Tuesday, 26 May 2015

May Favourites






 
Murano Glass Bracelet from Venice
 
Firstly I have been loving this cute little bracelet from Venice! I received this gem from my parents when they went earlier this month, it was made on one of the small islands just off the shores of Venice where they are famous for glass making. A light blue thread fills the glass alongside scatters of bronze glitter, really making the bracelet breath taking.
 
 
If I stay| Where She Went By Gayle Forman
 
I have recently been getting back into reading before I go bed, and what better way to start off by reading 'If I stay', you might recognise the title from the popular film which is based on this best seller. The sequel of the book called 'Where She Went' is just as good but from a different perspective than the one in the first book. Both good reads, filled with love, passion, tragedy and reality.
 
 
YSL Lip Shimmer
 
Now, I purchased this gem last year on holiday and it has always been a firm favourite in my 'going out' makeup look. The lipstick itself is creamy and smooth, not leaving your lips dry and chapped looking like some, which I like. The colour is girly and wearable for any occasion and outfit with a hint of shimmer throughout. YSL produce many shades and colours which I why I suggest you go and find they best colour for you!
 
 
Bath Cosmetics Soap
 
These two soap bars from Bath Cosmetics are seriously heavenly. The dark pink on the left smells fruity and delicious and the multi coloured one on the right has a more perfumed fragrance. The plus sides of bar soaps, other than smelling nice, is that they literally last FOREVER! I have had the one on the left for over a year now and it still has hardly gone down, great buy and use of money!
 
 
LUSH| Mask of Magnaminty
 
I purchased this skin care product a little over 3 months ago and it has worked a treat. Usually I am too scared to try any other products than that I know on my skin as I have always had bad reactions because my skin is really sensitive, however I brought this. The thing that drew me to the product was the smell! My goodness! It smells fresh and minty, which is my favourite scent! Mint is also very good for skin and this thick mask really scrubs into pores, leaving your face feeling much softer and cleaner!
 
 
Daisy Dream| Marc Jacobs
 
Okay, so finally is the very famous and popular scent from Marc Jacobs. I received this perfume as a gift this Christmas and it has become my every day scent. It smells heavenly, fresh and fruity, the packaging is girly and delicate which totally suits my room d├ęcor! A fab scent for summer time!
 

Sunday, 3 May 2015

Dealing with Exam Stress


Hello there! This post is focussing on anyone who has upcoming exams, whether that may be GCSE's, ALevels or others, I hope these tips will help you like they helped me last year. Last year I did my GCSE exams, which in the UK are main end of high school exams which determine what you can go onto next, educational wise. 

1. Organise


One of the most important things in achieving your goals, whether it is that C or an A* is planning your time wisely. The reason why I stress this is because you need to have a balance. A balance of work, social life and your own time. For instance a month leading up to the exams I wrote out a time table for me to follow out of school hours. This time table focused on the most current exams and/ or the exams I found hardest like science and maths. However my time table also allows me time to spend with my friends and family, so I did not go insane and time for myself, whether it was a walk or reading a book. 

2. Note Taking

As I am sure many of your teachers will stress that it is important to take notes for later revision. However what I found whilst I was at high school was that they did not encourage me to find a method that suited me best. Whether you like a spider diagram, lists, post-it notes or flash card, USE IT. Use the method you find helpful as everyone is different. I personal found that flash cards and speaking about certain subject e.g.e World War 2 for History helped me remember the kept points. Using different coloured pens and highlighters to make it more interesting also.

3. Maintain your health

It is very easy to get caught up in revision and stress during this tough time, however the only way you can really achieve these exams is by maintaining your health. Eat a well- balanced diet with lots of fruit and veg to keep energy levels up and drink lots of water to keep you from dozing off in lesson! Also sleep is really crucial, I would suggest to go to sleep around about 10 pm, that way you should get enough time for waking up at 7am or whatever time in the morning for you to function. If you have trouble sleeping then reading, writing a diary or even taking herbal tablets help.

4. Good Hobbies

I found that doing hobbies each week helped me greatly as it kept my anxiety down as well as stress. My hobbies include baking, I LOVE to bake, whether it's a cake or a pudding, it was a de-stresser for me. I also kept a diary to write all my emotions down when things got too much. One thing I would deeply suggest doing the night before an exam, before you go to sleep, is Yoga. Yoga is a great way of building your inner core as well as relaxing you. I had trouble sleeping, so by doing 20 minutes of Yoga each night really relaxed me whilst keeping fit. 

Lastly, Good luck with your exams, stay calm, cool and collected :)

-Amy