What I Got For My 15th Birthday!

So, if you didn’t know, on the 8th of August 2017 I turned 15.  For the day, me, my mum and my brother went to Bristol to do some shopping and we also visited a cat cafe, which was so lovely!  All the cats were so cute, and the kittens there were absolutely gorgeous; I could’ve 100% taken them all home with me.  Judging by the picture below, I’m pretty sure that you can tell how cute all the cats were and that I was in crazy cat lady heaven!

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Anyway, in the morning I opened all of my cards and presents.  A lot of my relatives gave me money, which is great as I really love to buy myself my own bits on my birthday: I’m pretty bad a surprises, however the ones I did get this year were so amazing and totally perfect for me!

 

My Grandma got me some face masks from Superdrug, and a hair mask!  I have a massive obsession with the little face masks that come in packets; they’re really convenient and always make my skin feel super soft, so I really can’t wait to use these. I’ve been waiting to take pictures for this post before using them, so now I have I can have myself a lovely little pamper session! You can expect reviews of these, or maybe even a spa night post, I haven’t decided!

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I also got a huge surprise from my brother, which I totally didn’t expect but absolutely love and have wanted forever!  He got me the Friends box set!  This is such a great thing to get me, because now I can catch up on all the episodes and my favourite bits before I go to Friends Fest in Oxford on the 24th – I’m so excited! I’ve already watched most of season 1, and I’m so happy to be watching it again.  Have you seen Friends, it’s clearly one of my favourites!

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As you can tell in the picture above, I also bought myself a pandora ring with my birthday money!  I’ve wanted one for ages, and when I saw this I thought it was so pretty!  It was £35, and I’ve worn it every day since!

I also bought myself the Urban Decay Naked palette, and now I kind of want to collect all of them.  I can tell this will be my palette of choice over autumn and winter; it has so many gorgeous shimmery shades and some great cool toned mattes, so it’s pretty much perfect!  This was £39.50, and because it was my birthday, the lady serving me gave me some free samples which was amazing; I got the primer potion and perversion mascara, both of which I have tested and can say I really like!

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And the final thing I received from all my friends the day after my birthday.  This was such a lovely surprise, and I can’t wait to get some gorgeous pictures with it!  They got me the Instax Mini 8 polaroid camera in white, which is so pretty and looks so beautiful in my room. They also got me some fairy lights and pegs so that I could hang up some pictures I take, and some cool camera lenses to go with it!  They’re so generous and this was such a special present; thank you to all of you, if you’re reading this!

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Ok so thats everything I got for my birthday!  I still have loads of birthday money left to spend, so I’m thinking I might buy another ring or some more makeup, or save it until all the autumnal clothes come out in shops (I am really excited for autumn if you couldn’t tell!)

Also, thank you for 100 instagram followers!  Make sure you’re following me over there, im @lovesophblog_

Soph xx

YSL Touche Eclat Review

I recently went on a trip to Berlin with school, and in duty free at the airport I decided to treat myself as I had loads of euros left over.  It was a really small one at Berlin Tegel Airport, but they did have a YSL stand and I had wanted this foundation for quite a while so I decided to get it.  They didn’t have super pale shades, which is what I would’ve usually deviated for, but I was pretty surprised to find that the shade ‘cool sand’ actually matched my skin pretty well; maybe I’d even got a tan over the nice weather we had a few weeks ago!

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The packaging is super luxurious!  I love it, and it looks really high end.  Glass foundation bottles always seem really special to me, and the gold writing and gold lid just add to the luxury feel.

The application is amazing.  It goes on flawlessly, and blends in to create a really glowy, dewy finish.  The foundation is quite liquid, which, duh, but it is quite a runny formula but I like that.  It makes it more moisturising, which helps with my dry skin.  It doesn’t sink into your skin and end up looking cakey, which I find can be a problem when foundation sinks into my smiles lines around my mouth.  It is really long lasting and I can put it on before I go to school, and it will still be pretty much perfect by the time I’m done with the day.  It can be really natural and perfect for everyday, but it can also be made more glam and full coverage for the nighttime, which makes it a really ideal foundation.

 

This cost me 41 euros, but it is £33 in debenhams, and I think it’s really worth the money.  It’s a quality foundation, and it will last a good six months if not more.  I’m really glad I bought it, and would recommend it to anyone!

Soph xx

The Miracle For Your Brushes: The Technic Brush Cleanser

If you’re anything like me, you don’t wash your makeup brushes anywhere near enough. This is because it’s such a chore to do, it can take up to an hour for me to wash my brushes, and the usual lazy persons shampoo method takes ages to truly get them clean. Makeup experts say you should clean your brushes after every use, but for us thats generally just too much effort!  However, I have managed to find my makeup brushes new saviour; Technic’s Brush Cleanser.  This amazing product makes it insanely easy to clean your brushes.  Now, you can wash your brushes as often as you want because this really makes it so easy!

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The cleanser is a solid, almost balm like consistency.  It is quite clear coloured in the tub, but it isn’t at all liquid or gel like, which is more what I had expected, so this was quite a surprise.  It smells very lightly of cucumber which is nicely refreshing, but let’s get onto what it actually does.

Firstly, you wet the brush you want to clean.  It doesn’t have to be super wet, but quite wet is good.  Then, swirl it into the cleanser; don’t worry about getting any of the pigment from the brush onto the soap, as it simply washes away with a splash of water leaving it looking as good as new.  Then, you swirl it around in your hand and you’ll see literally all the makeup from the brush just vanish!! It’s kind of insane how well this works!  Anyway, you then just need to wash away the excess soap from the brush pretty thoroughly, as sometimes there can be some excess left over in the base of the brush.  I then dry it by swirling my brush on a towel, and I find they actually dry kind of quicker when I use this too.  Also, this leaves the brush super super soft, which I love.  It has improved the quality of my brushes, and I’m super happy with it!

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It retails for £6.51 on amazon, and for the amount of product you get, this is amazing.  It’s going to last you for a long long time, and so it’s really affordable, especially for such a great product.

Have you ever tried a brush cleaner like this?  Tell me in the comments.

Soph xx

This post contains PR samples.

Vote for me in the Teen Blogger Awards!

