Big Brother UK 2014 : My thoughts?

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I say this every year – whenever summer comes around, I am quite literally hooked to Big Brother and every year, it gets better. 

This year, we have some rather unusual housemates. Actually, every year they seem to put in unusual housemates.

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Tamara, Pauline, Toya and Matthew have been evicted. Out of all of them, I liked Matthew and I don’t think he deserved to go. Tamara was boring, Pauline was a game player and Toya was just too loud and she thought she was the best – so they deserved to go.

I think I will start with my favourites at the moment. I absolutely love Ashleigh. She is the only one who actually stands up to Helen. I loved the week when the girls had the power and Ashleigh basically became the boss. You cannot win with the public – if you don’t do anything, you are boring and hated but if you actually speak your mind, you are still hated. Well, I think Ashleigh is brilliant and I really don’t want her to go on Friday as she is up for eviction.

My next favourite is Chris. I think he is a decent laid-back guy. I also loved him when he had the power and he made all the right decisions and knew exactly what Pauline was doing when all the other housemates where oblivious to it. 

Now, the controversial housemate is of course Helen. I don’t think her pass to the final (given by Pauline on the second day) is well deserved at all. If she didn’t have that pass to the final, she will be long gone. I think she has deep personal issues that she has not dealt with and this is why she is very angry and always looking to start arguments with people. The big argument that she had was with Danielle and Matthew. I thought she said the most horrendous things to them. To be honest, I think she has had her fair share of arguments with each and every housemate now – expect for Ash, who is her best friend in the house.

Everyone is scared of Helen and afraid to stand up to her but Ashleigh is doing that – and apparently, some of the public don’t like that. Everyone else knows that getting into an argument with Helen will end in a nasty way so they always try to avoid it. I don’t know what Big Brother is playing at to be honest because she already received two formal warnings about her bullying in the house and Big Brother said if she does it again, she could be kicked out of the house. However, she has been vile towards a lot more housemates after she has had those warnings and yet Big Brother is not doing anything about it. Having said that, the house will be very dull and boring without Helen so I guess she is making the show rather watchable. 

Onto Kim and Steven now. I don’t know what is going on but I reckon Steven is only going to get hurt because Kim doesn’t really seem to be that interested in him. That could be because she cannot show her emotions rather obviously but she said she is in a relationship outside of the house – so I don’t know what she is doing with Steven. They already talked about moving in together after they get out, having been together for two weeks? Something is not right. I reckon it is more ‘showmance’ than romance with those two – but we’ll see. 

Winston? I don’t know what is his game to be honest. For the first week, he was ‘dating’ Tamara and now that she has been evicted, he is making a move on Danielle – which many of the public and housemates were surprised by. Danielle is very set in her ways and is very sensible but I don’t know – people can surprise you. I do think Danielle is going to feel lost if Ashleigh gets evicted. 

This leaves Jale, Ash, Christopher, Marlon and Mark. I reckon it is time for Marlon to go. His behaviour is quite boring yet annoying at times.

The public love Mark. His strong scouse accent can be very irritating though. I do think he will be in the final.

I think Christopher is quite misunderstood. I think he tries to be very fair and honest as he can be yet he gets accused of things – for example, the Christmas task where he had to choose people who were on the good list and the naughty list. Helen took it very personally as she was picked to be on the naughty list (which resulted in argument last night) and I felt that it was very unfair for Christopher as he did what he had to do but Helen just wanted to pick a fight with him. 

I don’t know what to say about Ash. He doesn’t really do anything except for being Helen’s friend to be honest. I really want him to be evicted just to see what Helen does without him. 

Finally, Jale. She was most hated by the housemates during the first week and I only think this because of Pauline’s influence. Pauline did not like her from the very beginning and her power resulted in Jale being up for eviction every single week. I really like Jale. I think she is the most honest and genuine housemate out of all of them. 

Overall, I am absolutely loving this series. There are a lot of arguments because of Helen but I guess it would be boring without arguments. This series is based on ‘the power’ where one or a couple of housemates get the power to put housemates up for eviction. Along the way, Big Brother has provided some exciting twists, which makes it more interesting. 

