25 April 2016

My Everyday School Makeup

Even though I'm in my last year of high school and I have quite a lot of free lessons on my timetable, I still find myself in school for what feels like 24/7. Sometimes I don't really bother with makeup, or maybe I'll just use a small bit of concealer and powder. On the days I do wear makeup, it is still kept to a minimum, but I thought I'd share with you what I throw onto my face most days.

Eye Cream - Superdrug Vitamin E Nourishing Eye Cream
I tend to get dry patches underneath my eyes and so I never skip applying eye cream if I'm going to be wearing makeup that day.

I was suing a Soap and Glory Moisturiser but I switched to this. It has SPF 15 which is good considering the sun has been making an appearance more. It also has a beauty favourite ingredient, of glycerin.

I was using The Body Shop primer but I switched to this as it was a new release and I wanted something that would mateify the more oilier areas of my face.

Foundation - Smashbox Camera Ready BB Water 
I struggle to find my perfect foundation but for now this does the job. I'd say it's a light coverage but can be build-able, it also feels very lightweight on my skin and contains SPF 30.

The first concealer I use underneath my eyes as it's nice and lightweight. The second concealer I use on any spots I want to cover.

I was using the Rimmel Stay Matte powder but I really wanted to try this. I think it does a great job of matifying my face but without the powder look. 

I'm obsessed with this palette, the shades are all so beautiful and I kind of just use a mixture of all of them to bronze my face and to add a blush colour. I really want to try the coral version of this palette.

I use the highlight shade from this kit as it is not too glittery, it gives a nice sheen to the face and there's never any risk of over applying it. I use highlight as it makes me look more awake and fresh.

Brows - NYC Kohl Eyebrow/ Eyliner
I bought this so long ago, my eyebrows are very full and so I just use this on the very sparse areas.

I can never use just one mascara on it's own. These are both new purchases and my first time using them, I love the combination of these both together.

This lip balm last for so long and is so moisturing.

Lipgloss - Soap and Glory Sexy Mother Pucker 'Rose & Shine'
If I do feel like applying anything else to my lips it's usually lip gloss, something quite natural and pink in colour.

Have you used any of these products? Are there any other makeup products I should incorporate into my daily routine?

- Summer xo

12 April 2016

How I Prepare For Exams & Revision Tips

I'm currently studying in my final year of high school and with less than three months left I'll be finished for good (finally) but it's quite scary how fast the exams have crept around.

Throughout the whole exam period I believe staying organised is key and I know almost every blogger says how they love being organised and have a big love for stationary and you're probably sick of seeing these types of posts but personally I can't get enough of them. I can never jump straight into revision without planning ahead first. At this point I have finally figured out what revision styles work best for me and so I wanted to share my tips on how I cope with the exam period.

1. TIMETABLE/SCHEDULE: Be sure to gather all the dates of your exams and note these down on a calendar and even your phone. Use apps or planners to map out what subjects you need to revise, what topics and when you can revise.

2. BREAKS: Your brain can only handle so much so taking breaks helps give your brain a slight recharge. I usually like to revise for an hour at each time with 10 - 15 minute breaks in between. In this time I will fuel up, watch some YouTube videos or even have a quick power nap (just make sure it doesn't turn into anything longer). Also it's useful to take a break away from your revision space, have a walk and maybe even interact with other humans.

3. SLEEP: I never think it's a good idea to do all nighters. Your brain needs the rest. I know I can never concentrate past 9pm and so this is where I end my days revision. Try to get a minimum of 6-8 hours sleep each night and sleep at sensible hours too. That way you'll be able to have early starts and feel refreshed ready for the next day.

4. FUEL YOUR BRAIN: I always make sure I have water by me at all times as I find that it keeps me more awake and refreshed. I also think that having a good breakfast can help loads too and can lead you to start your day of right. During your revision breaks, take the time to have a snack, preferably something healthy such as fruit, cereal bars or even smoothies.

5. HOW I LIKE TO REVISE/REVISION TECHNIQUES: Firstly, I like to gather the syllabus for each subject, often my teachers will provide me with these or they can be found online. I then like to use my class notes and textbooks to make a more condensed version of notes. I have a file for each subject in which I keep all my notes, I find that it's easier to move things around or add things if you put notes in a file. I obviously use lots of highlighters to highlight key points. I then use these notes to constantly draw out mind maps with condensed information, flash cards with definitions or dates or even just memorizing them para fashion (this worked better for GCSE where there wasn't as much information to learn). An important tip I've learnt is to go through as many past papers as you can and keep going over and over them. Usually similar question are repeated each year and the hardest part for me is applying my knowledge into and exam style question. Past papers can be found on your exam boards websites.

6. FINALLY: It's okay if you want to take a full day off from revision. It's healthy for your mind to take some time off, socialise and have fun or just have a lazy day binge watching your favourite TV show (at the moment mines Made in Chelsea). It doesn't always have to be revision, revision, revision. As long as you've balanced your time correctly, there's no harm in taking time of for yourself. I know the exam period can seem very daunting, it can drag at times and there will be days where all you want to do is stay in bed. However, I think it's so worthwhile putting some time and effort in the first time. Maybe set yourself a goal or plan something that you can look forward to after your exams have finished.

I hope you've found this post useful, do you have any more tips? Also, good luck for the rest of the school year if you're still in school!

- Summer xo

4 April 2016

A Berry Tasty Smoothie Recipe

(that title pun though)

For over a year I have been obsessed with smoothies, although I haven't made many recently, I used to have one just about every single day last summer. They're so delicious, refreshing and filling. I find that it's an easy way to pack in your 5 a day as it seems a lot easier to have fruit or veg in a drink form instead. I usually switch between making a berry smoothie or a green smoothie (let me know if you'd like a recipe for this). I used to always use fresh fruit but it's much easier having frozen fruit too as it lasts a lot longer. You can obviously adapt this to suit your taste and you all probably know the endless health benefits of the ingredients so I wont go through that. I normally have a smoothie for breakfast or I take it to school and I even drink it as an after gym snack. This particular blender that I use is the Breville Blend Active and comes at a great affordable price. 

What you'll need:

A blender
1 Banana
A handful of muesli/ oats
A handful of frozen berries
A handful of frozen mango & pineapple
Juice of 1 lemon or lime
Water/ Coconut water

Throw everything into the blender, blend away and you're done. Easy!

Let me know what your favourite smoothie recipe is!

- Summer xo