Christmas 2014

Tuesday, 30 December 2014

Hi all! I hope you all had a lovely Christmas and all got what they wished for! I thought I woulds share with you all some of the present that I received from family and friends on Christmas :)


The first picture is me in my new dressing gown from Next that my Brother and his girlfriend got me as a Christmas present! It is super soft and super comfy and haven't stopped wearing it! AND IT HAS A CUTE HOOD WITH EARS! The second picture is my new tripod! If any of you have watched my Youtube videos, you may know that I had to use books as a tripod as I have never had one before, but no longer will I have to use books! I ACTUALLY HAVE A TRIPOD NOW! YAY!


My main present that I got from my Mum was a new Bow! I was so happy when I got this bow as I have wanted a new one for a while now, and this one is massive! Its a 70" recurve bow with a 28lb draw weight, which is a lot different to my 25" compound bow with a  20lb draw weight. I didn't expect the bow to be that tall when I put it together, it's taller than me! I am so happy with this present and just need to buy a few accesories for it such as a bow stringer and a shooting glove :)


This is now my most favourite cup ever! My friend Chelsea bought me this as my Christmas present and gave it to me before we broke up for the half term! We both really like Game of Thrones and I almost screamed when I opened it! 


Now this present came as a complete surprise to me! This present was from my Dad and Step-Mum and I wasn't expecting it at all! I hadn't really asked for much for Christmas but I was happily shocked when I opened this present on Boxing Day! It is a silver 16 GB iPad 2 and it is beautiful! I never really thought I would need an iPad (As I already have an iPod Touch and a new Laptop that I recently got for my birthday), but it is fantastic! It come in really handy when you just need to do some quick browsing and helps me organize my Blogger and Tumblr!


These are all of the books that I got for Christmas, AND I CAN'T WAIT TO READ THEM! The books that I am most excited about reading are V For Vendetta by Alan Moore and Russell Brand's book 'Revolution'. Here are all of the titles in case you aren't able to make some of them out:

V For Vendetta - Alan Moore & David Lloyd
Revolution - Russell Brand
The Bone Clocks - David Mitchell
The City of Ember - Jeanne DuPrau
Love In The Time Of Global Warming - Francesca Lia Block
Sand - Hugh Howey
The Subtle Knife - Phillip Pullman
The Infinite Sea - Rick Yancey
Atlantia - Ally Condie
The Watcher In The Shadows - Carlos Ruiz Zafron

I hope you all had a lovely and magical Christmas and I wish you all of the luck and happiness for the new year! BRING ON 2015!

Love, K :)

Beauty & Skincare Products For Dealing With Spots | Beauty Review

Friday, 19 December 2014

Hi guys! So I don't know about you, but my skin has been having some major spot breakouts recently, and I thought I would share with you some products that have helped my spots stay at bay.

The first product is the Clean & Clear Deep Cleansing Lotion. This stuff is AMAZING! I talk about this product in my Fashion & Beauty Haul #1 Youtube video, which you can find here or you can visit my Blogger post on it here. You just splosh a little bit of the lotion onto a cotton pad and rub in a circular motion around your face and neck, and the dirt that comes off onto the cotton pad is disgusting! It really gets rid of all of the dirt and grease that clogs up your pores, and this helps prevent build-ups and spots! 


This product includes:
  • An oil fighting formula
  • Helps prevent spots
  • Cleanses and tightens pores
  • For sensitive skin
This is a really good product for spots and really helps me keep mine at bay, but all skin types are different, so this may not work for you, but why not give it a go? I bought this item for only £2 at my local supermarket (Tesco), so it's not expensive at all!

The next product is the Body Shop's Tea Tree Pore Minimiser. This product is really good as it does two things at once; it reduces the appearance of your pores and also includes Tea Tree oil so it helps calm your spots down! YAY! This product is a little bit pricier than the other and it's RRP is £7.50, but I bought it for £5 as my Mum was able to get a discount.



