All About My ALevels 

I know that for Year 11s the time is coming up to choose your ALevel subjects and begin revising for your GCSEs. I thought I’d write a post about my Alevels, how and why I chose them and all of that. 
When I chose my Alevels I didn’t know what I wanted to do with my life but by choosing these 3 I feel that I’ve left a lot of doors open. 
I do three Alevels then an AS in Core Maths. 

English Literature:

This was definitely the easiest choice for me, I have always loved English and continue to do so. It was my highest GCSE grade which gave me a lot of confidence going into it. 
I do the Edexcel exam board and we will do 4 exams all at the end of year13. There’s a poetry paper, prose, play and then Shakespeare. We’ve studied Beloved, The Picture of Dorian Gray, A Streetcar Named Desire and Othello. Then my poet that I’ll study is Rossetti. Obviously your school might be different. 
I really enjoy this course. It is very discussion based but independent at the same time. The skills I am developing will be valuable to me in the future. 
Workload wise, it’s usually 1 or 2 essays a week (2 being when both teachers give me one). Other homework tasks include analysis, reading and researching. 
Further reading is so, so important for this course. You need to have read famous texts and have a good understanding of literature. My teacher says to aim to read a book in two weeks and we are constantly encouraged to look up articles and books on the themes/context we are studying. 
This is my favourite subject and I’d honestly recommend it to anyone who enjoys literature at GCSE level. 

Psychology:

I didn’t think I’d love this as much as I do. I did Sociology GCSE but wanted something more scientific and in depth for my ALevel. Loads of people talk about Psychology and when researching the topic it sounded really interesting. 
I do the AQA course and it involved 3 papers with topics ranging from research methods to eating behaviours to memory. I find it genuinely interesting and really enjoy it. 
There is a lot to learn and remember for this course, I know more Psychologists than anything else. It’s a heavy course but is still enjoyable and interesting. 
The workload isn’t too much, it’s usually mostly revision to make sure everything you learn is sound in your head. Most homeworks are essay plans, research and evaluation of research/studies. 
I find extra reading quite hard for this and honestly haven’t done any. I’d say watching videos on experiments, reading about psychologists would be the best way around it. 
I really enjoy Psychology. 

Biology:

Well. I hated this till January, every lesson I hated and I very almost dropped it. But, now I’m into the course, found my revision style etc I’m finding it a lot better. 
I do the AQA course and it is quite interesting. For this I’d say you need to have a real interest in Science and Biology. It can be overwhelming at times and there’s a lot to take in. I’d honestly say only do Biology if it genuinely will aid your future or it really interests you. I picked it purely because I found it good at GCSE and wanted to keep a science and I don’t think they were the right reasons. 
Homework wise, I usually get exam questions every week or just a worksheet. Then from my other teacher we get exam questions most weeks. 
You can’t get away with not extra reading for Biology, it’s so important to do and will definitely help you succeed more. 

I find this the hardest out of all my subjects but I’m beginning to enjoy it a lot more. 

Core Maths:
I wouldn’t pick to do this, I only do it because I have to. I just really don’t enjoy and if you’re considering it look at past papers online and check it’s the maths that you enjoy. It’s real world maths and I just don’t enjoy it. I think it will benefit me in the future and think it is a good course for the right kind of person. 

That’s basically it for this post. If you have any questions about any of this (or any subjects because my friends do different ones) or grades or anything then leave a comment or you can DM me on Twitter (@rxsepetals_) or Instagram (@ifyouseejaz)

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Summer Nails

As we’ve now got the better weather I thought I’d actually write this post instead of collecting pictures for it. I paint my nails all year round but I know so many people that only choose to in the summer. Nails are something that can be adventurous in the summer and really stand out. I’ve picked out a few colours in my collection that I really enjoy wearing in the summer time.

Miss Sporty don’t have names for their shades but they do quite a few pastel colours that I really like. This one is sort of a blue/purple and looks so good – it lasts for about five days and has a nice shine to it plus they’re such a good price. You can buy it here.


This nail varnish isn’t mine but I borrowed it from a friend and fell in love. It’s slightly more expensive as it’s from Urban Outfitters but I’d definitely pay the money for it. It gives such a good holographic shine under any form of light and without light looks so lovely and glittery, I took this off after about a week but it would have probably lasted longer. You can buy it here.

Cliché have some lovely colours available and the formula is so good. I love this green because it has gold undertones which make it perfect for the summer. It has a slight glitter to it and I love this one under the daylight. You can get it here.


