Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Gap Year Guide Part 1: Planning

I really don't think I've mentioned it yet (note the sarcasm) but throughout the entire month of May I was travelling around Eastern Europe. In hindsight there was a lot of things I wish I knew before I went travelling. But it's the sort of things you only learn from doing it. So if any of you are thinking of going travelling, here is my advice...

Brasov, Romania

I'm doing this "Gap Year Guide" series in 4 parts, and will be posting them every Thursday. The first part is all about how I planned for my gap year. These are all the things I made sure I had sorted out before I packed my bags and departed from Birmingham airport. 

1. Who I was going with- This was easy since I knew that my best friend Georgie was also on her gap year and we had already agreed that we'd go travelling together!

2. How I was going to finance it- Since September I had a job and I was putting a large portion of my wages into my savings to make sure I had enough to go travelling. I'll be doing a separate post in detail on how I managed my finances for travelling.

3. How long I was travelling for- We set a realistic goal for travelling for a month. Any less than that wouldn't feel worthwhile for a gap year travel experience. But any more than that would be difficult to finance and we probably wouldn't be able to get that much time off work. The exact dates we went away for was 2nd of May until the 1st June.

4. Where I was going to travel to- Me and Georgie both wanted to focus mainly around Eastern Europe so we spent the majority of our time there.

5. How I was going to travel around- We looked it up and realized that interrailing would be the cheapest method of travelling. I'll be doing a more detailed post about our route and how we traveled.

6. Accommodation- We needed cheap places to stay so in the end we decided to go for AirBnB's. I'll be writing a more detailed post on how we actually sorted our accommodation soon.

7. Making sure I had all the relevant documents- This meant I needed to insure my passport was in date, I had all booking confirmations printed out, I had my European Health Insurance card in case I was ill abroad, my travel insurance, my fx card, my provisional driver's licence and my bank card.

8. Insurance- I sorted out two types of insurance for my travels. First I had my European Health card which you show at the hospitals if you get sick so you don't have to pay upfront there. Thought I'd make the most of this card while I can because... you know #Brexit!

And next I had my travel insurance which I brought through and you can get different types of insurance from there depending on what you need. I managed to get some that covered health and gadgets and it was as follows:
          Provider: Alpha Travel Insurance
          Product: Alpha 100 Longstay MSM
          Cover: Backpackers
          Cost: £22.44
          Destination: Europe
          Period Of cover 02/05/17 to 31/05/17

9. What I needed whilst I was away- I made a list of everything I needed to take while I was away which was:
  • Passport
  • Bank card/ Fx card
  • Provisional driver's licence
  • Interrail tickets
  • Currency
  • E-card 
  • Phone
  • Confirmation emails
  • Shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Leggings
  • Jeans
  • Long sleeve tops
  • Raincoat
  • Pj's 
  • Underwear
  • Pads and Tampons
  • Hairbrush
  • Hand sanitizer 
  • Rucksack
  • Shoes
  • Medicine (both prescription and paracetamol just in case)
  • Manicure set
  • Plasters
  • Razor 
  • Makeup
  • Umbrella

So there you are, that's the start of my gap year advice. The song of the day is Complicated by Avril Lavigne. I hope you enjoyed reading,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 25 June 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 4th Week Of June

I'm so glad I can post another one of these blog posts because it means I'm actually posting videos on my youtube channel again!
5 Tips To Stay Motivated

The first video I posted this week is my top tips to stay motivated at this time of the year. These are all definitely things I'm trying to get myself to do too. 

June Sunday Shoutouts

And every last Sunday of the month I shoutout 5 of my friends on my channel so that people can appreciate their videos too!

Thank you very much for reading/watching. The song of the day is What Do You Mean by Justin Bieber. I hope you all have a lovely week, 

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 22 June 2017

This Or That Summer Tag

If you live in the UK you will know, and have felt the effects, of this gigantic-ass heat wave we're currently enduring. I for one cannot stand the heat or Summer, so I thought there's nothing better than to be inside where it's cooler and simply sit down and type words. Anything else would just require too much effort at this point. So here is a Summer related "This or That" tag!