Maybe it is too early to say who will win, but judging from the public’s response so far, I reckon Mark or Winston will win. Chris could even do it!  

What Films Am I Watching At The Moment?

I was never much of a movie person until only a few months ago when I decided to subscribe to Netflix. Of course, before that I did watch films but not on a regular basis. I thought I would write a post about all the films that I have been loving at the moment. This is in no particular order.


Matilda

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I have lost count of how many times I have watched Matilda but it is probably my favourite film of all time. Recently, I have been scrounging online to watch something and when I am rather bored, I turn to films that have repeatedly watched about a million times and last week, it happened again. I decided to watch Matilda. I never get bored of it. Each time I watch it, I am always hooked. A childhood favourite and will always be on my top 10.


Wild Child

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Any film that Emma Roberts is in, I will watch it. I have loved Emma ever since her Unfabulous days on Nickelodeon. Wild Child is mainly set in the UK because the whole storyline is to do with Poppy More (played by Emma Roberts) moving to an English boarding school called Abbey Mount – except, a lot of commotion happens. Such a great movie and well played by Emma Roberts.


Confessions of a Shopaholic 

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Confessions of a Shopaholic is by far one of my favourite ever movies. I can relate to it so much because, I am a self confessed shopaholic myself. Rebecca Bloomwood, played by Isla Fisher is a journalist who lands a job at a financial magazine, except she is in debt and cannot control her shopping habits. This film sends a great message about being good with money and what the consequences are when you are not.


Beauty & The Briefcase 

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Beauty & The Briefcase is a similar film to Confessions of a Shopholic with regards to journalism and working at a business/financial type of organisation. Except, in this film, Lane Daniels played by Hilary Duff, undergoes a job by Cosmo magazine to work at a finance company as an investigate journalist. Lane wants to find love in the workplace and goes on a mission to date as many business men as she can to find the perfect guy. How fun would it be to be an undercover journalist? Great film.


The Devil Wears Prada

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I only just watched this recently and I absolutely love it. Based on the novel of the same name, Andrea Sachs, played by Anne Hathaway is an aspiring journalist (are you sensing a pattern in my movie choices?) who gets a job to work for the Editor of fashion magazine Runway who is Miranda Priestly, played by Meryl Streep as her personal assistant. But little did she know that in order to work in fashion, she must change the way she dresses and behaves, affecting her private life and relationships. A wonderful film, which I reckon I will watch again.

Spring Favourites 2014!

Well, it has been a while! I have been rather busy with university and final exams and deadlines but now university is over (university experience blog post coming soon) I thought I should ease my way into blogging by doing a Spring favourites as it is nearly Summer!

These are the things that I have been loving this Spring.

Skincare 

Manuka Doctor Products – My skin has been rather amazing recently and I do think it is to do with this new brand I have discovered. I needed some natural products because I have sensitive skin and came across Manuka Doctor in Holland & Barrett. I decided to buy all the apiclear range – the face cleanser, moisturiser and blemish cream (on a whim) and I have been using them for about three months now and I love it so much. They are expensive but they are so good. Ever since I have been using them, my skin has been amazing and I have had no breakouts. Amazing. This has replaced my homemade face masks that I used to make with Manuka honey. It is made with natural ingredients so amazing for acne-prone skin. I am on my third purchase of all the products and I will continue to buy them as long as it does its job! You can also find them in Superdrug.

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Beauty 

Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions Foundation – I have changed up my foundation and found this amazing one. I will always love my Estee Lauder Double Wear but the Clinique Anti-Blemish Solutions foundation has been a winner for me this Spring. It gives great coverage (I may do a review on this) and feels very light on my skin. Photo-friendly too.