This is a super quick, rushed post just to say that I’ve been shortlisted in the ‘Best Blogger 13-15’ section of the Teen Blogger Awards!! 

This is such a huge thing for me and I am so happy to have been shortlisted, it feels like a real accomplishment to have even gotten this far!! 

So many amazing bloggers have been nominated in some really amazing categories and it’s a really worthwhile thing voting for! Click here to vote – you only need your email, and you have to vote someone in each category! Please please please vote for me in my category, because it would be such an honour to win this! 
Keep your eyes peeled for some blog posts this weekend now summer has started (although the weather in the U.K. doesnt seem like it!)

Love, Soph xx

Beauty UK Review

The lovely team over at Beauty UK have sent me some products to try and review for you guys, and I’ve really loved all of them!  Some of the colours are quite out there, and not necessairly what I’d choose but it’s always really fun to experiment.  It included lots of pink shades, which are perfect for spring but as I’m more of a neutral shades sort of girl, it’s helped to push me out of my comfort zone and try new things (like the hot pink nail polish which I’m absolutely loving!).  Sorry for the constant reviews at the moment guys – I will be getting some more varied posts up soon but for now I’ve been really excited to review all these gorgeous products.

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Starting off with the product I was most excited to receive: the Ultimate Pro Contour Palette.  I’m not good at contouring at all, but I’m very excited to start practising!  This palette has a really wide range of colours, which are both contouring and highlighting ones.  The undertones are quite cool for the contour shades though the very far one has got a slight orange base, which could easily be used to bronze the face.  The shades are highly pigmented and as it is a cream formula they blend really nicely and have flawless application.  I’m sure that after I’ve used this a little more I’ll be able to contour like a very bad pro – the infographic on the back of the packaging is really helpful to let you know where to contour, bronze and highlight and provides useful information on the product.  The packaging is matte black, meaning it could be a magnet for makeup covered finger prints though it can be wiped down easily and it looks very luxury.

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Next up is another cream product.  I’ve never really ventured into the world of cream face makeup, but I’m really glad I’ve now got some products which are of that nature as they are really versatile and lovely. I was sent a cream blush to review, the Sweet Cheeks cream blush in the shade peachy cream.  This cream blush is easy to blend and has great pigmentation, the colour is perfect for spring and suits a range of skin tones. I’m really pale and it gives me a nice, healthy glow and I imagine it would look lovely in summer with a nice tan (a girl can dream!)

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I was also sent a matte lip cream, which as we all know, are huge in the beauty world and I too have latched onto the trend and purchased a few too many.  My favourite brand is NYX for matte lip creams, though the ones by Beauty UK are quite comparable.  I was sent the Lips Matter matte lip cream in the shade Mauve Your Body, and it really is great.  It dries matte almost instantly and has great pigmentation.  One thing I find with liquid lipstick/matte lip creams is that they can be sticky when dry, but this isn’t, which is always a major plus.  However, I wouldn’t say this is true to shade.  It definitely is not a mauve shade, but more of a hot pink, and I would definitely compare the shade to NYX’s soft matte lip cream in Milan (review here). Whilst it’s still a nice shade and will be lovely for summer when you really want a bold, vibrant pop of pink, it most definitely is not a mauve. The packaging is lovely and really professional looking, I especially love the white banding and writing; it’s very modern.  The applicator is a doe foot style so it fits to the natural shape of your lips nicely allowing even application.

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I was sent a lipgloss, which was a real surprise to receive as I haven’t used one in a long time!  I was never a huge lipgloss lover, I often found them sticky and annoying as my hair would get blown into it and stuck there.  However, when I opened this I was excited to try it out and maybe find a new love for lipgloss?  The lipgloss I was sent was the Glacier Gloss in Peach For The Sky.  This is not a super pigmented shade, but it does give a nice peachy gloss to the lips and is perfect for an everyday wear.  It is very moisturising and isn’t super sticky but still quite sticky and not all smooth on the lips.  The application is nice though and it glides on quite effortlessly.  I adore the packaging – the glossy black lid with the clear top to it is very luxurious and the design process seems to have been very thorough for the lipgloss and all these other products!

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The very last thing I was sent was a nail polish.  Now, I am not a nail guru in any way shape or form and my nails are not nice; they’re usually never painted and are never one length.  If I do wear nail polish I chip it within a day or smudge it; I’m really not very dainty.  However, getting this through the post has inspired me to paint my nails and while I didnt use this exact colour, I used a blue/turquoise/green from Avon, I’m really loving it and so far there’s no damage!  Anyway, onto the nail polish I was sent in the shade Pink Pop.  This is a really bold shade and could make a real statement to an outfit, which I’m all for.  The colour is highly pigmented after a couple of coats on the nail it is fully opaque.  The formula edges a little towards the gloopy side but if you give a good shake to the bottle before you use it, you should be fine.  I look forward to using this colour more and more as we edge into the spring and summer months and I think it’ll be really nice to make an outfit that bit more exciting; nail polish can really finish off a look.

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Finally, here are some swatches of the blush, matte lip and gloss in order!  As you can see, the peachy blush is very soft and delicate (on the very top) and so is the gloss (on the very bottom) but I wouldn’t say that the middle shade is very mauve, as it was described to be.  Nonetheless it is lovely and I will be wearing it lots!

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Have you ever tried some of beauty UK’s cosmetics before? Hope you enjoyed the post and leave any suggetions you have for upcoming posts below as my ideas are fast depleting!

Soph xx

Technic Makeup Review

Technic is a brand I love and have worked with before in this post, so when they offered to send me out some more of their amazing products to try I was really excited to say yes! I’m really excited to review all the products for you, and if you’d like to see these used in a makeup tutorial on my blog soon then make sure to leave a comment so I know you’ll want to see that. I’ve really loved using this makeup over the past few days and I hope you’ll all enjoy hearing about them.

