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My Top 6 Beauty Tips

I was inspired by Lauren Victoria a fellow blogger (that you should totally be following) to write about some beauty tips that I follow. She did a post called 10 Beauty Tips I Swear By and I enjoyed it so much that I thought I would share some of mine too! I have only been into makeup and beauty for about three years but in those three years I have experienced the good, the bad and the ugly. If you know me, you know my glow up was REAL. I definitely had an awkward phase haha and leading up to my love for beauty I have experimented tons.

I've made mistakes, I've been in denial of some of those mistakes, but I've also found what suits me and what needs to be a part of my beauty routine. So without further ado, here are my top 6 beauty tips.

1: Drinks Lots of Water!!

You're probably giving the dirtiest look right now but I'm telling you, its so important. Its one of the most cliché pieces of advice but will always be relevant. Water makes EVERYTHING better. Your skin, hair, body, mind. EVERYTHING. When I don't drink enough water in the day I definitely notice the effects. I feel more tired, my skin is so much more dry etc. Water is key. SO DRINK IT!

2: Wash your Face at least Twice a day

I know the feeling of not wanting to get out of bed when you go to fall asleep and realise you still have your makeup on. I know the feeling of being too exhausted to do anything let alone your skin care routine but YOU MUST cleanse your skin. Not cleansing your skin or taking off your makeup can lead to acne and build up of bacteria. Make sure to wash your face every morning because you actually sweat in your sleep and even resting on your pillow for 6+ hours will cause a build up of germs. At night, I know it is tempting just to grab a makeup wipe and be done but makeup wipes actually only take off dirt/makeup from the surface of your skin and you need to go deeper. Try to attempt cleansing your skin every night, even if you don't do any other part of your skin care routine.

3: Do your tail first

One of my favourite parts of doing my makeup are my brows. I have been experimenting LOTS when it comes to brows over the years. Shape, colour, products, you name it. I have found one tip I will ALWAYS live by. Outline your brows as you usually would, but when it comes to filling them in, start at the tail. By doing the ends of your brows first, you're left with only a small amount of product left on the brush. This makes feathering out the front and making hair-like strokes so much easier and it looks so much more natural. I don't remember where I found this technique or when but all I know is that ever since I have been doing it, my brow game has got so much stronger!

4: Use Foundation to carve the brows

Another brow trick I have is to use foundation to carve them out. Most people use a light concealer to carve out their brows but I'm not a huge fan of the highlighted look. It often just looks way too harsh and unblended. I only really carve out my brows if I have a full face of makeup on but when I do, I like to use the foundation that I am using that day. That way my brows look neat and clean but don't look too much. If you struggle with brows, definitely give this a go.

5: Highlight in circular motions

This is more of a recent technique that I have picked up but I know I'll definitely stick with it. I used to apply my highlighter straight onto my cheekbones in an up down sort of C shape but after a while, I noticed that it looked really harsh and unblended so I decided to try a new technique. I pick up the highlighter on my brush but instead of sweeping up and down, I start just above the apples of my cheeks and I use circle motions in a C shape. It looks so much more skin-like and blended. I have even been getting more compliments on my highlight since doing it, so clearly its working out.


This is one of those tips that I think is super important and kind of essential. Make sure you let your skin breathe. Not only from makeup, but skin care products too. By applying too many products on your skin and often, you can clog your pores. Have days where you wear no makeup or as little products as possible. I used to do a full face of makeup just to wear in my house all day (still guilty of this sometimes) but now I prefer just to wear moisturiser when I'm chilling at home. Even as I write this, I only have moisturiser on. I have had makeup on all week so today is my day to let my skin breathe. Let it replenish and heal itself after a week or few days.

What are your top beauty tips?

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

October Academic Goals

This post is coming a bit late considering its the second week of October already, which is quite frankly insane. We're getting so close to the end of the year now. My September goals went down pretty well in terms of interest so I thought I would carry on this series. It is now October so I'm going to share with you my goals for this month.

FYI: A few of my goals from September will also transfer to this month.

