it's nice to know that I still have some coverage when I've been rushing around all day.

I also love that this has an SPF of 25 in it. I know as I've gone through my teenage years Ive not thought about protecting my skin, and I know I've got sun damage, especially under my eyes so it's nice to know that I'm protected without having to think about it. It's important to protect your skin!

The best part is probably the fact that you get a tester size of 'The Porefessional' primer which minimises the appearance of pores. It's another Benefit product that I love so it's nice to get a small sample of it.

I buy this from Boots (I've repurchased at least 5 times) for £25.50. You can also buy it straight from the Benefit site here!

Tuesday, 6 August 2013

Humber Street Sesh

Last Saturday I went to 'Humber Street Sesh' in Hull.

I was due to go to the cinema with two of my friends and one asked if we would go with her to watch her boyfriend's band. Now, I've heard the singer before (he sings at lot at parties, no one ever objects, he's great) but I'd never heard the band. In all honesty, I wasn't expecting much from the whole thing. I knew my friends' band would good (more of that later) but I presumed it would be a small gathering of people with a few bands who were into that genre of music.

Oh how wrong I was...

The event was amazing! Seriously. It had been open since midday, and I arrived at about 8.30 pm and it was heaving. I didn't even know that there were so many people who knew about events like this. From the Facebook page I can see that there were over 40,000 people who had been 'clicked in' as they walked through the entrances.

We rushed down to see the band (we were running late, as usual) through the crowds of people down to the Fruit Market and entered 'Ruscadors' where the band, Chasing Athena, were playing.

First thing- it was still super busy in here.
Second thing- it was boiling.

Then the band started and it didn't even matter. They are so, so good. I know I'm probably biased as I'm friends with them all, but for real, they're so good. You should check them out, especially as they're releasing their single this week and their album in a few weeks. And you can download some of their songs off their band page here. And you can find them on their Facebook page here.

After the band finished we wandered into town a bit then back to the Street Sesh. It was still super busy after 10pm and it took forever to even get a drink, but with the whole atmosphere and live music blaring out of every other building it was the best warm cider I've ever had. We managed to catch the whole of Counting Coins' set. They're a fairly well known band in Hull and the surrounding area from what I gather and were so good. I can't even place them into a genre, you really have to listen to them, which you can do here.

The guy on the second from the left here is the drummer from Chasing Athena.

Shameless group selfies.

That's just a few of the pictures from Counting Coins. It was so odd, there were people crowd surfing and dancing and a mosh pit, all in an old Fruit Market.

The atmosphere was reminiscent of a music festival, with all the silliness and music coming from everywhere with people dressed up, on a much smaller scale. I didn't even realise that there was so much musical talent within Humberside, never mind Hull itself! It's definitely made me want to go to more events like this. It was so nice to just have a bit of a wander round with friends and meet new people, and it was so different to what I normally do with my friends.

I even managed a quick photo snap at the end of the night. Taken in one of Hull's finest car parks of course. I think I was part way through telling my friend that she is a terrible photographer (paired with my terrible posing) so please excuse the odd face I am pulling.

My top is from French Connection a few years ago with an M&S strappy top underneath.
My jacket and bag is from Internationale at around Easter time.
Jeans are Dorothy Perkins, current season.
And my shoes are Blowfish.

Here is the link to the Humber Street Sesh Facebook page if anyone would like to have a look.

Friday, 2 August 2013

Review: Clinique High Impact Mascara

I've had this mascara a few times, but always in the tester sizes (the ones you get with Bonus Time). And I have always loved it. I liked the brush and the thickness of the mascara. It worked really well for someone who likes a lot of coverage on their lashes.

As a huge Clinique fan I thought it was about time to buy the full version. I've practically been raised on Clinique. My Mum and Sister use it, and have for as long as I can remember. When I first started wearing make up I got bought stuff from Clinique, namely due to it being hypoallergenic and it's meant to be good to your skin. I personally absolutely swear by the 3-step, it's something I have continually repurchased for about 6 years at least.

The mascara comes in the usual colourful, floral box. I like the packaging of Clinique products, the cardboard is a nice quality and I think this is important. If the packaging is rubbish I don't expect much from the product.

As you can see, the actual mascara tube itself is fairly plain, but holds that dark green, classic Clinique body with a silver top.

The full size version of this mascara has a bigger brush than the travel size. It's a fairly big fluffy brush. 

In one word, I love this mascara. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. It builds up really well without clumping, gives great coverage and doesn't fleck off throughout the day. And it comes off really easily with some eye make up remover. I would definitely recommend this mascara, the only thing I would say is that it maybe needs a few days to 'thicken up' as I think it's a bit thin at first useage, but I think that about all mascaras.

You can see me wearing it in my 'Nighttime Smoky Eye post' here.

And you can purchase it from here. I bought this for £16.50 from the Clinique counter at Boots. 

Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Nighttime Smoky Eye

So today I wanted to share with you my favourite nighttime smoky eye look. It's the look I generally go for when I go for a night out. It's fairly quick and very simple which is definitely what I need seeing as I seem to always be running late!

I start off using the Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion in 'Greed'. I've found that it really does increase the lasting time of the eyeshadow, and I get no creases either which is always a plus!

I then use my Urban Decay Naked 2 palette for the rest of the look:

I start with 'Bootycall all over the lid up to the brow and in the inner corner.

I then line the upper lid and outline my crease about halfway with 'YDK' and blend.

I finish the look with 'Snakebite' to create the final smoky eye here and blend. I find that I really need to buff it out so it doesn't look too 'drawn on'.

For the whole look I use the brush that comes with the palette as it seems to work well, and it means if I am away from home for the night I don't have to carry along extras brushes etc. 

After the I then use the Urban Decay 24/7 waterproof eyeliner  on my mower lash line and apply mascara and fill in my brows with my Clinique eyebrow pencil.

I hope you like this look! As I said, it's so quick and simple to do, you can't really go wrong with it. I love the smoothness of Urban Decay eyeshadows, and I know that the eyeshadows are what Urban Decay are renowned for.

I'm also planning a review of the Primer potion, so keep an eye out!

You can buy the eyeshadow primer here, and the naked 2 palette here