Saturday, 25 April 2015

Accepting Me

Hi, so this week's secret blogger project is called 'Accepting Me' I think that being yourself and having confidence is one of the most important things today. There are too many pressures in this world for girls to have a 'perfect' figure, but the thing is that there is no 'perfect figure' because everyone is perfect.

I want to tell you about my struggle with self confidence and how I have started to over come it. The thing is I've always had a problem with comparing myself to others and never feeling good enough for anyone else. I look in the mirror and I point out everything 'wrong' with me. I could never see anything nice. But then I realised, with the help of my best friend, that I am worth something and I have started to do things I never dreamt of. I've stopped caring as much if I embarrass my self, I'll just laugh it off. I joined NCS and made new friends, I started trying harder in drama and not caring if people laugh or judge me.

Although I have made a few changes, it's doesn't mean that I see myself any better and I always worry that people will just laugh at me behind my back. But I think it's important for teenagers today to hear about this. 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities like cutting,bullying,smoking, drinking, or disordered eating compared to the 25% with high self esteem, this needs to change. We live in a society where we can't be ourselves as we are scared of judgement and bullying and we no longer feel like we are good enough for ourselves or others.

Young people today need encouraged to stop pointing out the bad things that they see in the mirror but notice all of the good things, the things you like about yourself. We need to start doing more of what we enjoy and less of what we feel pressured into doing. If  you feel happy doing something you should do it, we need to stop doing things to make other people happy. The most important person in this world to you, is you and you always come first.  Who cares if the girl in your year thinks your "weird" because you know that's not true. Anyway, being "Normal" is boring.

So, no I may not be the best at singing or dancing, or the best at English and History, but I am the best at being me, and no-one can take that away from me.

I thought I would end this post with some quotes, because cute life quotes play a big part in my life. They make me realise that I am perfect.( Sorry about how messy they are, I have the curse of being left handed)

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post. Leave a comment telling me what you love about yourself.

Until Next Time, Katie x

This post is part of a little blogger series I'm taking part in called the "secret blogger project 2015" run by teen bloggers Emily , Rebekka and Charlotte. About 30 of us will be writing twice a week on selected little lifestyle topics and you can also go onto the twitter and instagram hashtag "#secretbp2015" to have a little chat and view everyone's posts. If you would like to join or know more (we'd love to have you!)  Instagram dm @theperks0fbeingemily or if you don't have instagram, send a quick email to! xxx

Wednesday, 22 April 2015

This or That Tag

Hi, So my lovely friend Dalal indirectly tagged me to do this. You can check her post out HERE, I hope you enjoy reading this.

High-end or drugstore?
I don't own any high end beauty products, and considering I am only 15 i would much rather save my money than spend it on expensive make-up, but that might change in the future.

Straight or curly hair?
I like curly hair, because with my hair being extremely thick it doesn't stay straight for long. I think curly hair also goes well with braids, which is what I usually like to wear in my hair.

Summer or winter?
I really like summer, because its warm and my birthday is in August, but I also love winter because I love wearing jeans and Jumpers and being wrapped up warm. But I'd probably say summer.

Tea or coffee?
I hate coffee so I have to pick tea, even though I would prefer hot chocolate. 

Late night or early morning?
I always wake up really early and I get really tired on a night so I cant really stay up that late. So i suppose an Early Morning.

TV or Youtube?
If you know me well, you would know this is such a difficult question for me. I spend most of my free time either on Youtube or watching TV. I think I'll have to pick Youtube because there is so much to watch and you never get bored.

North or South?
North, I live in the North East of England, so north all of the way. 

Heels or flats?
Flats, I cant walk in heels and I'd rather be comfortable to be honest.

Night in or night out?
Night in, I'm not the going out type of person, I would much rather prefer sitting in my Pyjamas watching a film and drinking a hot chocolate.

Save or spend?
I've always been quite a good saver until recently. I think the fact that I have a job and I know that i will be getting more money each week means that I don't really care as much about spending.

I tag all of you reading this, to do this tag. I hope you enjoyed reading this.