1) Make my Title Page and Contents for EPQ

I've finished my content and I now need to create my title page and contents page to go with it. This should not take too long as it is quite a simple task, but it does need to be completed.

2) Make sure my EPQ References are correct

I have made sure to reference my work throughout and I have my bibliography, however I need to make sure that they're accurate and laid out well.

3) Start History Coursework

I've chosen my topic and question and I've been researching for 2 weeks but now I want to have finished researching and start an introduction. By taking it step by step, I won't overdo anything and maintain somewhat a balance with everything else I have to do.

4) Start my flashcards

I honestly would have started it from day one except in my area, no shops seem to have any stock but I'm going to go back to ASDA next Friday to see if they have some now and once I get some, I'll start making my flashcards. It will save me so much time if I start now and I can start to learn content this half term

So these are my goals for this month. Hopefully I can complete them. I did really well in September so fingers crossed!

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

My Current Makeup Routine (Drugstore Edition)

As most of you all know, I love makeup! I enjoy doing it in the morning or before I go out. I don't wear makeup every single day, however when I do, I like to stick to a very similar look. In my opinion it is very simple and quite fresh faced.

I always do my makeup in the same order every time I do it. I guess I've just got into the habit of it.

The first thing I always ensure to do is moisturise my face. I use the Nivea Daily Essentials Regenerating Night Cream. I don't tend to use too much as it is quite a thick formula. I use it in the morning and at night as it really works well with my skin.

Straight after, I apply primer. The primer I am currently using is the Barry M Flawless Original primer. It smooths out my skin and creates a nice barrier between my skin and the makeup. It is matifying, which I feel helps my makeup to stay on longer, claims to minimise pores. I'm not a huge fan of this primer however I tend to go through primers and then change it up once its empty.

While I let the primer settle into my skin, I fill in my eyebrows with the Collection eyebrow kit. I always use the middle shade as it is perfect for my hair colour and skin tone. I use a sturdy angled brush to shape and fill them in. I use the Freedom brow pomade to outline my brow and sharpen the end if I want a bolder brow. Then I set it with the collection clear mascara. Sometimes I carve them out with the foundation I am using that day.
For foundation I am currently using the LA Girl Pro HD foundation. It's a fairly good match for my skin tone and has medium coverage. It adds a really natural glow to my skin without looking oily. It is my favourite foundation from the drugstore. I tend to either go for a sponge over a brush with this foundation as it blends in with my skin rather than sitting on top.

To conceal and highlight I like to mix it up between Maybelline age rewind concealer in nude for a natural look, Collection lasting perfection concealer in the shade 3 or NYX HD in warm beige for a more intense highlighted look. These concealers have great coverage and are super easy to blend, although the NYX concealer definitely feels heavier on the skin.

To set all the liquids I use the Coty Airspun Loose powder in Extra Coverage Translucent if I'm baking and I use Rimmel Stay Matte to dust across my face to keep everything in place.

To Bronze I use the Wet n' Wild Mega Glow Contouring Duo. The bronzer is super warm toned, which is perfect for warming up my skin. For my contour I use the E.L.F Contouring Blush & Bronzing Powder. I never use the blush as it doesn't have much pigment however I enjoy using the bronzer. It has some shimmer however it does not show on the skin.

For highlighter and I use either the Sleek Cleopatra's kiss highlighter palette or Maybelline Master Chrome in Molten Gold. Highlight is my absolute favourite part of my routine and I'm absolutely addicted to the glowy life. I highlight my cheek bones and nose.

My favourite mascara is the Maybelline Lash Sensational. It creates some volume and makes my lashes dark. The only other thing I wish it did was add length but no mascara I've ever tried has been able to do that quite yet. I hear the new L'Oréal one is good, so I may give that a go.

My favourite lip product currently is NYX lip lingerie in Ruffle trim. It's the perfect coral nude for my skin tone and has an amazing formula. It doesn't make my lips feel dry and doesn't transfer at all. I'm running out now and definitely need to pick up a new one.

So that is my makeup routine. I hope you were enlightened. It really isn't anything special.