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Starting with my absolute favourite; Mega Lash Mascara!  I first saw this mascara and thought, oh my god, the packaging.  It’s matte black and has silver, bold writing.  It sticks out in my makeup collection and looks so pretty.  The brush is so amazing, it’s really thick and chunky but has lots and lots of tiny bristles all over it which hook your eyelashes and ensure every single one is coated jet black. It gives length to the lashes, all the while creating a beautiful, glamorous, voluminous look.  I think this has become a definite staple in my collection when I want voluminous eyelashes without compromising on the quality of a product; this doesn’t go clumpy, doesn’t make my eyelashes stick together and it never makes them feel heavy, which I feel can sometimes be a bit of a downside to these sorts of mascaras.  Mega Lash ticks all the right boxes!

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Up next  is something I was really intrigued about, the Brow Pen.  This is in the shade medium brown, which is actually quite dark, my eyebrows are dark brown and this matched pretty well.  it’s confusing, as it’s a felt pen sort of a nib, so replicates an eyeliner, except the actual tip isn’t flexible and has quite a flat shape to it.  It’s very fluid though, and does an excellent job at defining my eyebrows and giving them structure – it’s easy to create precise hair lines making this ideal for filling in sparse brows.  It does seem to last a long time, the formula actually reminds me of a lip stain or something of a similar longevity.  I really love how thin it is as it’s really comfortable to hold and the packaging is very aesthetically pleasing.  My only downside is that this smells quite alcohol like and therefore could be irritating to some people.

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Next up is something I’ve been sent by Technic before, but it was received with open arms! I adore this Get Gorgeous Highlighter and since I have a duplicate of it now I shall be giving it to my Mum as she also really likes it and often pinches mine!  It’s a gorgeous bronze shade, which is very out there for a highlighter in my view – I’m not yet fully confident with wearing such bold highlight!  However, it will look gorgeous in summer and give a lovely bronzed glow to the cheekbones, and could easily be used as an eyeshadow as this has insane pigmentation (swatches to follow!).  The product in the pan is very luxurious, arranged in varying swirls, it looks really impressive!

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The next product that Technic sent was their eyeshadow primer which is specially formulated for use with shimmer eyeshadows.  This is really good, and I honestly didn’t expect it to be.  I was thinking along the lines of creasing and not working, or just sitting on the lid awkwardly like a weird liquid eyeshadow but it actually creates a really nice, tacky base for applying eyeshadow to.  Plus, it’s pearly pink shade looks really nice underneath lighter shaded eyeshadows, and you can’t even notice it under darker ones.  It definitely helps eyeshadow to stay on longer.  The packaging is again very attractive – well done Technic on the packaging front, it’s gorgeous!  Again, my only downside would be the slight alcoholic scent to this which isn’t ideal considering it’s going around the eyes.

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Finally, I was sent the colour correcting loose powder.  Now, the first thing I do whenever I get a loose powder is I smell it – weird, I know, but you’ll see why.  I hate it when they smell like flowers and old ladies, it really puts me off.  Guess what? This one doesn’t!  Plus, it’s actually so amazing!  It’s not too full coverage but because it has a yellowy tone to it, it really helps to calm and cover some of my mild redness, and it’s really good at absorbing oils and keeping you matte all day. It’s super finely milled so it creates an airbrushed, flawless finish to the face when it’s on.  I really love this, and while it wont ever take over my beloved Rimmel Stay Matte, it’s a close competitor!

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And finally, for the swatches.  From top to bottom we have the eyeshadow primer, the brow pen and then the get gorgeous highlighter.  Let’s applaud my artistic skills in drawing that abysmal love heart!

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You can find Technic’s products over on Love Thy Makeup, but they also sell on amazon!

Have you ever tried any makeup from Technic?  What did you make of it?

Soph xx

 

Blog Awards

A couple of blog awards I’ve recently been nominated for!

Featured image taken by me: Tribute wall of tiles dedicated to aids in Bournemouth.  I thought it was really creative.  

I’m dropping you in an extra post this week, you’ll (maybe?) be pleased to hear!  I didn’t think that a post such as blog awards constituted for a Saturday/Wednesday post however I really wanted to do this and I’m going to start doing the blog awards which I do receive during the week as extra posts instead of being lazy and ignoring them as I always do – I think they’re really positive ways to express your admiration of a blog and get blogs you value noticed by others.

The lovely Chloe from Marble Beauty nominated me for two blogger awards, which I am extremely grateful for!  Chloe’s blog is one I love so much – she’s incredibly active and posts quality content literally every day.  You really do need to go follow her, I guarantee you’ll love her posts just as much as I do.  I was nominated for the Mystery Blogger Award and the Versatile Blogger Award.  Like Chloe, I’ll be leaving my nominees for both awards at the end of the post so make sure to stay tuned!

The Mystery Blogger Award

Rules:

  • Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
  • Mention the creator of the award and provide a link as well.
  • Tell your readers three things about yourself.
  • Answer 5 questions from the nominator.
  • Nominate 10 or more people
  • Notify your nominees by leaving the nomination link in the “comments” of their blog
  • Ask your nominees any 5 questions of your choice, with one weird or funny question (specify)

The creator of this award is OkotoEnigma.

Three Things About Myself:

  1. I used to really love reading when I was younger (like 10,11,12 years old) and would devour a book in a day.  I never really read much anymore, unless I’m on holiday when I can finish a good ten books in a week!  I’d love to get back into reading though, but I read in school and it’s so boring there so I’m never in the mood to do it at home.
  2. I love more literary subjects at school like English or History.  My brain is definitely not mathematically or logically minded; I’m horrible at chemistry, maths and physics but I can do biology and actually really enjoy it.
  3. I like to think I’m a tidy, organised person and a bit of a neat freak but in reality I’m such a mess and that definitely reflects in the state of my bedroom!

