Wednesday, 27 January 2016

Izzynterview: Katie Barnett

I'm super duper excited to share today's video/post because it's about my very first collab on YouTube. Ever since I started YouTube I've met so many wonderful people who I'd love to give recognition to, as a thank you to all the lovely support they've given me. 

In case you're wondering, "Izzynterview" is a combination of the words "Izzy" and "interview" because that's what this collab series will be. Every month I'll be interviewing a youtuber (all though I think I'll be upping it to 3 youtubers per video to support more people) and we'll both think of questions and answer them in our own videos. I'm trying to do this as fair as possible, starting with the people that I promised literally ages ago that I'd do a collab with them. 

Here's the video explaining what I'm doing about collabs

For today's Izzynterview I've collabed with the absolutely gorgeous, wonderful Katie Barnett. She's most definitely one of my best friends here on youtube and I'd definitely class her as a real life friend too because the banter we have is off the scale! 

I hope you enjoy my version of the collab

She makes amazing videos including: makeup tutorials, reaction videos, vlogs and much much more. I can't even stress to you how lovely she is as a person and she is honestly such an hilarious person. She could literally make a video about toilet paper and she'd still have me in absolute stitches about it. Please check out her amazing, amazing channel if you haven't already!

So I hope you like the idea of my collab series, I'm really trying my best to do it as fairly as possible and I'm seriously gutted that I won't be able to get round everyone that I want to collab with. The song of the day is Wake Up by The Vamps because when this song came out, I tweeted about it and Katie replied and that's when the true banter kicked off! I hope you enjoy watching, 

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 20 January 2016

Reacting To My Old Facebook Pictures

Ever since I first saw these types of videos I was like yassss I totally have to try that myself. It just sounded like so much fun to do. 

I got Facebook in 2011, which let's face it, was an embarrassing year for most people. I don't really go on Facebook anymore, because every time I log on I get reminded of my awkward 12 year old stage. I mean who wants to be reminded of that? 

Little background information about what I was like in 2011. I was basically the most embarrassing/cringiest person you could ever imagine. Like seriously that's no exaggeration. I know that when you're 12 everyone is really awkward, but I'm pretty sure I even managed to stand out amongst my peers. 

So in summary I think I win at having the worst Facebook profile pictures in existence. Honestly, the worst. And not to mention some of them are pretty random. I'm kinda regretting my life decision, of choosing to use these photos to present myself in front of my friends, family and fellow peers on the world of Facebook.

I hope you enjoy laughing at my misery whilst I react to my old photos. The song of the day is Touch And Go by Ed Sheeran. Thanks for watching/reading :)

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 14 January 2016

18 Things I've Learned In 18 Years

As I'm posting this, on the 14th of January, it is my 18th birthday. You can probably guess that I'm very excited for this birthday because it's a huge milestone.

So as of today I am legally (but not mentally) an adult. Scary times eh? Like, am I gonna be expected to make responsible decisions now? Because I sure hope not! But in all seriousness, I am really excited to be 18, but it still doesn't feel real that I'm a grown up now haha. 

In this video I decided to share 18 things that I've learned in 18 years. They are a mixture of sensible and silly life lessons, but I feel like all of them are "izzyish" and personal to me. But with that said I still hope they are relatable to anyone watching, because after all, that's why I made the video. 

Here is my very first video of being an adult!

Today I would usually have had a full day of lessons, but my 1st Chemistry lesson got cancelled and they school day had been cut short anyway today so I could come home at 2:15. I must say that I've been well and truly spoiled today by my friends and family, for which I couldn't be more grateful for. My family got me a lovely new camera which I'll be using to film my videos on, as well as a fair bit of money that they've been saving up for me since I was little. 

My friends were absolute baes too! My friend Emma baked me mini GingerbrEaD Sheerans because I'm a huge fangirl. They also chipped together to buy me lovely things from lush and Sephora (yes they were able to get things from America for my birthday I can't believe the effort they put into the present). I've received such lovely gifts and I'm well and truly so thankful for absolutely everyone that's made my day so special. Thank you for all the birthday wishes, the presents, and just generally making my 18th birthday a very special one. I don't know what I've done to deserve such great real life, and also internet friends, thank you soooooooooo much! :)

Thank you so much for reading my little post here about my 18th Birthday, I hope you enjoy the video too. I actually have two songs of the day because I simply couldn't choose between 18 by One Direction and 18 by 5SOS because let's face it, they're both amazing songs. And very relevant of course. I hope you all enjoy today too, even if it's not your birthday lol,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 10 January 2016

The "I'm Trying And Here's Why" Tag

I feel like this  is a stressful time for everyone, and we're all just expected to get on with it even though it can be difficult. So I created this tag just in case anyone else out there feels like me, where they're trying hard but no one seems to notice and still expects more from you. This tag is to spread positivity and help people admit to themselves that they do actually work hard. 