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

My After School Routine

Sixth form has completely turned my life upside down and I've only been back for 2 weeks. If you knew the workload and deadlines that I'm currently facing, my goodness! Since this is my life currently, I thought it would only be appropriate to give you a glimpse of it. Today I am going to share with you my after school routine.

The first thing that happens after sixth form is that I get the bus home. Sometimes I walk down to the bus stop and literally watch it drive away before I get to the door which is so frustrating. I have to wait another 10 minutes for the next one, with heavy bags (which includes my backpack and the ones under my eyes).

Once I get home, I say hi to my family, ask about their day and then change into more comfy clothes. At our sixth form we wear formal/business wear so I prefer not to stay in them when I'm at home. I usually wear leggings and a t-shirt or pyjamas.

I'm usually super hungry when I get home because I haven't eaten since lunch, so I get a snack and chill for about half an hour before doing some more work. I prefer to have a break before going straight into more work when I've just come back from sixth form.

Before I get into the work, I actually need to know what I'm doing so I always review my school planner or to do list for the week and decide on what to do. I may do several things or if I have something big due like EPQ or coursework, I'll just do that for a couple hours.
I make sure to do any homework I've been set first before my own revision or further reading. Most the time I end up having no time to do my own revision because of deadlines.

Sometimes I like to do some reading because it allows me to do something for myself that has nothing to do with my sixth form. I may do this before dinner or before bed, it depends on how I'm feeling that day.

Whilst I'm reading or working, I get called down for dinner. I sit and have dinner with my family. This is my time to actually socialise with my siblings as I'm always occupied with work in my room.

At the end of the day I Iron my clothes for sixth form ready for the next day. It takes the pressure off me in the morning and gives me more time in the morning. Sometimes I make my lunch too. If its something that takes more time to make or prepare, then I do it in the evening, otherwise if its something like a ham sandwich, I do it in the morning.

The rest of my evening usually consists of winding down and being relaxed. I take my makeup off, braid my hair (I always sleep in braids) and watch YouTube or do something to relax and take my mind off school.

So that is my after school routine. I hope you enjoyed hearing about it.

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

September Academic Goals

I started back at sixth form on Monday and it's super crazy to me that this time next year I'll be getting ready to move out and go to university. Year 12 was a bit of a rollercoaster (in positive and negative ways) but it has also taught me a lot. The mistakes I made, I've learnt from and I'm ready for a good year.

Today I thought I'd tell you my goals for this academic month . Goals keep us focused and striving so I wanted to make sure I know exactly what I am aiming for. I thought I could make this into some sort of series because not only does it help me to visually see my aspirations but it can also be interesting for you guys to read.

1) Keep on top of workload

I've only been back at school for a week and we've already been given a bunch of deadlines to meet this term. I want to make sure that I keep on top of everything as much as possible. I definitely need to get back into the swing of things as I've been feeling super tired after school and my pace when working after school has been a lot slower because of it.

2) Finalise my personal statement

Our personal statements are all due to be finished and uploaded to UCAS by the end of this month and I want to make sure that it is done. I've been back and fourth with my mentor getting improvements and feedback. I can't wait until it finally gets the complete stamp of approval and I can upload it.

3) Finish my first draft for English coursework

My first piece is due in October so I want to get my first draft some what finished by the end of this month. I've created a plan and its just a case of putting it into action.

4) Adapt to my EPQ

I finished the overall draft of my EPQ last year, however I need to make some improvements and start my presentation this term. Our complete deadline is the end of term one, so I don't have much time. I want to start the improvements as soon as I can.

5) Create my UCAS account

We haven't created our accounts yet as there is certain information we are waiting to receive, however this month my account will be all ready and set up for the year.

6) Buy a Planner

Last year we were given planners by our sixth form and it came in much better use than the one that I bought, so I didn't buy one this year, thinking we would get another from our sixth form. However we won't be receiving one this year, so I need to purchase one ASAP.

So those are my goals for September. Hopefully I can be successful. Do you have any goals for the month?

I hope you enjoyed reading.

Thanks for reading,

Have a great day x

US Makeup Haul

I'm back!! I got back from my holiday 2 days ago and I've been so tired and trying to get used to the regualat time zone but I still wanted to write for you guys. 

