Wednesday, 29 August 2012

Beauty Vs Brains tag


I have stolen this tag from Hannah (who keeps a really funny uni/beauty blog here)! I think we both saw Louise from Sprinkle of Glitter do it first on youtube - so technically it's a video tag, but I quite like it so I'm going to do it anyway!

1. Favourite Book
I actually love reading. As of right now, my favourite book is quite a new book called 'The Fault In Our Stars' by John Green. It's about a teenage girl with cancer, which sounds quite depressing, and sure some bits are quite sad, but it's also quite funny! I'm not really into the classics, so if you like contemporary/young adult fiction READ IT NOW. It's a really easy read and it's the only book I've ever read in one day. That's how good it is ;)

2. Favourite Quotation
 As much as I love sentimental quotations, they ultimately all mean the same thing! So, one that always really does make me smile is "If I had a world of my own, everything would be nonsense. Nothing would be what it is, because everything would be what it isn't. And contrary wise, what is, it wouldn't be. And what it wouldn't be, it would. You see?"  from Alice In Wonderland. A more traditional favourite though, is "Never let the fear of striking out, keep you from playing the game" from A Cinderella Story - which is also a great film!

3. English or Maths 
Had you have asked me this at the end of GCSE, then my answer would have been easy - Maths! I got an A* easily whereas I had to work to get A's in English. BUT, then I did Maths A-level and let's be honest, that shit is HARD. I gave up and only turned up to lessons for a laugh with my friends who had also given up! I got an E in the first year and dropped it. So, my answer is English. I got a B in English Literature A-Level and now I've realised that I can actually write a decent essay, so yeah, English!

4. Science or Art
Art! I was terrible at Science and got rid of it as soon as I could. I copied my best friend for the entire of KS3, but then some craziness went on, and I was put in top set for GCSE and she wasn't! I was S.C.R.E.W.E.D! I got a B and C in double Science compared to an A in Art. I'm not necessarily good at Art but found tracing paper works wonders!

5. 5 musical artists that changed your life
I'm not sure that any musical artist has actually changed my life but (and yes, I know she's old news now) Pink was someone I'd ALWAYS listen to, if I was struggling. I think I could just connect with her lyrics.
Kinda cheating but I love musicals so I'm going to say Andrew Lloyd Webber - is that allowed? Actually, I could probably say anyone who has written a well-known musical ;)

6. Favourite and Least Favourite subject at School
This probably changed when I went into A-level, so I'll stick to compulsory school! My favourite was probably Maths. Not because I enjoy maths, but because I could do it without lifting a finger. This meant I was free to chill out at the back of the classroom with my best friend ;)
My least favourite was Science. Why do they always make these lessons double's?! I couldn't do it and it dragged on for what seemed like frickin' decades!!
7. Favourite 'Celebrity with a Brain' 
 I'm not entirely sure that this Celebrity fits the bill, but I'm going to say Carol McGiffin from Loose Women! She is so sarcastic and opinionated but at the same time, she speaks sense and can be hilarious. She is also a columnist/journalist? So I assume she's intelligent!

8. If you could study anything anywhere, what would it be? 
I'm going to say Psychology, even though I am going to be studying this anyway? I know it's so ironic for me to say this, as I suffer from an eating disorder, but there are so many more interesting aspects to it! There are a huge array of mental illnesses in my family, so I would actually love to understand the those, as well as my own! As for where.. my bed? That would be extremely comfortable and convenient! 

9. What is your 'nerdy little secret' 
Umm, that I'm a secret bookworm? Although, the more I tell people this, the more people I find admitting to it too! So, maybe it's not a nerdy little secret? 

10. Favourite beauty gurus who you admire for more than their love for beauty/fashion
Obviously, I love Louise! She has such a warm heart and can't imagine her hurting a fly. Also, there her best friend Zoe from Zoella, who is really lovely! Finally, I really like Meg from Lipssofacto. I love her writing style and the hard work she puts into her education. You can tell that she's really passionate about obtaining great qualifications.

11. If your channel couldn't focus on Beauty/Fashion, what would it be? 
Book reviews :) Which I may just start doing anyway!

12. Name some things that you're obsessed with that other people would find strange
Ha umm, I don't know? Oh, I like fancy mugs :) I have every McVitie's mug! And I even have my own Loose Woman mug :P

13. Name 5 people who inspire you (no friends or family)
Firstly, I don't think I can name 5 people who aren't friends or family! But, Katie Piper - the girl who has rebuilt her life after being raped and having acid thrown at her is an inspiration! She now has her own charity and an amazing set of books who can really help anyone. She hasn't let her experience stop her from living her life!
I am really inspired by successful entrepreneurs such as Deborah Meaden, Hilary Devey and Alan Sugar. They built their businesses from scratch which clearly requires hard work and determination - so they deserve to enjoy their success.