Questions From Marble Beauty:

  1. What is your all time favourite makeup item? – I absolutely adore mascara and couldn’t live without it, my favourite has to be Benefit’s Roller Lash.
  2. Best holiday you ever went on? – My favourite holiday has to be my two and a half weeks I spent in the south of France in 2015 in the French Riviera.  We went to St. Tropez, and visited lots of rivers which I swam in (they were pretty chilly but it was warm when you got out, so it was fine).  My favourite place has to be Pont Du Gard in Avingon area, it was so lovely and swimming in it was amazing – there were lots of little fish and the water was so warm.  Plus, the supermarkets in Avingon are insane, they’re great all over France actually.  Hopefully we’ll be going back when I’ve finished my GCSEs!
  3. Favourite way to spend your free time? – This sounds like a question from my recent French speaking exam! I usually like to cosy up in my bed or on the sofa with my laptop and phone and just browse the internet and maybe play some Sims which is my complete obsession.  I usually have chocolate with me too, my diet is just shocking!
  4. If you could have any animal as a pet, what would you choose? – I have two cats, whom I love so dearly and couldn’t live without.  Cats are my favourite animal, but I wont be classic crazy cat lady and answer this question with ‘more cats’.  I’d actually really love a tiger for a pet, they look so fluffy and cuddly, although I’m sure they’d probably rip my face off!
  5. What are your top 3 staple clothing items? – I’d probably say black joni jeans from Topshop, I wear these literally all the time.  Then a light jacket, such as one I’ve been really loving from Hollister recently – it’s khaki and goes with almost everything.  Finally, I’d say white converse – I wear these with pretty much every outfit and they always go!  I’m so basic haha!

My Questions:

  1. What are you wearing?
  2. What is your ultimate comfort food?
  3. Which song reminds you of a holiday?
  4. When was the last time you went shopping?
  5. If you could have dinner with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be?

 

Versatile Blogger Award

Again, this nomination came from Marble Beauty!

The Rules:

  • You have to thank the person who nominated you and provide a link to their blog!
  • Nominate at least 15 bloggers of your choice.
  • Link the nominees and inform them about their nomination.
  • Share 7 facts about yourself (being truthful!)

My Facts:

  1. I don’t clean my makeup brushes and tools anywhere near as often as I should.  I can see them now and they really need a clean!
  2. I’m absolutely addicted to Ed Sheeran’s new album, Divide.  It’s playing right now, and my favourite song has to be ‘What do I know?’ or ‘Nancy Mulligan’ – I especially think Nancy Mulligan is so sweet as it’s about his grandfather, William, and Nancy is his grandmother!
  3. I’m the biggest procrastinator that you’ll find! All my homework is left until the very last minute, e.g 10:30pm the night before it’s due, or at lunch on the same day it’s due.  However, I do sometimes  have extremely productive days, which can be odd and quite disconcerting!
  4. I’m a big person in writing things down!  My desk cupboards are filled with beautiful, half filled notebooks of random ideas.  The thing is, I never finish them and I still buy more.  I have enough to sink a ship!
  5. My favourite country I’ve been to has to be France, and I would really love to visit Australia and the Maldives.
  6. When I’m older I honestly have no clue what I want to do for a job, but I was thinking about doing biology A-Level.  I know I don’t want to go to uni, and I’d love to work with animals.
  7. I really don’t want children, they annoy the hell out of me and I don’t think I could stand having any!

 

My Nominees For Both Awards:

  1. Alanna 
  2. Elin
  3. Amelia
  4. Madi
  5. Tash

I only nominated five, but of course if you’d like to do one of these awards feel free – you’re all nominated!

Soph xx

 

Too Faced Sweet Peach Palette Review

Well my God am I excited to be writing this post!  I’d been waiting just under a week for possibly the most exciting thing I ever ordered to arrive and when it did I just knew I’d love it as soon as I opened the box.  It is, if you hadn’t figured, The Too Faced Sweet Peach palette!  This was limited edition in the Summer and I had one reserved at Debenhams to buy with my birthday money, but it sold out and my reservation no longer existed, so I sat lusting over everyone else’s palettes whilst I remained peach-less, until the joyous day in December when I found out that Debenhams were in fact restocking along with the launch of the Sweet Peach Collection – and it’s there to stay!  If you want to buy this palette from Debenhams, click here – it’s £39.00 very well spent in my opinion.

Anyway, I decided that like my Chocolate Bar Palette Review, I would review yet another amazing palette brought to us on this earth by the Gods from Too Faced!  I’ve got everything; swatches, packaging and actual eye shadow photos – and don’t doubt that I’ll be creating a look or two with this palette soon! So, lets get into it I guess.

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So, as you can see, the palette doesn’t look dissimilar to the other larger ones that Too Faced have out, such as the Chocolate Bar series. It has eighteen shades in it, all to do with peaches or being very peachy toned or generally quite neutral.  I love how it incorporates pops of colour into this quite daytime, neutral palette – shades such as candied peach and just peachy are a welcomed pop of bright almost neon pink and slightly shimmery less neon pink.  The green shade, bless her heart, is really nice as it does still fit into the peach theme, without being too neutral.

As always, the shadows are amazingly easy to blend and highly pigmented.  The shimmery ones are more pigmented than the mattes but only slightly, yet they both blend really nicely and easily.  They have a professional finish to them which I think helps this palette to appeal to everyone: you definitely don’t have to be a pro makeup artist to use this – look at me, I’m not good at makeup at all and even I have still found it easy to create looks with.  You can always follow the mini beauty leaflet to tell you about how to create specific looks.

The packaging is as always very gorgeous, heavy duty and luxurious.  I especially love how soft the peachy gradient is and the peach indents on the lid.  The palette itself smells so lovely, like a really summery smoothie – it reminds me of holidays.

Onto the actual eyeshadow swatches and shades now, I’m doing it in blocks of six going downwards.  Here’s a picture of the palette inside so that you can compare the swatches to the shadows in pan.

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Okay so starting with the first section, we have the neutrals.  From bottom to top we have white peach, then nectar, then peaches n cream, then luscious, then cobbler, then georgia. Out of all these shades, luscious is undoubtedly my favourite.  It’s a gorgeous champagne-silver colour which is so shimmery and the shimmer is really thick on the lid so the colour payoff is great.  As you can see, the shades are visible under both bad lighting and no flash (rip my non-existent photography skills) or under flash, even the lighter ones such as white peach are just visible on my very pale skin, but show up great on a well primed eyelid (I like to use Benefit’s stay don’t stray, which you can find a mini review on here in my high end makeup collection post).

Onto the next six, we have the more peachy shades in the palette.  From bottom to top here we have just peachy, then candied peach, then caramelised, then bless her heart, then bellini, and finally puree.  From this section, and actually from the whole palette, similar to other lovers of this palette, my favourite shade is bellini.  This is a beautiful shade of pink shimmer which looks amazing packed onto the eyelid with a look really centralised around the more peach shades in this palette.  I also love the two shades just peachy and candied peach and they’re probably the most used shades for my transition colours on my eye!