Today I'm doing a US makeup haul. This is all drugstore products. I did go to Sephora (which was magical by the way) but ended up deciding not to get anything, however I went to Target and Walgreens and found a few little drugstore gems that are so hyped up on YouTube anf by beauty bloggers that I had to get them. In total I think I spent $41 on all the products. Enjoy! 

Coty Airspun Loose Powder

If you've read my US beauty wishlist, you will know that this product was actually featured in that post. I've been wanting to get my hands on this for sooo long and I finally did! I did spend more than I should have but I wanted it so bad that I just got it anyway. It usually retails for about $7 but I paid 
$9! I got it from the walgreens right next to my hotel, which was probably a mistake. The prices of pretty much everything in there was higher than usual since its such a torristy area, so the prices were bunked up. I've been told that walgreens is one of the most expensive drugstores too but I'm glad it was in stock.
I havent had chance to use it yet but I opened it and it smells INCREDIBLE. It smells really fresh and has a cute little poof inside. Definitely excited to try it out.

Rimmel Stay Matte Pressed Powder (Translucent)

This was also on my wishlist. I managed to pick up the Rimmel stay matte powder for $4 at Target. I got it in translucent as all the other shades are way too light for me, and I've hit pan BAD on my current pressed powder. I have used this once already but it was for an evening out and I only wore it for a few hours so I'll have to give it a proper test when I wear it all day.

Wet N' Wild MegaGlo Contouring Palette (Caramel Toffee)

This wasn't on my wishlist, however after hearing Amy Macedo on YouTube rave about it and use it in her tutorials, I thought I'd give it a go. I mainly got it for the banana shade as I don't own a yellow toned powder and she seems to love this one. Although she isn't my shade, they had more than one shade available so I went for Caramel Toffee.Again, I haven't tried this yet but I can't wait to give it a go. From swatching it, first impressions is that its very silky feeling but also powdery. I don't know if they're all like this or if I got a bad one but its sooo hard to open. I broke a nail trying to get it open and everytime I open it, I have to use the back of my tweezers to push it up. 

Maybelline Master Chrome Metallic Highlighter (Molten Gold 100)

I am a highlighter enthusiast. Ask anyone who knows me and they'll tell you. I like to glow, its just my thing. When I saw this highlighter in Target I just had to get it. It looks STUNNING and I couldn't pass by without it going straight in my basket. I kid you not, when I swatched it in my hotel room, I was gobsmacked. I can already tell that this is going to be my new go to. The formula is INCREDIBLE and it looks gorgeous. I have tried this and its insane. I tried it on a no makeup makeup day and it looks so stunning. It goes on like glitter but seconds later just transforms into this dewy, wet looking beauty. Its actually crazy how good this is. I only paid $7.99 for it but I would totally spend $17.99. Its basically a high end product with a drugstore price. YOU NEED IT IN YOUR LIFE.

ELF Makeup Mist & Set (Clear)

I put this in my wishlist post because I've never tried setting spray before and didn't want to spend a crazy amount of money before knowing if I even like using one. I've heard some fairly decent reviews on this one which was only $3 so I decided to try it. I've only used it once but again, I only had it on for a few hours so I can't say much. What I will say though is that i'm not a fan of the actual spray bottle. It comes out really harsh and makes your face super wet and I had to use a beauty sponge to pat it in.

NYX HD Studio Photogenic Concealer (Biege) 

I ended up purchasing this concealer because I've heard great reviews on it and it was super inexpensive. It was like $4 which is incredible, especially when its NYX. I got it in the shade biege which will be the perfect highlight shade for my normal skin tone, however I am SUPER tan and bronze right now so I won't be able to try it until I go back to normal. Hopefully it works for me as I've heard great things about nyx face products. 

Victoria's Secret Liquid Colour (Femme) 

Finally, I picked up this liquid lipstick from the bowls they keep near the cashiers in Victoria's Secret. I was shopping in there with my mum and they had a bunch of liquid lipsticks in heaps of colours for only $5! I saw this colour in particular and really liked it. I have worn this and its really nice. It doesn't dry down matte like I thought it would, its very glossy but I like glosses regardless. The pigmentation is great and it feels and smells really nice.I will definitely get some wear out of this. 