Until Next Time, Katie xx

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Pick Me Ups

This post is part of a little blogger series I'm taking part in called the "secret blogger project 2015" run by teen bloggers Emily , Rebekka and Charlotte. About 30 of us will be writing twice a week on selected little lifestyle topics and you can also go onto the twitter and instagram hashtag "#secretbp2015" to have a little chat and view everyone's posts. If you would like to join or know more (we'd love to have you!)  Instagram dm @theperks0fbeingemily or if you don't have instagram, send a quick email to! xxx

Hi, so this Month the topic for the secret blogger project is Learning To Love yourself, which we all think is very important. This weeks post, as you can probably tell by the title is Pick Me Ups, so I am going to share my favourite things to do when I am feeling down. I hope you enjoy.

Read a Book 
I've been getting back into reading at the minute as I find it very relaxing in a time with a lot of exam stress. I have just finished reading Paper Towns, and i am going to start reading Looking For Alaska. 

Pamper Yourself
This is something that I don't do enough, get out your favourite lush bath bomb and have a relaxing bath.There is nothing nicer than sitting and relaxing in a bath.You could also paint your nails and have a night where you don't think about anything else which is worrying you.

Watch A Film
Watching films is one of my favourite things to do, I love soppy, predictable romantic ones. My favourite films to watch are The Perks Of Being a Wall Flower and The Fault In Our Stars.

Baking is one of my favourite things to do with my sister. I find it extremely relaxing and at the end of it you end up with something to eat. Where is the downside in that? You can check out my Easter baking in my "A Day In The Life Of Me"

Watch Youtube
I probably spend an unhealthy amount of time watching youtube but I find that it is the best way to put me in a better mood. Whether you are watching your favourite youtuber, random make-up hauls or How Animals Eat there food, it will all help to relax. But be careful when clicking on related videos, you may end up on the weird side of YouTube.

Make a Playlist of You Favourite Songs
I love finding or making playlists with all of my favourite songs. You can just listen or completely rock out in your bedroom singing along as hard as you can, either way it will put you in a better mood. 

Find a New Blog
I'm forever looking for new blogs to read, so go out and find one  and read all of their posts. I really enjoy reading other people's blogs.

Look at Cute Quotes
I do this too often but finding cute quotes that can relate to your life often puts you in a really good mood. I am going to leave you with a few to think about at the end of this post.

Thank you for reading. What do you do to make yourself happy?

Until Next Time, Katie x

Friday, 10 April 2015

Meeting Alfie

Hi, sorry this post is late, I just wanted to tell you about yesterday, 09/04/15, the day I met Alfie Deyes. Hope you enjoy.

So Alfie cam to Gateshead with his book signing, which was quite unexpected as no one comes up here. So me and my sister bought tickets.

This morning we arrived 1.5 hours earlier so that we were quite near the front. I went in an my hands were shaking, which is why the photos aren't the best. When it got up to my turn he asked how I was and smiled, it was quite surreal. We weren't allowed to take selfies, or anything, but it was one of the best days ever.

I hope you enjoyed this quick little post. Have you met any famous people?

Until Next Time, Katie x

Sunday, 5 April 2015

My Top 5 Drugstore Nude(ish) Lipsticks

Hi, so today I wanted to talk to you about my favourite nude(ish) lipsticks. I put the (ish) there because a lot of them are quite pinky and I dont know whether they are classed as nude. Im sorry about a few of the lip swatches,  i didn't have time to re-do them. I hope you enjoy reading...

Rimmel Moisture Renew- 360 Fancy  (BUY IT HERE)
I actually really love the packaging of this lipstick, it is a very new purchase and I have been loving it so far.  It has a pinky purpely sort of colour but I still class it as a nude. It is quite shimmery and i think that looks nice on my lips.
MUA Matte Lipstick- Fawn Fancy (BUY IT HERE)
This is a brown toned nude which I have been wearing a lot recently, especially for school. It is a matte formula and I love the way that it looks on my lips, the only downside is that it doesn't last very long and I have to re-apply it a lot, but
overall a really good nude.

