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1. My name is Sonia

2. I love school ✏️

3. My favourite lessons are maths, religious education, media and PE. 

4. I am currently reading About A Boy by Nick Hornby 📖
5. In ten weeks I’ll be sitting my GCSE examinations.😭 
6. My shoe size is 2 (UK)👠
7. I have been to Turkey 🌎
8. I would like to take a gap year when I am 17 years old. 
9. My birthday is in July.🌞
10. I’m obsessed with my phone 
11. I write on my blog every weekend
12. I just ate a yogurt 
13. My favourite sport is badminton although I’m rubbish at it! 
14. I live in my leggings, and find jeans so uncomfortable 👖
15. I am short for my age 
16. I hate cabbage, broccoli and spinach!🌿
17. I wear retainers every night
18. I want a pet so badly!🐩
19. My summer holidays start in June 
20. I prefer sun over snow 
21. My favourite book is Anna And The French Kiss.
22. I have a cartilage piercing💎
23. When I’m older I want a tattoo
24. I am the youngest in my family
  
25. I’m starting the gym next week 
26. My favourite fast food place is KFC
27. My favourite ice cream flavour is coconut! 
28. I have awful handwriting 
29. My hair is black 🔳
30. My favourite combination of colours are pink and brown💗💩 
31. My favourite movie is The Last Song
32. I am very bad at spelling 
33. When I was younger I thought teachers lived in school 
34. I have no idea what I want to do when I’m older. 
35. I am left handed ✋
36. I prefer Chinese food than Indian. 
37. I have never tried sushi 🍱
38. I should be revising for a math test right now. 
39. My phone battery percentage is at 95% 
40. I always happen to injure my legs or feet 
41. My favourite game as a child was hide and seek 
42. I have skipped out number 41
43. The last fact wasn’t real
44. This was harder than I thought it would be. 
45. I don’t own a foundation that is actually my colour 
46. My favourite soap is Hollyoaks
47. I have never been ice-skating 
48. I saw MCBUSTED in concert last year. 🎤
49. My favourite shop is New Look.
50. I am scared of the dark.⚫️   
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Nail Art Tips&Tricks

As I’ve mentioned before, I love nail art! However some items and products can be so pricey, and when buying a cheaper version it never looks as good!

So here are a few of my tricks into making nail art tools that work just as well.

Dotting tool

Try using a ball point biro pen. These can be found anywhere and run out fast, if you write as much as I do! It is perfect for getting the average size dot.

Striping brush

Just grab an old nail brush and slowely trim sway accedes bristles, until it is thin enough to use. Just remember to wipe the polish off after use, otherwise once the nail polish has tried it becomes hard.

Striping tape

For this I tend to use masking tape, and using scissors I cut the tape to the size I want. Just ensure the nail polish is super dry! And done use Sellotape as it can peel the polish off.

I’m a very very messy nail polish ‘applier’. I manage to get it all over the skin on my fingers. However I recently discovered that using Vaseline and applying it around the nail ensures it’s easier to wipe off at the end!

If you have any nail tips feel free to comment below

– Sonia xxxx

Bucket List 2015 

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So I’ve decided to create a bucket list for 2015, by the end of this year I would have liked to: 

