Germany 2015

For our main holiday this year, my family and I set out on a trip to Germany for a few days to visit friends. As you may or may not know our family has close links with Germany, when I was very little my parents and I lived in the Bodensee area of Baden-Wuttenburg. It was a great experience and ever since we moved back to Germany we have always made an effort to visit as much as possible. It is a beautiful place and I feel privileged to have spend so much of my life living between England and Germany!

Attached below, I have added some photos from our trip including some photos from Affenberg which is an attraction in which you are able to feed monkeys from your bare hands.

My Favourite TV Programmes of 2015

My Favourite TV Programmes of 2015

School takes up so much time. It absorbs any free second you imagined you had but then realised you had an important essay to write. So free time is a rare luxury that I like to spend either eating, or watching TV. For me TV is a way of winding down and relaxing and this year I have branched out further and started watching programmes I wouldn’t usually go for, so I thought I would share with you my new TV programmes of 2015.

1.Melissa and Joey
Melissa and Joey is a sitcom typically broadcasted on E4 staring Melissa Joan Hart and Joey Lawrence. The programme is about a council woman and her niece and nephew. Mel needs more help round the house and ends up hiring a male nanny who goes by the name of Joe Longo, the family have a quirky life but always seem to make the best of any situation. I love this programme because it is so light hearted and I can dip in and out of it whenever I choose as it doesn’t follow any specific story line.

2.Pretty Little Liars
As I’m sure many of you will know, Pretty Little Liars is a murder mystery with a varied number of suspects. Throughout the series many of the main characters get framed as suspects, and one unknown character who calls themselves “A” makes the lives of Hanna, Aria, Emily and Spencer a misery. The programme is enthralling and although I was late to the trend and despite not yet finishing the programme and still knowing what happens in the end, I have really enjoyed watching it. I feel as though this programme takes a bit more concentration but is still fun to watch!

3.Friends
Friends was a sitcom produced in the 1980’s and 90’s featuring Jennifer Anniston, again I have been late to the trend on this one too. My parents were always religious watchers of the programme and always reminisce about particularly funny scenes, so I decided to see what it was all about and I can safely say I don’t regret my decision whatsoever and I am definitely going to carry on watching it.

So to conclude these are my favourite programmes of 2015 so far and if you haven’t already seen any of these programmes I can highly recommend them. If you are looking for something new to watch be sure to give any of these recommendations!!

Let me know what your favourite programmes are in the comments below.

Ellie xx

How to Revise 2015

How To Revise 2015

As us UK kids have been back to school for about 3 weeks now I thought I would do a post about tips and tricks for this coming school year. I thought it would be best to do a post about how to revise. This topic has always stumped me and I would dread it when a teacher would announce to the class that we have an upcoming test that we must revise for, because frankly I don’t have a problem with revision itself but I never new how to revise. But my techniques have developed further and I feel confident writing about this matter.

1. So my first way of revising is writing out lots of key terms and important information in coloured pens. I love using coloured pens because it makes my work much more organised and I can see what I’m looking for straight away. My favourite pens are these Ink Joys pens from Papermate, I bought this mini packet as they are perfect for putting in my school bag and they aren’t too bulky.
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2. The next way I like to revise is mainly targeted at language students and being a self confessed language geek I really enjoy furthering my knowledge, so for further revision,I buy foreign magazines. The magazine featured in the picture below I actually bought while I was on holiday in Germany, however I know that a range of foreign magazines can be purchased from WH Smiths online. But equally if you have a relative in a different country you could ask them to send them over. I love using this technique because I can choose the topic of the magazine so I already know a little to do with the topic area so it really improves my language skills.
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3. Lastly, for revision, I like to use this app called Cram. It is perfect for all revision, it allows you to create flash cards on any area needed. Its so handy because we are allowed iPads in school now so I can quickly go through my flash cards 10 minutes before a test to refresh my memory. I also like this app because you can play games to remember the definitions of words, I find this really helpful and beneficial to my learning. In addition you can add hints to the flash cards so if you are struggling you can have a quick peek and instantly be reminded of the definition.
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I hope this helped, and especially if you have started GCSEs this year or are doing important test during this school year!