So those are the products I got in America! I hope you enjoyed this kind of haul.

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

What's In My Travel Makeup Bag

Hey guys! As you guys should know from my previous posts, I'm currently in the states on holiday with my family. Whilst I've been here I have been trying to find time to write and publish a blog post for you guys. With doing a bunch of activities and the time here being 5 hours behind the UK, it has been pretty difficult but today we had a pool and resort day since its our final day in this particular villa before heading to a hotel for week 2, so I sat down and decided to write this for you guys! 

I wondered what was appropriate to  write about and then finally decided to show you guys whats in my travel makeup bag! Since I did one for my hand luggage, why not show my makeup bag too?

My makeup on holiday is very different to on an everyday basis. I prefer to wear minimal as its easier to catch an even tan and its way too hot to wear a full face, ESPECIALLY here in Florida *breathes heavily* 

I still like to bring options for evening times and for the gram of course, so without further ado, here is my makeup bag! 

I definitely want to buy a bigger makeup bag for holidays as I've had to bring 3 in order to fit every product AND tools/brushes I want (Hint to anyone struggling to find me a birthday present).

I'm going to do this in order of how I would do my makeup. The first things I have are primers. I have a matifying primer by Barry M for the day time as its smoothing, lightweight and keeps away the oils in this blumin hot weather! I also have an illuminating primer by seventeen for the evening or when I want a more glowy base. I like to have the option and having combination skin makes it a whole lot easier to choose.

I also have my collection eyebrow kit that I use everytime I wear makeup. Whether I'm wearing a full face or nothing, I ALWAYS have to do my brows. I have literally no brows naturally so sometimes I do my brows and I'm out the door. 

I brought my LA Girl foundation with me for when I'm taking pictures or going to dinner. I don't wear foundation in the day time just because its extremely hot and can get uncomfortable when out in the sun. 

It was a bit more difficult when it came to choosing one concealer to bring as I do have a few in my collection. In the end I decided on the collection lasting perfection as it feels lightweight but it has great coverage and can be used to highlight and carve out my brows if needed. 

For powder I brought the collection loose powder (can you tell I quite like collection?) to set my foundation or concealer and also bake if I want my makeup to last through the evening time (which I haven't done yet). 

For contour I brought my LA contour kit as its travel size. I'm not a huge fan of this product but its all I have at the moment since I completely hit pan on my other kit and its near enough gone. I'm hoping to buy a new one whilst i'm out here though. I don't really tend to contour on holiday but I do like to bronze up my skin which this is ok for. 
I also brought my LA pro conceal in toast to cream contour. I find that cream products last longer so I choose to cream bronze/contour with this more so than the powder. 

For highlight (again was a difficult choice), I decided to bring my sleek cleopatra's kiss palette. The colours will match me even when I'm tan so it was the safest way to go. 

For my eyes I brought a small eyeshadow palette that has 5 shimmer shades that I can just sweep over the lid. These shadows are actually SUPER pigmented and the palette is travel friendly. I haven't used it yet but its there if I want some colour. 
I also brought my Maybelline lash sensational waterproof mascara. I prefer to use waterproof in hot conditions as it lasts longer and doesn't smudge if I'm sweating. 

Although I'm still struggling to apply lashes, I brought three different pairs with me. I brought some from eyelure, superdrug and kiss. 

For lips I brought some vaseline to hydrate my lips because I have very dry lips. I brought a red lipstick for the evening time and 2 nude lipliners which are actually from Primark and they're so good! Aswell as that I brought my Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker lipgloss.

So that is what I brought on holiday with me! I hope you enjoyed reading. 

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

What's In My Hand Luggage

As I write this, I'm at the airport waiting to board my flight with my family! Super exciting. In the past I have done a what's in my school bag and thought it would be cool to do a hand luggage version. I find these sort of posts super interesting (maybe I'm just nosy) and I know that some of you guys do too.

