Wednesday, 31 December 2014

Let's Reflect: 2014

Hey everyone! Can you believe it's 31st December 2014 already?! It honestly doesn't seem that long since 2014 was beginning and now I'm in my last year of sixth form which is absolutely crazy and quite emotional. I know 2015 is going to be the biggest changing year yet, so I'm quite nervous for that, but before it comes, I thought it would be a good idea to inject some positivity back into my mind and reflect on 2014 before it slips away.

2014, overall for me has been quite a mixture of emotions. I've had ups and downs but ultimately, I feel as though there have been some proud moments for myself as a person this year.

Although I've struggled in parts, I've seen developments in some parts of my strength, I've been gradually pushing myself that bit further whenever I can, remembering Zoe Sugg's "Say Yes" motto.

This year, I completed a week of work experience alongside Ian Payne, from ITV. I had previously had the opportunity of this last year, but chickened out, mainly because I felt anxious of the fact it was the unknown. A year later, the same opportunity of work experience came up again. My mum was encouraging me to go to this one and as it cost money to do and she'd already paid for it, I felt as though I had to really make the most of it and definitely go. There were many things I was worried about, for example getting lost, not being able to leave if I felt anxious, embarrassing myself and general unfamiliarity and the unknown of what we were doing or what any of the people we would meet would be like, especially as there would be pupils from other schools there and media industry experts. I didn't want to leave a bad impression on them. Especially as a lot of it was being filmed, it put me under more pressure to not look like I was looking anxious during the whole experience!

There were parts where I had a few struggle moments, but I can look back on the week with positive feedback, although I did almost break the North East BBC news set... let's not talk about that ;)
I even managed to give two short completely unscripted interviews, which I never thought I would do, at the beginning of the week!
I got so many opportunities that were basically a once in a lifetime chance. I got a tour of the BBC North East building, around St James' Park, Northumbria University and more activities. I also got to meet some amazing people from the media industry and discover more about how they got where they are today. It was a hugely beneficial week in my opinion.

Looking back, I can't quite believe I managed to do it, as in 2013 I hadn't been able to, it was definitely a boost knowing I managed to get through it with just a few stress/panic moments and that I can still look back on the week with a smile on my face. I have to say, thank you to my friend who was with me during the week, I definitely felt a lot comfortable knowing I had someone with me. It was in some ways a struggle in parts, but if I think back to it, I ultimately have great memories of it, which is the main thing!

I also volunteered to help younger students in my school with their literacy skills, which was an amazing opportunity and the children I worked with were all so lovely and I'm so happy I did it, I was gutted when the 6 week sessions ended. The teacher who I assisted was so kind, I was at ease the whole time.
I can honestly say, Rosie was one of the inspirations of me doing this work, as I've learnt a lot from her about how important it is to consider how different people learn best and taking care with pupils who have any learning issues and I wanted to help people improve their own skills so they could feel proud of themselves as the weeks went on. I was so proud to watch their progression. And it made me smile so much when they recognised me and got excited to see me in the school corridor, it was a very rewarding role. I'm quite happy that I went along and did it, as I was nervous about how I'd be perceived by them, as there are some quite big personalities in the lower years of my school, but I thoroughly enjoyed it!

Quite possibly the biggest highlight of my year was Tuesday 9th September 2014. That day was honestly one of the most surreal days of my life!
It is the day of The Saturdays Greatest Hits tour! I was lucky enough to meet Mollie which was absolutely incredible, I can't thank Chloe enough for being sweet enough to call Mollie over and take the photo for me.
I met new people and I also got to see Emily, Bradley, Hannah and Cat, which was so lovely. I can't thank you guys enough for being so nice and I'm so happy I got to see yous, it was amazing! And during the concert, I also managed to get a Frankie wave, which made the day even more surreal. It was my favourite day and I had an amazing positive mindset for weeks afterwards, which was a huge achievement for me. I'm prone to being a negative thinker, but following that amazing day, I was on top of the world and for a little while my anxiety was drifting from me (it resurfaced eventually, unfortunately but let's skip that). The fact that I actually went through such a positive phase, made me feel so so happy. That whole day changed a lot of my thinking and made me realise that you really just don't know what the future holds and that amazing things will happen!

I also had my first ever interview, for a university this year! Although it didn't really feel much like an interview in the end, the fact I did it and got through it without too much damage was something which I felt very proud of myself for doing. I actually have good memories of the two days, which is something I never expected to say!

I'd just like to give a massive shoutout to Emily, Caroline, Bradley, Rosie who have been absolutely amazing to me this year, thank you all so much! You've made me feel so happy and been there for me in times of anxiety, and it just means so much that you are so lovely. Thank you so so much! Also big shout outs to Chloe and Sophie for basically helping me get my Mollie photo. I will always be grateful! Love you both! Let's continue this into 2015! And also btw I'm here for you all anytime, Xxxx

Thank you all for reading this, it will be a year since I launched my blog in February and I'm so thrilled that it's had as many views as it's had so far! It means a lot to me! I can't wait to continue the blog into 2015!
Hope you've had a very Merry Christmas and I wish you an amazing happy, healthy and successful 2015!

Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Zoella Beauty Review!

Hey everyone!

So I have a little review here, of three products from Zoella's Beauty Range.
I tried to be as unbiased as I could regarding these products, as yes I am a fan of Zoe's, but I would honestly love these products even if they weren't hers, mainly because of the scent (I'll get to that later)

So the products I'm reviewing are the Creamy Madly Dreamy Body Lotion, the Soak Opera Bath Soak and Shower Creme and the Blissful Mistful Body Mist.