Ellie xx

Rimmel Salon Pro Review

For today’s post I thought I would review the Rimmel Salon Pro Nail varnish. I feel as though I am in the position to review these nail products now as I have used the products several times over the past year and I feel as thought I can give you a good enough review of them now!
So to begin with in case you didn’t know Salon Pro nail polishes are gel nail polishes that can be created in the comfort of your own home with salon like finishes. The products come in a gazillion different shades and they even partnered with Kate Moss to create these, so if Kate Moss approves what’s not to like about them?!? Without a doubt , these nail paints are by far the best I have ever used, I am pretty rubbish at painting my nails with normal nail polishes but with these it seems so simple as the applicator is wide enough to cover the whole width of my nail and it never goes gloopy on your nails. The shine it leaves behind looks like you’ve just walked out of the salon and it lasts for weeks without chipping and I am certainly not light with my hands!
To go into detail about the products I have invested in, I have purchased the “jazz funk” one around this time last year and the bottle is still half full, this colour is a bright fuchsia kind of colour and it looks glorious on your nails. And the second salon pro I have bought is entitled “Hooray Henry” this is a bright blue colour that looks just like the sky!! Although I have only ever purchased two, I know that other people have been raving about them too.
Here are some pictures of the paints when they are on the nails (BTW the pink one is my sisters are hers was on a lot longer than mine):
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Let me know which of the Salon Pros are your favourite in the comments below

Ellie xx

Bobble Hot + Bobble Iced

For such a long time, I have been a fan of Bobble products. My reason for liking them so much, is the premium feel to the product and the standards at which the products perform at. So far, I have purchased the Bobble Hot for hot drinks, it has a unique shape to help minimise heat loss through conduction to ensure your drink stays as hot as possible for longer. In addition, I have also purchased the Bobble Iced for iced drinks, it comes with a straw which feels really premium, I pretty much use this for any cold drinks. Another benefit to these bottles is the price. They are really cheap for the quality you get. I am aware that at other stores, they can be a bit more pricey but for both bottles I paid £4.99 each at TK Maxx.

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This bottle has been a god send. I used it almost everyday in winter. I found it particularly useful when I was wanting to take a hot drink with me to school on the bus. It was always hot by the time I had got to school and sometimes still hot at my first lesson almost 1.30hrs later! The only problem with this bottle is it has a tendency to get liquid in the vacuumed part which can be tricky to remove. Other than this it is the best hot drinks bottle I have used!

Bobble bottle 2Bottle Iced
Well where to start with this one! I enjoy using this bottle so much. I feel as though it encourages me to drink more because I feel good when I’m drinking from this! The colours blend seamlessly and the shape is really nice! I also really like the rubber holder around the middle of the bottle. The bottle is really useful at this time of the year because of the heat and having a nice bottle really keeps me hydrated. The bottle also holds a lot of liquid that I can drink throughout the day. The only downside to this is that the lid can be tricky to get on securely.

Let me know in the comment what your thoughts are on the Bobble products..

Ellie xx

My Taylor Swift Experience!(First Concert)