This product:
  • Minimises the appearance of pores
  • Matifies for a shine-free finish
  • Leaves skin feeling fresh and pure
  • Ideal base for make-up
  • ORGANIC!
Also, another really cool thing about The Body Shop is that they support the Fair Trade businesses around the world, and this product includes Fair Trade Tea Tree Oil! So it benefits everyone! As I said before, this item is a little bit pricier than the others, but I believe that it really is worth it, and you will also be supporting communities around the world and helping them get fairer trade prices!

This product is from Wilko's (Wilkinsons) and was only 99p! AND IT WASN'T EVEN DISCOUNTED!! This is part of the shops own branded skincare products, and it is  r e a l l y  great! And for 99p, you can't really go wrong! 


This is Wilko's Anti Spot Stick and it is a Tea Tree gel that you roll upon your troublesome areas. This definitely a must buy and I always put some on just before bed, or if I see a spot in the morning when I'm getting ready for school, I just dab a bit on, have breakfast and sort my school things out, and when I come to put on some make-up, the redness has completely gone down!

This tiny little bottle is from Superdrug and it is 100% Tea Tree Oil. This stuff is really good, but only if you dilute it down a lot! I wish I bought the Superdrug Tea Tree Blended Oil as it is already diluted so you don't have to worry about it being to strong and damaging your skin even more.


But anyway, this product is really good, and I really love the smell of Tea Tree oil, and it is always handy to have a bottle of Tea Tree oil in the house, and if you add  few drops of the solution to water it makes a great cleanser! The ratio of Oil to Water is about 1:99, or instead of water, you can use other skin friendly carrier oils such as Sweet Almond Oil! It is not recommended that you apply non-diluted Tea Tree oil directly onto skin as it can cause inflammation and damage your skin! 

I hope this post has helped you! All of these products are definitely worth buying, especially if you have spotty skin like mine! If any of you have any products that have helped you with your skin, please leave a comment on what they are and how they have helped as other people may have the same problem, or even a solution! SHARE THE LOVE PEOPLE!

Love, K :)

Drifter | Behind The Scenes - Pictures

Hi guys! As some of you may already know, I have been working on a film project called Drifter for a while now with freinds and one of my teaches from school. I have uploaded the opening sequence for this film on both my blogger and on Youtube. You can find my blogger post about it here, or the Youtube video here :)

I thought that it would be a great idea for you to see some of the photos that were taken behind the scenes! All of the pictures here are not mine! They are either taken by Andrew Dean, (who's website you can find here and Instagram here), Lucie Potter (who's Instagram is here) and Shona Kinal (who's Instagram is here). They really have taken some amazing pictures and you should definitely check them out if you need a photographer for an event!
An 'In Footage' shot, captured by the Black Magic Cinema camera
As my character in the film has a bow (and I am an avid Archer anyhow) everyone wanted to have a go shooting from mine and my friends bows that we had brought along. The two week film shoot turned into something of an Archery school by the end of filming, and everyone got some cool pictures taken too, courtesy of Andrew, Shona and Lucie :)




I don't mean to sound 'big headed', but I lovethis ^ picture! Andrew took this picture and it has been used for posters that we have put up around school along with many other pictures that everyone took on the shoot. I was quite scared when this picture was being taken as Andrew had to come in quite close to the bow and stand right in front of it whilst I was drawing back, and I was trying so hard to keep a grip on my bow string and not to let go!

An 'In Footage' shot of Connor taken on a Nikon D610

This photo ^^^ is one of my favorites! I love how the sun is shining through Kerry, and the colorisation of it is just beautiful! This was taken on one of the first days of filming, and the weather had been horrible! But luckily, the weather had been in our favour this day!

