Friday, 18 April 2014

Studying and Revision Guide



As some of you may be aware, I am currently approaching my GCSE exams. Although it is a stressful time I have found that I am relatively calm (compared to most of my friends). I'm not sure exactly why this is as I have the sam amount of work as most have at this time but I thought I would share some of my studying and revision tips...

Revision Timetable - For me making a revision timetabel was all about making sure that I had enough time to do each subject as I am doing both art and textiles which means a lot of coursework. 

Background Music - Although this doesn't work for everyone I personally find that good upbeat background music helps me to stay motivated especially if it is something I find challenging.

Days or Evenings Off - When you are in the midst of exams it can seem a strange idea to stop working but I'm pretty sure I wouldnt have been able to continue revising without something to look forward to.

Snacks and Drinks - Despite probably not being the best in the long run I do quite like having a little snack to nibble on and a drink. This week I made my own honey roasted almonds and bought a few cartons of vita coco.

Colour Coding Highlighters - This is something I picked up whilst having a session with an english tutor. I found using different coloured highlighters for highlighting different themes in my books allowed it to become much clearer to me.

Work Station - For the first two days of Easter holidays I worked downstairs, what a mistake. My house is always busy so dogs, builders, family and friends were constantly rushing through and distracting me. I know it isn't possible for everyone but having moved up to a desk in my own room I know that I am so much more focussed. 

Good Luck!

xo

Friday, 4 April 2014

March Beauty Favourites




April has finally arrived and although that means the beginning of summer for some, to me it starts the 10 week period of GCSE exams. Because of this through April I have been wearing minimal makeup as I have had a lot of days studying at home and even my skincare routine has dropped down to bare minimum. Despite this I do have some products which I have been using religiously...

Korres Sunflower and Mountain Tree shampoo - Being the first the first product I have bought from Korres I had high expectations and luckily it did not disappoint. It is aimed for coloured hair (mine is Ombre) and claims to 'protect colour and deeply moisturise.' In terms of colour protection I haven't noticed a difference but as for the moisturising, well, it works a treat. The ends of my hair that are usually dry and frizzy have totally calmed down and just feel so much smoother and softer. It may sound silly but the other nice thing about this shampoo is that it really makes my hair feel clean. So many times have I used moisturising products only to find my hair feel greasy after washing. I also purchased the conditioner with this but I don't feel that is particularly special.

Origins Drink up Mask - I feel like a shame to the beauty blogging world this month as my skincare routine has been so sporadic. Luckily I have managed to use this mask every now and then to give it a bit of a boost. Although I sometimes do use it as an overnight mask on my whole face I equally use it lightly underneath my normal overnight moisturiser on dry patches. See a more in depth review here.

Loreal Gentle Eye Makeup Remover - Although this isn't a product I would urge you to run out and buy I thought I would mention it at I have been using it often and it does the job of removing eye makeup very well and is a bargain price too.

NUXE Reve Du Miel Lip Balm - This year I really haven't had dry lips at all and I have this to thank. I pop on a thin layer in the morning and then a thick layer before bed and it keeps my lips lovely and moisturised. A good thing about this balm is that it is matte so you can apply a lipstick afterwards and not worry about it looking like a disco ball.

Loral True Match Foundation 'ivory' - Despite an initial love/hate relationship with this foundation I think I have now firmly fallen into the love category. It offers a good amount of buildable coverage,  the shade range is amazing and the finish is fairly natural. My only problem is that if not applied well it can look slightly cakey Make sure to use a good buffing brush and primer.

Maybelline Brow Drama 'Dark Brown' - This is a eyebrow gel that tames and tinted the eyebrows on a budget. I like the shape of the brush and the formula as it makes it very quick to apply. Most days I have just been wearing foundation, blush and a swipe of this through my eyebrows!

Nails Inc Kensington Caviar Top Coat - I actually got this in a Nails inc glitter set I found for £1.50, my best charity shop bargain to date! It is tough dry within seconds and leave nails super glossy. My only problem with this is the price, £12 for a full size (mine is a mini version).

