Four Unconventional Ways to Revise

Hey guys!

Exam season is over for most – however lots of people continue to revise to keep subject content fresh for the following year.

I for one hate the idea of revising when I should be enjoying a summer off, which is why I have come up with 4 unconventional ways to revise that won’t bore you to tears.


Short Videos

10 minute videos are the perfect way to top up your subject knowledge without losing concentration. My favourite videos are on the Youtube channel Crash Course.

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Run by John Green (that mildly famous author), there are videos on pretty much every subject you could think of. The videos have fun graphics and short facts that keep you interested, as well as giving the key information.

Books

More specifically, Graphic Novels! Rather than battling through a thick textbook, a graphic novel will give you a shortened version with cool illustrations to go with it. It’s the perfect refresher for when you don’t feel like doing masses of study.

A quick google search of ‘your subject graphic novels’ will give you masses of results, and you can even get them in a library if you’re lucky!

OpenLearn

OpenLearn is an excellent online resource for when you want to do some more intense study. It is run by the online Open University, and offers course samples, printable resources, and TV programmes all for free!

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From what I understand you can also get a printable certificate of participation once you complete certain modules, which is always helpful for uni applications, job applications etc.

Documentaries and Films

Lastly, documentaries and films are an easy way to revise. Most of the time it doesn’t even feel like revision! The BBC has some great documentaries, and there’s loads more that are easy to search for on the internet.

Films are obviously not for every subject, but for subjects such as English Literature and History, they are a great resource.


Let me know if you think of any different ways to revise!

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Lexy

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The Devil Wears Prada – Book Review

Hey guys!

I was in the mood to read a chick-lit book for the summer, so I pulled this from my TBR and set to work. Read on for my thoughts!

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The Devil Wears Prada by Lauren Weisberger


Genre:

Chick-Lit, Contemporary

Plot:

Aspiring writer Andy Sachs lands a job as the assistant to Runway magazine’s notoriously cruel and cold editor, Miranda Priestly. Lost in a world of designer clothes and fashionistas, Andy is out of place.

To make matters worse, her boss sets her impossible tasks (‘get me a copy of the latest unpublished Harry Potter book!’) and makes her work late into the night, all whilst maintaining her signature demanding and demeaning nature.

Will Andy survive her year at Runway and make it to her dream job as writer?

What I Loved:

I devoured this book – I couldn’t put it down because I needed to know what horrific task Miranda would set next for Andy. Just when you thought things couldn’t get any more ridiculous, they escalated to a whole other level.

Andy was a completely relatable character, she had her awkward and unsure moments as well as a hilarious inner monologue. The demands of her job and her reactions to them were very believable, and she was someone everyone can relate to at some point in their life.

Characters aside, the whole book was incredibly entertaining. It had a fast pace (which I always love to see), and Weisberger has perfected the comedic style of writing. I found myself honestly rooting for Andy, I was getting angry alongside her as she got more and more frustrated with her job, and cheered her on as the book ended.

What I Didn’t Love:

As I said before I found the book as a whole fun to read, so I struggled for a criticism. Is this going to become a modern classic as an example of fine writing? No.

Weisberger repeated the line ‘a million girls would die for your/this job’ about a million times (maybe an exaggeration). However, this book was so entertaining and a perfect chick-lit that it doesn’t seem to matter.

Overall Thoughts:

If you’re looking for a fun, easy read by the side of the pool, definitely give this a go.

Rating: 4.5* /5


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Lexy

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Empties #3

Hey guys!

I’ve gathered up all my used products from the last month or two, and now it’s time for the third installment in my empties series! If you missed the previous one, you can read it here.


Amika Style Extending Spray

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I got this in my April Birchbox, and considering it was only a sample size it impressively  lasted me until June. I ended up using this as a heat protectant rather than for styling, as it honestly did very little for my hair.

Soap and Glory Face Mask

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I’ve had this for YEARS and I’m so glad I’ve finally finished it. This was a minty mask that did help to clean and refresh my face. However, I’m still confused about the ‘Mask & Peel’ aspect of this product, as it never once dried to a peel-able mask?

Makeup Revolution Concealer

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I did not get on well with this product. The formula is so hard to work with, as it dries the second you put it on so can’t be blended without making a smeary mess. It’s a shame that the formula is so bad, as the colour and pigmentation are good, especially for the price.

