Archive | June 2015

June Birchbox: French Sole – What’s in the box?

I’ve been getting Birchboxes for a few months now, and have been meaning to post it on here but never really got around to it. There’s a lot of excitement involved, and I do my best to never really look online at what’s coming. In fact, this month I totally forgot all about it, so apologies must be sent to the courier who just saw me in a rather disheveled state in my dressing gown! (I am going to get dressed soon, I’m having a lazy day before doing a good 10 mile walk, that I will hopefully be able to finish today!)

So this month’s box has been put together with French Sole, who designed the box and a rather cool fabric bag that I can keep it all in. It looks like Licorice All Sorts which makes it amazing!

So, what’s in the box?

The first thing that I noticed was the balance me Super Moisturising Body Wash.

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This smells delicious. It is actually a product that I have used previously after getting it free with Glamour Magazine a couple of months back, so I can already tell you that it leaves your skin feeling really good after use. I was using it after swimming as I’d ran out of my Sun, Swim & Gym shower gel, and it was so refreshing to not smell of chlorine after doing my turn in the pool!

Next up is Styl London‘s Temporary Tattoos.

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If I was going to a festival this summer I would be so excited to be taking these with me! I’m not, but I’m sure we’ll manage to find a reason to try them out! They’re gold and silver in colour, too, which means taht they will go with pretty much anything.

Thirdly, we’ve got English Laundry by Christopher Wicks

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Apparently it is a “bright and fruity fragrance … both flirty and fun”, and who doesn’t want to smell flirtatious?

It does carry quite an alluring smell, but I feel that it is far too mature for me. I’m 23 and this is definitely the perfume of someone who can handle responsibility. Note to self: wear this to job interviews.

Yesto cucumbers Soothing hypoallergenic facial wipes won the 2011 Allure Best of Beauty Award.Apparently they “Instantly Remove Make Up”, and so I will definitely be putting that theory to the test.

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I love make up wipes because I am lazy. If make up wipes didn’t exist, I would just go to sleep in make up and let the bacteria attack my skin. (Please note, this is not the reason I have acne.)

I’d never heard of Mirenesse before opening up my box, but inside it I have got a Secret Weapon iCurl 24hr Mascara.

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I love mascara, mostly because it is the easiest part of make up. I’m always wary of long lasting make up products, but this looks a little different and I don’t think it has anything dodgy in it that could damage where it is put. (Disclaimer: I am not an expert).

Last, but certainly not least, is Beauty Protector Protect & Oil

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I love doing my hair and making it pretty and plaiting it so I get curls (and so it doesn’t blow everywhere while I’m out or get knotted in my sleep) and these cute little glass bottles look simple to use and promise protection from UV damage, whilst smelling “a-mazing!” Nobody loses!

If you feel tempted to get your own Birchbox each month, click this link here:

Please excuse the attrocious photography, My phone has lost the ability to focus, it would seem!


Exams are nearly over and another project is underway

So, as many of you know I work as a private tutor. I teach maths, English and science to children, teenagers and people with hopes and dreams. I mostly do maths, which surprises most people with my degree being in English Literature, but I am an absolute maths whiz.

If you were in any kind of education with me, you’ll probably know that exams were easy for me. I got full marks in one AS exam, and 90% in another one, and often it was my coursework that that let me down, so working solely with GCSE students on exams it feels great when I get the positive texts that tell me they think they have gotten around 30-50% on their higher maths paper (especially when some of them sat the Edexcel paper that went viral yesterday!). This may seem a little low, and you may wonder why less than half of the marks is good, but it only takes around 30% to nail a C. And with the six students I put through maths GCSE this year, only two were sitting the exam for the first time in year 11, and the majority of my students speak English as an additional language.

Results day is just over two months away, so nervous as I am, I’m sure my students are definitely worrying more! I’m just hoping that my 100% pass rate stands for everyone’s sake!

Now that exams are getting out of the way (only Paper 2 maths on Monday), I will be throwing myself into the secondary project that I have been working on alongside my tuition. For my primary students in particular, I write all my own work sheets. Often I will work from books designed to complement the National Curriculum at home, but I have developed quite a knack for writing worksheets for both maths and English, for my students in Key Stage 2. I am hoping to put these together on a website that will help parents access work for their children if they are struggling in a certain area, or if they want a challenge.

On top of this, I am planning to write out various analyses to GCSE and A Level texts that are clear and understandable (especially to EAL students), as well explaining how to tackle some of the harder questions on the maths exams – something that many of my students feel the internet is lacking when they have sought help alone.

As well as working with students up to GCSE, I work with students sitting the QTS Numeracy and Literacy tests, and have got quite the stash of worksheets and advice to upload because I know that for many who haven’t done any numeracy work in particular since year 11 they can be extremely difficult.

So if I’m quiet online or in life, just know, I’m probably attached to my laptop somewhere trying to organise all the work I’ve been doing for the last two years into a website, or helping someone’s child tackle a particularly fiendish word problem!