I feel like this gif summarizes my life perfectly at the moment

I think we all have those times where we try to not make a big deal out of things on the outside, but on the inside we're like OMG DOES NO ONE REALIZE HOW HARD I'M ACTUALLY TRYING RIGHT NOW?! Well... at least I do.

If you watched my new years resolution video, you'll know that one of my goals this year is to build up my confidence. To do that I really feel like I have to stand up for myself a bit more, because I feel like I'm not really explaining myself enough to people. I'm certain that most people in my life think I don't put any effort into anything, and to be honest from the outside it probably does seem like that. However, believe me when I say, that I'm trying my hardest at everything. But when you try hard at lots of things, you don't actually go far with any of them because you just get exhausted. I'm sick and tired of feeling like all I do is work, but it not paying off in any way, shape or form. So here is my little explanation that I actually do try and care about the things that go on in my life.

The Rules Of The Tag:

The aim of the tag is to give yourself credit where credit is due, especially if you feel your hard work is being taken for granted.The rules of the tag are quite simple. Basically all you need to do is write down a list of things that you try really hard at, and explain why they take a lot of effort to accomplish. Don't worry about sounding cocky or like you're exaggerating, just say how you feel and let it out. Explain your efforts to the world because it's about time that we praise ourselves for our hard work.

Here are my personal reasons why I try hard on a daily basis:
  • I'm studying for my A levels- Going to 6th form is the worst decision I ever made because it takes up every minute of my life. Even if I'm not doing 6th form work, I'm stressing about the fact I'm not doing work. I literally get hours of homework every day and on top of that I try to go over my notes and revise all my subjects throughout the week. So I'd say that I put more than enough effort into my 3 core A Levels which are Chemistry, Psychology and RE. 
  • I do an additional A level- On top of my 3 A Levels I'm doing German on the side. I have a couple meetings with my teacher every now and then, and once a week I spend an hour talking to a German assistant, but other than that I'm pretty much doing this A Level in my "spare time" since I don't do the actual lessons. And it's still somehow my best subject. 
  • Retaking exams- On top of the A2 exams that I'll be working on this year, I'm also resitting 2 Chemistry exams and 1 RE exam from last year. The amount of work I'll have to do for all my subjects is riduculous but I'm determined to do well this year. 
  • Youtubing- The thing I enjoy most in life is running my youtube channel and interacting with other youtubers. The videos themselves take at least 10 hours a week to make, from planning the video, getting ready to film, to actually filming, editing, uploading, making the thumbnail etc. And then on top of that I try to reply to every comment on a video, as well as support other creators on their videos and on my shoutout twitter. It's very time consuming but it's totally worth it because my channel is the only think keeping me sane at the moment haha. 
  • Blogging- Even though I make videos, I really don't want to let my blogging slip. I've made it a new years resolution of mine to put more effort into my blog and I'm gonna try to post once or twice a week on this blog and once a week on Izzy K: Reviews and More. Again, writing blog posts takes me ages but but it's something that I enjoy and don't want to give up. And I also try to read as many other blogs as I can during the week, especially from my lovelies over at Beau Bloggers. 
  • Dance- Now this is really something that I don't have time for anymore, but I have to continue until March because we're working towards things in my class and it would be unfair to let everyone down by quitting. I probably spend too much time there because my dance school is the other side of town so it takes me 1/2 hour to get there, and then I'm there from 9.30 to 12 on a Saturday morning and then from 6-7.30ish on a Monday afternoon. And on every other Monday, I finish 6th form late and have to go straight to Dance, meaning I have no time at all to do homework on that day. That's not really time that I can afford to have off from studying but as I said, it's an awkward point at the moment so I can't quit. 
  • Karate- I've been doing Karate since I was 7 and it is really something that I enjoy. Again I don't have time for it because it takes up my entire Sunday mornings, but I try to make it as often as I can regardless. 
  • Driving Lessons- Although this is only 1 hour a week at the moment, I'm gonna try and get more lessons off my parents just so I can improve faster. And then I'll have to spend time learning for my theory test, but I really don't know when I'll next have a spare minute to do that. 
  • See family and friends and try to have something that resembles a social life- Most of my family doesn't realise that doing 4 A Levels = having no social life. I'm still expected to see family as regularly as possible, and when they ask me what I've been doing and I reply "homework" they tell me to get out more. I seriously think some people think I do 6th form work for fun and haven't quite grasped the fact that there is so much bloody work to do for it. 
  • Try to sort out what I'm doing after 6th form- As well as doing all this and focusing on 6th form, I'm also expected to look into unis/what I'm doing after A Levels. I haven't had a clear head for a while which makes making decisions about what to do for the rest of my life rather difficult. As of now I have no idea what to do when I finish my exams, which means I'll have to spend time working that out. Time that I simply don't have. 