Imperial Leather Marshmallow Shower Cream

What’s not to love? It smelled incredible, lathered up well and was a pretty pastel shade of pink. It’s a yes from me.

Liz Earle Cleanse and Polish

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This was an excellent makeup remover, and I loved using the cleansing cloths that mine came with. It removed every inch of makeup, however it did leave a film over my eyes and left my skin a little dry.

Dove Deodorant

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I was not a fan of this. Because it was a moisturising cream, it refused to dry down! The only positive is it smelled nice, but I won’t be repurchasing.

Garnier Deodorant

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This was a big improvement on the previous deodorant. The can lasted for ages, and offered good protection against odour and stains.

Kiehl’s Lip Balm

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I have very mixed thoughts on this sample size. On the one hand, it worked wonders on my chapped lips and repaired them overnight. However, the smell was horrid (think blended green vegetables). The actual balm itself also split and turned to oil as I got to the end of the tube, even though it was way under the expiry.


Look out for the next empties post!

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Lexy

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Eat Pray Love – Book Review

Hey guys!

So we all know this one, the super huge bestseller and favourite of book clubs that became a pretty well-known film (which I have not seen). I went into this pretty blind, and left with so many mixed feelings! Never before have I felt so conflicted on what rating to give or even if I hated it, liked it, or loved it. This is also the first non-fiction I have read in a long time so I’m patting myself on the back for that one!

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Genre:

Non-Fiction, Memoir

Plot:

Elizabeth Gilbert has just come out of a messy divorce, and wants to finally have a sense of fulfillment in her life. She sets off on a year long journey to three destinations – Rome, in the pursuit of pleasure, India, in the pursuit of devotion, and Indonesia, in pursuit of balance.

This book takes the reader through the highs and lows of recovering from heartbreak, finding your passions and pleasures, and discovering how to connect to faith.

What I Loved:

I really liked the overall message of the book, which was that if you are unhappy, you need to pursue whatever it is you want in life, no matter what it takes (how profound was that?! I could have written this book). I think it’s always an important message that often gets forgotten.

Eat Pray Love has dragged me out of my reading slump ~yay~. If you read my last review, you will know the last two books I read disappointed me, so now I can read alllll the epic books.

The books is split into three parts, of the three different countries Elizabeth visits. My favourite by far was her description of her time spent in Italy. She describes places brilliantly, as well as having a sense of humour about it. I now want to go to Italy and eat all the pasta!

A large aspect of Gilbert’s trip is to find spiritual enlightenment, and to find out how to connect to God. I found this quite interesting, as I could understand the guilt and hardship that she felt at times coming to terms with faith and meditation in order to reach her religion.

What I Didn’t Love:

THE ENTIRE MIDDLE SECTION OF THIS BOOK. In the second part she visits India, where she spends her time in a temple learning a form of meditation that will help her reach God. That would be fine, if it didn’t read like extracts from a textbook.

It’s almost as though the book was written by two different people. For the most part of the book she writes about her travels, people and places etc. However some of it is almost a lecture on certain religions, mediation techniques, gurus, and quite a bit more. Maybe the author was trying to make it easier for the reader to understand what she was doing, but honestly if I was so interested I would have done further research myself.

I genuinely had to push myself through the middle portion of this book, similar to how Elizabeth pushed herself to continue her rigorous meditation (how symbolic). It’s never good to have to grit your teeth and carry on reading.

Overall Thoughts:

I will quickly say I was glad I pushed through, as the last third of the book was similar to the first and enjoyable to read. If there was no middle section this book would have easily rated at 4.5, but sadly it let it down.

Rating: 3.75* /5


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Lexy

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NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams Review – Makeup Collection #2

Hey guys!

Continuing on with my Makeup Collection series, I will be reviewing the NYX Soft Matte Lip Creams which I have in four different shades. I’ve had these for over 6 months now and have found every pro and con, so read on to hear my thoughts.


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Let’s start with the packaging, which I’m quite a fan of. I like that the colour of the tube matches the liquid lipstick (sorry, soft matte lip cream) inside. The tube is made of a sturdy plastic which has held up well in my makeup bag and cleans well. The same can’t be said for the matte black lid, which I cannot get clean to save my life.

The applicator is a standard fluffy doe foot which applies the colour easily enough. The formula of the SMLC is quite mousse-y, which makes it easy to glide on. I will say that the formula of 23 Berlin (the brown shade) seems somewhat drier than the rest, however it’s fine to work with.