This is my hand luggage bag. Do not judge me! I know it isn't the most mature bag for an almost 18 year old however it's very practical and such a decent size so I'll continue to use it until I purchase a much more mature bag.

The first thing that is in my hand luggage is a book. I love to read but I haven't read in so long. Last time I read back in June, which for me is a very long time. I started reading Me After You as soon as I finished my book about mid June but never continued reading it for some reason. I'm only on chapter 3 so I want to read further on the plane and during my holiday. I read books fairly quickly so I should come home after my holiday with the book finished.

The next thing in my hand luggage is my camera. I'm bringing my camera with me to take a bunch of pictures and stuff and I don't want to damage it by keeping it in my suitcase, since the workers like to throw the bags around carefree sometimes. Along with the camera I'm keeping the charger in the bag too, obviously to charge it when the battery runs low.

Similarly, I have my phone charger (and phone of course) with me in the bag too.

I definitely want to listen to music and watch movies on the plane since it will be a total of 13 hours travel. That means I'll need my earphones! These are essential on long flights.

Sometimes when I'm not reading, watching movies, listening to music or sleeping, I like to write. That is why also in my bag is a notebook and some pens. I like to write notes, make lists of things I want to buy on holiday, write a story etc. I really enjoy writing.

Another important thing that I keep in my hand luggage is my purse. I like to keep both British money and whatever else (in this case dollars) in my purse. I bring pounds for the airport and dollars of course for when I'm on holiday.

To freshen up and stuff, I like to have with me some perfume or body spray. I'm travelling for hours like I said so I keep some sort of fragrance in my hand luggage to freshen up. With that I also have hand cream in case my skin gets dry and some sun screen too.

I'm keeping my eye cream with me just in case my under eyes get super dry on the plane.

I'm bringing my nail polish colour with me in case it needs another coat on top or starts to chip.

I carry hand sanitizer EVERYWHERE with me because you never know when you're going to need it the most.

So that is everything I am keeping in my hand luggage. I hope it was somewhat interesting. 

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

A Day In My LIfe: Day Before Holiday Edition

Eeek! So I'm going to Florida tomorrow! My flight is early in the morning and I'm so hype right now. I've been thinking about doing this post on and off and finally decided to do it. I wanted to share with you a day in my life but before I go on holiday. My family and I like to travel as much as possible and it has become a huge part of my life and who I am. The day before any holiday or trip is always super busy for my family and I and I thought it would make a good blog post. Today I did a bunch of tasks and I wanted to show you what I got up to! So here we goooo!

I actually woke up at about 11am this morning. I was super tired and thought I'd have a lie in. The time difference is 5 hours behind in Florida too so I'll probably feel tired, so may as well get as much sleep as possible now. 

I went downstairs and did my usual morning routine which includes having breakfast, watching YouTube videos and talking to my brothers. We were getting really excited for the holiday and having normal sibling chats. 
Then I went and had a shower and got ready. You know, the usual.

I picked out a super casual, lounge around outfit for the day as I knew it was a busy one and didn't feel the need to get all dressed up.

I made myself some lunch so I was energised for the rest of the afternoon. I know super noodles aren't the best for you but they're quick to make. 

Straight after lunch at about 2:40pm I went upstairs to clean my room. I'm away for 2 weeks and its nice to come back to a clean and neat bedroom. I cleaned the shelves, vacuumed the carpet, folded some of my clothes, cleaned my mirror etc. 

After neatening up my bedroom I washed some of the makeup brushes that I am bringing on holiday with me and then left them by the open window to dry. 

I finished all this by about 4pm and relaxed for half an hour before packing the final few bits in my suitcase. 

At about 6pm I did some pre-writing for this blog so that when I'm at the theme parks having fun, all I have to do is sit down for 5 minutes to publish it. I'll definitely be writing out there too but it helps to have some ready to go.

At about 6:45pm I packed my hand luggage. Hopefully a what's in my hand luggage post will go up tomorrow so look out for that.

And then at 7:20pm I repainted my nails. Why not have a fresh coat of polish before your holiday, right? At the moment I've been loving white. Primark actually do really great nail polish for only 90p! The nail polish I used was called Marshmallow and I used their 2 in 1 Top and Base coat too.