1. See One Direction again
I’ve seen One Direction last year in May, and it was amazing!! I can’t wait to see them again after summer on their On The Road Again Tour!
2. Complete my D of E
This is the most exciting thing on my bucket list!! I started my Silver Duke Of Edinburgh last November, and I hope to complete it in December. This includes a three day expedition, 12, 6 and 3 months of activities and a presentation at the end!
3. Pass all my GCSES
So this summer I’ll be sitting all of my GCSE exams, I really hope to pass all of my subjects with at least a B.
4. Go ice skating
This has been on my bucket list for over two years! The nearest ice skating rink is two hours away from where I live, and I’ve just always wanted to go!
5. Go on holiday
Hopefully after my exams finish and schools out for summer, I’ll be flying off to somewhere amazing for a week!
6. Dye my hair
7. Grow my hair
I’m attempting to grow my hair at least four inches this year, I’m trying not to cut it at all, and also avoiding using heat on my hair.
8. Buy a camera
So I’m hoping in A-Levels to do photography, and build up a portfolio of pictures I’ve taken over the year.
9. Get a pet
For my birthday I would love to have a pet!! I don’t even mind if it’s just a fish
10. Go camping
I’ve never been camping in my whole life and my expedition I mentioned earlier will be the first time! I can’t wait to camp out in the lovely countryside.
11. See the northern lights
This too has been on my bucket list for years! I hope to see the northern lights during winter this year.
What’s on your bucket list for 2015? Comment below!
– S xxxxx

Homemade Valentine’s Day Lip Scrub!

red-heart-page-love-border-pink-hearts-valentineWinter is here, and it’s the time where your lips become dry and sore! It’s almost the worst thing that can happen, especially around Valentine’s Day! 

Here’s a quick and easy scrub you can make at home, using ingredients lying around in the kitchen. 🙂

You will need:
15g of brown sugar
1 drop of lemon juice
5 drops of coconut oil
1 drop of red colouring (optional)
Lip balm for afterwards (optional)
Using an old bowl, mix together the brown sugar and coconut oil.
Stir with a spoon.
Next add in the lemon juice, ensuring that you do not add too much, as it could make the scrub consistency too thin.
Mix well and then add some red colouring for a tint. This could be an old lipstick, a lip liner or even just red juice.
Once everything is mixed together, you’re ready to go!
Uses: Once a day
This scrub should last around three to four days depending on how much you use, and how often.
Step 1: Cleanse
Ensure no dirt or oil is on your lips by soaking a face cloth in warm water and patting it gently around your lips.
Step 2: Application
Grab a pinch of the scrub, no more than a pea size, and scrub lightly around the bottom lip. Once you get the hang of it you can scrub a little harder for best results! Repeat again on the top lip.
Step 3: Removal
As soon as you have finished applying use a warm face cloth to wipe away the scrub, there’s no need to leave it on for any longer than a minute!
If you do feel your lips are still feeling dry, apply a nourishing lip balm.

Liebster Award Questions & Nominees!

So we were nominated to answer questions, from thatarabgirl101.wordpresss.com

Here are the rules for the Liebster Award:

1. Link to the person who nominated you 

2. Answer the questions given to you by your nominator

3. Nominate 11 other bloggers who have less than 200 followers

4. Create 11 questions for your nominees to answer

5. Notify all nominees via their social media/blogs

The questions that we got asked were:

1.  Why did you start you blog?

S- I initially started this blog as a hobby, and to try something new in the new year, However I then found that blogging is a skill, which was perfect for my Duke Of Edinburgh!

D- I started the blog as a way to share my views and thoughts with others, and not worry too much about what people think.

2. If you could have any book character as your best friend, who would it be and why?

S- I think Anna, from Anna & The French Kiss! She just seems super cool and a nice person to hang around with 🙂

D- Jen from The Grey Wolves series because she is really funny!

3. When did you discover your love for reading?

S- I wouldn’t say I’m a reader-holic, but I do like the occasional night where I put my phone away and just read. I suppose it’s not something I really discovered, I’ve just always done it. 

D- When I was about 8 years old, I always liked the idea of being able to get lost in whatever book I am reading. Now I love reading all the time, at school, on the bus and at home.

4. What’s your favourite animal?

S- Oh, aha there’s so many to choose from! I think I’d have to say a Dwarf Hermann Tortoise; they’re just so cute!!! 🐢

D- My favourite animal is a horse, they’re really fun to ride.

5. If you could change anything about the world, what would it be?

S- The education system. I think it’s stupid how by the age of 16/17 you’re supposed to know what career path you would like to go in, and a few exams can just determine where you head in life. 

