Thursday, 20 August 2015

MY GCSE RESULTS



DISCLAIMER: I am not writing this blog post to show off or make anyone else feel bad. I'm simply writing this because a) I've never been more proud of myself as this is my first ever set of qualifications and b) I enjoy finding out how well other people have done and I'm so happy for everybody, even people I don't know haha!

In my school the majority of people have the opportunity to gain 8 GCSE's, however as I was considered a 'brighter' student in year 9 I was forced to take 'Triple Science' which is essentially taking all three sciences separately: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. This also meant I had to take 3 exams for each science at the end of year 11, whereas those who took 'Double Science' only had to take 1 exam for each science at the end of year 10 and 1 exam for each science at the end of year 11. In case that was a little bit confusing all it means is that I (as a Triple Scientist) took 3 extra science exams but had the opportunity to gain 3 separate qualifications from it, i.e. a qualification in Biology, another qualification in Chemistry and another qualification in Physics. This meant I had the opportunity to gain 10 qualifications overall.

MATHEMATICS - B
I am absolutely over the moon with getting a B in maths. Although my predicted grade changed from a B to an A I knew with the stress from all other exams (I had 20 exams in total) that I wasn't going to quite be able to push myself that far if I wanted to stay on top of my game in all my other subjects. I do really enjoy maths though and am taking Statistics next year as an AS Level.

Biology - A
Again, I was completely over the moon with an A in Biology, as a week before my first biology exam I received a mock exam back that I only scored a D on and literally had to leave the room because I was so heart broken and was basically having a panic attack. It turns out that within that week I got my ass into gear as I got an a* in the exam that I previously got a D in! In the two other biology exams I got a B and an A and In my course work I got an A, meaning I got an A overall.

Chemistry - B
I was mostly amazed at myself for managing to achieve a B in Chemistry, as if you did the C3 exam then you'll know how difficult it was! Which is probably why I got an E on it... WHOOPS! That doesn't matter though because on the two other exams I got B's and an A on my course work, leading to a B overall.

Physics - B
Again, I had prepared myself for the absolute worst in physics and was SO surprised when I came out with a B! Just like Chemistry I got an E on the final exam (P3), but on the other two exams I got B's and an A* on my course work, leading to a B overall - which I'm super happy about as I really thought I'd failed Chemistry and Physics all together.

French - B
Although I am really pleased with getting a B in French, I know I could have easily got an A... Over the course of year 10 and 11 I had got an A* for writing and an A for speaking. When it came down to my actual exams I slipped up a bit. I got an A in reading but completely failed listening and got a U. Oh well, I still got a B overall which I am still very pleased with.

English Literature - A
I took English Lit in year 10 and got an A which I was extremely proud of (and still am). I got FULL MARKS in my controlled assessment, and an A* for the exam on the poems, however I got a B on the other exam so got an A overall - which is obviously still amazing.

English Language - A
I have to admit I was a tad disappointed when I didn't get an A*, but only because I had got an A* in my CA's and I had previously got an A* in a mock exam. Nevertheless, I am still extremely happy with an A and am taking English Lit/Lang next year!

Media Studies - A* 
WOOOH!! This was the main exam I wanted to do well in and I absolutely smashed it. I got an A* in both my CA's and exam and I couldn't be happier. I cannot wait to take it next year!

Geography - B
Considering the fact I used to take foundation papers in Geography I am really proud of myself for getting a B. At the same time I am a little disappointed as I actually got an A in my CA and one of my exams and a B in the other exam but still came out with a B overall. Oh well; I'm still really proud of myself.

Psychology - A
Again, I am absolutely over the moon with getting an A in Psychology, especially as I'm taking it next year. I got 2 A's and 1 A* in my exams. I knew getting an A* was close to impossible with the grade boundaries being SO CLOSE and SO HIGH, so an A for me is truly amazing!

So, Overall I got 1A*, 4A's & 5B's and I couldn't be more proud of myself! I'd LOVE to know what you got so be sure to leave a comment, thank you!



Monday, 17 August 2015

EVERYDAY SIMPLE BATHING ROUTINE

This will definitely come as a surprise to many people but... I do not own a shower. Of course I own a bath, but nope, no shower. Like most girls, I enjoy having a long, hot bath to relax and pamper myself in, however as I take a bath every single day I have also become quite good at being quick and sufficient when it comes to my bath time. Here's my everyday, simple, bathing routine, enjoy:

So, to make the actual bath just a tad relaxing I add some cheap bubble bath. I'm currently using Asda's own brand which is practically scentless but still feels silky smooth on the skin. I only add bubble bath on days I'm not washing my hair as it's already difficult enough to wash shampoo out in a bath without there being bubbles in the water. In the summer time I also like to shave my legs quite regularly, so having a bath comes in very handy as I have found in the past that shaving in the shower is quite a challenge. To prepare for moisturising I use a 'poof scrub' thing along with shower gel or soap to exfoliate my skin and I do this around 3 times a week. Definitely do not exfoliate everyday as you will irritate your skin leaving it sore and red!


The next thing I do is moisturise my body. The two moisturisers I have been loving recently have been the Dove Summer Glow Nourishing Lotion, which I use on my legs to give them a slight glimmering tan and the Jack Wills Body Butter which I use on the rest of my body in places that are dry or pealing due to sunburn. After this i slip on my dressing gown so I can allow the moisturiser to soak into my skin. I find this step especially important when using a tanning moisturiser as otherwise the moisturiser is rubbed straight off of the skin and the tan doesn't show up.

Finally, I moisturise my face. I'm not a big fan of this as I often find that when I don't moisturise I don't break out as much. Never the less, I make sure to put a small amount on the driest areas of my face, which is often my nose, chin and forehead where the sun hits most. I've always used the Oil of Olay moisturisers as they're what my mum has also always used. I actually want to find a new moisturiser so if you have any suggestions please let me know - I have oily-to-combination skin!