Onto the last section, where the palette goes into darker colours which I do feel may slightly slip away from the peachy theme – nonetheless they are still really nice & I actually use these a lot, even though some of these darker shades may seem a little unwearable.  From bottom to top here we have got talk derby to me, then peach pit, then summer yum, then charmed i’m sure, then delectable and finally tempting.  This part of the palette houses my favourite matte shade in the palette, summer yum, which I often wear in my crease as it’s really nice and warm – I’m already in the mood for spring, winter is starting to annoy me, so I’m pulling out my warmer toned eyeshadows which usually consist of brighter shades, but if found this matte colour to work really nicely.  In my swatches, tempting and talk derby to me both look very similar, and whilst they are not on total opposite ends of the colour spectrum, they still do have significant differences.

So, there goes the whole palette over view.  I really love this palette, I think it’s easily  a match to the original Chocolate Bar palette, which I have and which is and will remain well loved!  The shadows in formula and pigmentation are lovely and I think this is for sure a great staple to have in your makeup collection!

Soph xx

Benefit Roller Lash Review

I recently purchased Roller Lash by Benefit in the boxing day sales for £19.50.  You can buy it here on Benefit’s website.  We all know that Benefit are really rather wonderful, right?  They always create amazing makeup which never fails to live up to expectations.  I’ve been wanting to try this mascara for a long time now, and so I figured that I’d grab it when I was last shopping and give it a go.  I can tell you, I wasn’t disappointed!

The first thing which struck me about the mascara was the packaging.  I know that technically this really shouldn’t matter, because you’re not paying for the tube but for the actual product inside.  However, it always makes you feel better having forked out (a worthwhile, don’t get the wrong idea here) £19.50 when the packaging looks so amazing.  Staying true to it’s name, the packaging really reminds me of hair rollers, especially the lid.  The lid is in fact really nice to hold, which always helps to achieve a nice look on your eyelashes.  I think the black and pink looks very chic and pretty, and I love displaying this on my dressing table.

The wand on the mascara is amazing.  It has loads of hook like bristles which are gentle on the eyelashes and still manage to catch each and every single lash for optimum length.  Because the bristles really powerfully hook onto your lashes, they help achieve a really dark black look and create intense, uplifted curls.  You can really layer this mascara for a deep black long and voluminous looking lash effect, or just keep it to a simple one or two coats, wiggling the brush from the lashline to the top of your eyelashes, for a simple, long lashed, fresh eyed daytime look.  I love using this for school as I feel like it makes my eyes look bigger and more awake, which is exactly what I need!

The formula itself shocked me, as I wasn’t expecting it to be so amazing.  Don’t get me wrong, I was expecting something pretty good for the pricetag (which is totally reasonable considering how great this mascara actually is), but not something as good as this.  I feel like I really put it to the test on Tuesday at school.  I had my average six hour school day, but it was the first day back, I had a history exam first period and then also was in a new maths set, which really stressed me out.  Throughout the day when I checked my makeup, my mascara was holding up so well!  There was no smudging on my lower lashline and no wearing off in length and the curl had held itself up.  When I got home to remove it (I’m weird like this, I always will take my makeup off as soon as I can!), it was still on and in good nick, the curl was still there along with the length, and there was no smudging or anything bad.  It’s a smooth formula which is really nice to apply, it doesn’t ever go clumpy, but sometimes it feels a little bit sticky which can be weird, but if you are gentle with the brush it doesn’t do this.

Overall, I really love this mascara, and I think its a great idea to buy it if you’re looking for mascara which will last all day and give you really long, defined & curled lashes then Benefit’s Roller Lash is a really good one for that.  Personally, I think it’s better for everyday use as it can give a more lighter, daytime look, versus a smoky nighttime one.

Soph xx

The Big Guide on Moving Schools

This is a long one, be warned. You may or may not need this, but if you’re moving schools I thoroughly suggest you read it – it explains in detail all my moves and my tips and tricks. If not, then read it anyway (be nice ;D) and you can also laugh at my many misfortunes!

Hi guys!

With the new school year I expect some of you are moving up from Primary school to High school, or from First school to Middle school or Middle school to High school. Perhaps you’re just moving up a year in your school. Maybe some of you are even moving schools, alone, not with the rest of your class or year group, not even with friends.  But alone.  Maybe you’re moving across country to move schools.  Whatever you’re doing, I’ve done it.  I can promise you that I have done pretty much every type of school move you can imagine.  This means I know how terribly nerve wreaking it can be, how exciting but scary it is to head somewhere totally unfamiliar.   And today, I’m creating The Big Guide On Moving Schools (which also covers everything about moving schools that I’ve mentioned previously) just so that you know everything you can know, and you can be as totally prepared as possible and your transition can be as smooth and easy for you to adapt to.

I guess I’ll start on a small-scale and work my way up all the moves possible, everything I’ve experienced in hope that I’ll help you!

Moving Within Your School

This move is probably the easiest.  Not only are you staying in one place, but you’re moving up a year in school with everyone you’ve been able to get to know over the past years. The thought of it tends to be quite scary, because maybe you’re moving into a different section of the school that you don’t know much of.  Maybe you have a new teacher which you’ve heard all the nasty rumors about (in year 4, I had a teacher who was very tall – I was very small, and everyone in the school would send little whispers around about him ‘he is so big and scary!’ etc.  Turned out to be the nicest teacher I’ve ever had).  The best thing you can do for this type of move is to not think much about it. Enjoy the time before you head up a year in school and cherish the fact that you’ll at least know everyone.

I guess my tip for this would be make sure you’re prepared.  Depending on what year you’re moving into, you’ll need some different supplies or maybe your uniform requires you to change ties.  Whatever it requires, then you need to know about that and buy it in good timing – there is nothing worse than having a meltdown because you uniform isn’t available two days before you’re due to start school again.