14. Who is your intellectual soul mate? 
 I'm going with Tom Daley. Didn't he do amazingly well despite training for the Olympics? And no, the body has nothing to do with this answer.. ;)

Ok, that took ageeeeees! I tag absolutely anyone to do this tag. Let me know if you do, so I can have a little nosey at it!
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Tuesday, 28 August 2012

Dot: Marc Jacobs

Dot Eau De Parfum 50ml, RRP - £47*
So, a bit more of a light hearted post today! This morning, I received a lovely package from escentual.com, containing Marc Jacob's new perfume, Dot (and a free tote bag and nail file!). I really wanted a bottle of this before I head off to Uni, as my Daisy has practically run out. I absolutely love anything Marc Jacobs but there is NO way a student can afford it, so I thought I'd do it now - and there was a bit of a saving anyway ;)
Firstly, I am in love with the bottle. In fact, I'd probably have bought it purely based on the bottle! It's so bold and eye-catching. I think it's supposed to be part ladybird/part butterfly? Who knows!
I'd say the scent itself is very summery and floral. I've said before that I'm rubbish at describing smells so here's the description given!
Heart notes - Jasmine, Coconut Water, Orange Blossom
Top notes - Red Berries, Dragonfruit, Honeysuckle
Base notes - Vanilla, Driftwood, Musk
I really like this perfume but do think I'd prefer an 'Eau So Fresh' version, like with Daisy. Having said that, I know I'll get my wear out of this!
Have you tried dot? What do you think?
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Saturday, 25 August 2012

Doubts

Although part of me can't wait to begin university - making new friends, studying something I love and becoming independent - I am also beginning to think that I'm really going to struggle. 
Fresher's week - the week that every student is supposed to drink themselves stupid, eat utter junk (takeaways etc) and just have a great time. But clearly, this means everyone is prone to a little weight gain. I have heard everything from the 'Fresher's five' to 'Fresher's fifteen' - and that obviously terrifies me. I don't want to spend my entire uni life, locked away in my room because I don't want to feel pressured to eat/drink.  I want to go out and enjoy myself with everyone else, but I can't help but think that it won't be possible unless I'm completely out of it and eating chips at the end of every night. 
It is more than likely, that I'm completely blowing it out of proportion, and it's the minority that fit the stereotypical student drunken mess, but just in case this tiny doubt is actually true, I now feel the need to lose more weight, which in itself is STUPID. It just makes me wonder whether I can trust myself enough to live alone. There will be so many more excuses to use and no one really watching over my shoulder. I just don't know whether I'll take advantage of it or not. 
I really hope this is just a minor blip and the excitement of living away kicks back in, because ultimately, I know that if I don't combat this now, my life at uni will be absolutely terrible.
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Thursday, 16 August 2012

I've done it!

OOOOHHHHH YEAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!
I've actually gone and gotten into University! I actually cannot believe after all the sh*t this year has kindly provided, I've managed to struggle through and do well! I don't really have anything else to say because I'm so excited/happy/buzzing. I don't know whether to laugh or cry hahaa!
I hope all of you expecting results have done well - let me know!

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Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Tomorrow..

For those of you who don't know, tomorrow is A-Level results day. Thousands of students will be finding out whether or not they have been granted a place at university, and are currently doing everything they can to distract themselves from thinking about opening that envelope tomorrow (myself included!).
But, after 8 weeks of reflection, I've come to realise that whatever happens tomorrow, I have to be proud of myself - University place or not. As someone who suffers from mental illness, I am the typical perfectionist. I expect the best - even when it is actually unattainable! The pressure I have previously put on myself has been off the scale, and I'm sure many other sufferers can relate to that. I want to achieve the best. I want to please my family and friends - make them proud. 
8 weeks ago, if you told me to imagine the worst case scenario - which would be not achieving the grades I need - I would have said it's just not an option. I could not happen, and that was that. Now, I believe that even sitting those exams in the first place is a huge achievement for me, and I should be proud with whatever outcome. I was actually at my worst during exam season, and seriously thinking about it, I have no idea how I managed to get up let alone anything else.
However, now I'm beginning to realise that if I don't get into uni, the world won't end for me. It won't end for anyone else who may not get in either, because let's face it, there are other options. You can re-do the year, do a different degree, go through clearing etc. The possibilities are endless and who knows, life might turn out better! We are not defined by our academic grades, there is so much more to life than that. Family, friends, our personal interests.. they matter so much more than any letter on a piece paper does. If everyone achieved A grades, the world would be a pretty dull place. We need diversity to create more interest within society! I personally wouldn't want to live in a place where everyone is moulded into a prim and proper academic. 
I'm not saying that I won't be disappointed tomorrow, if things don't go according to plan, but I am saying it's not the end of the world. I will still be the same person. I will still have the same friends and family, and so will every other student expecting results. 
We can't change anything now so there really is no point in worrying all day, today. As long as you did your best, then that's all you could have done - and really, that's all that matters.

