Saturday, 30 April 2016

My Revision Routine | A Collaboration With Sophie Jane



Hello Everyone!
Yes, I am still alive! I feel so bad for not having posted in over two weeks! What?!
I've just been having a little break from blogging, and getting motivated with revision for my exams that are really soon! - help me!

So, after being up to my eyeballs with revision, and a new collaboration with Sophie due, what better way than to make this months post all about Revision!
Head on over to Sophie Jane to get some amazing tips on how to deal with the stress of revising and exams! I decided that I wanted to give you an idea of how I like to revise, and a few tips along the way!

Tidy Room, Tidy Mind
First things first, I have to tidy my bedroom! After refusing to wake up early, and being in a huge rush every morning, my bedroom tends to look like a bomb has hit it. Everyday I have to brace myself before walking in and seeing the damage. Today it wasn't too bad, I just made my bed, put away any makeup and hair products from that morning, and made a move on my desk.


Don't Revise On An Empty Stomach
I find it really difficult to absorb any information on an empty stomach. So I make myself a little snack. I usually go for something simple, like a few pieces of fruit to munch on. I did try the 'treat yourself to a chocolate bar every time you complete a task' tip. But because of my complete and utter lack of will power, I spent my revision time focused on finishing all of the chocolate in one go... I'd say that that tip failed. But you never know, maybe it will work for you!

Water! Most of the time I fill my big water bottle up, so i don't need to go making hundreds of trips downstairs to refill a little glass. Drinking water and staying hydrated, I find, keeps me a lot more alert and awake while i revise.


Turn On Your Music
Personally, I like to revise whilst listening to some music. It may not be your forte (pun intended), and I know that some people find it extremely distracting, but maybe some music without lyrics may help you out? For those of you that, like me, can revise to music, I really recommend the Revision Ballads playlist on spotify! Especially if you're studying any love related English material - it really gets me in the right mindset for it.


Revision Tips
Lets get on to how I actually revise!
I think that the most important thing is to stay organised. Make a revision timetable, and stick to it! Only make one that you know you will stick to! You know yourself, and if you know you (wow, great sentence, aha) won't be motivated to do loads, don't fill your entire weekend with maths revision. Fill it with enough sessions to learn, but don't go over the top! I recommend GetRevising, to make a good timetable!

English - if you're like me, and have to learn loads of quotes because you have a closed book exam, I find making little revision cards really helpful! Write the quote of one side, and the analysis on the other. Take them with you everywhere you go, whip them out whenever you have a spare minute, and test yourself!

Math - we are always told in school, that past papers and practise questions are the answer to your prayers! Don't spend forever making note cards, and then not putting them into practise. My advice would be to go through a few past papers, and see which questions you got wrong, and then use your resources (books, teachers, google, ect) to improve!

That's all for today, I will see you soon! Make sure to go and check out Sophie's post over on her blog! Our next collab, I believe is on Until next time,


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Saturday, 9 April 2016

Mac Lipstick Wishlist | The Nudes



Hello lovely!

If you know me, it is no secret that I love Mac lipsticks! So, today I thought I would share a little wishlist for you, of all of the nude lipsticks I hope to collect! And, I mean, if any of my friends out there want to buy me one, you now have a whole list! (Im only slighty kidding haha)  Just go all out and pull a Jake on me (the cutest boyfriend ever who surprised his girlfriend with all of the mac lipsticks she wanted! I shared his vlog with all of my friends, because of his cuteness! I will link it HERE if you want to go see! )

I wasn't too sure how to present this post, whether or not to do a whole paragraph about each. I think I will just give you all of the finish and colour details instead, as there is only so much you can say about lipsticks you have never tried!



I know some of these look very similar, but they have different finishes, and as a result appear different on the lips!

Blankety
Finish: Amplified Creme
Colour: Soft pink beige
Brave
Finish: Satin 
Colour: Pink-beige with white pearl 
Mehr
Colour: Dirty blue pink
Finish: Matte
Honeylove
Colour: Light beige tones with rose
Finish: Matte 
Spirit
Colour: Muted pinky-beige brown
Finish: Satin
Taupe
Colour: Muted reddish-taupe brown
Finish: Matte



If you have tried any of these colours, I'd love to see what you think in the comments, and any others that you recommend! Until next time,


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Wednesday, 6 April 2016

The Mortal Instruments: City of Fallen Angels (#4) | Book Talk


Hello everyone!
Today I am writing a book talk about the next book in the mortal instruments series! I reviewed the previous book, City of Glass, last week, which is linked, so go check that out! I finished this about an hour ago, so everything is fresh in my mind and I'm read to rant! I know that my book talks are always so long, so I'll just get on with it! Please don't read this if you haven't read it, I'd hate for you to be spoiled!!