Let me know what products you have been using through March!

xo

Company Style Blogger Awards nominations have just opened. If you feel I deserve it I would really appreciate being nominated for Best Teen Style Blogger (under 18), it would mean a lot!

Sunday, 30 March 2014

March Gold Advertiser...



Agent Smyth is Nic and Claire, two 20-something best friends living in London/Wales. We share a love of everything makeup and skincare, and over the years we’ve tested a lot of products between us! As full time mums, we don’t always have the time or money to spend on bad purchases, so here we test and review what we’ve bought between us and hopefully pass on the knowledge to others. We love everything from budget buys and great dupes, to splashing out on luxury purchases from time to time, and of course everything in between. What we love about our blog is being able to share what we know with other real girls like ourselves, and hopefully helping people!

xx

Sunday, 23 March 2014

Napsugar von Britta AW14/15







Napsugar Von Bittera Presentation at Freemasons Hall: I really loved this striking ready to wear collection and the way in which it was presented against the pop art inspired background. Favourite elements included socks and sandals, white jackets layer upon white shirts and a beautiful  ball gown.

What do you think?

xo

My Gold Avertisers this month are Nic and Claire from Agent Smyth

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

LFW Street Style - Part 2







Which is your favourite outfit?

xo

My Gold Avertisers this month are Nic and Claire from Agent Smyth

Wednesday, 12 March 2014

LONDON FASHION WEEK AW14/15 - SATURDAY



Charlie May: This was a beautiful show with an obvious sportswear influence which was perfectly set in the oxo tower in Southwark.



Min Wu: After some initial confusion with the showing of this presentation I was wowed by this collection which focused around unique silhouettes, interesting materials and bright blues and oranges.


Serap Pollard: Unfortunately this was the show I least got on with at LFW. Although some of the pieces were good some garments were unflattering on the models and just looked half finished. Much of the fabric also reminded me of wrapping paper.




Bernard Chandran: Back at Freemason's hall the show was a charming fusion of feminine silhouettes with a strong influence from men's tailoring.




Busardi: Although crowded in the presentation it was worth it to see such a collection that was so elegant . It showed a variety of evening gowns and dresses that managed to blend gothic romanticism with glamour flawlessly.

Which is your favourite?

xo

My Gold Avertisers this month are Nic and Claire from Agent Smyth

Friday, 28 February 2014

February Advertisers...



My name is Jen and I am a 21 year old UK-based blogger who loves to write about everything fashion, beauty and lifestyle related! After working with many blogs during my internship at university, I was inspired to join in on the fun – and so Looks and Lifestyle was born! 

Looks and Lifestyle has loads of regular fashion, beauty and lifestyle posts, reviews and features, including tasty ‘Recipe Find of the Week’ posts as well as daily ‘#todaywelove’ tweets on Twitter – featuring products too gorgeous not to miss! The latest and best fashion and beauty offers are also regularly posted on Twitter.





Satchels + Pearls is a lifestyle, beauty, fashion and motherhood blog by Michelle, a recently new mum to a baby boy and living a long distance relationship with her husband across the sea. On Satchels + Pearls you can find beauty reviews, DIY, recipes, all topped off with a quirky sense of fashion from a bald blogger. Michelle has a passion for afternoon cake and tea, and will take you on adventures around West Yorkshire. So why not check out her blog and follow her life journey?

Agent Smyth is Nic and Claire, two 20-something best friends living in London/Wales. We share a love of everything makeup and skincare, and over the years we’ve tested a lot of products between us! As full time mums, we don’t always have the time or money to spend on bad purchases, so here we test and review what we’ve bought between us and hopefully pass on the knowledge to others. We love everything from budget buys and great dupes, to splashing out on luxury purchases from time to time, and of course everything in between. What we love about our blog is being able to share what we know with other real girls like ourselves, and hopefully helping people!


I hope you love my february advertisers' blogs as much as i do!

 xoxo

Sunday, 16 February 2014

LFW Street Style - Part 1





This is my first attempt at shooting street style but I couldn't resist as there were so many gorgeous people at Fashion Week!

Hattie xo

My Gold Advertiser this month is Jen from Looks and Lifestyle