Blackburn Student livens up classrooms

A former student of Haslingden High School has been brightening up her old classrooms by painting murals

Haslingden High school is the first school in Lancashire that has taken a new and unique approach to learning.

The school’s aim is to be able to ‘enhance learning’ by informing the students about the importance of history through art. A former student has been asked to liven up classrooms by painting huge colourful murals on the schools walls.

Artist Laura Doherty has been working part time at the school as an ‘Artist in residence’ and has painted five classrooms so far.

At present Laura is painting an art timeline in the Arts corridor.

She said: “I don’t plan on painting the whole school but when I am done with the art corridor, I and going to begin painting the music Corridor.”

The 19 year old has been painting ever since she was eight-years-old.  Doherty is currently studying a foundation degree in art at Blackburn College and will be studying a degree in September at London Art College. 

The murals which have all been painted by Doherty represent different subjects. She has linked the English classrooms to Shakespeare and the history classrooms to WW2 – which was her first ever painting.

She was 16 years old when the history teacher asked her to ‘transform the gloomy walls’ in a work of art. Doherty said “Teachers are asking me all the time to paint in their classroom and give me an idea of what they want so I go away and design a plan. ”

According to teachers in Haslingden High School, students across schools in Lancashire aren’t concentrating enough in the core subjects. Sally Tembo the head of art said: “The murals are a new way which will help the children to concentrate and learn more about a certain subject. Schools in Lancashire definitely need to try this new technique.”

She has inspired many young pupils who stop and chat to her whilst she is busy completing the art corridor. Doherty said: “The visuals will help to create an impact on the children and when they look at my work they will understand that I have spent my time and effort in painting this.”

Doherty is hoping to continue her transformations in classrooms and corridors in the hope to brighten the children’s learning up.

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Zero-hours contracts on the rise

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The number of people on zero-hours contracts in the North West is continuing to rise according to figures from the Office of National Statistics.

In 2008 the Trade Union Congress calculated that there were 9,861 people employed on a zero-hours contract.

However, it is now believed that the figure has risen to around 77,000 – leaving even more people with no guarantee of work.

Campaigners say that the contracts have helped the government to mask the true extent of the lack of regular employment available to people in the wake of the financial crash.

According to a survey from isidewith.com only 34% of people in the North West support the use of zero-hours contracts.

10% of those said they only supported them in cases where people were only seeking part-time employment, while 8% said they supported them but they think that exclusivity clauses should be banned and a minimum number of hours should be guaranteed.

The Prime Minister David Cameron has defended the contracts by claiming that many people on them favour them because of the flexible hours. Earlier this year he controversially claimed he could not live on one.

It is believed around a third of those on the deals would like more hours.

Financial security

Those who oppose the contracts say that they mean families constantly live in fear of not being able to pay bills and put food on the table.

James McKenna, the Regional Campaigns and Policy Officer for the Trade Union Congress in the North West said: “It’s a real problem for workers now and if we want to tackle some of the problems were facing in the economy it’s about hours.

“You’ve got to guarantee people hours because aside from giving them the financial security to go and spend in the local economy, you just can’t have a future.

“You can’t get a mortgage, you can’t manage, you can’t do a range of things because you don’t know just how much money you’re going to earn each week.”

Zero-hours contracts also mean that those employed on them often can’t go and find another job because they are required to go and work whenever they get a call.

Martyn Rawlinson, a Labour Cabinet Member for Resources at Preston Council, said: “The Labour Party wants to scrap zero-hours contracts and make them illegal. Preston council don’t have zero-hours contracts, we don’t believe in them.

“We have casual jobs that don’t involve a contract so people can work whoever they like whenever they like. If they want to turn down work from us there’s no penalty, whereas on a zero-hours contract you’re contracted to that company and you need to be available for that company.”

The percentage of people in employment on zero-hours contracts rose from 1.9% in 2013 to 2.3% in 2014.

According to figures from the Office of National Statistics from October to December last year, around 1 in 43 people in the UK are on a zero-hours contract.

The people most likely to be on the contracts are women, those in full-time education, part-time workers, those under 25 and those over 65.

Acas — Zero-hours contracts

National Careers Service

Job Centre Plus

BBC — What are zero-hours contracts?

BBC — People on zero-hours contracts paid less than others

Dior Addict It-Line Eyeliner Review

I purchased the Dior Addict It-Line Eyeliner, Black last month from Selfridges.

If you are feeling adventurous then you will be happy to know that the Dior Addict It-Line Eyeliner comes in other creative colours; pink, navy blue, purple and black. However it is a limited addition and will only be there for some time.