I'm not saying I'm working harder than anyone else, I'm just saying that the amount I do is personally overwhelming for me. I just wanted to use this post as an explanation for why I'm trying to cut down on the amount of things I commit to, because I really can't take on board any more. I understand that everyone is busy in their own lives, and this is just what I get up to in my own. 

I tag all the Beau Bloggers to do this so if you're in that wonderful blogging community consider yourself officially tagged by me. I'm gonna specifically tag a few people just to get the ball rolling with this tag, so they can write their own if they like, but please remember that you're all welcome to write your own. 

Some of the lovely bloggers I tag are:

I'd love to read your own personal versions of this tag, but even if you are tagged please remember there is no pressure from me to write it if you are busy. It's just a bit of fun to get the things that are stressing you out off your chest. 

The song of the day is Stitches by Shawn Mendes because I've been listening to it far too much over the past week. Do you ever feel like people don't understand that you are indeed working hard, even if it doesn't look like it, or is that just me lol?

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

My Winter Favourites

Who can believe that it's actually time for another favourites video? At this moment in time, I only make seasonal favourites instead of just monthly favourites, meaning that this is already my 3rd ever favourites video. That seems crazy to me because I feel like I've only just started making these types videos but it's actually been 6 months!

Anyway, here is the actual video itself:

In the video I talk about my favourite skin care, hair, and beauty favourites. And I don't think it's even a spoiler if I say that I talk about a shade by my favourite lipstick brand, Rimmel Kate Moss, but I won't tell you which shade I've been loving this season so I don't give away too much about the video.

But 75% of this video is actually me talking about the music I've been loving. ALL my favourite artists have released music since I filmed my last favourites video, meaning I could not stop myself from blabbering on about what I've been listening to. 

And one certain artist took me by surprise this season so I couldn't resist talking about him in this video. Let's just say I can't... Belieb.... that I've included him in a video! *laughs like crazy at my own joke*

I just want to add that I'm sorry the video looks like it was filmed with a potato. The lighting is just terrible but that's because I had no natural lighting and I filmed this at 7.30am when it was still dark outside. You can tell I'm #dedicated to youtube when I get up at that time in my holidays to film videos before my family is up!

So that was my very first video of 2016 I hope you enjoy watching. I promise that throughout the year my video quality will improve and be less potato-ish. In fact I'm saving up for youtube equipment. The song of the day is Lay It All On Me by Ed Sheeran because it's been one of my faves this season. Let me know what you've been loving this season,

Izzy K xxx

Friday, 1 January 2016

New Year, New Blog

Let's just start of by saying how crazy is it that it's actually the new year. Like how is it 2016 already?

Here's my 1st selfie of the year. 
It's me chilling with my sister's cardboard cut out of 
James McVey from the Vamps cus why not?!

I started of the new year by celebrating with friends at my house and it was a really fun night. We watched high school musical which makes it hard to believe that we're all turning 18 this year, but let's face it you're never too old for that film. I truly hope you all had amazing celebrations too and were able to see your loved ones. I hope 2016 is the best year you guys have ever had!

Now onto the more obvious thing, you may have already noticed that I've completely changed my blog theme, both on this one and Izzy K: Reviews & More. I wasn't happy with my old one because I felt like it looked a bit tacky so I wanted something professional looking so I could be proud of it. I'm definitely more happier with the way this one looks.

However, I still feel like it's a little boring looking. I'd absolutely love to hear your honest opinions on my new design. I'm probably gonna change the theme another million times this year, but I'm gonna try this one out first. I've used the default blogger themes to design this so if you have any free blogger template design website recommendations I'd absolutely love to hear them.

I'm really hoping to work hard on my blog this year and grow it into something that I'm truly proud of. I'm also looking forward to seeing what my fellow bloggers post this year, I know they'll continue to impress me. So here's to blogging success in 2016 *cheers*

I don't have a song of the day because it's just a soundtrack of the day instead, and that would be all the songs from The Sound Of Music, because I've been watching it all afternoon and forgot how good it was. Happy New Year everyone! 

Izzy K xxx