1.Ocean or Pool?

Can you even beat walking down a beach, feeling the waves crash against your toes, and then swimming out as far into the ocean as possible? Urrrm I don't think you can! 

2. Beach Vacation or Wilderness

I'm gonna be honest, I'm not too into the whole wilderness lifestyle! Beach all the way.

3. Watermelon or Strawberries

Watermelon, because I'm allergic to strawberries and I actually value my life to some extent.

4. Bikini or 1-piece

Bikini because how else would I be able to show off my all time favourite piercing which is my belly piercing?!

5. Lemonade or Iced Tea

This is definitely the hardest question to answer because I honestly have a full blown addiction to both. If it was a proper, sweet but sour, hand made and cool lemonade then that, but if not an iced tea is one of my guilty pleasure.

See what I did there?!

6. Hat or Sunglasses


7. Windows Down or AC all the way

AC because that way you don't mess your hair up in the wind lol.

8. Tanning Lotion or Suncream

Suncream because that spf is very very important.

9. Baseball Game or Concert

Deffo a concert. I'm English so I think it's safe to say I'd be very confused at a baseball game.

10. Ice Cream or Popsicle

Ice cream, with lots of sauce and toppings.

Germany's specialty, Spaghetti Eis, is my all time fave ice cream

11. Fireworks or Fireflies

Fireworks have always fascinated me and I could watch firework displays all night long.

12. Flip Flops or Bare Feet

Bare feet, the sound flip flops make just annoy me too much!

13. Water Balloons or Squirt Guns
Squirt Guns because they're refillable so you can use them for as long as you want to have a water fight for.

Thank you very much for reading my first summer post of the year. The song of the day is Do It Again by Pia Mia because it's one of my ultimate Summer jams. What have you been loving this Summer, let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 18 June 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 3rd Week Of June

Well it's been a little while since I wrote one of these posts hasn't it...

You may know that I'm now back from my month of travelling around Europe and I've finally posted another video on my youtube channel. So if you want to check out my adventures and what I got up to while I was away then please check it out below:

Spring Snapshots (2017)

I still can't believe that I'm back after an entire month and I wish I was back interrailing around the continent. Nevertheless, I'm glad I have these video clips to be able to cherish the moments and that I'm back to my regular uploading schedule.

The song of the day is Love Me Or Leave Me by Little Mix because it happens to be what I'm listening to at the moment. I hope you've all had an amazing month,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 1 June 2017

Back To Life, Back To Reality

Sooooo it's been a little while since I posted on my lil' blog, and as my fingers are touching my keyboard I've realised how much I've missed my little bubble of the internet which is my blog. Needless to say I hope to be sticking to my regular blogging schedule again.

Where have I been you might be wondering? I think I mentioned it a couple of times but me and my best friend traveled all around Eastern Europe for a month which was an incredible life experience that will stay with me forever. 

I've posted a couple of photos of the trip on my instagram @izzyk1998. But I'm hoping to post a montage of my travels on my youtube channel (Izzy K) as soon as I get my new laptop to edit on. And my blog post will be filled with gap year related posts from now on so watch out for those!

But for now it's back to the reality that is life. I'm going to miss sitting in a little apartment, eating dry cereal with Georgie whilst watching conspiracy theories and looking at beautiful views out the window. But hey ho, I can't really complain being back because it's wonderful seeing everyone again. And now I'm sooooo motivated to get on the grind and spend every day being crazy productive. Don't know why, but I'm just in one of those moods now.

Thank you for reading my little update post, and now I can guarantee that I'll be a lot more active on my social media accounts including my blog. The song of the day is We Don't Talk Anymore by Charlie Puth because that was the tune of the holiday. I hope you've all had a lovely month, and I can't wait to catch up with everyone and everything that I've missed!