It comes in a tube that is lacquered square tube, with a black glossy shine to it. The yummy cherry on the top is the silver circle a speciality of all Dior addict products.

As you all know there are all types of eyeliners on the makeup market, felt tips, gel liners, liquid liners and so on. But we are all in the need of finding that perfect eyeliner application.

I know many girls have a really big problem to apply an eyeliner due to its tip being to fat to thin or you some how manage to get it all over. But practice makes it perfect!

The tip is a fine applicator and easy to work with, especially if you aren’t really great at applying eyeliner. I must admit it can be applied smoothly and it is gel formulated. What I mean by that is once it has been applied the eyeliner dries on really quickly leaving with glossy shine. Perfect for a cat eye.

If you want your eyeliner to last you extra long then I’d advise you to apply gel eyeliner as well as liquid on top. I find if you are just using gel liner it can sometimes smudge onto your eyelids and find your eyes looking like a raccoon.

However I am really happy with this purchase and I would purchase it again if it’s still on the market. It is pigmented and applies on smoothly. Another great thing is that it lasts on really long.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post.

 

Leave me a comment below let me know which is your favourite eyeliner and why?

Recent Purchases Review: Drugstore Make-up Haul

This blog post is a review of 4 high street end products that I have recently bought and tried out. Some I have even purchased again! 

REVIEW: RIMMEL- STAY MATTE PRESSED POWDER

Rimmel is available accross the country.

The shade I have is in silky beige 005.

I have a major love for the Rimmel products, from lipsticks to mascaras, foundation to lip balms and pressed powder. The products are a great value and does last long. From a personal experience their products do please me and so does their price.

Apply this powder over any foundation and it will last you up till 3-4  hours. I have tried it with many drugstore liquid  foundations and it works well with most of the products that are not from the same brand as Rimmel.  I purchased mine from boots.

The product is smooth to apply on and if you don’t want your foundation to slip off you definitely need this. Especially if you have an oily skin type this will work well. It’s matte means no shine or shimmer on your face. It gives great coverage, its light weight and sometimes you don’t need to touch up if you don’t have time to re apply. This may sound weird to you but it does smell nice.

The plastic packaging is also at its best but it won’t go down well inside your makeup bag. 

You can wear the powder with a suitable makeup brush or a sponge.

I find the sponge so far works the best as it gets the product on without it going all over your hands. I find using the makeup brush it causes the powder to waste. Although my skin is fair I always go two shades higher in face products. Don’t want to look like a ghost and scare away the little children, do we?

To buy or not to buy?

Yes. Again and again. 

  • Lasts up till 3-4 hours.
  • Doesn’t make my skin look oily or cakey.
  • Easy to apply.
  • Smells FAB!

REVIEW: SLEEK FACE CONTOUR KIT LIGHT

I’d say for a drugstore product this is highly pigmented even for the shade light. I know someone who has purchased it in the shade-fair and even when she applies a little bit  for an olive skin tone it shows up on her skin very well.

No applicator included. 

Using your makeup brush you only need to use the bronzer- matte (no shimmer) once for the contouring area, then apply the highlighter in appropriate places depending on your face shape & top it off with the blusher. Voila! To touch up you just need to apply blusher.

Again for the price value it provides you with the highlighting and the blush within the same palette so no need to purchase other palettes twice ! I use this almost every day or whenever I am going out. It blends in very easily on my light skin. I have no issues with break outs or worry about looking cakey. It looks so natural and your unable to tell whether you have contouring.

To buy or not to buy?

Definitely. 

  • Shows up highly pigmented.
  • Matte Finish.
  • Includes bronzer, highlighter and blush in the same palette for the price.
  • Secure packaging to fit well in a makeup back. 

Tip: Before purchasing any type of makeup product from a high street shop be sure to check the product isn’t used or the packaging isn’t opened.

REVIEW: REVLON COLORBURST LIP BUTTER

The lipstick lid is a tight so it won’t be falling off in your handbag or on your vanity. What I really dislike twisting the lipstick up its quiet stubborn and you have to be careful to twist it fully back down as it can get messy when putting the lid back on.

The Thoughts.

It’s my first Revlon lip butter and it is YUM! Don’t worry I didn’t eat it. But what I mean is it is excellent for the price of it. It keeps your lips moist and shiny. It doesn’t clump up. I normally wear Matte lipsticks and sometimes it can dry your lips out so it’s better to keep switching back and forth. The lip butters contain products without the smell. I reckon it’s in between a lip balm and lipstick. It does live up to its name.  