  Less than 2 weeks ago, I was privileged enough to be able to go to a Taylor Swift concert. My family and I headed in to Manchester for the sparkling night ahead of us and with out a doubt she surpassed all of our expectations. As you all know, I am a major Swiftie and if you follow me on Twitter or Pinterest (if you don’t you totally should, the button is to the right of this) you could probably grasp that from my account. So when we arrived at the arena, we took our seats in block 207, I didn’t think the seats would be that good but they were awesome! Just as we had made our way through the thousands of fans, Vance Joy began to play, to begin with I didn’t know many songs but they sounded incredible and he certainly got the crowd going. Then it was time for Taylor to make her entrance which was may I add, spectacular! The whole night was amazing and the Taylor put on a great show. Considering I wasn’t born in 1989 You could get a feel for the 80’s kind of vibe. Wrist bands were given to every audience member to wear during the performance and they were all synced so that when an important beat was hit they would flash up in unison. My sister and I made our own t-shirts which were posted to twitter by @SimplySFans which just topped the whole experience off! We were so proud of our homemade shirts that we thought we had a really good chance of getting in to Loft ‘89 but when we saw what everyone else was wearing we knew that the chance was very slim. The whole first concert madness was thrilling and I just wish I  could go back and do it all over again! “This night is sparkling, don’t you let it go.”~ Taylor Swift, Enchanted.

Attached below are some pictures of the night if you are interested.

Ellie xx

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An Abundance of Katherines Review

Right first, how do you actually say the title of this book is it Kath-er-reens or Kath-rins? This puzzled me throughout the book but I kind of saw past it and just got on with reading this bundle of joy!

So just to start out with, this book is amazing and you should all read it. I was not keen on reading “The Fault in Our Stars” but I have heard good things about it, but I thought I would give this book a go! After all it only cost £1.25 or something ridiculously cheap like that!

In a quick summary, this book is about a young prodigy named Colin and when it comes to dating he a has a particular taste. He only ever dates girls named Katherine! Throughout his life there have been 19 Katherines he has dated and they have all dumped him for different reasons. The book is about the adventure Colin and his best friend Hassan take to a place called Gutshot, Tennesee where they meet new people and create new memories. Colin’s cause for adventure was to try and forget Katherine No.19 and get on with his life. The novel explains how his previous life has helped him to become the person he is today and how he has learnt from his mistakes.

I love the way this book was set out and how it flashes back and to the present again. I feel as though we got to know Colin throughout the book and empathise with him, but he can also be a bit cringey at parts too! Throughout the book it feels as though you are stood there with Colin the whole time and you really learn more about his situation. Another a point is, the amount of facts in the book. Its almost as if John Green has created his own type of book, a cross between a fiction book and a non fiction book! I loved reading  the footnotes that included little facts to feed your brain with.

Although this book was sensational, I kind of forgot the meanings of the words that Hassan and Colin say to each other such as “dingleberries” – Like I literally have no clue what this means so you really have to pay attention when reading this book, no falling asleep half way through!

In general, I adore this book and you should all go read it right now!

If you have anymore book recommendations for me leave them in the comments!

Ellie xx

My Favourite Apps

MY FAVOURITE APPS:

Millions of people across the world own a smartphone and install apps on a regular basis, so I thought it would be beneficial for me to write about some of my favourite apps for you!

1. Pacer- For starters, I love this app. I came across this app when I was looking for a pedometer app for my phone as the built in one doesn’t work. The pedometer is really useful and accurate. I then noticed some of the other features of this app, you are able to go for a run and it will track your progress and at the end tell you how far you have run and how may calories you burnt. I find this app very useful as I try to be as active as I can!

2. Line Learner- This app is amazing! I loved it that much that I even bought the pro version. It allows you to record lines to listen back to them to try and help you learn lines you need to know. As I don’t really do as much acting as I used to, I tend to use this app to learn vocab for my language lessons. One of the features I really like, is the ability to slow down or quicken how fast a line is read back to you! Overall, I think this app is really useful and is definitely  worth paying for.

3.Square Size- I use this app to edit my photos that I want to post to my Instagram(which is @headintheclouds.me.uk). Its features allow you to make your picture into a square shape so it is suitable to be posted to Instagram. You can also apply different effects to your pictures and make the borders different colours. I think this app is an essential for anyone wanting to edit their pictures to perfection!

4.Pronounce- Following a similar pattern of languages, I find the Pronounce app very helpful. When I am trying to figure out how I need to say something for my MFL lessons, I use this app. You type in what you need to say and it pronounces it for you. In addition you can also speed up or slow down how fast the app says what you need it to say. Personally I use this app for my own research however you could use it to converse with someone from another country if you are a troubled in this field.