*WARNING - This is book 4 so is jam packed with spoilers for the others!*





City of Fallen Angels  ★ ★ ★ ★

The Mortal War is over, and sixteen-year-old Clary Fray is back home in New York, excited about all the possibilities before her. She’s training to become a Shadowhunter and to use her unique power. Her mother is getting married to the love of her life. Downworlders and Shadowhunters are at peace at last. And—most importantly of all—she can finally call Jace her boyfriend. But nothing comes without a price.
Someone is murdering Shadowhunters, provoking tensions between Downworlders and Shadowhunters that could lead to a second, bloody war. Clary’s best friend, Simon, can’t help her—his mother just found out that he’s a vampire, and now he’s homeless. When Jace begins to pull away from her without explaining why, Clary is forced to delve into the heart of a mystery whose solution reveals her worst nightmare: she herself has set in motion a terrible chain of events that could lead to her losing everything she loves. Even Jace.


I didn't give this book as many stars as City of Glass, because I personally enjoyed the COG better. I also think that this book is more of a set up for the next two, whilst COG was the finale of the first two!

I think I will just jump straight into all of my favourite parts and thought about this book!

This novel begins from Simon's point of view, and I feel that he gets a lot more 'air-time' in this book, he's more of a key character of to the plot, and has a lot more involvement. I personally, like everyone, love Simon. He is such a fun and witty character, and really adds to the series!

So before the start of this book, Clary has decided that she wants to become a Shadowhunter. A fully trained, bad-ass of a Shadowhunter. However, she's a little late to the party. Yes, she has always been a shadowhunter by blood, and will always be one, but she hasn't lived like these people for her entire life. That's why I really enjoyed that she was getting trained to fight, and not just being able to, like protagonists in other books. She wants to know ho1 to protect herself, and I really like that!

However, Simon just wants to go back to a life as normal as possible, you know, despite being a vampire. He even joins up with his band again. When Kyle walked in - and I know this sound like I'm making it up - but I knew exactly who he was! Well, saying that, at first, and this is really weird, I thought he was Sebastian - that he had somehow disguised how he looked, like they can in the TV show. But then when he said his name was Kyle, it rang a bell, and I immediately thought that he was Maia's ex, who I couldn't remember the name of, so I figured it must have been Kyle. After Simon has moved in, and Jace told Simon that he was living with a werewolf, that's when I knew exactly, and had to pat myself on the back.

So Clary and Jace have made up (again, god what is wrong with these people?!), and are making out. When Jace goes to unclasp her bra, he decides to ruin the moment by cutting Clary's arm open with a knife! Talk about killing the mood haha. But, I hate to admit, that this was good news. It made Jace have no choice but to share what was going on with Clary, and for them to finally get him some help... but, 'help' isn't really what he got in the end.

The shopping scene - I thought it was hilarious. I love how Cassandra can write these intense fight scenes and battles, and just as easily switch, and write an everyday scene that seems so normal for us, but not so much to them. I think it also gave more background to the world and characters, because when do you ever see them go to town to do the food shopping? Never! One of my favourite parts during the shopping scene, when two girls stagger up to Jace, and the conversation afterwards:
“So what was that all about?"
"I think," Jace said, "that she asked if she could touch my mango."
"She said that?"
Jace shrugged. "Yeah, then she gave me her number.”

Cassandra Clare has a way to her writing that I just really love! How, even though the characters may be avoiding each other, they both find trouble, but everything still connects. Simon and the mark of Cain. Clary and the Church of Talto. Jocelyn and the dead baby. They were in different places, with different people, but it all tied together. 


The ending of this book was so jam-packed with action! I really enjoyed learning about Lilith, and how she was Adams first wife, before God cast her out and replaced her with Eve. Lilith was killed by Simon jumping in the way of her whip, which was aimed at Clary. And bearing the mark of Cain, Lilith was killed. I liked it, but I thought it all happened too fast. She's the mother of all demons, you would think she would have died in a more brutal and slow way. I know that that makes me sound like a right pessimist, aha, it just didn't sit very well with me.


I had a very bad feeling at the end. I knew that when Clary left something was going to happen. Yes, okay I may have thought Jace was going to jump of the building and kill himself - but, kudos to me for thinking something bad would happen, even if I was completely wrong. And, well, it did. To say the least. I honestly just wish with my whole heart that Sebastian could just die, and stay dead! Like, come on man. 


I honestly don't have any idea what will happen in the next book! Obviously, they will discover that Jace is no longer Jace. I don't know how the whole merge thing works, if Jace's soul goes into Sebastian, or if they each take a part of one another, but I'm excited either way!

That's all for today, I will be back soon with another review! Until next time,


Monday, 4 April 2016

Spring


Hello everyone!
 I realise I haven't written a short post in a while! So today I thought I would get you into the spring mood, as its now April and officially spring, with a pretty collage! So I took to pintrest (only forced a little by Sophie, aha) and made my spring-spiration board (ehh? I'm all about that pun life).
I think it took me about an hour to get all of the photos in the right place (none of these photos are mine!), and to actually find some software to make a collage, but I really like how it turned out!

I love spring, the flowers are blooming, the nights are brighter, pastel colours are everywhere you look! Overall I think its an amazing time to achieve all of our goals!
What are you looking forward to this spring? What are your goals? Until next time,


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