This ^^^ is our director and teacher Bruce! We are supposed to call him Mr. Partleton, but everyone just calls him Bruce. He and his wife wrote the script for this film, even though we didn't really use or stick to the script in the end. In this picture he is using the Black Magic Cinema camera, which was really good to film on! The only problem is that you have to grade the footage, and being a school (and we had no money to shoot this film on) we couldn't get the grading software we needed for the Black Magic, which is why we shot some footage on a DLSR as the footage was perfect and didn't need any grading.


A behind the scenes shot of some cast and crew at Fowlmead Country Park in Kent


Now, this picture really is my favourite! This is all of the cast and crew of the film, (exceptions of Shona, Andrew and Lucie, they were taking pictures!). I am so greatful that I was able to work with such inspiring and passionate people on this project. Everyone gave their heart and soul into this project and I couldn't ask for better friends to work on a film project with! I hope we all make many more films together in the future!

Love, K :)

Christmas Brownies | Recipe

Tuesday, 16 December 2014

Hi all! So today I made my friends some brownies for Christmas, and unlike the title, they are not Christmas-y, they are just plain old brownies, but nevertheless they are delicious! I was wondering what to get my friends for Christmas, and not having a lot of money, I decided to bake them something (and with me loving brownies, this seemed the most sensible and yummy choice).



If you would like to know how I made these brownies (WHICH WERE DELICIOUS) the brownie recipe is here :)

If, like me, you just prefer if I gave you the instructions here, then here you go :)

Ingredients 

- Serves: 20
  • 400g caster sugar (I used normal granulated sugar for mine, so don't worry if you don't have caster!)
  • 225g butter, melted
  • 60g cocoa powder (I didn't have any cocoa power so I used Hot Chocolate powder instead!)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 4 eggs
  • 225g plain flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 60g walnut halves (I didn't use walnuts for my brownies, but whatever floats your boat)

Method

  1. Pre-heat the oven to 180 C / Gas mark 4 
  2. Mix all ingredients together in a large bowl, making sure you get rid of any lumps and bumps in the mixture.
  3. Once your mixture is done and is lump and bump free, place into your designated tin/tray (I used a square tray and lined it with grease-proof baking paper). If you are not using baking parchment/paper, make sure you grease your tin/tray with butter first!
  4. Place your tin/tray into the oven and wait patiently for 25-30 minutes. I know it's hard but it has to be done if you want scrummy brownies. 
  5. Once your brownies are cooked, place them on the side and wait about 5 minutes for them to cool down, you don't want to burn your mouth, THEN YOU WON'T BE ABLE TO TASTE HOW NICE THEY ARE! *gasp*
  6. Enjoy :)

I hope you enjoy!

Love, K :)

The BFI Film Academy | Week 3 & Becoming A Director!

Saturday, 13 December 2014

Hi guys! So this week was a very exciting week at the BFI Film Academy! Not only did we have this super-amazing props man come in to talk to us today, but we also got our two scripts and our roles allocated to us! AND I AM PROUD TO SAY THAT I WILL BE THE DIRECTOR! I am soooo happy! This will be my first time directing and I couldn't be happier to work with such a talented group of people! I know that we will produce something that will be incredible as I know everyone will put their heart and soul into this project, and I am so greatful!

So, we had this lovely man called Alan Jones come in to talk to us today, and he is the Props Master, Props Designer and Set Dresser for many films, including STAR WARS: THE FORCE AWAKENS, SKYFALL, HARRY POTTER, CLASH OF THE TITANS, WORLD WAR Z, THE DARK KNIGHT and HEART OF THE SEA! He was so lovely and answered all of our questions! He also brought in a few props that he made from various films that he has been in they were so interesting. He went through the process of how he made the props and what the protocol was on set, and he was so lovely and funny. Here are some pictures of the props he bought in.

A prop from World War Z
A chain prop from Skyfall
The first prop shown is from the James Bond Skyfall film. This prop was used in a fight scene in the beginning of the film and was made so the actors would not get hurt.This prop is actually made from foam! IT LOOKS SO REAL! It was really strange to hold it because it looked so real and I expected it to be really heavy when I picked it up, but it was so light! The rust effect is so realistic I couldn't believe it was not real!