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Tanya Burr Lips & Nails – I love Tanya Burr and have been watching her on YouTube for years. She has brought out a lip gloss and a nail polish range and I decided to buy some. I gravitate towards red lip and nail colours so I bought the red nail polish in ‘Riding Hood’ and the red lip gloss in ‘Heart Skipped a Beat’. I love the lip gloss and wear it everyday now. I love the colour of the nail polish and how it looks on my nails however, it chips very easily and by about two to three days, half of the colour is gone. So that was quite disappointing but I have been loving the lip gloss and may buy some more of the lip-glosses.

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Music

Damon Albarn – Everyday Robots – Damon has finally gone solo anda few weeks ago he released he debut solo album called ‘Everyday Robots’. It is absolutely beautiful. My favourite songs from the album are ‘Hostiles’, ‘The Selfish Giant’ and ‘My Tembo’. 

Lily Allen – Sheezus – Another new album. I have been really loving Lily’s comeback album called ‘Sheezus’. It is really catchy, very funny and quite cool too. I love the songs ‘Insincerely Yours’ and ‘Take My Place’. 

Winter Favourites 2014

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Well, it is March which means Winter is over and Spring is here! Below are some of the things I have loved from Winter.

Real Techniques Miracle Complexion Sponge – This sponge is absolutely amazing and I have been using it all winter. It makes my foundation go on so smoothly and flawlessly. Absolutely wonderful – and definitely lives up to its name! Image

Benefit POREfessional Primer – This primer is definitely one of my winter favourites this year. Check out my full review on it right here if you haven’t already, which pretty much sums up my love for it.

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Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette – Since Naked 3 came out, I have realised I have not even bought Naked 2 yet – so I decided to just buy it as I have wanted it for a long time. I love it. I have been using YDK a lot. However, I will be buying Naked 3 very soon.

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Demi Lovato: 365 Days a Year – Staying Strong – I bought this book at the end of 2013 and I thought it would make sense to start reading it from the 1st of January. The layout of this book is interesting. Each individual page is dedicated to one day of the year until 31st of December. So, I am reading it the way it should be read. Every morning, I wake up and read a quote from that book – it helps me be more positive and think about each thoughtful quote and act on it. I highly recommend this book if you are going through a hard time.

ImageTiesto – Red Lights – I have loved Tiesto for years and I was about to see him live with Calvin Harris in December but I had to miss that gig unfortunately as I was not well. I have been really loving his new song ‘Red Lights’ – a really happy song and I love listening to it on the tube!

ImageBBC Get In Event – On February 11th, I went to the BBC Get In Event held by BBC Academy. I went to the London event at New Broadcasting House. As I am in my third year at university and thinking about graduate schemes and careers, I felt like I needed some advice directly from the BBC on how to get in and so this event was very useful for the application of the Production Talent Pool – which opens next week. I met some really nice people and got some fantastic advice from Simon Wright – BBC’s Talent Executive and Don Kong –  BBC Academy’s Programme Coordinator.  We did some group work – we had to develop a BBC programme idea and pitch it to them, which was very helpful for the application. Very much enjoyed that day and it is always lovely to be back at BH.

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Coronation Street: Assisted Suicide

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Portraying real life events is very important in soaps. Soaps are known for their usual adultery and murder storylines. Who is cheating on who? Who killed who? However, even though they do portray those ‘normal’ issues that often go on in real life, hard hitting issues such as assisted suicide are often rare which is where soaps come in to portray these issues in a touching way.

Last night on Coronation Street, we saw Hayley Cropper, who was diagnosed pancreatic cancer, take her own life with her husband Roy by her side. She did not want to die naturally, she wanted to die at her own time. Some may say that scene was rather exploitive and trivial  yet it seems Coronation Street are being praised for the wonderful acting in Roy and Hayley’s part, for portraying such issue in a rather sensitive yet emotional light, even though assisted suicide is illegal in the UK.

Though this storyline was  handled very very sensitivity, making sure vulnerable viewers  are not affected by it, it still almost normalised suicide in a way. Hayley’s determination to die was very strong and I am sure we all felt Roy’s pain. Seeing a loved one take their own life, having to agree with it for their sake, is sure to be very heartbreaking.