I love the Avon gel finish collection and all the brighter colours are perfect for the summer. The colours are so bold and opaque which I love and they honestly look like gel. They last for about a week and I just love this range of nail varnishes so much in the summer. You can get them in the Avon catalogue.


The Barry M gelly collection is another one that is great in the summer and give the gel nail look. This colour is in the shade Sugar Apple and looks so good in the summer as it has that pastel feel to it. On top I use the opal top coat from Avon which looked so nice, it gave a shine and sort of looked like a mermaid’s tail (maybe)? This lasted a week and I loved it so much. You can get the Barry M one here.


Champneys is a little pricier but the quality of the product definitely reflects the price. The shades don’t have names but I used the pale pink one. This gave a really nice sheen to the nails with a slight bit of colour. The only thing I would say is that I needed three coats but the end result looked so nice. I’ve currently had this on for a week and it’s still completely fine which I’m so impressed with. You can buy it here.


In the summer I love using this gel coat from Avon, it gives the gel look to any nail varnish and the shine is perfect for the summer time. I was so sceptical about this but it really works and I’ve been loving using it with every nail varnish I’ve worn to give that extra summer look.

Butlin’s Skegness 2016

We were so lucky with the weather on this holiday; it had become an ongoing joke that when the four of us go away the weather is terrible. The sun made our time in Skegness even more enjoyable during the days. The only thing I would say is that there wasn’t really anywhere air conditioned to go and sit meaning we were all constantly so warm.

There’s so many things to do as a family throughout the time you’re there. We did family sports day which was so much fun and also archery and kwik cricket. It was a good chance to interact with other families on their holiday and get to know new people.

The beach on the Butlin’s site isn’t all that nice but it’s a beach. It’s not horrible by any means they just haven’t put any money into it. It was lovely to walk along during the day and we even saw a jellyfish from where the tide had been in. My Step-Mum persuaded me to put my feet in the sea for one of the first times and it was so refreshing. Yes, the sea was slightly brown but we’ll just blame that on the sand!

They also have on oversized beach thing which was so cool. There’s big sand buckets, beach balls and a deck chair. This is such a good place for photos and I thought it was a really good idea.

The food was actually really nice, we had the premium dining plan which meant we had access to two of the buffet restaurants. As a family we, personally, preferred ‘The Deck’ as we managed to find a table that actually had air conditioning. There was lots of options to choose from and I managed to become obsessed with granola during our stay.

We got these activity passes which were really worth it, they allowed us to do six activities for around half the price it would have usually cost. We did bowling which was really good, go karting which admittedly I was slightly rubbish at, adventure golf (this is so good and this is the one thing I’d definitely recommend), pool and Quasar (this is basically laser tag and I loved this it was so much fun).

For the evening entertainment we got ‘B-Line’ passes which allowed us into the venues fifteen minutes early; I think this was worth it just because it meant we didn’t have to rush for a good seat and also the queue was shorter.

On the first night we saw a comedian who I can’t remember the name of for the life of me. He was really, really funny and also was raising money for ‘Help the Heroes’ which I admired about him. I met him after the show and he was so lovely.

I dragged my Dad along with me to see Union J and this was so, so good. I’ve always liked them as a group and they were brilliant live. They interacted so well with the crowd and their voices are amazing. They covered ‘Run’ and it was so beautiful, in fact the whole set was incredible. Afterwards I was lucky enough to meet them and they were all so lovely and really chatty.


The highlight of my holiday was probably seeing Diversity, they were phenomenal. When you watch them on the tele you think they’re really good but live they’re something else. The amount of precision and accuracy in every single move is incredible as is their energy. The interaction with the crowd was also so good, getting us involved in the show and making it even more memorable. Every routine they did had me fixed (as a result I took barley any photos) and the whole performance was one I won’t forget in a hurry.


We went to the circus on our last night and I’d never been to one before so I was really looking forward to it. It was acrobatic and the talent was insane. The strength and bravery of the people was admirable and I jumped out my seat more than once. If you’re visiting Skegness’ Butlin’s this year I’d definitely recommend seeing the circus. 


Obviously Butlin’s isn’t the most exotic or exciting holiday destination but I had the most amazing time away with the beautiful weather. I laughed till I cried most days and honestly enjoyed myself so much and I’m so grateful for the company I was surrounded with.