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 9 April 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 2nd Week Of April

Yo yo yo it's a very sleep deprived Izzy here typing this since I have no organization and I always write posts the minute before they need to go up. Let's take a look at the videos you may have missed on my channel this week...

The Cruelty Free Tag

Look at my cute little baby Kitty in the thumbnail. She loves me I promise! But yeah you might know that I'm a cruelty free youtuber so I talked all about the makeup I love that doesn't harm animals

10 Things I'd Save In A Fire

And then I finally uploaded the video that Liv Rook kindly tagged me in. I enjoyed talking about 10 things that I'd save in a fire.

So with all that said it's time to finish the is post. The song of the day is Accidentally In Love by Counting Crows. I hope you all have a lovely week :)

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Weekly Summary: 1st Week Of April

Hey guys it's officially April. I hope none of you got caught out being the April fool, and if you did then I hope watching what I posted on my channel this week will cheer you up.

March Favourites

First up we have my march favourites. I of course do my signature lip syncing to my favourite songs, as well as talk about the beauty products that I've been loving. Also, did I mention that I'm wearing a top that is a montage of Evan Peters. Basically the coolest thing ever!

How Brummie Am I?

Next up I did a video dedicated to my accent. In case you didn't know, I'm from south Birmingham and I've always wondered whether I'm a true brummie or not. Hence, I did a quiz to determine whether I am or not!

I hope you've enjoyed watching/reading. The song of the day is No Scrubs by TLC. What have you been up to this week? 

Izzy K xxx

Friday, 31 March 2017

My Favourite Shows As A Kid

TV and my childhood went hand in hand. My favourite hobby as a child was honestly sitting in front of the screen, absorbing everything that was shown to me. With that said, it's only natural that I became obsessed with a few programmes, and today I'll be talking about my absolute favourite childhood shows.

The only TV couple I ship

Stupid- This was my ALL time favourite TV programme as a child, and to be honest, some of the sketches from that programme still make me laugh over a decade later. The story line was that there was a "King Stupid" who would watch everyone on the planet on a giant screen, and then he would just decide to ruin people's days by making them behave in stupid and ridiculous ways. My personal favourite characters were Devil Finger and Bendy Wendy! So next time you do something stupid and you wonder why you did it, it may just be King Stupid coming for you ;)

If this doesn't bring back memories, nothing will

Tracey Beaker- Was anyone's childhood complete without watching this teenage girl's adventures in her foster home? Her cheeky pranks and loud personality was definitely something that kept a generation of children captivated on a daily basis.

Don't lie, you can't resist singing along!

Arthur- And I say hey, what a wonderful kind of day. In case you missed all the memes last year, Arthur is an aardvark (who looks more like a hamster lets be honest) who would always entertain us along with his fellow animal friends. 

Mortified- This was all about an Aussie teen who's cringy family would forever be mortifying her. Let's face it, we all know that feeling and this programme was too #relatable!

And this is where the bogies game was invented. Iconic, truly iconic!

Dick And Dom In Da Bungalow- If you're wondering what the purpose of this programme was, I've been trying to figure it out for myself for years! Every weekend, the presenters Dick and Dom would fill our TV screens with absolute nonsense, and we as a nation will forever be thankful for that.

So I hope you've all enjoyed diving into my childhood. The song of the day is Love On The Brain by Rhianna. What TV shows were you absolutely obsessed with as a child? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Weekly Summary: Third Week Of March

It's time for me to share what I've posted on my channel this week, in case you missed it. I hope you enjoy :)

Becoming A Lady

What do I do when I'm bored? I buy myself a title, of course! Not that I actually had to money to spare to waste on rubbish like this. But it's all because of this video, I'm officially called Lady Izzy lmao!