D-  I would get rid of poverty, I know a lot of people try to do something to change third world counties, but it’s not enough. I hate the idea that some people have a luxurious life, for what just kicking a ball, and others work  14 hours a day to produce clothing, and get paid very little.

6. Do you watch YouTubers? If so, who’s your favourite?

S- Yes! I practically live of YouTube! Here are a few of my favourite YouTube channels: Grav3yardgirl, Good Mythical Morning, ASAPscience, Cutepolish, Zoella, thiskidneedsmedicine and SciShow. 

D- Hmm, a few of my favourites are Tyler Oakley, Pewdiepie and Zoella. They’re just great people!

7. Books or internet?

S- I guess it would have to be Internet; you can always buy books online 😉 

D- Books! Books! Books! 

8. Where do you see yourself in ten years?

S- I’m not quite sure. I would like to have gone to university, travelled abit of the world and have a full time job that I enjoy. I would love to go into photography, journalism or even start up my own business. 

D-  In ten years I would like to be a successful lawyer with my own firm. I would also like a nice house, with a husband and three children, and maybe even to live in America!

9. What’s your favourite Disney movie?

S- I’m not going to say Frozen, as I think it’s so overrated! Tangled is really good.

D- Haha, frozen! 

10. Do you have any irrational fears?

S- Ghosts. I always have been, and I’m not even sure why!  

D- I’m absolutely terrified of slimy bugs like worms snails and slugs and just bugs in general, they’re just so creepy! 

Okay, so now that we have answered the questions we were given, it’s time to ask other bloggers questions! 
The questions we are asking are:
1. What is your ideal holiday?
 
2. If you could meet any celebrity who would it be?
 
3. What do you think about tattoos?
 
4. Where do you see yourself in 20 years time?
 
5. What would be your desirable hair type and length? 
 
6. What is your favourite book and why? 
 
7. What’s the most funniest thing you have experienced? 
 
8. What is your favourite clothing shop and why? 
 
9. What has been your proudest moment? 
 
10. What’s your favourite type of music?
 
11. What is the most rememberable thing you have ever done?  
 
 
If you do wish to answer these 
questions feel free to notify us!
We nominate:

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https://alltheeabove.wordpress.com/

https://becksbeauty15.wordpress.com/

https://amyelizabethparsonsphotography.wordpress.com

https://anonymousgirl7.wordpress.com

http://tumblmeg.wordpress.com

https://ateenagegirlsjournal.wordpress.com

https://jennaddo.wordpress.com

https://springtidevoice.wordpress.com/

http://thebeautyconnoisseur.com

https://dizzydesiree.wordpress.com

Nail Care! 💅

 Like other teenaged girls who have have a lot of spare time, I love to make sure my nails are looking healthy and gorgeous! Here are a few things I use to achieve that…

 
Burts Bees Cuticle Cream 
Price: £5 $7.53 €6.60 
I know this product is very popular, because it’s a pure miracle worker! but for the amount you get it is quite pricey. I massage this into my nails twice a week, as it adds a lot of moisture. 
 
Nivea Hand Cream 
Price: £1.50 $2.60 €2
This is just ordinary hand cream, that you can find at your nearest drug store, and it’s quite a good price. I use this whenever my hands feel dry, especially in the winter. 
 
Number 7 Stay Perfect Base & Top Coat 
Price: £7 $10.55 €9.34
Whenever I apply nail polish, I always use this product! It strengthens the nail and adds a beautiful shine! 
 
Clinton Nail Filer (3 pack)
Price: £1 $1.60 €1.34
This was part of a gift that I received, but you can buy them on their own. There’s nothing unusual about this type of filer, but it’s always handy to have more than one! 
 
 
Sally Hansen Cuticle Remover
Price: £4.50 $6.70 $6
Now, I have had this product for a very long time, and it’s amazing! All you do is apply it to your cuticles, wait around five minutes, then wipe away! 
 