The Power Of Makeup

I’ve seen lots of people on YouTube do this video over the past couple of months and I’ve really enjoyed watching them; it got me thinking about the difference makeup makes to the way I look so I tried it out. The difference was incredible and although it wasn’t as big of a difference than some people I was still surprised and till I tried this I never realised the massive difference makeup makes to my appearance. This then got me thinking about why I wear makeup and why I want to use its power.

Primarily I wear makeup for myself and to make myself feel better which is a habit I’m desperate to grow out of; I started wearing it to cover things about my face I’m uncomfortable with for my own benefit not anybody else’s. As I’ve grown up I’ve learnt that everyone gets the odd spot now and again or the odd patch of redness or dry skin but I still make the choice to wear makeup.

I think makeup has the power to accentuate areas of your face you like and want to be seen; I enjoy contouring because my Mum was kind enough to pass on her half decent cheek bones and contouring brings them out. I also often line my waterline because it brings out the colour of my eyes more. Makeup has the power to make your features stand out.

But it also has the power to hide things you might not be so comfortable with; I’m all for embracing your imperfections and being proud of the person you are but then again I don’t feel there’s anything wrong with wanting to hide the bags form lack of sleep or the odd spot that has chosen to make an appearance. I know I use a heavier concealer on my chin because of the scars left from spots that I want to hide to achieve an even skin tone. I also use three mascaras and curl my eyelashes as they’re naturally so short. I love that makeup can have the power to take things you’re not so happy with and make them better.

I strongly believe in embracing your imperfections and learning to love them and I really think this is so important. You don’t need to cover the spot on your chin or the bags under your eyes but if you choose to and you want to, that is totally okay. Make up has the power to be whatever you want it to be. It is an art, something you can experiment with and have fun with; perhaps something that can relax you or be your thirty minutes of you time a day.

I don’t wear makeup every single day and I feel okay without it; I’m beyond glad I’ve broken out of the habit of not leaving the house without it if I’m only popping next door. For me, makeup gives me confidence, it makes me feel happier about the way I look and the way I’m presenting myself to other people.

I enjoy makeup, I find it fun and I suppose collecting and experimenting with it has become a hobby – applying it in the morning can be something to look forward to or spending time on it when you’re going out somewhere special. I enjoy the vast amounts of shades available and the different formulas lipsticks come in. I think makeup has been something that has enticed me.

Makeup is powerful in so many different ways.

Why Do You Love Scott and Bailey?

I’ve done a few of these “Why do I love…” posts now and thought I’d do my last planned one about my favourite show. I’ve honestly never loved and been so engaged to a show, Scott and Bailey is beyond incredible and if you have not watched it then I’d strongly suggest it. 

It sounds so random but the theme tune to this show is so good and the music used throughout the episodes. I just think that the theme tune is so relevant and just feels like it’s been linked to the show so well. The music then used behind the scenes of episodes is so good as it creates the atmosphere and the mood that is intended. 

Also, the little montage video that is played with the theme tune is so good; it shows you all the relevant aspects of the show and highlight what it’s about. 

I love the way the episodes are structured. They intertwine the crimes with the personal lives of the characters so well; everything links so well together and all the scenes feel completely relevant to the episode or the series. I find every episode so interesting and engaging – there’s never time to get bored within an episode. 

The crimes investigated and explored in the show are always gripping, some are so cleverly intertwined with other crimes and even the one episode long crimes are intriguing. I really respect the amount of research carried out by the team; the correct facts and police procedure make the show that bit more real. I feel that the accuracy increases the amount you can relate the show to the world surrounding us. My favourite crimes have to be when Joe Bevan committed several murders and ended in an almost fatal outcome for Gill. I also love the end investigation in series four which all linked together so well. Series five only included one crime but it was so relevant to the world we’re living in, showed different sides to many characters and was written flawlessly – I couldn’t have asked for a better ending to the show, it highlighted all the show’s best features.  

All of the characters are so well crafted and I have opinions and feelings about all of them. I don’t feel that there are any static characters involved, everyone has a purpose. Pete, Lee and Mitch could be said to be the typical males in the environment; all three of these make me laugh and all three actors are incredible. Danny Miller was in the show for a while and I loved is character, he played Rob so well. 

I’m so, so glad Amelia Bullmore played the part of Gill because she was honestly incredible. Gill had so much depth as a character and there are so many sides to her. I was intrigued by this character episode upon episode and the way Amelia played the character in a way that left a lasting impact. It was so good to watch a strong female in what could be described as a male dominated environment. Amelia then went on to write a few episodes including the series four finale which was written incredibly well. 

