UPDATED EVERYDAY MAKEUP ROUTINE

The last time I did an everyday makeup routine was quite a while ago so I thought it'd be an idea to do an updated one. I don't do that much as quite frankly I can't be bothered - who has time in the mornings to do a complex routine? Certainly not me!


Firstly, I prime my face with the Body Shop Tea Tree Mattifier, I can get really oily skin, especially during summer and at school so this helps to keep some of that shine at bay, plus it's tea tree so supposedly helps with the terrible skin I'm having at the moment.

I then use my Maybelline Brow Drama to slick through my brows to keep them in place all day. I can't be bothered to do anything major to my brows so this just keeps them in place and ensures they don't look too unruly.

I then just line my eyes with my Soap & Glory Supercat Eyeliner - I love this eyeliner as it's super black and lasts all day. I don't do any flick as I can't do winged eyeliner to save my life and due to the shape of my eyes, you can never see it anyway.

I then slick on a bit of mascara using the Maybelline Lash Sensational; I love this mascara, it's my absolute favourite. It makes my lashes black whilst also adding length and volume.

I then use the Seventeen Stay Time Concealer underneath my eyes initially and then go back over that with the Mac Select Moisture Cover Concealer. This combination completely covers my under-eye circles and doesn't crease. I then use my Seventeen concealer over any spots or blemishes as my Mac one has a slightly orangey/ yellow undertone.

I then use an MUA blush (similar) and highlighter on my cheekbones to add some colour to my cheeks as I can look very pale. 

Finally, I powder with my Rimmel Stay Matte powder and slick on some lipstick. This will either be the L'Oreal Infallible Sexy Balm in Go Pretty or Go Home or my NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Abu Dhabi which I am loving!

That it what I put on my face everyday, let me know what you use on a daily basis!

Lusting After: Kanken Backpacks

For some strange reason, I have been completely obsessing over these backpacks, I'm not exactly sure why, but I love them. They have such a simple design yet I'm still completely in love with them. If someone would just like to lend me around £60 that'd be fab or if they would like to buy me one in fog grey, that'd be even better.

I love the kind of style they have and at the moment I seem to be spending ages on Pinterest looking at them and how people style them. I'll just let the bags do the talking...



Lusting After: Kanken Backpacks



Let me know if you love them as much as me!

HOW TO SURVIVE GCSE'S

For me, my GCSE's are over and there are definitely some things that I learnt that helped when exams did start. I had a grand total of 20 exams which was rather a lot so following these tips definitely helped reduce the workload and stress.



1. Start early
I know you are probably bored to tears with hearing this but seriously, do. It makes such a difference, the earlier you start the more prepared you are and the more time you have to go over things you don't understand. It also equals less stress for you and you will feel more confident in your exams. However, starting years in advance is equally useless as you're likely to forget what you've done. They advice starting around Christmas time, but I'd stay start introducing revision from about February half term.

2. Little and Often
Revising for 7 hours straight does you no good. Short, sharp bursts are the way forward, supposedly your maximum working time is your age plus 10, so for me 26 minutes. By revising for a shorter amount of time means you work harder to get what you want done and you remain more focused on revision - it really does work.

3. Put the Phone Away
This is something many people can struggle with but, just put it in a draw - you're not going to miss anything that important in 30 mins. I know it can be tempting to check it quickly to see if you've missed out on anything but it's not worth it. Wait till you have a break, or better still wait until the summer when you can spend all day everyday on your phone - now is not the time!

4. Take a Break
Similar to short sharp bursts, taking a break is equally as important to give your brain a chance to digest the information you've just processed. However, don't take your breaks every 10 mins and don't make them really long as you will lose interest. I tended to listen to 2 songs every time I had a break as it broke up the quietness of revising and gave me a chance to move about and feel refreshed.

5. Know how You Study
Again, this is incredibly important to know. Do you learn best by making things bright and colourful? If you don't, don't waste your time doing it. It won't help you. If you learn best by listening then record yourself saying facts. There are many different ways to revise, find the best one for you.

Hopefully these tips will help you get started when it comes to exams, they can be an incredibly stressful time but don't have to be if you are prepared! If I'm honest, exams were defintley not as stressful as people make out, that could be down to these tips so I suggest you try and follow some of them! Good luck!

Tash