If you would like to ask us anything about nails, or have product you use and would love to share, feel free to et is know in the comments! 
 
💗Also have a look at the gallery section of our blog, where I’ll be posting a picture of all the products I’ve mentioned! 💗
 
– S xxx

Revision Top Tips! 

So exam season is getting close and it is important you try your best, and work hard. Here are the five best tips that will help you study, focus and achieve those desirable grades!
Don’t revise last minute!
Plan ahead. It’s very important you recap and understand the work you did in class, and if there anything you are unsure about or don’t remember learning, then ask your teachers, they are there to help. Ensure you know the majority of the unit then test yourself, using old papers, quizzes or completing worksheets.
Revising before hand will also mean you have time to organise yourself and not have to panic when it comes closer to the exam.
Don’t just use your book/folder to revise!
Personally, I find it impossible to use my own books from class to revise from, they end up not making sense or being so vague! I recommend you use text books and the Internet to help you drift. This ensures you get a variety of information from different resources.
The links below are some of my favourite websites to use whilst I revise:
1. www.youtube.com (search for a topic, for example ‘photosynthesis’ or ‘how to solve differentiation’)
Helpful channels on YouTube:
– crash course
– asapscience
– scishow
– hegartymaths
– mygcsemaths
2. www.bbc.co.uk/education (This contains everything for students aged four to sixteen)
3. www.education.com/worksheets (useful for worksheets to print and complete)
4. Your school website! This could have useful information and work that is suitable and relevant.
Make your work interesting
The last thing you want whilst revising is constantly reading from boring black and white notes, written on lined paper. Use colouring pens/pencils and highlighters! This makes your work look more exciting and interesting to read. Try colour coordinating your work, for example Maths can be blue and English could be pink, and Biology could be green.
Draw pictures to help you understand your work! This is always fun to do, just make sure the picture is useful and labeled.
Try different ways to write notes, here are a few things you can try:
– Cue cards
– Mind maps
– Posters
– Power points
– Photos or drawing
– Sticky notes to pin up around the room
If you have time, experiment with all of them and see which works best form you, and remember everyone is different!!
Eat healthy
Don’t start rolling your eyes, it’s something we hear everyday by almost everyone, but it’s important.
You need to make sure you are getting a balanced diet and are not skipping meals due to revision. A balanced diet will ensure your brain is fully awake and able to function, especially if your exam is in the morning!
Drinking water is also very important.
Help others!
If you feel confident on a subject, teach it to your peers or family members who don’t know it as well. This will actually increase the chance of it sticking in your brain longer!
If you have any questions about exams, or have any other tips, then feel free to post them below in the comments!
Good Luck! 🙂 – Sonia xxxx

Chocolate Brownie Recipe!

A yummy, easy way to make chocolate brownies, without having to spend the whole weeks wages!

(Serves 8 people)

Ingredients needed:

-Two eggs

– 175g caster sugar

–  One tea spoon of vanilla extract

– 100g milk chocolate

– 75g plain flour

– One pinch of salt

– One tea spoon of baking powder

Directions:

First bear together the 2 eggs with 175g caster sugar and one teaspoon of vanilla extract.

Next stir in100g of milk chocolate then add in 75g of plain flour, a pinch of salt and 1 teaspoon of baking powder.

Mix well for 5 minutes 

After pour batter into a greased baking tin.

Then bake for 30 minutes at gas mark 4 (180°C or 350°F).

Finally cut it into brownie sizes when it has cooled.