Janet Scott and Rachel Bailey are the main characters in the show however I feel it’s written in such a way that all the characters are important. 

Janet highlights the working Mum and I love the way she shows that even as a Mum and a single Mum she can have such an important and demanding job. Janet’s character development is amazing and she’s such a mother figure both and home and in the workplace. Lesley Sharp delivered the storylines Janet was given so well and everything was so believable – Janet has so much depth as a character and every time I watch I love her that little bit more.

I love Rachel Bailey. Suranne Jones is one of my favourite actresses and every role she plays is incredible. I’m so engaged to Rachel and she’s flawed in so many ways but I still love her. Everything just seems to go wrong with her, she’d make decisions and I’d think “here we go again” but the depth and meaning to her character is incredible. The character development for Rachel is beyond incredible and is a development I love watching; in series one she was so dependent on Janet and others then in series five to see her being so independent and head strong was amazing. Rachel’s flaws and mistakes make me love her even more. 

I honestly love this show, I’ve re-watched it so much I could probably quote every episode (whoops). If you haven’t watched it yet there’s always repeats of episodes on ITV Encore meaning series 1-4 is on Sky demand. You can buy the series 1-5 boxset here. I am beyond looking forward to ordering my series five DVD so I don’t need to clog up the space on my Sky planner!

Disneyland Paris 2016

I was lucky enough to visit Disneyland Paris and the city of Paris recently; we stayed for four days which was plenty of time and the weather was so beautiful throughout our trip. 

Hotel:

We stayed in the Newport Bay hotel which is one of the Disney hotels and it was so, so lovely. The room was the perfect size for the amount of time we were in it and it everywhere was always so clean. The hotel had both an indoor and outdoor pool that had loads of floats and things, both pools were really nice and the sunbeds beside the outdoor pool were really good.

The park was around a ten minute walk from the hotel or about a ten minute journey on the shuttle bus that went to the Disney hotels then the park; either way the park was easily accessible – this factor probably being my favourite of the hotel.

The food was actually really nice in the hotel; they had two restaurants with the same buffet; I’m guessing that was just for extra seating. There were so many options and the staff were so lovely.

If you book into a Disney hotel you get two hours early entry into the park which was so good, although it’s only the main park opens it’s so worthwhile. There were more characters around and the queues were short as well; we managed to meet about four characters and go on some rides before the park officially opened.
 

Disneyland
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Disney is beyond magical. The thought that has gone into every part of both the parks is incredible; the visuals on the rides are incredible and every detail is incredible.


Disney Studios contained the ‘bigger’ rides I suppose, there are a few rollercoasters and other rides. Even though the queues were quite long it was really worth it, you can get a free fast pass for some of the rides but we just decided not to aa they give you a specific time. All the rides were so good and worth the queue time; the visuals and the intensity of the rides were incredible. I’m not really a ride person but with all the visuals and the atmosphere it made the rides so enjoyable.

The main Disney Park has the vast majority of characters and more rides; I’d say the rides in this park are more child friendly apart from maybe one or two. To meet the princesses you have to go to the Princess Pavilion, the queues were always so long when we were there – if you want to meet a princess and you’re in a Disney hotel then I’d recommend going to queue at around half nine or before. There’s also a Meet Mickey Mouse area were again you queue to go into a different area; we were lucky enough to meet Mickey and Minnie Mouse together and if you look around enough you mind fine him. To meet the other characters if you look at the programme you can see when and where they are in the park and some queues are obviously longer than others.

  
The shopping in the park is so good, there’s so many shops although it is quite expensive. There’s such a range, there’s clothes, sweets, souvenirs and so much more. There’s also loads of restaurants within the park and within Disney Village; the service is quite slow but it’s all good food.

Paris:
 

We had a day in Paris and I fell in love with this city; it’s so beautiful. We did the open top bus tour and I’d definitely recommend this, it allows you to go to all the main places in Paris and it’s so easy and stress free.
The sites were beyond beautiful and I loved exploring the city and seeing its beauty. The restaurants along the Chanselise all looked so good; we went to a pizza and pasta place and it was lovely. 


We also visited the Eiffel Tower, we didn’t go up it because of the queues but the views from the bottom were spectacular. I’m so happy I got to visit Paris as I loved it so, so much and would definitely go again.