As with most liquid lipsticks these dry down matte, and can therefore feel drying on the lips. I find that if you apply a lip balm beforehand it drastically cuts down the dry feeling. With one coat you get a nice smooth texture, however with any more it will start to crack, so I recommend sticking to the one.

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The pigmentation of these are to a pretty high standard. As you can see in the swatches they initially can go on quite streaky, but once you smooth it out with the applicator any streaks disappear and you are left with a strong colour.

As for lasting power, they wear pretty well. They aren’t 100% transfer proof, and will come off with eating and drinking. However, they do fade quite nicely so it’s never been a problem for me.

The SMLC also smell like buttercream icing. For someone who loves sweet smells like me it’s a dream, but I can understand that some of you will dislike it. The price point is very reasonable at £6 each (although I could have sworn I only paid £5/ £5.50 when I got them).

When comparing the quality of the product to the price, you really can’t go wrong. The SMLC have been a staple in my makeup routine for quite some time, and I love the formula and finish.

Rating: 4.25* /5


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Lexy

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The Black Cat Blue Sea Award

Hey guys!

Here is a tag for all you bookish people out there (also wins my personal award for best tag name). I was nominated for this award by the lovely Olga over at Olga’s Oddish Obsession. Her book reviews are on point so be sure to check out her blog!

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Rules

  1. Anybody nominated can nominate up to eight other bloggers
  2. The nominee answers three questions posted by the nominator
  3. The questions you ask while nominating can be any three questions
  4. If any of the questions asked are offensive or the nominee simply does not want to answer, the nominee does not have to answer them to earn the award.

Olga’s Questions

  1. Which book made you the angriest?

    Harry Potter and the Cursed Child. The storyline was contradictory to the whole Potter universe, the characters were horrible, and it was an unnecessary book that I will never count as part of the series.

  2. How do you choose what book you read next?

    I pick out of my TBR pile beside my bed, which usually contains between 3 – 10 books. I just choose whatever genre I feel most like reading (right now, it’s girly summer reads).

  3. What is your favourite book to film adaptation?

    Catching Fire. The way the arena was depicted was exactly how I had imagined it when reading the book, which was very satisfying. Plus I love Josh Hutcherson and Sam Claflin *fangirls*


I nominate

Geybie’s Book Blog

Reading with Rendz

Wonderful Words 101

Of Pens & Paper

I love all of these blogs and definitely recommend you check them out! To my nominees – don’t feel you have to do this award if you don’t want to, I just wanted to give you a bit of a shout-out!

My Questions

  1. Where is your favourite place to read?
  2. What has been your most loved and most hated book of 2017 so far?
  3. If you could only read one genre for the rest of your life, what would it be?

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June Favourites 2017

Hey guys!

Is it just me that realises how much crap they buy when it comes to doing their monthly favourties? It’s a good job I’m a bargain hunter by nature!


Makeup and Skincare

Elizabeth Arden Eight Hour Cream

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My mum got me this as a birthday gift because I’m always stealing hers! I swear this balm is a miracle, it gets rid of chapped lips overnight, and even got rid of my sunburn. The smell of this is a bit odd (think medicinal), but if you can get past that it’s a saviour.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge

So there’s no picture for this because mine is covered in foundation and it’s shameful haha! I picked this up for half price, and I’ve used it every day since.

It blends foundation and concealer seamlessly, and gives you an airbrushed finish that I haven’t had from previous sponges.

TV

The Handmaid’s Tale

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Oh My God where do I even start?! The show is so unsettling because it’s easy to see how it could become a reality, yet I’m totally addicted and eagerly await each episode.

I honestly don’t know how it’s going to end, and I’m putting off reading the book until it’s done so I don’t spoil myself!

Accessories

Bag

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I mentioned this in my Holiday Haul, but this bag has become a firm favourite back home too. It just makes me think of summer and festivals, and it adds something exciting to a plain outfit.

Sunglasses

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I love the style of these sunnies, and the shape is really flattering on my small face. They only cost £2 too (go Primark)! My only complaint is they keep getting stuck in my hair and ripping it out, but I guess you have to suffer for beauty.

Jewellry Dish

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I posted this on Instagram when I first got it, and I’m still just as in love with it. It was actually branded as a soap dish but is the perfect size to hold all my jewellry – not to mention the design is very cute.


Thanks for reading!

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Lexy

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