For the rest of the day I just had dinner once my mum got home and watched TV with my family. I'm going to bed early as we have to be up by 3am.

I hope you enjoyed this post! I enjoyed sharing my day with you. This one has been a lot more chilled in comparison to other holiday prep days.
If you want to see a Day In My Life: On Holiday Edition. Then I can do that one of the days I am there!

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

Sixth Form Advice (Year 12 Edition)

So, I've had a few requests to do a blog post on starting A-levels. It seems like some of you guys are quite nervous, so I'm here to put you at ease (or at least try to). So I am answering the questions that you guys want being answered, I asked you guys to message me questions that you have and I also have some things of my own that I wanted to mention.

We'll start with your questions first.

1) Is the difference between GCSE and A-levels really as high as everyone says?

YES! I knew it would be difficult but honestly I didn't get what everyone meant when they told me that A-levels were a huge jump from GCSE. Now I understand. You can go from being an A* student to getting U's if you don't put in the work. Its not like GCSEs where you're completely spoon fed information and sometimes can ace an exam with no revision. If you don't study, you will fail. That being said, if you work hard you can do it. Don't fall into the trap of thinking work load will be small because you're going from 12 subjects to 3/4. The workload is actually far larger even with only three subjects. This brings me on nicely to the next question.

2) How do you manage your time effectively and stay on top of work?

My biggest tip I have for you is to start revising from the beginning. Make your flashcards and posters from the start of the year. I did that to begin with but stopped around Christmas time (what an idiot) and let me tell you, I got STRESSED. After every lesson, make sure you go over everything and understand all the content because during the exam period, teachers don't have time to be teaching you things over and over again. Keep everything organised into binders or folders and divide them into each topic so during exam season you already have the resources to study from. I wish I knew this sooner.

In terms of managing time, make sure you have a planner/agenda. I wrote EVERYTHING in mine. Even little things. When you're busy it is so easy to forget things so make sure to write it down and always look at your planner everyday because I once forgot to look at mine for a week and realised I had a presentation due the next day that I hadn't even started. I ended up having to do it in my free and completely winged the speakers notes to go with the slideshow. So check your planner! Also, use your frees. I'm working in pretty much most of my free periods. Do homework so you get a bit more time to yourself at home, do some revision, go through class notes. Really use your free time effectively. Its so tempting just to nap on the sofa (guilty of that) but honestly, using your free periods will make a huge difference to your stress levels and even your final grade. To be honest I could do an entire post on time management and work load, so I'm going to leave it here before it gets too long.

3) How long did it take you to get used to sixth form?

I got used to sixth form life very quickly. Mentally I still couldn't process that I wasn't a high school student anymore. It felt strange to tell people I left school, but actually getting used to sixth form wasn't difficult. I guess for me it was mainly because I already knew most people as I stayed at my school's sixth form. Everyone's experience is different but I was fine.

4) How did you avoid getting stressed?

You literally can't. Stress follows you when you're at sixth form. You think you're done with all the work for the evening and then remember another one you didn't write down. You think you're done with work in your free and go to relax but your mentor screams EPQ. Stress is real in sixth form. I thought year 11 was intense but man. The good thing is that I've learnt how to handle it now. I've kind of figured out how to minimise it as much as I can. My advice would be to remember that grades aren't everything and to take it one step at a time. Its very easy to see your long list of tasks to do and want to crawl in a hole. Break the list down and do everything in chunks. Don't feel like you need to do 10 things all at once. Sit down and plan. Its all about organisation really.

So those were the questions you guys wanted me to answer and now I'm going to answer some that I think are important that weren't asked.

5) How do you make new friends at sixth form?

Now, like I said I went to my school's sixth form so I knew pretty much everybody, however there are external members that I was first getting to know. When you're in secondary school, you make so many friends that become your best friends and it can be hard to make new ones after being with the same people for 5 years. Making new friends can be difficult but it really doesn't have to be. My advice on making new friends is to talk about your summer, prom or sixth form. These are all good ice breakers and conversation starters. If you did NCS you can tell everybody about your experience, you could talk about prom or even share your thoughts about what you think sixth form will be like. These sort of conversations really break the ice and will hopefully lead you into a beautiful friendship.