Travel Beauty Bags

When I go away I usually take three bags with makeup/beauty items in; this seems excessive but having one in my hand luggage and then my makeup separate from other bits is really useful. 
Hand Luggage:

In my hand luggage I just take a few bits that might be useful or essential during the journey. 

First I have essential things; a packet of tissues is so useful because you never know what they could come in handy for even if you don’t need them someone’s bound to. I also just make sure I have a few sanitary items on me because you can never be too careful, again even if you don’t end up needing them someone else might. 

Next in my hand luggage I just take some deodorant be travelling can be stressful and airports or train stations can get quite hot. I also then take some body spray for the same reason really and then perfume in my “travalo” incase we end up in a restaurant whilst waiting or something. 

I have some hand cream just incase I eat something with my hands or if my hands get dry or anything. I then have some hand gel in case I touch something sticky or the hand dryers aren’t that good.

The last thing in my hand luggage is my rescue remedy spray, airports or stations can get so busy and having this on me is just a assurance. Also, I’m going on the Eurostar this year and trains are one of my biggest fears so this really helps me.  

 
Beauty Bag:
I put my beauty bag in my main suitcase and it just basically contains everything beauty that isn’t makeup. 
First I have some plasters because walking around can cause blisters and I’m so clumsy so they’re always good to have. I also have some paracetamol just incase of a headache or anything; I usually take these because I can use them for a headache, an allergy or jaw pain and it works for all of them. 


Next I just have all my skincare. I have a mini cleansing water and some cotton pads to remove my makeup. I then have some spot gel which is honesty a miracle worker. I then have a mini scrub and just a normal size cleanser; both of these are really quick and work really well. I then have a moisturiser because the sun tends to dry out my skin so this light cream works so well and then I have my blistex lip balm because it’s the only thing I can find that works on my lips and actually makes a difference. 

For my hair I usually use litre bottles of shampoo and conditioner but obviously I don’t want to pack them. I got these 250ml bottles from Avon and I think I’ve had before; it’s a frizz control one which hopefully will be good because of the heat. I’m then taking my Revlon UniqOne because this saved my hair; I know you can get travel sized bottles and should’ve probably invested in one but this is so good I don’t mind it taking up some room. 

I take shower gel minis because you don’t have to bring them back with you. I love this scent in the summer because it’s so clean and fresh; I’m taking more than one because within four days I’ll probably use a few. I’m take a body butter rather than a thinner cream because my skin will probably get dry in the sun or in the pool with the chlorine and this leaves my skins really moisturised.

I’m taking a big bottle of deodorant because it’s going to be warm and stuffy so it’ll just be better to have a bigger bottle. Also, I’ll probably have outfit changes within the day and use this. I also then have a mini body spray because this is light for everyday use just whilst we’re out and about and it’s a scent that can be worn in the day or the evening.

   
Makeup Bag:

For my face makeup I’m just taking my everyday routine that I know I like and works for me. I’m thinking about taking my contour kit that’s almost done and then just leaving it there. I then have three of the collection concealers with the intention of leaving one of them there. 

For eyes I’m taking as little as possible. I’m just taking my normal mascaras and then my favourite eyeliner. I’m taking the Collection palette just because it’s so versatile and can create light or dark looks; again I’m thinking of taking my old one just to use it up.  

I’m just taking two lip combinations, one for my darker outfits and one for my lighter outfits. Both lipliners stay on so well and then the MAC lipstick is one of my favourites and I love it and the Seventeen on gives such a nice nude sheen. I am thinking of taking my Rimmel Kate Moss nude instead just because it lasts a little bit longer. 

Summer Plans 2016

I’m so determined to make the most of this summer, although I got annoyed at every teacher telling me it’s the longest one I’ll ever have and to make the most of it they’re right. I really feel that throughout exams I lost myself a little bit, I didn’t make time to so things I enjoy and threw myself into all of my exams and revision and now feel full of random Science facts of poetry analysis than the person I really am.

I go to Disneyland Paris this week which I’m really looking forward to. It’ll be so nice to spend some time away and really relax. I love Disney, it’s so magical and I can’t wait to make some really good memories.

I am also going to the Butlins in Skegness later on in the month, I’ve been before and really enjoyed it. It’s such a lovely family holiday and there’s so much to do within Butlins and around Skegness; I love the typical British holidays and I’m really looking forward to spending some proper time with my Dad and Step-Mum.

