Hey, happy Monday! It’s officially the first day back after half term! I went on holiday to LA and I’m going to do a blog post on it so look out for that! Today I am going to be doing a Q&A after finally getting some questions. I was going to do one on YouTube a while back and I asked for questions (My tweet about it on Twitter got 7 retweets!) and I literally got zero questions. ZERO. Luckily this time I have a few so let’s get answering!

Q&A

Why did you start blogging?

Honestly, I don’t really remember. I was 13 years old and I LOVED writing so I guess I just wanted my own little space on the internet where I could do that! I had a blog before where I wrote poems and stories called ‘Jessica’s Writing’ and it’s still on the internet if you want to find it! I tend to avoid it because oh the cringe!

What’s your most embarrassing moment?

I don’t really have that one embarrassing moment as such because, let’s face it, I am an embarrassment! But if I had to pick just one, I would say basically the entirety of Year 7!

What’s the best book or series of books you’ve read?

Why do you ask me impossible questions? Well, I quite an avid fan of Harry Potter! There’s sooo many other books I enjoy I couldn’t possibly choose! I was also a big fan of Jacqueline Wilson when I was younger!

What song could you listen to over and over again and not get bored?

Heh, I don’t listen to THAT much music to be honest, but a few of my favourites in my Spotify playlist right now are These Days (Rudimental feat. Jess Glynne and Macklemore and Dan Caplen), Middle of The Night (The Vamps) and Silence (Marshmallow & Khalid) yes I have a very interesting taste in music I think you’ll find! Next week my top three will probably be totally different! My top song I could probably listen to over and over again is probably Numb by Linkin Park, even though it’s slightly what is classed as ‘heavy’. It’s a good song!!

What’s your favourite TV programme and why?

So, I only watch about four things on TV… My favourite has to be Friends because it is funny and lighthearted! I also watch Eastenders because it’s so melodramatic sometimes it’s funny, and I watch Holby City and Casualty because firstly they’re also dramatic as but I want to go into the medical field when I’m older so it’s quite inspiring at times!

What camera do you like to use?

My camera is a Nikon D3200 and I’ve had it for a few years now and it is great! I use it for my A Level photography! However, my favourite camera to use at the moment is my mum’s camera which is a Nikon D750. It’s a much more (expensive) professional grade camera and I use it for my blog photos!

What makes you laugh?

A lot of things make me laugh! I have a quite strange and ‘easy to impress’ sense of humour! I much as I hate to admit this, I like memes. Memes make me laugh! especially cat memes! Oh and cats in general, cats are funny!

What is your ‘must have’ item in your makeup bag?

Lipbalm! Please everyone have a lipbalm! Even if you’re putting on lipstick, moisturise your lips first! Lipbalm is great! Also concealer because I need to get rid of this acne on my face!

Have you made any really good friends through blogging?

Hmmm, I’m not sure. My blog social media hasn’t been around very long and so I’m only just beginning to interact with people. There is a blogger on Instagram, Hannah, (@hannahbethblogs) who I speak to quite often!

How do you come up with post ideas?

I don’t really have a process as such. I like looking at other peoples blog for inspiration and sometimes something happens or I get something new and I’m like Oh I could write about that! Other times, I just ask my mum!

That’s it for my Q&A for now! If you have any other questions feel free to ask me and maybe I’ll answer them in another post!

Thanks for reading, hopefully there will be another post later this week!

Wow, lucky you! Two posts two days in a row! This is to make up for when I didn’t post for about two weeks! However, in those two weeks I was doing lots of college work so I thought now is a good a time as ever to do another Study With Me blog post! This time though there will not a YouTube video to accompany it but I am planning to do one of these fairly soon, whether it actually happens or not is a completely different story! Anyway, let’s find out what I have been up to…

Psychology

I have been doing a lot of Psychology work lately, and as I said in my last post I’m even ahead of my class! Firstly, I want to talk about my Psychology grades. I started Psychology later than the rest of my class (see that whole mess in THIS post) and so my grades started off fairly okay (for someone who had only just started Psychology). I got D in my first two tests, and then it all kind of went downhill from there. As you will also read in my ‘College Update’ post I just linked a few sentences ago, I started having lots of hospital appointments and so I was missing lessons. I was already behind and this made it worse! I got 3 Us in a row! Long story short, I finally caught up and my test results instantly improved! I went from UUU to ABB in my last three assessments! Woo! Just goes to show hard work can pay off!

Now let’s talk about what you actually came for, the work that I have done! On the 16th December, I had my first mock exam, and having just recently got an A I was determined to do well. Firstly, I wrote a list of everything I needed to study/revise which I found useful to follow so I recommend this!