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Friday, 10 August 2012

Asking for help

Confiding in someone, is something I find extremely difficult to do. In fact, asking for help full stop, is something I seem to be incapable of doing - and my god, I wish I could!
At the moment, it's almost as if I've come back down to planet earth. All of the trauma and excitement of things moving forward, seems to have vanished and everyone is living their life while I continue to wait for this initial assessment. It's almost like everyone now assumes, that because I've been honest, I'm cured - and if only that were true.
Today, I saw the one person who usually manages to make me feel good, if only for a few hours. I hadn't seen her in a few weeks so should have been over the moon about seeing her, but all I wanted to do, was be alone. Actually, more than anything, I just wanted her to hug me and tell me I'd be fine - and had I have asked her to do that, I know she would have. But, I just couldn't ask. 
Asking for help has to be one of the strongest things anyone could ever do. It's taking a step towards recovery, yet why is it that most of us (myself included) feel incredibly weak if we choose to do so? I asked this person if she confides in people when she should, and she doesn't either. I want her to. I'd want to be one person that could help her! I'd hope that if she needed me in the middle of the night, she'd ring me.. and I'm guessing she wants me to come to her when I need cheering up too. So, it's actually incredibly selfish of me not too? I can't expect her to come to me and then not reciprocate. 
Next time I see her, I'm going to really try and say something. I might even feel better for doing so.


Do you find asking for help easy? Let me know what you think
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Sunday, 5 August 2012

Things Get Better

One thing I am managing to do a lot at the moment, is read. And, one book I have read and found particularly thought provoking, is Katie Piper's 'Things Get Better', which is her second book. If you don't know who she is, in short, she was raped and had acid thrown at her by her boyfriend. She was left with nothing and has slowly but surely rebuilt her body, confidence and life - a true inspiration to us all.
Her second book is still an autobiography, but is based on recovery. Not only hers, but how anyone can recover from anything; whether it's a mental illness, trauma or bad experience. This obviously explains my reasoning for reading a book like this! I actually found it very difficult to read because it forced me to realise how many steps I need to take. Also, in her mind, I am guilty of things which will actually prolong recovery - like pushing people away. But, I think I've always known that and just denied it!!
However, I'm also extremely glad I have read this book and I couldn't recommend it more. I think everyone could learn something from this because we all have been dealt a terrible hand to play at some point. No matter how big or small something is, if it bothers us, then it's a problem - and it really doesn't matter what anyone else thinks. From an eating disorder to failing an exam, they both require some sort of emotional recovery. 
Katie Piper is a remarkable woman. She has defied all odds and show everyone that anything is possible. She's achieved her goals and recently set up the Katie Piper Foundation, whilst becoming a huge inspiration to many people. She has also shown me that if she can recover from something so traumatic, then I can recover too.
If someone wants something so strongly and has the determination, then I believe anything is achievable.. for anyone!


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Thursday, 2 August 2012

Getting to know me..

Something a little different for today - this tag seems to be floating around so thought I'd take part!
Vital Stats:
Name: Samantha
Nicknames: Sam.. everyone calls me Sam
Birthday: 11th April
Place of Birth: Midlands, United Kingdom
Zodiac sign: Aries
Occupation: (soon to be uni) Student & part times sales assistant!
Appearance:
Hair colour: Dyed bright red but naturally blonde
Hair length: A little short of shoulder length
Eye colour: Green
Best feature: Probably my eyes haha!
Braces: Nope :)
Piercings: My ears and bellybutton 
Tattoos: None
Righty of Lefty: Righty
Firsts:
Best friend: Nicole <3
Award: Oh god knows! Maybe 5 merit marks or something similar?
Sport: I have a few hockey/netball medals from primary school. And I continued with hockey in high school.. but only for a laugh as we lost every game!
Real Holiday: umm, Portugal I think! With my Mum, Brother and Grandparents
Concert: Never been to one!
Favourites:
Film: I'm not really a lover of films but 'My Sister's Keeper'.. even though the ending was changed :(
TV Show: Sex and the City
Colour: Purple
Song: I could sit here all day and still not be able to answer this!
Restaurant: Oriental Pearl
Store: River Island
Book: Anything by Jodi Picoult
Magazine: Company or Look (but tend not to read magazines!)
Shoes: My glittery converse haha!
Currently...
Feeling: Uncertain
Single or Taken: Single
Eating: Just had a bowl of golden syrup porridge :)
Listening to: Adele - To make you feel my love
Thinking about: How I need to get my laptop charger but moving seems like too much effort!
Wearing: Pyjama bottoms, disney world t-shirt and a mint hoody :)
Future:
Want Children: I don't know, depends on how my life turns out I guess!
Want to be married: Not sure about marriage but I'd love the actual wedding day
Careers in mind: Umm, something psychology based
Where do you want to live: In a small town with easy access to a big city :)
Do you believe in:
God: No.
Miracles: I don't think so. I do think it's possible to have the emotional strength to perform the unexpected/defy the odds
Love at first sight: No but maybe lust at first sight?
Ghosts: Err, I'm not sure! I have been in situations that have really made me think about the supernatural!
Aliens: No, I don't haha
Soul Mates: Yes and no. I think we have more than one person that we are completely compatible with
Heaven: No. I think people use this as a comforter
Hell: No.. same as above
Kissing on the first date: Why not?!
Yourself: Probably not as much as I should

Why not take part yourself and leave a link in the comments so I can get to know you too! :-)
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