Best served with ice-cream or whipped cream, enjoy! 🙂

– Demi xxx

Lush Hair Henna { Review }

So during the Christmas holiday, I decided to use Lush’s Caca Rouge hair treatment, which I don’t recommend anyone to try!! & yes, Caca is French for poop…😁 💩
So I read on Lush’s website that this hair mask/dye contains natural plants to condition, repair and slightly dye the hair, and help your hair grow fast.
Reading the reviews, they really didn’t help me decide whether or not I should use the product, so I thought I’d try it anyway, as it was all natural so no harm could surely be done…
Firstly, the day after purchasing the henna, I read the little information leaflet that says to leave it in for 3 hours, but that was no way going to happen, as the smell was just unbearable! I can’t explain what it smelt of but it wasn’t pleasant at all! The leaflet said to ‘melt’ the block of henna using boiling water and continuously stirring, so I did so and added more water as if needed, whilst doing so I managed to completely tip my kitchen up and somehow make the revolting stench lure in my whole house! It was pretty difficult to keep the dye/mask as a paste as it would quickly dry and turn lumpy again, so every few minutes I added in more water and stirred.
The application was also very hard, as it would not ‘stick’ to the hair, and instead just crumbled off my hair and fell. I then decided the best thing to do was whack it all on and quickly wrap it with a bag. 😐 I didn’t use the whole block and I still have about half of it left over (which I don’t think I’ll use.)
Online, most people say to leave it in for 3 hours,  but I honestly just couldn’t sit around doing nothing but waiting, and after 20 minutes the smell was giving me a headache, 😷so I left it in for only an hour, and washed it out using just water.
Washing the dye/mask out of my hair was an absolute nightmare! It literally went everywhere in my bath tub and just wouldn’t come out completely! After rinsing my hair for 20 minutes straight I managed to get most of it out, and the rest I just had to comb out.
Once my hair was completely dry, I did notice it was shinier and looking fuller, but hadn’t changed colour at all. (I kind of knew it wouldn’t as my hair is very dark and I only really wanted it for the nourishment) So it did work, however for me, it also looked greasy, so I did wash it again….
After almost two weeks I honestly don’t notice anything different with my hair; apart from the fact that it still smells of the henna!
I honestly wouldn’t recommend this to anyone, and in my opinion if you are looking to dye your hair then just use the usual high street dye (from your local drugs store) or go to a salon! And if you are looking to nourish your hair then a bottle of coconut oil or argon oil will be much better and much less hassle!
The henna hair dye/mask/bar was £9.25 ($14 and €12.15), which was much dearer than other places I saw selling similar henna products.
If you would like to ask any questions about my bad experience then feel free to comment below! ☺️ 💗
– S xxxx

Girl Online { Review }

Now before I start, yes I do totally admit the only reason I wanted this book was because it was written by Zoella!😃


Anyway, the story line is great, kinda clichè but also unique. The novel starts off with Penny, a typical teenage girl living in Brighton, near the beach with her “out-of-school-boy-best-friend” Elliot. Penny, just like everyone, is clumsy at times, and gets completely embarrassed at almost anything she does, including just walking home! But Penny secretly writes a blog, and has been for years. She claims it’s her way of expressing her feelings that she cannot share with anyone else. A few chapters later, she flies off to New York with her mum dad and best friend, for a wedding that her mum organised. Penny meets heart-throbbing Noah, an eighteen year old boy from Boston, but he too has a secret… Penny and Noah quickly form a “holiday romance” and before they know it, they’re celebrating Christmas together. However, as soon as penny flies back to Brighton, everything turns around, and Penny’s life goes from bad to worse…

I did enjoy this novel, however considering the two main characters were sixteen and eighteen, I felt the written language used was for a younger generation. I think personally this may have been because Zoella herself is quite young, and that may just be her style of writing. 

My favourite part of the book was when Penny overcame her fear of flying a plane and her mum and friend Elliot were supportive the whole journey, as it could be relatable for almost anyone, who’s scared of doing something, and just needs the support by a loved one. 

I would recommend this book to someone aged around twelve to fourteen who likes a quick read and not carry on a whole series, I would say it would be a good book to keep in your bag for car journeys or lunch breaks. 
Overall I would give this book 4/5, mainly due to the huggeeeee plot twist at the end! 
Hope you found this review useful and if you do have any questions feel free to ask in the comments! 

– S xxxxxx