The second picture shown is from the film World War Z. It is used in a scene near the end of the film where Brad Pitt's character has to inject himself with a deadly poison so he can escape a small zombie hoard. It was really nice to see the detail that the Art Department put into the smallest of props, and it shows that they really care for their job and the passion that they have when making all of the different props.

A Mixer
A small Canon camera that we did and exercise on
Also, another little surprise today was that in February, we will be getting the chance to go to the Harry Potter Studio Tours AND TO GO ROUND THE ACTUAL LEAVESDEN STUDIOS AND GO ON SETS! I almost cried. Harry Potter AND actual film sets, yes please!

So as you can tell, I'm rather excited for the coming months! I will hopefully be able to keep you all updated as to what we are doing each week, but for the BFI we have now broken up for the Christmas holidays and won't return till January :(

Love, K :)

Drifter | First Look! - Video

Wednesday, 10 December 2014

Hi all! This is my latest video! This is a small clip of an opening of a film that I have been working on for a while now. I worked on this project with my friends and a teacher outside of school in the Easter half term earlier this year for two weeks, and it was the best two weeks of my life! 

The film was filmed on a Black Magic Cinema Camera and a Nikon DSLR (not sure what one yet, will have o update his and let you know!). I didn't write, direct or film this film, but I am in it and am now in complete charge of editing the whole film! YAY! I am so excited to show you all this opening sequence as we have all worked very hard on this project and it has taken us a long time to put together! We still need to film a new beginning and a new ending as a few bits in the script didn't work out as well as we thought they would, so hopefully that should be done soon!


If you liked this video, please give it a thumbs up, or leave a comment on either here or on the video comments on youtube! Thank-you so much for watching :)

Love, K :)

Winter Wonderland & Oxford Street - Pictures

Sunday, 7 December 2014

So today, me and the famalam drove down to London to go to Winter Wonderland! We all had such a good day and I managed to take a few pictures! The reason why I didn't take as many as I wanted was because I was vlogging as well, WHICH WILL BE MY FIRST EVER VLOG! I will upload it mid-week for you all :)

So here are some pictures from Winter Wonderland and our little trip to Oxford Street :)


This is just outside Selfridge's! I have never been to Selfridge's before, so it was really lovely to finally be able to go. The inside was so magical and all of the magical-ness was spread over four floors! They had every designer brand that you could think of (none that I will ever be able to afford unless I bought socks) but also had a range of more reasonably priced products. On the 4th floor, there was an abundance of toys and gifts, and also a gift wrapping station where you can get what you have purchased professionally wrapped!






As me and my sister both really love fudge, when we saw a whole stand dedicated to many types and flavours, we knew we had to by some! They had flavours ranging from the traditional clotted cream fudge to coconut fudge, Oreo fudge and MALTEASER FUDGE (which as you guessed is what I bought). The fudge we bought was sooo delicious! They had loads of sweet stands all round the park and it was very difficult not to buy some every time was passed a stall!




This massive Christmas tree was located near hundreds of Christmas stalls near down one end of Winter Wonderland. The stalls there ranged from handmade jewellery to doughnuts and I wanted most things I saw, but with only a small amount of money I decided to buy my friends some Christmas presents instead :) 

I wish we stayed longer so we could see Winter Wonderland all lit up, but due to parking times we had to leave before it got dark, which was quite sad :( But we did manage to drive down Oxford Street just as it was getting dark (you will see this in my vlog which I will post both on Youtube and on here for you, possibly on Wednesday).

Love, K :)

Christmas Tree & Other Decorations

Saturday, 6 December 2014

Christmas is one of my favourite times of the year, and when I got home today after the BFI Film Academy, I came home to a house fully decorated in Christmas festiveness! Unfortunately, I did not decorate any of the tress in the pictures shown, because my Mum always does the Christmas tress :( But hopefully I will be able to persuade her next year to do a tree.