The colour is great to wear on a daily basis. Staying in the neutral tones it’s great for a night out with dramatic eyes. you do need to reapply and touch up as you would normally do.

The package is great the lid fits on tightly so you wont be losing the lipstick in your make up bag and doesn’t give out a tacky look. The lids do match the lip colour however it varies when its applied on.

To buy or not to buy?

Yes, although I have just used this once or twice and I really like it so far. 

  • Doesn’t smell of harsh chemicals
  • Moists dry lips as well as good use of lipstick
  • Easy to mix in with other shades of lipsticks
  • Doesn’t clump up. 

REVIEW: ACCESSORIZE EYE SHADOW PALETTE- YOU ARE EVERYTHING

The product was purchased from their shop in Trafford Centre although I know the make up is sold in Super drugs.

The style of the palette attracted me as its bright red and an adorable girly packaging. It comes with a built in mirror. Easy to use if you are travelling. 

No applicator is included.

The 32 shades are fun to use which includes shades from matte, stain and shimmer.

The eye shadows itself are very soft and easy to apply all over on to the eyelids. However as the product is soft and easily spreads, your palette will eventually turn really messy. Just depends on how well you keep it.

However, I noticed you have to build up how many times you apply the shade, the better. It stands out much better if you use the urban decay eye shadow primer or any other eyeshadow primer. This will help to stick the product on.

A great gift piece to give to your girlfriends or any other family member. 

To buy or not to buy?

Probably not. As i have tried it and would want to try out different eye shadow palettes from Accessorize.

  • Have to apply shade on more than 3 times.
  • Creases up for me at time without the use of primer. 

The products I have listed above are a great use on a daily basis and especially who don’t know what to buy.

Wash your face!

I wouldn’t say this is a routine. The products I use to wash my face are very simple and basic. Something you can find at your local drugstores.

When your mum says don’t mess around with your skin by using harsh products she is right. Leave your skin alone. You need to look after it. From a young age we notice the pimples, spots and blemishes and to hide the unwanted spots we use spot creams.

In this blog post I will share with you the 3 facial washes that help my skin to recover and stay healthy.

Our skin represents how healthy we eat and how healthy we can keep ourselves maintained. All the junk food you eat will be able to show up not yet but later on. There are many other ways we need to keep our skin lively and fresh. What I mean by this do not be lazy and do not ever sleep with your make up on. Whatever harsh chemicals you use on your face affects your liver in certain ways.

I know we all hate washing our makeup faces and want our makeup to last a week nope that can’t ever happen. To have a glowing skin you need to start of by washing away your makeup. What I normally do is make my life easier and remove my makeup using make up removal wipes or makeup remover liquid. However since a couple of years I have stopped using makeup remover as my skin is too sensitive. I find it stings too much on my skin. So what I tend to use is makeup wipes.

If your probably thinking oh it’s only one night. Just remember no amount of makeup can ever hide your natural beauty.

I am so lucky to have a clear skin, this is because I took care of my skin from a young age although there are most of the days I do break out and my spots can be vile however it is easily treated and it isn’t acne or in need of special treatment. You don’t understand I know some girls who do not even wash their face and then complain of the pimples they have erupted with the next morning. Now is your chance to actually get into a habit.

When I do break out I leave my spots alone because I know that’s the right way for me to deal with the spots. One time I used toothpaste on a spot/pimple it was meant to be an easy treatment at home! Not only it got worse but it left a burnt mark. Same with the spot creams.

I use the Garnier 3 in 1 as a clay mask to get rid of any dead skin and to help me to keep my skin clear. However i don’t use it as a scrub daily, I find it can dry out my skin too much. However I wash my face on a daily basis; Morning & night something what we should already be doing, right ?

The clay mask you see above is one of the best drugstore products. Well for me anyways. It has helped me to clear away the dead skin and removes makeup really well. I use it in the morning and every other day. At times you need your natural oils otherwise your skin will dry out too much. It’s made me skin a lot clearer. I use the face mask for 5 mins within those 5 mins you can really feel the mask dry on your skin another way of knowing you need to remove it. It’s an instant and an easy way of giving your self a personal spa treatment. You can see I am squeezing life out of it. Need some more of this !

Tip: Do not get any of this in your eye. It will hurt like hell. But if you do just wash it with warm water.

Above, the clean and clear facial scrub I have been using for some time. Again it is one of the best products as it has lightened my skin tone evenly and it can be used as a daily scrub. It’s easy to exfoliate with as it includes the bursting beads. And smells so refreshing. I need to purchase some more !