It has opened up debates and soaps do send a strong signal out to the country. They almost set the agenda on taboo subjects and make us talk. That is why we watch them, don’t we? To relate to it? Assisted suicide, though illegal and controversial, may not be that rare, and perhaps Coronation Street just wanted to show that.

It is only a few years that we have seen a rise in this issue. Real-life cases such as the paralysed Stroke Victim Tony Nicklinson and MS sufferer Debbie Purdy have inspired such storylines and it is right that we do get an insight on the rationale of assistive suicide.

Julie Hesmondhalgh, who played Hayley Cropper does actually want assisted suicide legalised “I would like to see it legalised, very much so, but I have to add the caveat that it has to be properly done; you have to make sure that people don’t go round killing elderly people, say, just for the inheritance. But I can’t imagine how anyone can look at the Tony Nicklinson case and see his suffering and be against it. It’s quite a simple thing for me – and I understand it isn’t for everybody – but we need to look at this issue seriously.”

So even though some may think Coronation Street are almost ‘normalising’ this issue, there is more to it than that. If you are terminally ill, how much control you have over your death would be something of a big deal to you and frankly, that is not known to the wider public. You may automatically think “Just let nature take its course” but to the terminally ill, it really is not that simple. We have such bleak knowledge of why people want to do such a thing.

The scene last night was very touching, raw and controversial yet it did shine a light on reasons why people do what they do. We will miss Hayley. As a massive Corrie fan, Hayley has been a wonderful character and a pleasure to watch all those years. Despite the heartbreaking scene, we cannot deny how wonderfully it was done and a memorable farewell to a legendary character.

How To Get A Good Night’s Sleep

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We often underestimate the benefits of sleeping well and most of us do not even get a good night’s sleep which can affect our mood and skin. A lot of things can get in the way of our sleep, mostly stress. I know how tough it is to toss and turn all night. Even when you are tired, you just cannot seem to fall asleep and it is so frustrating because you find yourself feeling overly tired during the day.

There are things you can do to fall asleep.

No Technology – This is something I have been told many times, which is to turn off all technology an hour before bed. This means no TV, no iPhone, no laptop. When we are so focused on screen after screen, our brain is still alert and when we go to bed straight after, our mind is still focused on that. Give yourself an hour before you go to bed to switch off all technology, until the next day.

Tidy Your Bedroom – I say this all the time. A clean and tidy bedroom constitutes to a good night’s sleep. It is amazing how the environment you are in can affect your mood and sleep. Give yourself some time at the end of the day to make your bedroom look nice and cosy and also, make sure the temperature of the room is perfect. You do not want a really cold bedroom or a very hot bedroom. Try and find that perfect temperature, which will in turn make you feel rather relaxed and hopefully make you fall asleep easier.

Read – Reading is something that I often do when I switch off my technology an hour before bed. Make sure what you are reading is rather positive though. You would not want to read a negative book before bed because that can affect your sleep. I like to read motivational or self-help books before bed.

Journal – What I like to do at the end of everyday is to write in my personal journal. It could be about anything. Writing down about how my day went at the end of the day is like ticking the day complete and it is like saying I am ready for the next day. I write everyday and if writing is something that you like, before bed is a really good time to write, as it is relaxing and reflecting on the day, good or bad, makes you feel so much better.

Hypnosis – This is very optional but what I find works for myself is listening to medication or hypnosis audios in bed. I am really into self-development and so listening to positive audio’s makes me feel rather calm and sleepy. I really love Joseph Clough‘s Hypnosis app and I listen to his podcasts every night to make me fall asleep. He has great hypnosis for different issues, so if you have an issue which may be holding you back in life, have a listen to some of his podcasts. They help immensely with looking at life in a different way and sleeping too!

Sleeping Schedule – Finally, get into a sleeping routine. If you go to bed at different times every night, your sleeping will definitely be out of whack. However, if you go to bed at the same time every night, you will sleep much better and wake up at the same time. I go to bed at 10pm every night and wake up at 6am every morning. So I get a good 8 hours sleep every day, which is what most adults need.