This year, my Mum decided to buy some holly from where she bought our Christmas tree, and she has decided to hang it up near our front door, and it looks so nice! The crappy picture that I took does not do it justice, but it gives a real nice festive feel as soon as you walk in the door!


This is my Mum's pride and glory! She spent a few hours decorating this tree and it has some lovely little ornaments on it! The themes of this tree is blue and silver (as it is quite obvious) to match with our kitchen/diner. This tree smells sooo good! I have always loved it when you step through the door and you sell the Christmas tree smell! That's what makes Christmas! This is the tree that we use to put presents under and the tree that we unwrap all of our lovely gifts on Christmas day!


Here is a close up of one of the decorations that is on he main Christmas tree! There are some really lovely decorations on this tree, and most of them are sparkly/glittery, which even though I love, I hate getting the sparkles on my hands and then it not being able to come off...


Now, he way that I have taken this picture makes the snowman look mahoosive, but he is only a mini 1 feet tall! I really like this light as it is super festive and the snowman is also really cute! My Auntie has a few of these in her shop window and her customers always comment on how lovely they are! This little snowman is placed in our living room/lounge, and we also have another Christmas tree in there too, which is in the next picture!


This is our second Christmas tree! It is located in out lounge and sadly is fake :( We don't put presents under this tree, but we have still made it look all lovely and festive! As you can probably see, the colour scheme that my mum has done, red and cream, matches our lounge. I'm quite sad that this tree isn't real, but they have become quite expensive for a nice one, bu we are all happy and lucky enough to have a Christmas tree, so that I am thankful for :)


Here is a bow that is on our second Christmas tree! My Mum made these a few years ago, so she is quite proud of them and likes to put them at the front of the tree so everyone can see them. 


Here is our wreath! Now, I really love wreaths, and we bought this one years and years ago, but my Mum has found a way to jazz it up a little bit! The original wreath that we used was a tiny little thing, but my Mum has used cuttings from the Christmas tree to fill the wreath out a little bit more to giv is some more shape and bushy-ness. This is a really good tip and makes your wreaths look and smell lovely!

I hope you have enjoyed this post, and I hope you all are as excited for Christmas as I am!

Love, K :)

The BFI Film Academy | Week 2

Hi all! So today was my second week at the BFI Film Academy, and this time our course was placed at the Screen South Headquarters in Folkstone. It wasn't that far to travel, unlike Maidstone, so that was nice :)

I'm sorry about the crappy picture quality, I only had my iPod on me and not my actual camera! Anyway, here are a few pictures from today, and the posters that you see are just a few of the films that Screen South have worked on.

'Red Road', a film by Andrea Arnold
Outside the main Screen South HQ





So today mainly consisted of script development and it was a lot of fun to see what other people have created. As an avid writer myself, I found it very interesting to see what other people's imaginations are like and what kind of films they like to write about/make. There were 5 film script submissions and they were all really good and really well thought out pieces. I loved reading all of the scripts, and thought that all of the ideas were great, but we can only have two! Its going to be so difficult to choose what ones we do, but whatever they are, it will definitely be fantastic!

Later on in the day, we were split up into two groups and each of us took on a certain role. We were tasked with bringing two of the scripts to life, but as we were in a film office with limited time and no budget, we had to made do with what we had; seven people, a camera, a pair of headphones and a room. For the first round, I was a cast member. I love acting, and the first script that we were given wasn't even a script, it was an idea, so we had to improvise the dialogue, which is always interesting. 


The second time round I was 1 A.D (1st Assistant Director), which I really enjoyed. If anyone doesn't know what a 1st A.D is, they are basically the go-to person between the producer and the director, and it was super fun! Next week, we will be choosing the scripts that we, in  two groups, will make into short films, and we will also be deciding what role we will take on for these two short films. This was a super fun session and I feel like everyone bonded a little bit more as the exercises were a little more practical :) Hopefully next week will be even better!