Transitioning Between Schools

I didn’t really know what to call this, but what I mean is moving from Primary School to High School or First School to Middle School or Middle School to High School.  Those sorts of moves.  The moves where its a huge, massive change yet you’re going to have people you know by the side of you.  Even if it’s just one or two people, you still know them.  I’ve done this.  I moved from my Primary school in year five to a school which was a Middle School transitioning itself into a High School.  I went with my three best friends at the time, and some boys from our school who were also moving to this school.  We were reasonably young, moving from year five to year six (the last year of primary school ro second year of middle school) and because I was youngest in my year (August birthdays for you here guys!) I was about ten.  It was scary, but exciting.  I didn’t have too much to worry about and I also had my friends by my side.

I’d make sure to discuss this type of move with your parents really well, because it’s a big transition.  The move to a new school signifies new things to study and many changes.  Make sure you read into schools available to move to and make the right choice, it is really important to choose a school you want to go to, whether that means you’ll be following your friends and others you know or taking the leap by yourself.

If you are moving with friends, often when moving from school to school traditionally (eg at the start of a new year when a whole new year group is joining as they transition from an old school), your new school will give you a forum in which to fill out stating which person you want in your form the most. You can only choose one, most of the time, which is good and bad.  Good because you don’t have to create an order of which friend you like the most, but bad because not all your friends will end up in your form with you.  Now, there is a way which sometimes works for this – say there is four of you in your friendship group, we’ll call you A, B, C and D.  Friend A will write friend B on their forum, friend B will write friend C, friend C will write friend D and friend D will write down friend A.  This way you’re in some sort of friendship loop that can’t be gotten past without either splitting you all up and putting you into different classes or getting you all in the same class.  Notice I did say sometimes, and it may not always work (it worked for me I think but this was four years ago now I can hardly remember).  Also, when moving up to a new school there are so many new people coming into the school from different schools, just like you have.  Maybe you’ll want to not be in a form with your friends, it will give you opportunities to make new friends. I wish I had done that, and made new friends right from the start.

Obviously if you’re not moving with friends, or even people you know, you wont have these troubles.  Keep in mind that these forums are not always given out to you and you most likely wont have to fill them in if you don’t want to.  Not all schools will do this.  You will go for taster days, where you will meet people from all the other schools who are joining – smile and talk to them.  They will be as nervous as you, I promise.  It’s horrible starting new schools, but it’s easier done when there are lots of you, and more people to talk to.  Even something as simple as asking what school they came from previously can spark up a conversation and while it may be awkward at first, things will get a little more bearable soon!  Chat to people you’re sat next to in lessons – even if you’re awfully shy, people are waiting for you to make the first move, so just go for it and chances are someone will want to talk to you.  And if not, if someone is obscenely rude to you, don’t go and tell it to a teacher (unless it is constant and you’re being bullied, of course), because it isn’t Primary School anymore and teachers are a lot harsher, they don’t have time for whining children – believe me, I’ve been there done that worn that T-shirt.

Having done the whole moving school thing multiple times at multiple ages, the younger you are, the easier it is.  People, especially teenage girls, grow judgemental in high school – it’s a reasonably well-known fact.  Have you seen the movie Mean Girls (if not do go watch, five stars out of five amazing).  Younger people have a better time accepting you for who you are, and they generally don’t care about too much.

When transitioning schools like this, be friendly and confident, spread your wings and make friends outside people you already know (you’re going to have to if you’re moving up alone) and have fun in your first couple of weeks.  The workload isn’t going to be too frustratingly hard, and you’ll more than likely slot right in.  I know it sounds cheesy, but if people don’t like you for who you are, then don’t try to change just so you can fit in with them.  You may think it’s fun to be one of the ‘popular girls’ and that changing yourself to be one is a good idea, but it really isn’t – speaking from experience, you’re going to realise that mean girls are exactly that, mean.  They’re mean to others and to their friends their mean to everyone but themselves.  And there will always be the queen bee who is bossing everyone around, she isn’t the nicest person to be around.  Be you and someone, even if its only one person, will like you for it.

P.S – reading wiki how articles on any of this stuff is completely scary and useless.  It gives the biggest false representation and will make you so scared and smiling everywhere you go is not the answer, seriously, unless you want to give out the wrong impressions take my advice and don’t read heaps of wiki how articles on ‘How To Smile Nicely At A New School’ or ‘How To Join School Confidently’.  Lies, scary ones too.

New School Moves

This is the one where you’re leaving your school, lets say you’re in High School, to move to a totally new High School. It’s still near where you live, and you’re not moving houses or anything because of it, but you’re moving schools and it is happening.  You don’t have anyone at this new school who you know, or even if you do they’re distant nursery friends and there is no point in contacting them – if you do, be careful because you don’t know what they’ll be like and while it may be helpful to have them as an ally when you join a new school, it may not always work out in the long run.  The not working our part of that happened to me, and I wish I had gone into my school a fresh person that is not connected to anyone (I’m not going to explain this in too much detail as it is a long story, however if you want to know a bit more about it then ask me things in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer you, as detailed as you’d like!).  Nevertheless, I still had the joining a new school unknown experience, and I’m going to share everything with you here, what I did that helped me and more.

I moved to a new school in the January of 2015, Year 8, my old high school was not working out for me.  I made the choice to leave it, and it was to this day the best choice I ever made.  I didn’t like who I was there – I had fallen into a stigma of a nerd (I’ll admit to being a little nerdy, and I have nothing wrong with nerds – you do you and if you’re a nice person, I don’t care about your interests!), and being a nerdy type in said school was not something you wanted to be, at all.  Not only that, but the people I was hanging around with were not at all like me, I didn’t fit in with them – they were more reserved and I am quite a bold person, yet very few people realised because I spent most of my time in the library, or helping out with clubs and things with my so-called ‘friends’.  The inability to spread my wings was killing me, I’m a social person and having just one fixed set of friends isn’t my thing.  The school was a bad school anyway, certain people were giving me grief and the fact that I wasn’t doing there what I wanted to do wasn’t working for me.  I moved, and it was amazing.  If you want to make a change because something isn’t working for you, go for it.  Do not be nervous or scared, just take the leap.  You will end up happier.  Here, let Kevin from mean girls inspire you to move on with certain people.

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Anyway, I did know one girl who I contacted before I moved schools.  It wasn’t the worst decision I’d made, but then again it wasn’t the best.  This person was more popular than I was in my old school, which wasn’t something I was used to.  I wouldn’t say I ever grew to a certiain popularity, and it was always very outsider-ish if I was ever doing anything with said person.  Generally, I’d say go in and start a fresh.  It’s going to be harder if you move schools later, but you can make it easier by not making mistakes (such as going out with some weird boy in your first couple of months at a new school and not living it down until you left – even if it was only eighteen hours of going out with him which really can’t be classed as going out with someone and you did nothing.  Prepare for songs and weird comments coming your way).  So yes, don’t make mistakes like I did.  One thing you’ll need is a thick skin, people might make remarks about you, mostly boys actually, and there will be a lot of rumors about people being attracted to you, even if you’re not the sort of person (cough cough moi) that people should be attracted to.  These rumors more than likely mean nothing and you just need to have a thick skin, look past them and pull a nice sarcastic smile when they come your way.  Try not to go in with a constant resting bitch face (Fun Fact: I did, and most of my closest friends from that school though I was a bitch before they became friends with me!).  Smile and say hi to people, and if introduced to someone, try talk to them, don’t just go mute and smile a good old sarcastic smile to them (that’s only for the afore-mentioned rumours!).  And if you’re not too happy with your past, you don’t have to reveal it to everyone – sure, you can be truthful but if people are bombarding you with intrusive questions, a few white lies don’t hurt!

Starting a new school is nerve wreaking as hell.  You’re going to be very nervous. Make sure the morning before you start, you actually have things planned out.  I’d recommend getting a parent to drive you there, at least for your first morning.  I took the bus home and there every day after and on the afternoon of my first day, but just so I wasn’t late by getting confused with bus routes, I got a lift from my Dad on the first day.  It’s also more encouraging to be wished well by a parent before you step out into the unknown!  Make sure you have the right uniform.  Some uniforms have different ties for different year groups, make sure you have the right one, others give you the option to not wear ties and wear a shirt with the schools logo instead.  Jumpers under blazers are optional sometimes, and sometimes polo shirts are worn in the summer.  Stalk your new schools website and twitter for uniform photos, and even go lurk around the school (without your parents, ideally, to minimise embarrassment) when it finishes to see what uniform choices are being worn.  You want to turn up looking good, and although you do want to showcase your unique personality and be you blah blah etc etc, you also don’t want to stick out like a sore thumb and for people to straight away know that you are the ‘new person’.

You’re probably going to be assigned a person, or a few people, with similar lessons to you, to show you around the school and take you to lessons.  If you’ve already been assigned one, great.  If not, all the girls and some of the boys in your form will start begging to look at your time-table and want to compare theirs, and take you places. Just accept their offers – new friends and you’re going to find your way about easier.  Seriously, they may seem unhelpful but don’t be ignorant, you will get lost it will happen, they’re a big help to you. Getting lost is not good – I didn’t get lost until my second week at this school, where I appeared twenty minutes late to my RS lesson because it was in a different room to usual (we shared teachers, it rotated every two weeks) and I went to drama, then my usual RS room and had to go ask what lesson someone I knew was in so I could go locate the room – embarrassing, I nearly just thought about hiding in the toilets until that period was over.

You’ll be fine after about four weeks, you’ll know all your teachers and hopefully a good few people and everything will soon feel normal and you’ll start to love it, or hate it (if you hate it there is no maximum times you can make a change in your school life, remember that!)

The School Move Which Also Entails A Move Away From Everything You Know And Love

Shortly abbreviated to: The Worst.

The worst move of all time, the most horrific, scariest and nerve wreaking thing I have ever done.  Moving six hours away from Yorkshire, where I’d spent all nearly fourteen years of my life, to Wiltshire, where I’d never been and didn’t know a soul, not even family.  Where I was moved to a new school which I’d only seen once and never heard of, where the accent was different so everyone would know I was new, where I had no friends and nobody to talk to in person other than my family for a while.  I make it sound horrible – I wouldn’t be wrong, the first week or two was.

So, if you keep up with my blog you’ll know I recently moved from Yorkshire to Wiltshire to accommodate my brothers special needs.  There are various posts around my blog detailing this heavily – just look in my categories and Moving Diaries should show up, which is where all of those posts will be.  This meant leaving the school I had moved to in January 2015, to move to an all new one. It meant leaving my best friend and all my other close friends, it was heartbreaking to do that.  Later on in this post (for gods sake, when will you stop! This has been going on long enough) I’ll give you some tips on how I dealt with leaving people I loved.  The move was stressful, it didn’t go very smoothly as on the first day of going to my new school all the furniture was being delivered to the house, I slept with sleeping bag and floor the night before, and three nights before that too – the back ache was chronic.

My attitude for this move was totally different to any other move I’ve done, and I’d recommend adopting said attitude.  If you know nobody, then who is really someone you don’t want to know.  I got assigned a lovely group of girls as ‘buddies’, whom I relished the presence of considering I couldn’t just walk up to someone I maybe knew because there was no chance of me knowing anyone down here.  Most of the girls were in my form, they introduced me to loads of people.  In my food class I met B (we’ll just call her that for the sake of her privacy) who then ivited me to eat lunch with her and her friends (who are all amazing and who I love and Jaz if you’re reading this I love you ;D haha Jaz has a blog so I know she’ll end up reading this one day).  I always eat lunch with them now and it was relatively easy to make friends, I know a good few people now and school feels normal.

It’s really important to impress teachers and try hard in subjects when you go for such a big move.  They don’t know anything about you at all and getting on the right side of them will be a good idea.  I walked in when it was end of year exam time, but only for science, which isn’t my strongest subject and I didn’t do amazingly in it.  I did however do well on an English assesment and got 100% in a Geography exam, which are both very good things.  Let’s just not talk about how bad I’ve been doing in maths….!  Anyway, making a good impression on teachers is important.

I think to make things go smoothly, you need to adapt pretty quickly and have a well prepared first day.  Like I didn’t eat on my first day, because they don’t accept cash and I didn’t get my thumb print set up and I’d have to wait to get my thumb print set up.  You know, I could’ve brought snacks to avoid these sort of inconveniences. Also, I didn’t realise I’d need a pretty big school bag, so was left using a small handbag thing and went out buying a new bag that weekend – it would’ve been easier if I’d have known this.  Perparation is key!

My Tips

So, whilst I may have descibed things in a lot of depth here and my word count is nearing 4000, it’s never enough. Why not bombard you with tips on making friedns, leaving people behind, and surviving first days (wait isn’t this what you’ve done for the whole post so far?).  Also, I’ll include some amusing stories of my school moves, all for your reading pleasure!

Surviving your first day:

  • Make sure you look the part.  Follow your schools dress code, but don’t look like that year seven you once/are about to be.  Obviously, if nobody is wearing pleated knee length skirts (my first high school didn’t let us wear anything other than, and would make us kneel to the ground and measure how far the hem of the skirt was from it. Fun I know) and they’re all wearing skinny black pants (R.I.P freedom of uniform circa 2015, those comfortable jean things are missed gratley by many teenage girls) then wear them if you don’t want to stick out.  Of course, if you’re into knee length skirts, or pencil skirts, or shorter skirts or even regular trousers, wear them.  Just stick to the dress code but be aware you can sway it a little in your advantage, especially if the rest of the school is doing so.  Whatever you feel comfortable in, wear – just know the limits.
  • I’ll be doing a post on this, but go in with minimal makeup that looks clean and polished, yet don’t wear too little.  It depends on the school, but at one of my schools we were pretty much allowed to wear as much makeup as we wanted, and I had a lovely fake tanned orange stage that I’m sure somebody reading this will remember.  Spare me the memories. Anyway, don’t cake on the makeup but wear as much or as little as you want and are allowed.
  • Be confident.  If you’re not a confident person, just see this as a bit of a white lie (believe me, you’ll wind up telling a few in your first few weeks), but a white lie that you’re going to stick with.  If you’re confident, smiley and happy and you approach people, you’ll recieve nicer people approaching you.
  • You’re going to be seen as interesting, like you’ve been plonked on some table in the middle of a science lab and people are staring you out and examining you.  This is normal.  You’ll be asked tonnes of questions about your old school, where are you from, why does your accent sound like that.  Hell, most people will try to imitate your accent, if you’re from yorkshire especially.  People down south seem to find my mispronounciation of words with ‘T’ in them hilarious, and the way I shorten things like ‘in the’ to ‘int’.  It’s proved fascinating for many.
  • Have fun, and on your first day you’re allowed to ask questions.  Your allowed to be scared, confused, nervous, excited and most of all if you don’t feel any emotions towards anything at all, this is also allowed.
  • I always talked to myself in my head, mostly telling myself off for looking like what I thought was, pardon my french, but a bit of a dick. Digging your nails into the palm of your hand, or nipping your arm when you’re put on the spot is okay and pretty comforting.  Everything is very busy and new, and to be able to feel pain makes things feel a bit more real.

Making Friends:

  • Smiles are the key to everything – well, nearly everything.  As I mentioned, loads of people thought I was a bitch because I was defensive with sarcasm and resting bitch face and one of my schools.  Wasn’t the best coping mechanism.  Neither was blurting things out like ‘Oh I have no boobs’ on my first day in Wiltshire, and then putting it down to ‘Yorkshire Defensive Attitudes’ (yes that is now a thing).  Still, I smiled and people talk to you.  If you approach people with a smile they’re more likely to talk to you.  But dont just walk around the whole school smiling, that’ll just give you jaw ache and you’ll look a bit odd!
  • Be confident.  You’re allowed to approach people.  Don’t be lazy and think they can approach you but you can’t go over to them.  Some people may simply not be very talkative and not want to chat, but most will.  Just start things off with a question about the work you’re doing, or what options they’ve chosen.  Anything.  Or if you’re from Yorkshire, just speaking to someone from Wiltshire seems to make them go into some crazy frenzy about the way you say ‘y’aright’ instead of ‘how are you’ (it’s funny to watch people imitate my accent).
  • Seek out people who are like you and spark up conversation.  This may require joining some clubs (not something I’ve ever done, hello every other anti-social human here) but I do reccomend finding similar people to you.  Chances are you’ll make friends with them quciker.

Leaving People You Love Behind:

  • You will probably see them again.  I had to leave Sav, my best friend, but we recently spent a day or so together which was such fun and we had loads of laughs.  I miss her, a lot, and sometimes there are times when I just want to go see her (recent incident called for such a time, but she was driving back to Yorkshire so I could not) and can’t, but I talk to her all the time.  We have facetime. We have a snapchat streak nearing 250 days.  It is all good but still it is all sad.
  • If theres a real friendship there, they’ll stay in touch.  If not, then you’ll loose them.  This has happened many a time, with many different moves.  Most of these loss of contacts I am happy about, because if they don’t want to be there when it isn’t convenitent, I would rather they just left.  If it’s hard for you to deal with, look forward and remember there will be loads of people who are new and exciting where you are now.
  • Sometimes, friendships grow stronger over longer distances.  I feel this rings true for certain people as we can gossip with each other, safe in the notion that neither will tell anyone because we have nobody to tell who would be interested about the subjects, as usually she will be telling me something from Yorkshire and I will be telling her something from Wiltshire – who would be interested in irrelevant scandals!

And now for my last, very last thing I have to say: The Ultimate Story Of Getting Lost.  

I was not able to find my English class.  For whatever reason I had wound up in the maths department, then IT and then I was in technology.  Everything was not going well.  I went to reception thinking they could help me, then I realised I didn’t even know the name of my English teacher to find out her whereabouts.  Plus, the receptionist was on the phone and I was too nervous to wait around and too polite to interrupt her.  So, on I roamed through the halls when I heard my name ‘Sophie?’.  It was being shouted through the school.  My class had sent someone to come look for me.  I felt like a lost dog, it was horrendous.  I was greeted with an ‘Oh, there you are!’ and an awkward, small talk filled walk back to English.


So, I really hope all of that has helped even one of you who was a little nervy about back to school in one way or another.  If there is anything I haven’t covered, or anything you want to ask me about my experiences, please do leave a comment and we’ll have a chat – I love speaking with all of you!

Question:  Have you ever moved schools?  If so, what is the most embarassing story you have to share with me?

Soph xx