In between these holidays I think I’m going to do some volunteering at one of the charity shops near me. Not only will this look good on my CV or application forms, I think it will be such a good experience and help me to feel good about the things I’m doing. I really want to help others more and show more support to my local organisations.

As well as volunteering I really want to start looking for a job, even if it is just for the summer. Since turning 16 I’ve wanted to get a job but it didn’t feel right to do so till I’d left school. I’m definitely going to be handing my CV in some places and keeping my eye out for any opportunities. I really want to start gaining some work experience and become more independent.

I’m looking at going up to Manchester at some point to stay with my Uncle; I’m honestly in love with this city and try to go as much as I can. It’ll also be really nice to spend some time with my Uncle and perhaps go on the Alton Towers trip he promise a while back.

I have a reading list so, so long and can’t wait to get back into reading. I have visions of reading with smoothies in the garden but the British weather may have other ideas. I also have Happy Valley on DVD to watch which I got for myself for after my exams; I’ve only heard good things about this show and can’t wait to watch it.

I got my keyboard and all the piano learning books back in January but have had barley any time to teach myself; I really want to make an effort to do this over the summer as I currently can only play around two songs properly and the scales. I also recently got the book for my next Violin grade and my teacher has recorded a few of the pieces for me so I’m looking forward to playing them and learning them.

In terms of finding myself again I think I need to start doing the things I love again and spend more time with the people I love. I want to go on more walks and give myself more thinking time and also really look after myself. I’m really looking forward to making the most of this summer before I begin my ALevels in September.

Let me know your summer plans in the comments!
 

Prom 2016

My prom was on the 1st July, we had it at the town’s rugby ground and, honestly, it was one of the best nights of my life. I had such a lovely time seeing everyone for the first time since exams, everyone looked beautiful and it was just a really lovely evening. 

I thought I’d do a little ‘prom look’ type post today and I’m so sorry I forgot to take photos of my hair!

Outfit:

My dress was from “Quiz” it was navy blue with the silver detailing and came just below my knees. I decided to go for a shorter one as it was just easier to move in and I felt more comfortable. It had a petal shaped opening at the back and came quite high up at the front. It was elasticated at the back which made it fit so much better than the other ones I tried on. 

I got my shoes in “Dorothy Perkins” and they matched the silver detailing on my dress so, so nicely. They were actually surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in although I did have to go the size down. Also, I have narrow feet so usually everything just falls off but these fitted me so well. 

My bag was also from “Dorothy Perkins” and it held everything I needed it to. The strap to hold it was quite small but that didn’t really matter because I left it on the table all night. The silver matched my dress and my shoes so it didn’t look odd in the photos. 

Nails and Perfume:

I got my nails done, they were still mine just shaped and the painted with the colours of my dress. They’ve chipped a little bit now but lasted for prom which was all I was worried about. 

On my toes I used “Perfectly Flesh” by Avon and then their matte top coat over the top. I decided just to go for a nude as my shoes were quite bright and, honestly, I didn’t really want people looking at my toes. 


For my perfume I wore the River Island one I spoke about here, it lasted all night and is my favourite scent at the moment. I then took my “Travalo” in my bag so I could top up my perfume if needed. 

MakeUp:

Most of this is in my everyday makeup but I thought I’d write about some of the things I did differently. 

For primer I used the Rimmel “lasting finish”, I never really use this but it’s honestly so good. My makeup didn’t move all night and it wasn’t slippy on my skin, it gave a really nice base. Over my makeup I used the Avon setting spray as I always do. 

For highlight I used Benefit “high beam” and patted that in gently with my finger. Over the top I used the “Pink Lights” highlighter which I’ve spoken about so many times. 


On my eyes I used so many products. It ended up being a blue/grey smokey eye with silver glitter in the inner corners. The blue’s are from NYC and I wasn’t expecting much for £2 but they were so good. I used the darkest one on my outer half then the middle one towards the middle to blend. I then used a darker colour on the very outer corner and blended the grey from Kiko into my outer crease. I then used a lighter brown to blend everything out. I stuck the glitter in my inner corners with some vaseline. I then used the black pencil in my water line and lash line. I used tape to make sure I got a cat eye kind of look. 


For my lips I wore my lipliner from Primark with MAC “Modesty” over the top, this was quite neutral which is what I wanted as the eyes were so heavy. 