Love, K :)

Simple Revitalising Eye Roll On | Beauty Review

Friday, 5 December 2014

Hi everyone! I don't know about you, but for me it's that time of the year when works is starting to pile up. Also, for me, we are having our mock A-Level exams next week, so that's a lot of extra stress and revision! So if you are stuck all day at a computer screen and your eyes are not feeling as bright and perky as they should be, I have the perfect solution!

This little beauty product is Simple's Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On, and it is amazing!

Simple's Kind To Eyes Revitalising Eye Roll-On

If, like me, you spend a large portion of your day glued to the computer screen (self-inflicted or forced), this is a great little beauty product for your eyes to help them feel refreshed. It includes:
  • 3 Skin loving ingredients
  • 2 vitamins
  • 0 Artificial perfumes or colour
  • 0 Harsh chemicals
Now, as I spend most of time on the computer either editing my Youtube videos for you guys, editing a film or just doing homework, this is a great pick-me-up for your eyes! The product has a small metallic ball as an applicator and this diffuses the gel onto your upper and lower eyelids. The metal ball also cools the area of the eye helping your eyes feel extra refreshed!

I personally like to use this when I have just woken up as it makes me feel ready for the day, or when I'm doing a lot of computer work. 

This product is normally priced at £5, but I bought it for waaaay much cheaper at Wilkinsons (Wilko)  as the products there are normally discounted to the normal RRP (recommended retail price), so I think I bought this item for £2! BARGIN!

I love Simple Skincare products and I know that their brand is always reliable and does they job that it says it does! Also, almost all of their products are perfect for every skin type, even sensitive skin! So it's happy faces all round!

Love, K :)

Garnier Moisture Match Garnier | Beauty Review

Monday, 1 December 2014

Hi everyone! In this post I thought I would share with you my current favorite moisturisers. Now, moisturisers are something I have struggled with for a few years now as my skin loves to play up, but I have found that these two are the best for me. Garnier have released 5 products in their 'Moisture Match' range, and all look great, but these are the only two that I have bought. All of the range include:
  • 'Wake Me Up' for dull skin
  • 'Shine Be Gone' for combination to oily skin
  • 'Protect & Glow' for normal skin
  • 'Start Afresh' for normal to dry skin
  • 'Goodbye Dry' for dry to very dry skin

All of the products are usually priced at around £4 for a 50ml tube/bottle, so its not a major splurge but the are alost always on offer at shops such as Tesco's or Asda. Anyway, here are my reviews on the two products that I have bought :)

Garnier Moisture Match 'Wake Me Up' for Dull Skin moisturiser
 Now, this moisturiser is great for summer! It has a really nice fruity fragrance (citrus and mannose extract) to it and feels like you're smothering summer on your face. It is a gel that quickly absorbs into your skin and is completely oil free and lasts up to 24 hours! When I first started using this, it was in the summer and it was amazing! Whenever I put it on I felt so refreshed and could instantly feel and see the difference, and now and again I would catch a whiff of the fragrance and it would make me feel all summery inside :)

So if you think you may have dull skin, I would defiantly consider buying this product, it has helped my skin a lot a I would so recommend it!

Garnier Moisture Match 'Shine Be Gone' for Combination to Oily Skin moisturiser
This product is the newest to my collection and I LOVE it! As said before, my skin enjoys playing up, and this calms it down very well. It is enriched with Green Tea extract and Mannose, similar to the 'Wake Me Up' product. One of the reasons why I love this product is because it gives your skin a 'matte' effect due to including micro-spheres, which help maintain the 'matte' effect, so if you have oily skin like I do, this product would be great for you! Unlike the other product, this moisturiser is a cream, not a gel, but it is still fast absorbing and oil free.

This product also helps reduce shine and lasts 24 hours. If you have oily skin I would defiantly consider buying this product! It has helped my skin a lot! 

I hope you have found this post useful/helpful!

Love, K :)

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