However, I purchased another clean and clear facial scrub, the scrub below should not be used at night because for some reason me and my sister have both tried it at night and it certainly keeps us both refreshed at night. Therefore I only use it in the morning. There isn’t much difference that I have felt from the yellow one. In fact it is similar.

Obviously these products have worked for me but may not work for you.

Tip: Test any face wash product on your neck or side of your face to see if you will suit it.

Liebster Award Nomination

Thanks to the lovely blogger Fashion Parade for nominating me for the Liebster award. For some of you who are unaware of the Liebster award it is an ongoing tag for the online bloggers, it is another opportunity for the new bloggers to be followed and stay up to date on the blog.

Below are the questions answered to the Fashion Parade’s question:

1. If you were an animal, what would you be and why?
Well, I would be a Lionness, the queen of the jungle. RAWRR.. I have a bold personality a bit like a Lionness I want to be the boss of everything. HAHA!
2. Favourite character in a book/film/TV series?
I adore LUCY WATSON  many of you who don’t know her she comes in the Reality show called Made In Chelsea.
3. Name one thing you’d love to learn how to do.
Probably in the future I’d want to learn/ receive training to become a professional MUA.
4. Hero or villain?
Peace! Truth! Justice! – I want  to make a difference! Therefore HERO!
5. What is your favourite song?
6. The city or the country? Why?
The city. I love shopping and need to go out to eat every so often can’t do that in the country. Although the countryside, is having a quiet life maybe i’d prefer later on during mid life.
7. Describe the best holiday you’ve ever been on.
Well the last holiday was to Pakistan. Although the country itself has bad press however to me it means no matter where you live you can’t ever forget where you came from. Everything about it is just ideal, beautiful landmarks, delicious and finger licking food, the bazaar is hectic, meeting your loved ones to create precious moments and don’t forget you can always get yourself  a personal tailor.
8. What is no.1 on your bucket list?
Definintly to go on a CRUISE! ASAP
9. What is your favourite season?
SUMMER = Happiness.
10. Who is your favourite designer or style icon?
Favourite designer is michael KORS
11. Favourite pizza topping?
ASIAN STYLE- everything except sweetcorn

The Rules:

1. Include a link to the blog of whoever nominated you.
2. Answer all 11 questions they have provided.
3. Nominate your own 11 blogs with 200 followers or less.
4. Create your own list of 11 questions for them to answer.

The blogs nominated by me: 

  1. Emily webb 
  2. Laura Jane Wilde
  3. Beth Howlett
  4. Ella
  5. Catrionalauder
  6. Chantellesarah
  7. Steph
  8. kheira nicole reeks
  9. Chloe

The questions:

  1. Why did you choose to make a blog?
  2. Who is your role model and why?
  3. If you won the lottery, what would you spend your money on?
  4. Which makeup brand did you last use?
  5. Favourite blog  you read? ( link please)
  6. Name one thing you cannot live without?
  7. One advice for the youth.
  8. Sweet or savory?
  9. If you just became the president,what would be the first change which you would make?
  10. Dream holiday and why?
  11. What do you want to achieve in 5 years time?

The One Plus About Wearing A Hijab.

Many Muslim women all over the world choose to cover their heads, cover their heads in a different style or wear a niqaab. You ask what is a hijab? For those of you who don’t know Hijab is a term also known as a headscarf. It is basically covering your hair with a scarf. The scarves can be any colour and any pattern, you choose. It is worn for religious reasons, as Muslim women have to be able to reach a high standard of modesty and piety and it is another way to attain the blessings of God Almighty.

Being a Muslim shines upon the relationship between the body and mind. Muslims also believe that wearing of the outer garments and veiling of the body leads to veiling of the heart and shielding it from impure thoughts. 

Hijab Fashion. 

There really isn’t any point of wearing a headscarf if you can’t cover up properly. The western fashion is a great way to create a hijab friendly outfit. You know what the real deal is when you start wearing a hijab? It gives you a chance to really figure out how to layer up and to understand the fact what will look better with your scarf. Even before when I started to wear the hijab I reckon my dressing up sense was conservatively. But when you do start to wear the hijab you have to understand that you can’t offend anyone else by what you are wearing. I know we shouldn’t really dress up to make others happy but therefore we should dress up so you can inspire and make yourself happy with your outfit. Of course any Muslim girl who wears the hijab can refer to my feelings we all want to throw on shorts and a tank top and walk out of the house looking fabulous like that. But that is a big NO!

Just remember why you chose your hijab friendly outfit in the first place. Every time I buy a top or a pair of jeans I always have to think is the neck a bit to low or is it a bit too tight. Not because I’m going to go out to impress the society, I personally just wouldn’t feel comfortable going out with a low neck top. You are right the Hijab isn’t easy especially when the weather gets a bit to hot and it hits over 23 degrees. I will always be happy with why I made the decision to wear the hijab. It just reminds me what the bad hair days can now equal to the good outfit days I will have. 