Final Look:

If you want to see more photos with my friends and just of the evening in general then there’s some on my Instagram (@ifyouseejaz) and my Twitter (@keepwalking_t) 

June Favourites 

Reading:

Finishing my exams has been such a blessing as it has meant I have time to read again. “The Collector” is on my reading list for Enlgish Literature but as soon as the opening paragraph was read to me I wanted to read it. This book is gripping and intruiging whilst making you question certain things. I am gripped by the writing style John Fowles chose and I can’t wait to finish this book and unravel the plot further. 



Movies:

Confessions of a Shopaholic was one of the films I watched this month and I enjoyed it so, so much. It was such an easy watch and perfect for a movie night in with friends. There’s comedy and more serious parts. The film basically follows a young woman who’s come into debt due to her shopping habit and her journey to reach the job she’s always dreamt of. It’s light hearted but also teaches you about priorities and taking and appreciating all your chances. 

I watched Fantastic Four (2015) with my Dad and Step-Mum one evening and I honestly loved it. We watched the one where they four gain their powers and how it happened. I honestly loved this and was gripped the whole way through; I’m definitely going to be watching the others at some point.  

TV Shows:

New Blood is a show I was unsure I would enjoy but I gave it a go anyway. I am so glad I did because I love this show, it keeps me intrigued and gripped. The writing is phenomenal and the storylines are intwined so cleverly and it just works. Mark Strepan is phenomenal and I’m so glad I’ve discovered his talent through this show. I am a bit behind because of exams (yawn) but am catching up so quickly – this show is so gripping. If you haven’t watched this then I definitely recommend catching up on BBC iPlayer asap. 

Holby City has always been a show I’ve watched at but when Rosie Marcel went on maternity leave I stopped watching. Since she’s returned I’ve been so busy with exams and only this month have I been able to get back into the show. The death of Arthur was my favourite episode this month it moved me so, so much and was beautifully written and acted by everyone. The episodes recently have been so engaging and enjoyable and I’ve been really enjoying the show again. 

I watch Eastenders religiously; I always catch up on the school bus and have been loving it this month especially. We’ve seen Bobby finally be sent down and the acting in that storyline recently has been amazing. Also, the storyline line regarding Andy and Ronnie has been gripping and I’ve really enjoyed watching it become more sinister and engaging throughout the month; Samantha Womack is one of my favourite actresses and I’ve loved seeing her in the show more again. 

It’d be wrong for me not to include Coronation Street in my favourites this month. Admittedly I’ve not been enjoying this show anywhere as much as I used to but the Sarah storyline has been phenomenal this month. Tina’s acting has been beyond incredible in recent scenes, seeing Sarah progressively become more distressed has been gripping and the episodes definitely worth the watch. 

Music:

On Spotify I usually stick to the same few albums or the same few artists but this month I discovered a new playlist that I’ve been constantly listening to. It’s an acoustic playlist full of beautiful songs and amazing voices. Some of my favourite songs are on this playlist and I honestly love it. If you want to listen you can do here.

If you haven’t yet watched Adele at Glastonbury then you should definitely take an hour and a half to do so – it is the best live performance I have watched in ages. Adele’s stage presence makes her so amazing to watch, her engagement with the crowd and her light hearted nature. Adele’s voice gives me goosebumps, she makes it look effortless and her shows are always incredible to watch. I think what made this performance so special was Adele’s humbleness and her joy and gratefulness when performing. It’s available on BBC iPlayer if you are yet to watch this performance.   


Beauty:

Kiko is a brand I fell in love with last year when I discovered it in Ibiza but it was always so hard to find in the UK. I was beyond happy when a Kiko store opened in a shopping centre near me. I purchased the eyeshadow in 176; the price is so good for a product of this quality. The pigmentation is amazing and it blends so nicely with other shadows. 

I purchased my favourite perfume in Ibiza last year and finished the bottle quickly; the shipping for the perfume is just as much as the actual perfume so I never ordered a new one. I was in River Island the other day and found that one of their perfumes smells identical to the one I got in Ibiza; I was so happy to find it and have been loving it so, so much since I got it. You get 75ml and it’s honestly such a good price at £12 when the scent honestly lasts all day on my wrists.


I purchased this coat for my dress up day at school but ended up falling in love with it. I love the colour agains black or white and it is so light weight which is perfect for the summer. I also love that it folds away which is going to be perfect for travelling plus it is waterproof. I have been wearing this so much and really love it – it was from Primark and was suh a good price for a coat.