Saturday, 30 May 2015

Breath.






I've not had a lot of me time recently as I've been stuck inside revising most of the time. These weeks leading up to my psychology exams have been very stressful and I'm having to teach myself most of the work at the moment. The thing with stress for me personally is that it builds quickly without you even noticing it. You just get on with what you need to and all of a sudden it hits you. I missed a day of revising because of my sister's birthday celebrations the other day and I was really glad to. We had such a nice day out, but the day after I got to college and looked over everything I still need to teach myself, let alone revise for these exams. I just panicked and had to go home, I curled up in my covers, cried for a bit and watched five episodes of Gossip Girl (cause doesn't everyone do that when they're sad). 

Exams are tough. And at that moment in time they are such a big deal and such a lot of pressure. The build up is like running a marathon. You know it will end soon enough but it is such a long and stressful climb. There aren't any benefits along the way, you just have to keep going and hope you do well. So I guess having that day of fun with my family was a great breather, we all have to take a break sometimes. It helps give us clarity and work out our next move. Cause in a way if everyone in a marathon stopped for a while, had some water and rested, they'd all still be at the same point, they'd just be better off for the rest of their journey. And at the end of the day just finishing a marathon is an achievement in itself.

But we all want to do our best and I completely relate to that. Everyone revises differently and the motivation alone is hard enough for most of us. If you are about to take your exams soon, I want you to take a deep breath and clear your mind. Think about your end goal, what doing well means for you and realistically what you can do at this stage to ensure you do your absolute best.

Stress is one of those things in life that can seem impossible to manage. I'm at a point with it where I just clench my fists, look up and say "I've got this". It's a silly little ritual but whenever I get flustered I just take a deep breath and do it, it gives you a second of clarity that is invaluable when bogged down in revision. Yes I still have my nerves the night before exams and get crabby when my Dad asks what I'm doing with my day, as I look up from my psychology books...

but this time will pass soon enough and once they're done I cannot wait.... because then I finally get to leave my house and enjoy my summer break. Good luck to those of you who've taken or still have to take exams x

Sunday, 10 May 2015

Two Spring Days // Video!



Today I am feeling very excited as I'm finally going to share my first video, on my new Youtube channel! As I've explained in one of my previous posts, I'm taking more of a creative approach to my content without me talking at a camera as much. I am a fairly shy person, however I'd much rather express myself in this way anyway because as you know, I love photography and anything remotely creative.

My first video is something I filmed a few weeks ago in April. I had two lovely days out with Stef so instead of just taking photos I thought it would be a nice to get some shots together for a video. I would definitely like to make more of these kinds of videos in future as I really enjoyed putting this together, and with practice I'll hopefully get much better at this. I'm also planning on making some other kinds of videos including beauty and lifestyle advice. 

Anyway I hope you like my first video. Thanks for reading x

Thursday, 7 May 2015

Current Everyday Base



I'm loving every product in my base routine at the moment, so today I thought I'd share with you what base products are currently making the cut in my morning routine. I have combination, blemish ridden skin, so for me a priority is getting a good amount of coverage for my redness, without the product looking cakey and feeling heavy on my skin, and this Laura Mercier foundation is perfect for that. I apply it with my favourite Real Techniques brush, which with the foundation formula makes blending in the product so quick and easy.

I've included one of my favourite concealers at the moment, however I don't normally reach for it unless I've not had enough sleep. As it is has a good amount of coverage and adds a subtle glow to brighten the under eyes. I've also gone back to my old favourite powder, as this stuff really is a gem for the price. Because the foundation has a good coverage already, I use the translucent version of the Stay Matte powder and simply apply the product to my t-zone to control any shine. 

What base products are you currently using in your makeup routine?

Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stuffed Courgette Pizza Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been trying to get a lot healthier recently. I cycle to college now and most shopping trips now involve, mainly buying a variety of fruit and veg. Two months ago I would have laughed at the thought of me living like this, but now I'm feeling more positive then ever and a lot healthier for it. 

On one of my more adventurous shopping trips the other day, I decided to pick up some courgettes to see what I could cook with them. The only memory I can pinpoint where I've had courgette in a meal I've cooked, is back when my Dad used to have a huge allotment and we'd often have barbecues in the summer, where we'd barbecue all kinds of vegetables as well as meats. So I googled "courgette recipes", as one does and nothing really excited me. However I did come across a lot of "stuffed courgette" recipes and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate my love of pizza into something much healthier. I make homemade pizzas all the time and I usually put tuna on them, so today I present my, "tuna stuffed, pizza courgettes". I know it doesn't really have a ring to it, but you can stuff your courgettes however you want using the following recipe, to pizza-fy your healthy courgette meal. 


Stuffed Courgette Pizzas (serves at least one person)
Ingredients:
1 Courgette
(for the stuffing it's completely up to you, you could use tuna, mince, rice and with whatever you fancy, but below is what I used)
1 Tin of Tuna
1 Garlic Clove
Half an Onion
Half of a Pepper
Cherry Tomatoes
Passata (or any kind of tomato sauce you would use for pizza)
Seasoning
Cheddar Cheese (parmesan or mozzarella would also be fine)

1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cut your courgette in half and scoop out the inside using a teaspoon.

2. Now dice your veg (except cherry tomatoes) and mix your ingredients for your stuffing together in a bowl (not including the tomato sauce). Make sure to first cook any meat if you are using beef, lamb etc.

3. Apply a layer of passata to your courgettes as if you were making a pizza.  

4. Then put your stuffing into your cougettes and grate your cheese on top.

5. You can now put slices of your cherry tomatoes on top

6. Now place your stuffed courgettes in the oven for around 25 - 30 minutes, and cover with tin foil if they start to brown, as you don't want them to burn. 

7. Voila! Enjoy your healthier alternative to pizza.


Thanks for reading, if you try this recipe out be sure to let me know what you think and any other stuffing suggestions you have for courgettes.