I hope you have enjoyed this post thanks for reading. 

What high school taught me & Advice for newbies.

High school is a time of your life when you will step into a world and kind off get lost. At first so much confusion, new people, new area, new teachers & new surroundings to get use to. You just don’t know when it will be over. Once you are settled you will not want to leave!

I left high school in 2011, my school ‘Beardwood Humanities College’ was shut down soon after I left due to it being sold to another school. (It’s complicated and sometimes I don’t understand why it happened) As much as I disliked going to school at first but I admit I do miss it.

Back to school advice:

High school can be either a negative or a positive experience. It can either show you how people can be so evil and horrible. As horrible as it sounds believe me it will teach you a lot about how petty drama is created and can be created. There are many things I learnt in high school but I will keep this short and sweet since we all like sweet things… 😉

Don’t be popular.

Being popular doesn’t matter, growing up in high school I had many different kinds of friends, from loud to quiet from confident to over confident and some who were reserved.

Growing up I never thought that ‘oh I want to be popular’ I want to be known in a high school.

No I was different into thinking omg I don’t want many friends. Although I am a confident person, but all that confidence came from the people who always found a way to cause drama in my life. It’s better not to be popular. Trust me. Daft as this sounds but for those of you who are finding ways to become popular. Just think what would popularity cost me and where would I be after leaving high school? Imagine you go in to college and you say to a new group of friends. Not in so many words; but you say something like ‘I was popular in school.’ They will laugh in your face so think, what does this do for me.

For those of you who have already left high school and got bullied, girl/guys who caused drama in your life. Ask yourself this question what is their life and where are they right now? Your answer is probably I don’t know or omg nowhere. Ask your mum, or siblings. where are your friends from high school right now?

There will be girls who will try to hate on you just because you don’t follow their ways. I mean you shouldn’t anyways. Remember friends will come and go. Friends won’t just fall out of the sky and sit and hold your hand right beside you when things go down hill. Girls who dislike you will treat you like crap and will call you names. They will try to ruin your friendship with other people. Stand up for yourself. Don’t take anyone’s crap because you don’t deserve it. Just remember at the end of the day you will be out of that high school and you need to show them how successful you can be… You might think at the time ‘she’s so cool’ and ‘I’m a nobody’. You will look back and think.. Actually you won’t think about those so cool people when you are successful. You will remember that I went to high school, I made great friends, got my self good grades and I have more doors opened for me.

School is fun.

I know the above advice seems like a tonne of bricks have just fallen on you and you don’t want to go to school. Much as bad high school can be it can also be a fun time in your life. You’ll meet people who are so nice and will be there in 5 years just depends how smooth your friendship was in high school. There was a part of me that I loved going to high school. I loved learning I loved the excitement of learning. My favourite subjects were English, history, r.e and i.t. I worked hard in school, went to college and now I’m currently in the 2nd year of university.

To get here it wasn’t easy. Easy things don’t come just like that you have to work hard it’s a fighting battle but it will be worth it in the end once you are qualified.

If you want to make friends make friends go ahead and join a club in school that is the best way to make friends. In my high school making friends throughout the five years was a breeze. I mixed in with a lot of different girls. Talked and socialised with different people. It’s easy to make friends but at the same time if you are shy and you want friends it won’t work you need to start talking, try and make friends.

Skipping classes. Is a big no!

I probably sound like your parent or guardian by now. Don’t do this don’t do that.

I won’t be hypocritical and say I didn’t skip lesson once when I did. I did not skip lesson many times in a row. But now I look back and think I was so stupid to miss lessons when It would have been more fun to attend class instead of hiding away in the back of the school. Sadly it was cool at the time and I did learn from my mistake so that’s why no skipping lessons!

You want good grades don’t you so educate yourself, stay engaged with the teachers , talk to them they don’t bite, be friendly, don’t bully others , go to the best college and get a good job in a career you will enjoy.

Take interest in what the teachers teach you, find a hobby that keeps your mind of anything. Don’t spend your time being online on social networking sites when you have coursework, assignments, or deadlines to hit.

Don’t procrastinate get your work done ASAP so you are able to spend time with your friends & family.

Disclaimer

I know this post has made high school sound like it being a bitter experience but this is only from what I have seen and a bit of my own experience. The rest is advice.

I hope you have enjoyed reading. Stay tuned in for more. Any advice leave it in the comments below.