5. Geometry Dash- As for a game, I enjoy playing this game however bad I may be at it. I’m sad to say I can’t get past the first level. I like how simple it is but is also fun to play and doesn’t require too much brain power so it is suitable to play throughout the day and it can be played by anyone of any age. The music is quite irritating though, so I recommend playing it with the volume down!

What are your favourite apps? Let me know on twitter or in the comments below so I can check them out!

Ellie XX

The Right Lip Balm

If you are looking for the best lip balm. You have come to the right place, I’m going to be talking about some of the best lip balms A Môn avis.

Allure So to get us started I am going to mention the famous Maybelline Baby Lips. These are a favoured option among many people at my school for the size convenience an its moisturising properties. Maybelline have released many ranges of Baby lips such as the electro ones and the dr rescue along with the standard ones. My personal favourite is the mint green lip balm of the original range. I like this one as it leaves my lips well moisturised and gives a tingly feeling with is quite satisfying. Another reason as to why I like this balm is because of how it is never greasy and doesn’t feel heavy on your lips.

EOS LIP BALMSMoving on, another balm which is popular among the teenagers of the USA and Britain is the EOS lip balms. There are so many different varieties to chose from and another flavour is released every few months. The great thing about these lip balms is their shapes, most of them are a spherical shape with a screw on lip. They are compact and easily thrown into a bag whilst on the go. My personal favourite flavours are the sweet mint (all about that mint) and the coconut milk. The packaging for the coconut milk balm is very attractive as it is a light pink colour and has swirls across it. Another advantage to EOS lip balms are the grooves made for your fingers to be put into. They are really convenient and make it easy to use.

nivea lip balm Nivea lip butters have definitely made their way into the hearts of lip balm lovers nation wide. In particular I am a fan of the raspberry and rose edition. The balm is a very creamy consistency and is packaged in a metal tin which is nice to touch and keeps the product cool and stops it from melting. These lip balms are very soothing yet one downside to this product is the stickiness of the product. Therefore you end up with lots of the product on your finger after application. However I still really like this balm! This is a flavoursome product so it tastes really nice (but don’t eat it if possible)!

So to finalise before this post gets far too long, if you are looking for a really hydrating lip balm go for the Maybelline baby lips particularly the original range. If you are looking for a non-greasy lip balm that can be kept in a bag throughout the day I would recommend an Eos lip balm of any sort. Finally if a creamy lip balm is the way ahead for you, try the Nivea lip butters.

What is your favourite lip product?

HYDRATING= Baby lips
NON-GREASY= Eos
CREAMY= Nivea Lip butters 

Wonderstuck by Taylor Swift Perfume

   Last week, my younger sister and mum purchased the Wonderstruck perfume from Superdrug for me when I returned from my trip abroad. I was over the moon to say the least. For months I have been obsessing over Taylor’s perfume line and was ecstatic when I received one of the fragrances.

I have tried the perfume and been using it for a few days now, so I thought I would give you a review about it. The fragrance is really strong and lasts for ages, I applied this spray this morning and it is now 6pm and it is still as strong as it was this morning. As for the scent it is has a floral aroma with a hint of sweetness, I also feel as though there is a fruity smell about it too. Normally, I apply Wonderstruck to my wrists and neck and sometimes the back of my ears as I read it lasts longer behind your ears but I don’t know!!

Wonderstruck’s packaging is also beautiful, it comes in a deep purple box with  gold, shimmery writing on the front, there is also a patterned gold box on the packaging too. Once removed from the packaging, you are left with a spherical glass bottle of a similar deep purple. The bottle catches the light and creates gold and silver shimmer spots when held into the light. The lid has charms attached to it which gives it more of a boho feel. The charms include a bird cage and a dove shape, the charm colours are again a gold slash bronze kind of colour.

This perfume is so nice and I can see myself wearing this for the next few years to come!