Sorry this picture is a bit blurry

MUA Lipstick- Shade 6 (BUY IT HERE)
This is quite a pinky shade and may not be that nude. But i wear it for school and it isn't noticed which is why i am mentioning it. It is quite shimmery and like the other MUA lisptick you have to re-apply quite frequently.

Avon Lipstick -Pout 
As you can tell by the image this is a very well loved lipstick of mine. I think it may be discontinued which is why I have started using it less. It is quite a baby pink toned nude and I used to wear it for school everyday for like 2 years which is why there is only a tiny stub left. I thought I had to mention it because for a long time it was the only lipstick that I ever wore.

Avon Sultry Lip Pencil- Naturally Naked (BUY IT HERE)

This is also quite a fairly new purchase I wanted something new to wear for school. This quite a dark pinky browny nude shade. This one isn't shimmery at all and is a nice formula for a lip crayon thing. 

Thanks for reading, What is your favourite nude lipstick?

Until Next Time, Katie x

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Revision Tips Collab

Hi, so as you probably have noticed I have been spending a lot of time revising over the past few weeks and with my GCSEs coming up in around a month I thought I would share one of my revision techniques. This is part of a collab involving some of my closest blogging friends, after reading my post please go and check their's out.

1) Make A revision Timetable
In order for you to stay organised and focused you should make a revision timetable saying when you are going to revise and what you are going to do. Make sure you give yourself lots of breaks. I like to work for 25 Minutes and have a 5 minute break and after finishing revising the subject I am doing I give myself a 10 minute break. This is because your brain only works at its best for a certain amount of time and after that it becomes increasingly harder to stay focused. I also advise to split your revision sessions into different subjects as it will make it more interesting and you are dreading it less. For example after revising 1 hour of history I like to revise 1 hour of maths because I enjoy maths a lot more so I am focused to finish my history revision.

2) Use Quizlet

Quizlet is a website and a free a where you can make your own revision cards. You can also search for sets of cards that other people have made. I find this extremely useful for my languages subjects and also learning dates in history. It has fun games which help you learn everything and it is a different way to revise. I also find, with having quizlet on my phone,before I go to sleep at night I can test myself on something that I have revised during the day. They do say that revising before you go to sleep makes you remember things better.

3) Use Mind Maps
Normally I hate mindmaps and I dont know why, however I find this is a great way to start your revision. I sit down with all of my revision guides and exercise books on the topic and make a mind map with all of the key facts that you need to know. I like to use different colours as I think I might be a visual/read and write learner. This condenses a lot of information into smaller easier to digest chunks making it easier to learn.

4) Use Revision Cards
After making my mind maps I like to then condense my information down again onto smaller not cards. I include all of the key facts
that I need. After making my revision cards I either get someone in my family to help or I do it by myself and I test myself. I feel like this is an easy way to revise.

5) Practice Exam Questions
Its all good and well knowing all of the information but you need to be able to use that information to answer questions like the ones you will get in the exam. This will also help with your exam technique and time management. Do some questions and mark them. If you get things wrong then make sure you go back over that section. Then a few weeks later do all of the questions that you got wrong again and see whether you improve.

6) Give Yourself Treats
Although revision is extremely important, especially for GCSE and A level, you need to always make sure that you leave time for yourself and treat yourself. This can be as simple as when you finish doing a certain topic you allow yourself to watch youtube for 20 minutes or you can have a day off and go shopping and just relax.

7) Stay well Hydrated
This is important during your revision, always try to be healthy with snacks as well, you want to be eating fruit and vegetables. Also fun fact coffee is not bad drink to have whilst revising, because it keeps you awake, and peanut butter is actually quite healthy and can keep you full for quite a long time.

8) Try not to worry
Although it can be extremely hard to not worry about failing your exams, but you can only do your best and if you put al your effort in that is what counts. In the grand scheme of things it isn't that important so just try to relax and enjoy being a teenage. Bill Gates failed some of his exams, look where he is now.

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Thanks for reading, do you have any other revision tips?

Until Next Time- Katie x