6) Do you get a lot of support when it comes to the work?

You get support from teachers and mentors where it is needed. You'll never be left completely alone, especially if you're learning something new. However you are expected and going to have to do your own work and research outside of lessons and school hours. That might be simple things like reading textbooks and watching documentaries. They won't spoon feed you all the information that you need like back in school. They'll sort of be like the backbone. They'll provide you with a foundation but you have to build upon it.

7) Is it all work or do you have fun at sixth form?

No. Sixth form is not just all about work. It may seem that way but you actually do have fun. You get to go on trips and do fun things too. I went to London for the day with my politics class to visit parliament and then we spent a couple hours on oxford street shopping, we went ice skating during the Christmas season, we the £5 challenge where we were each given a fiver and had to turn that into a profit. Sixth form isn't all work and stress. So look forward to it!

My final advice to you is to get involved. When it comes to year 13 you can really show yourself off and put all you've done on your personal statement and mention them at interviews for universities and apprenticeships. I was a mentor for younger students, I helped out at school discos and school events etc. All these things that you may not want to do at the time will really pay off so say yes to opportunities.

If you're starting sixth form now or in the future, I hope this was helpful and answered some of your questions! Make the most of it because it will be gone in a blink.

Thanks for reading,
Have a great day x

LA Girl Pro Coverage HD Illuminating Foundation Review

Hey guys! Today I am coming at you with ANOTHER foundation review. This time I am reviewing the LA Girl Pro Coverage HD long wear Illuminating Liquid Foundation (longest name ever haha). I got this foundation about 2 weeks ago and spoiler alert...I'M OBSESSED. But you have to read the rest of this post to know why.

What I look for in a foundation:
  • Good Coverage (Medium-High)
  • Long Lasting
  • Satin/Dewy Finish
  • Light/Medium Texture
Foundation Claims: 
  • High Coverage 
  • Illuminating
  • Long wear

The shade I got in my foundation: Warm Biege 

Amount of product: 28ml 

The foundation claims pretty much match what I look for in a foundation, straight off the bat. I had my eye on it for a good few months before I purchased it. I decided to use up my L'oreal Lumi Magique before buying it. I saw this foundation being featured a lot on YouTube by beauty gurus and it looked so amazing on their skin that the more I saw it, the more I wanted it. I even watched a couple beauty gurus who compared it to the Makeup Forever HD foundation. 

The foundation claims to be long wear, and I've definitely noticed that it lasts. I expect it to be melted off by the evening and its still stuck on my face. It isn't the way it first looked obviously, but it is definitely there. I would say it lasts about 10 hours, which is pretty good in my opinion. I'm at school for about 7 hours and hopefully it will last throughout the day. I'm on summer break right now so we'll have to find out when I go back. It also claims to be illuminating, which I can say is 100% true. I love the finish of this foundation. It gives the skin a beautiful radiance and makes the skin look super healthy. For someone who has combination skin and can sometimes get a little dry, it is the perfect finish. Oily skin babes may not be too into it as its quite dewy but if you get a good matifying primer and setting powder, it may work for you. 

The coverage is really nice. With one coat is covers most of my blemishes and looks really smooth on the skin. Any areas that need more coverage, I just apply a bit  more as it doesn't cake up too easily or I'll use concealer. 

 When it is first applied, I can definitely tell that I have makeup on, however after  a few hours it feels super light weight and you kind of forget that you have foundation on. 

.  Extras: 
- It's affordable. 
- There is a fairly wide shade range available. 
- It has sleek packaging. 
-It has a pump

- The foundation has a strange smell to it. It kind of smells like weak paint.  
- It oxidises a little bit.
-It transfers quite easily (one thing I'm not too fond of about this foundation) 

Overall, I am really loving this foundation. It could potentially be my favourite drugstore foundation. I've only had it for 2 weeks so I'll have to give it a month for a final statement on that but it's looking good. 

Here are a few links to where you can purchase it:

Thanks for reading, 
Have a great day x 

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