In addition to this, I made some flashcards, posters and some revision booklets. I also used some pre-made flashcards from Tutor2U to study from as well! I’m guessing these worked as I got a B in my exam! I have a blog post with some revision tips HERE if you’d like to check it out as I used many of these myself!

Aside from doing the revision for my exam, I have been doing the homework set by my teacher in my notebook. The notebook I’m currently using for my Psychology home/class work is a 200 page ruled metallic Pukka Pad. The work in the photo below is some notes on Cultural Variations in Attachment and although it wasn’t taken long ago, I have done a lot of work in this notebook since then! I’m hoping to do more of these posts in the future so I’ll have a chance to show you then! That’s it for Psychology now, more to come in the future!

Photography

I haven’t been doing almost as much Photography as I’ve been doing Psychology, but that is mainly because I haven’t been falling behind or had an exam to revise for! In terms of grades, my grades only dipped very slightly in the middle but that was because I was ‘recovering’ from doing four subjects and it only dropped to a C. So far in Photography I have got CBCA which I am quite happy about!

Unfortunately, I haven’t got many pictures of my photography work, but basically what I’ve been doing is my coursework. I have an A3 sketchbook where I put all of my work, for instance evidence of shoot planning, contact sheets and of course photographs! In the first picture is something I did a while ago. It is the first page of my sketchbook and so it is basically a title page! The following three pictures are examples of my work in the sketchbook. Firstly is my step-by-step guide of how I made a photogram in the dark room, the second is some artist research I did for some of the darkroom things I did at college and thirdly is some scanography that I did (all of the pictures in that picture were taken using a scanner!)!

 

I will try and include more photography in future posts if I can!!

An Announcement

I also have a little announcement to make and I thought this was the perfect post to announce it on! I’m currently in the process of setting up an Etsy store as I have created some printables that I think are great for students! I currently only have a ‘to do list’ printable pack that contains 3 styles of to do list to suit your needs in a variety of colours! Here’s a little sneak peek:

All 12 documents will soon be available as instant download PDFs! I will update you as soon as they are available via twitter (@JesssLouiseeee) and my study instagram account! (@jess_studies_).

Wow, so this is quite a long post now! I hope you enjoyed it!

Thanks for reading!

Yay look at me I’m posting!! I was just taking a bit of well deserved screen break and I probably lost tonnes of followers, never mind! Anyway, today I am updating you all on my 100 days of productivity challenge which I started on 1st January (original post HERE)!

My Productivity Update

Today is Day 40/100! I’m almost half way there! I mentioned in my original post that I got rewards at specific intervals in my challenge (after 10 days, 30 days, 50 days, 80 days and 100 days). I’ve just gone over 30 days, and my reward for that was a new book. I got Eleanor and Park by Rainbow Rowell! I haven’t read it yet but I certainly plan too very soon. My next reward is in 10 days, and it is a visit to a trampoline park! Even though I am going on holiday this half term (13th-18th February), I still aspire to stay as productive as possible in some shape or form (More about this in my next update!).

So, what have I done to be productive so far? Honestly I wish I could count getting out of bed as productive some days, but I have decided to be a bit more hard on myself! I have tried to do at least a little bit of college work every day! It’s paid off because I’m currently ahead of my class in Psychology! I’ve also counted writing blog posts as being productive, but as you can probably tell I haven’t done much of that lately! I’ve been keeping track of my productivity using my ‘100 Days of Productivity Tracker’ in my bullet journal. I’ve been quite slack on my bullet journal lately, so don’t expect an update on that too soon!

I guess that’s it for my first ‘100 Days of Productivity’ update! I will soon be writing another one of these I am sure! I hope you enjoyed it even though it’s a bit messy and I wrote it quite quickly!

Hopefully I will be seeing you again very soon.

Thanks for reading!

HELLO FEBRUARY!

It’s finally the beginning of February which means it’s time for a round up of my January Favourites! Before I get too much into this, I would just like to apologise again for doing a pretty rubbish job of posting when I’m meant to, I will make it up to you I promise! But for now, let’s get on with my January Favourites! (Yes, I am aware I sound like I’m writing a script for a YouTube video!)

Lush Snow Fairy Shower Gel

The first thing I loved in January Lush’s Snow Fairy Shower Gel, which I managed to purchase in the post-Christmas sales! It makes me smell amazing and I have SO much of it right now as I bought such a big bottle! The sad thing though, is that it is seasonal, which means that it is not available in shops right now. However, if you can get your hands on some, I’d highly recommend it! I mean, yeah, it is very sweet smelling, but once it’s on you it isn’t so overpowering-but still quite strong! (it’s also GLITTERYYYY)

Carex Fun Hand Gel (Strawberry Laces and Bubblegum)

The second thing I loved throughout January was the Carex Fun Strawberry Laces and Bubblegum Hand Gel. I use hand sanitiser (is that a word?) a lot, and so to get some that doesn’t just smell of alcohol is a pretty big plus for me! Unfortunately it doesn’t TASTE like the smell, but I find the smell pretty good as it is! If you want clean hands without smelling like a alcoholic, I’d definitely recommend these!

Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon

The third thing I loved in January was the book Everything Everything by Nicola Yoon. I managed to read it in only 2 or 3 days, I found the story to be really quite gripping! I’m not going to go too much into detail because I have planned to do a separate review post for this! I’m hoping to watch the film soon as well!

Batiste 2 in 1 Invisible Dry Shampoo & Conditioner

The fourth thing used and loved in January was the Batiste 2 in 1 Dry Shampoo and Conditioner! This is a LIFESAVER for lazy days, or when you’re not quite feeling tip top! I’m telling you, it at least makes you FEEL like you’ve made an effort! I’d recommend this over ordinary dry shampoo, I think, because it has the extra conditioning element which I think makes your hair feel just a little bit fresher and more manageable!

Conceal and Define Concealer from Makeup Revolution

The fifth, and final, thing I loved in January was the new Conceal and Define Concealer by Makeup Revolution. I’d heard so many great things about this, and I was in the market for a new concealer so obviously I had to go and try it out. Guess what? It only cost £4! That’s a pretty good deal for a concealer! I have the concealer in C2, the lightest is C1 and the darkest currently is C18, however I think (if it isn’t out already) Makeup Revolution are planning on bring out some additional shades! I like this concealer (hence why it has been featured here!), I think that is is really light (as in weight, I KNOW I’m pale) and it has good coverage. I don’t currently have a photograph of it on my face but I may post one on my Instagram (@jessblogs) in the future and perhaps do a comparison. I think I may do a full review of this in a separate post at some point!

Anyway, I hope you enjoyed my January Favourites post! I know it has been long awaited because I’d fallen behind slightly in my posting! Maybe February will be the month I finally post everything when I’m meant to… Who knows? Also I have a few but, if you think of any additional questions for me for my Q&A (to be posted 12th February) please send them to me or write them on my Sarahah (jesslouiseblogs.sarahah.com), thanks in advance I appreciate it!

Thanks for reading, hopefully I will be back on Monday with an Update on my 100 Days of Productivity!

Byeeeee

Let’s start off with an apology. Ok, I’m sorry that I didn’t post this when I was meant to, (Friday) I wasn’t feeling the greatest and so I didn’t have a chance to write the post which in turn means I also didn’t get a chance to publish it! But anyway, we’re here now and I thought I’d take the opportunity to introduce you properly to my YouTube channels! I have two, Jess Louise and TheGymnasticsEdit. I’m going to start with Jess Louise:

Jess Louise

Jess Louise‘ is the channel primarily linked to this blog and it includes (and will include in the future!) a little bit of everything. So far, I have several types of videos including My Makeup Routine, Study With Me and I also did ‘The 12 Days of Vlogmas’ back in December. In the future I’m hoping to do more Study With Me type videos because I love watching them for some reason, and also it means I can get college work done too! Result! I also hope to do more lifestyle type videos too and a Q&A. I currently have 11 subscribers and I’d like to get 100 by the end of the year!

TheGymnasticsEdit

As you probably may have guessed, TheGymnasticsEdit is my channel for all things gymnastics and fitness related. It works as motivation for me to improve my skills and fitness, but it also gives me a chance to share any tips and participate in some fun challenges! There’s not much on there at the moment- my latest video was a channel relaunch as I changed the name from JessFlips to TheGymnasticsEdit. I have done a Gymnastics in Public and an ABC Gymnastics Challenge too! In the future I hope to do more Gymnastics/Fitness related challenges and I would like to film a tutorial or two at some point as well! I currently have 7 subscribers and I’d like 100 on this channel too! My social media for this channel is @TheGymnastEdit (Twitter) @TheGymnasticsEdit (Instagram) and @TheGymnasticsEdit (Musical.ly). I use these to raise awareness of my channel and let people know when I’ve posted.

As my channels are still fairly new, I’m still super duper awkward in front of the camera, but hopefully I will improve with practice. If you’re interested in either channel, feel free to subscribe! I’ve included a link where the name of the channel is bolder. I’m really sorry if this post bored you, I just wanted to self-promo myself a little bit haha!

For your information, I’m in desperate need of Q&A questions, so if you have any questions about anything at all please DM me on social media, comment on this post or send it to me via jesslouiseblogs.Sarahah.comI would really appreciate it!

My next post is much more interesting than this, but thank you so much for reading anyway xxx