So firstly, with the Body Lotion, the packaging is extremely cute in my opinion, and although I'd perhaps like a little bit more than 160ml, because I'm getting through it rather quickly, I do think it is a valid amount for the £5. I really really love the body lotion, I just find the scent so gorgeous. It has Vitamin E and Shea Butter to condition the skin, which I think can be hugely important for a body lotion. You want a product which will not only smell good, but will moisturise and condition the body. It has a really lovely consistency, it does take a little longer to be absorbed than other body lotions I've tried, but it doesn't mean I love it any less. I've seen a few reviews mentioning the scent being quite absent, but for me, that wasn't the case. It's not the boldest of scents admittedly, but it charms you with an indulging and calming fresh floral scent. The scent is the reason I've been using it so much, I just can't get enough of it! It's definitely going to be purchased again by me.

The Soak Opera is an absolute bargain for the actual amount you get, 490ml is an absolute bargain! You can either use it as a bubble bath or as a shower gel which I think is excellent, as it can appeal to everybody! The formula of the soak is a bit of a gel like substance which lathers very easily and has the scent mentioned in the body lotion. I think it is an absolute bargain of a product and leaves me feeling very refreshed, the scent is my favourite part of the product. It is easy to get it out of the bottle, just a little squeeze enables you to have as much product as you would like, which I think it great! The overall design of the bottle is so cute and I particularly like the pale pink girly colours used on all of the beauty range.

The Blissful Mistful is the final product I'm reviewing, and you get 45ml for £8, which I think is a bit pricey, but it is a very sensational mist in my opinion. After reading some of the reviews that said it didn't have much staying power, I wasn't expecting too much from it. But for me, the staying power was excellent! It stayed with me much longer than I had expected it to, with it being a body mist, although it had gone on my clothes and perhaps stayed longer for that reason, it still stayed strong for some hours! It has the same luxurious scent as the bath soak and the body lotion, which thrilled me as I am obsessed with that scent. It's a relatively light spray, but I can definitely notice it and it refreshes me.

The products mentioned can be purchased at Superdrug for £5, £5 and £8.

To conclude, I will definitely re-purchase these again as I adore the scent and they are great pampering products, not too pricey and not too cheap looking. I'm a huge fan of them.

Thank you for reading this post and I will talk to you very soon!

Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

Thursday, 11 December 2014

Christmas Tag!

Hey everyone!

So I'm sorry this is a little later than planned, I have a very, very, busy December this year as I'm facing mock exams, coursework deadlines and also university stuff is also happening right now and on top of that I have two Secret Santa's and everyone I need to buy presents for Christmas, and I've not even written my own Christmas list yet, yes I know Christmas is literally 2 weeks away. I've literally had no time! Oops...

So as it is the festive season, I've rummaged around the Internet for the best Christmas Tag Questions and I'm going to answer some now so here goes!!!

1. When do you first start getting excited about Christmas? Well, my birthday is in November, so basically after my birthday I get really into Christmas, but I do start thinking about it in like October/November time.

2. Do you still have advent calendars? Indeed I do!!! You just can't not have one!!

3. What are your favourite Christmas films? I've actually not seen as many Christmas films as I probably should have... oops! Some I do love however are Nativity, The Grinch, The Snowman, The First Snow of Winter, Home Alone, Frozen (i know it's not a Christmas film exactly, but it's a winter film yeaaa)

4. What are your favourite Christmas songs? This is quite possibly one of the hardest questions you could ask me! I have so many!! Some of them are I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday, Merry Christmas Everybody, Merry Christmas Everyone, Fairytale of New York, Baby Please Come Home, Step Into Christmas, In Dulci Jubilo, Stop The Cavalry, 8 Days of Christmas, I Believe In Father Christmas, All I Want For Christmas Is You, Rudolph The Red Nosed Reindeer (Destiny's Child Version), Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree, We Three Kings (Aly & AJ version) & omg there's loads more but yeah

5. Do you have any Christmas traditions? Erm, well I normally get a selection box, they are shrinking every year but I just have to have one, oh and I normally listen to at least one of my CD's that I get for Christmas before dinner. It's been 1D the past 3 years haha!

6. What do you eat for Christmas Day? Well I'm not gunna lie here, everything... except sprouts!

7. How good are you at wrapping presents on a scale of 1-10? Hmmm I'd say about 4 or maybe 5. I can be better, but I'm definitely not a 10 yet hahaha!

8. What is your favourite thing about Christmas? I love the fact it's a super cheery holiday and everything is sparkly and glittery and gold and silver and the food is legit amazing and everybody's really happy and you just get to celebrate and love life with all your loved ones and I just think it's a really really important holiday!

9. What is the best Christmas present you've ever received? One Christmas, I got a Nintendo DS and once I'd opened everything, my dad surprised me with a laptop and it was honestly the most amazing thing ever, it was so unexpected. That was a pretty awesome Christmas!

10. Real or fake Christmas tree? We have a fake one but it would be interesting to have a real one, maybe one year! :D

11. If you could only buy one present this year for someone, who would it be? I would struggle!! Either my mum or my best friend, my mum's had a bit of a tricky year healthwise and my best friend deserves to be presented with an amazing pressie!

12. Do you open your presents Christmas Eve or Christmas morning? Christmas morning!!

13. What do you like to do on Christmas break? I like to just chill out and watch loads of movies and reflect on the year and just make myself as happy as I can haha! I also sleep a lot hahahaha!

14. PJ's or dress up on Christmas Day? I dress up on Christmas Day, then PJ's for a lot of the holidays hahaha!

15. Favourite Christmas smell? We have a Christmas plug in air freshener which always reminds me of Christmas, but tbh, nothing smells more amazing than Christmas Dinner!

So I hope you all enjoyed this post, please comment below with your answers, will be fun to read!!
I shall try to write another blog post very soon!! Thank you all so much for reading!!

Claire xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx