culture, music

There’s only one way to go from here…

Today was a very mixed day for me. I was feeling stressed and tired all day, and during yoga in my last period of school, I wanted nothing more than to just curl up into a ball and sleep. Then I had rehearsals for the production we are putting on of ‘Blood Wedding’, which was even more tiring. The general message here is that I am always tired basically!! ūüôā

At the end of rehearsal,¬†my friend went on her Instagram and gasped, looking directly at me, so I knew something bad must have happened. She read out: ‘Zayn Malik has announced he is leaving One Direction’. And I actually think I stopped breathing for a second. Now, I know how ‘typical soppy teenage girl’¬†I sound and just like any other annoying fan-girl that screams or cries¬†when¬†anything 1D related is mentioned¬†(and hyperventilate whenever we even hear their names). I’m not THAT bad, promise. Well, actually… but anyway, that happened. I was, and still am extremely upset about this. Although I never particularly liked Zayn (not as much as the others anyway), he was still a major part of the group and it just won’t be the same without him. I thought their last album was their best yet (go check out¬† my review here ūüôā : https://madsem13.wordpress.com/2014/12/30/not-just-girly-things/ )¬†and that they were just getting better and better as they matured, but obviously Zayn felt he couldn’t handle his fame anymore. I respect his decision completely, I am just still trying to get my head round the idea of One Direction as a four-piece. Today marked the end of an era in a way.¬†Yes, I know it’s cheesy, but just like when the Beatles broke up, fans are heartbroken. I’m sure you can tell yes, I am one of them.

To be honest, I am especially gutted about this as I’m going to see them in September, and I would have loved to see¬†One Direction¬†even just one more time altogether. But best wishes to Zayn, and to the boys of 1D who will carry on as a four, we believe in you! Defy everyone and bounce back with a bang, because you will always have supporters in your loving Directioners!

I know this will be a bit of a controversial post as people seem to either feel very strongly for or against them, but just think if this was your favourite band, and how you would feel. I felt a duty as a directioner (I guess you could call me that) to write this, and I’m sorry if you didn’t enjoy it, but please like/comment/follow me for some new and exciting posts coming up! Thanks for reading!

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beauty, books, fashion, music

(Not) Just girly things…

So today I wanted to try something a bit different, and do a couple of product reviews. And as it was just Christmas, what better time to rate some things I got! I would like to do some more of these in the future, so any comments/ideas would be appreciated.

First things first: the U.Spicy make up brushes. In case you were wondering, yes I am one of those girls who wears makeup, like the majority of my friends. I don’t wear a lot, just concealer if I need it (I usually do as spots are an unfortunate side effect of being a teenager) and matte powder. And often mascara. I might do a further post about my normal face routine, so I¬†will leave it at that. Make up does start to become very popular amongst teenagers at an increasingly young age, now it’s considered weird if 13 year olds don’t wear it! But I didn’t start regularly wearing it until about a year and a half ago, which was actually pretty late amongst everyone in my year at school. So as I have only been wearing it for a short time period, my brush collection was, to say the least, rubbish. The brushes were either from cheapy kits or a starter make up case I got about 4 years ago (and most of these are now broken). They were very bristly and my powder brush almost ruined the powder itself, but, not knowing better, I thought this was normal. Until I unwrapped the beautiful purple box on Christmas morning.

As I looked at it, I was VERY confused ¬†and I had absolutely no idea what it was, and as I slowly slid open the box, I literally gasped at the magic inside. Inside, there were 10 brushes, 5 large and 5 small, and they can be used for every single make up technique you could ever imagine. The black hairs have ombred white tips, and I swear it was like in a movie when triumphant music plays as I stared in awe at them. It was probably kind of ridiculous how excited I was (and still am) to try them out, but then I removed one of the brushes from the plastic casing. THEY WERE SO SOFT! And fluffy. Automatically I loved them even more. So when it came to getting ready for lunch on Christmas, I rushed upstairs and actually had to read the booklet to decide which brush to apply my powder with (I think I chose the wrong one though). Again they amazed me by how soft and easy to use they are. What I’m trying to say is, if anyone wants to get some new make up brushes, I would highly recommend these ones.

Moving on: ‘Four’, by One Direction. Yes, I am a directioner. I have all ‘four’ of their albums (pun intended), and went to their concert last June! Even better, I’m going again later this year!! So excited!! One direction is like my guilty pleasure, so please can no one write any negative comments about them please, as it won’t discourage me from them at all.

The album ‘Four’ was one I had been looking forward to owning for quite a while, as I have listened to it on Spotify (which i ADORE) many a time. The music is so different from their previous albums, and has a really rejuvenated feel¬†to it, like they have completely changed their look. (Which I guess they have, hello hair!!) The first song, ‘Steal my Girl’, has a really strong piano riff and is just simply amazing! I love all of their alums, but this one is different. I know people who didn’t like One Direction before ‘Four’, and has since completely changed their view on the band. I think it’s because it has a bit of a more rocky sound and even some folky songs, and despite the weird topic of ‘Stockholm Syndrome’, (when you fall in love with your kidnapper, yeah weird, I know) the songs are very relatable, as well as having lost their pop element. This allows their music to appeal to a wider demographic, which I think is quite clever. Good on them for breaking stereotypes! So before anyone writes off this album just because its One Direction, I would give this a go, because honestly, it’s really¬†good (i’m not being biased here) and all the songs are very catchy.

Lastly, ‘Girl Online’ by Zoe Sugg. For anyone who doesn’t watch YouTube, (don’t. You will get addicted ūüôā ) Zoe Sugg, aka Zoella, is a major blogger/vlogger, and YouTuber with over 6 million subscribers to her YouTube channel. She released her first book in November (I think?) and because I just started this bad boy, I was kind of interested in it. I started reading it on the 28th, and by the 29th I had read almost half of it. I think that speaks for itself honestly. I haven’t had any time to read any more since yesterday, but it was so gripping, and easy to read as well. Also, the protagonist, Penny, is my age, so I find it completely relatable, which is great to discover in a book. Penny basically lives my dream, when she gets to New York that is, and it is just such a sweet, yet touching, story. Penny herself is a blogger, and the blog posts included add to the storyline a lot. I kind of felt like it was Zoe herself living it which was quite cool, whether it was intended or not, I have no idea. I also find it inspiring that Zoe incorporates her experiences with her panic attacks into the character of Penny, as it allows the reader to understand better what they are like, hopefully gaining knowledge about how to support someone having one, or how to deal with one yourself. It adds depth to an otherwise quite, shallow (?) novel. Saying that, this is a great read, and I can’t wait to find out how it ends!

This was just a trial to see if I could do things like this, if you liked it or wanted to leave a comment it would be much appreciated! Thanks for reading guys, and have a good end of 2014!

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blogging, music

My journey begins here…

Hello people of the internet! Firstly, I would like to say that this blog has been a long time coming, and I’m excited to finally get started on it. I guess I could say that it was my mum and an English teacher at school that mainly promoted the idea to me, especially as I want to be¬†a journalist in the future.¬† But the¬†main reason I wanted to start a blog was to get my voice heard; as clich√©d as that sounds,¬†it’s the truth. As a teenager myself, I feel like sometimes we are wholly represented by what is shown in the media and the perception of the ‘stereotypical’ teenager. In movies there are two types of high schoolers: the ‘popular’ ones who party every weekend, and the nerds. Anyone who knows anything about young people know that is, largely, not the case. Who says you can’t be a mix? So I’m not going to get into a massive rant about this (not on my first post anyway ūüôā ) but does anyone else feel this way? Feel free to leave a comment guys!

Before I say goodbye to my first post on my blog (eeek!) I just want to mention a singer I discovered 2 days ago, called Bea Miller. I was scrolling through my Facebook news feed, and I stumbled upon a video of this girl in a leather jacket and bleached blonde hair with a microphone, so I decided to watch it. Before she had even finished singing her first word, I knew she was my new favourite artist. I’m not joking go check out the song!!¬† https://www.youtube.com/watchv=v32LEIHPBMw¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† The even¬†better thing about this girl? She’s 15,¬†around my age, and so inspiring to me. Her dreams came true, so that gives me hope for my future. She was pegged as one of the most influential teenagers of 2014, and its not hard to see why. Also, she has the best style ever, just another thing to add to my list of¬†Bea being amazing.

So thanks for reading guys, and I will try to post again before Christmas, but if not, have a great Christmas!

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