March Shoutouts

And it's that time of the month again where I share 5 channels that I absolutely adore. Everyone I shouted out all put in a crazy amount of effort into their channels and are all genuine youtube friends of mine!

There you are, that's what you might have missed on my channel this week. The song of the day is Hungry Eyes from Dirty Dancing because I'm watching that film right now and gushing over it! I hope you all have a lovely week,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 23 March 2017

My Bucket List Top 5 Places To Visit

Since I'm currently on my gap year (I know, it's not like I ever mention it haha) I'm planning on doing a lot of travelling. But sitting down and actually deciding where to go is giving me the most extreme wanderlust; I just want to go EVERYWHERE!

So this has lead me to dream up 5 places that I just have to visit at some point in my life, whether it be this year or not. They are as follows:

Rila Monastery, Bulgaria

My first stop when I'll be travelling this year will be Bulgaria. And the Rila monastery is my personal top place I want to visit whilst there because, well, look at the pictures! How elegant does it look?

Galway, Ireland

I've only been to Ireland once despite wanting to basically spend my whole entire life in that beautiful country. Dublin honestly stole my heart when I visited it but I really want to travel round the rest of it. And if you've listened to Ed Sheeran's latest album as much as I have, you'll probably want to become a Galway girl too (for no particular reason!)

New York City, New York

I don't even remember a time I haven't wanted to visit the city that never sleeps. If you know me well, you'll know that I adore cities, so I only want to go and visit the most hyped one there is.

Blue Lagoon Geothermal Spa, Iceland

My school's Geography class visited this place (I think), and sadly I didn't take Geography so I was one thing. Jealous. It's safe to say I've literally had my mind and heart set on visiting a lagoon in Iceland ever since then. And plus, I'm a Winter addict so I love anything icey haha!

Venice, Italy

When I think of Italy, I just think of Venice. I remember my mum telling me stories of a city that was covered in canals when I was younger, and ever since then I've wanted to see this city for myself. Like I know here in Birmingham we've technically got more canals covering the city, yet for some reason I've always pictured Venice as being slightly more picturesque than good ol' Brum.

So there we are, these are my top 5 places that I want to travel too. The song of the day is Galway Girl by Ed Sheeran, for no particular reason. Where are your top 5 places that you want to visit? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 19 March 2017

Weekly Summary: Second Week Of March

It's that time of the week again where I share what I've posted on my youtube channel this week, just in case you missed it...

Work Makeup Routine

In this video I basically demonstrated what I pop on my face in 15 minutes that is suitable for where I work. This is essentially my everyday makeup routine, with a slight "work" twist :)

Feeling Grateful And Content

And I don't know about you but I've really had "one of them" lately. Ever in a mood where everything just seems really overwhelming, whether it be good or bad? Well that's my life lately so I wanted to have a reflect on everything that actually is good just to cheer me up haha.

So thank you very much for watching/ reading. The song of the day is The One That Got Away by Katy Perry. I hope you all have a wonderful week,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 12 March 2017

What You Might Have Missed On My Channel

Let's just address the elephant in the room... it's been a while since I wrote some proper blog posts. As you may know, I write "weekly summary posts" where I share what I've posted on my youtube channel throughout the week. However, it would be rather cheeky of me to try and get away with titling this post "weekly summary" because it's been a while since I posted anything on this blog.

Without trying make excuses, I have been super busy this last month or so and it's been crazy stressful trying to balance everything in my life. Hence why I'm only just starting to catch up with my blogging. So without further ado, here's what you may have missed on my channel:

Winter Snapshots

On my channel I have a "Snapshots" series where I film little clips throughout each season and stick them all together at the end. The result is a summary of my life over the last few months

Orange & Blue Clash Makeup Look

Let's face it we all know that I'm amazing at makeup tutorials *nervous laughter*. But I've been wearing this look quite often recently including in a video where I actually received quite a few compliments on my look. Hence I decided to recreate a tutorial, just in case anyone wanted to see it.

February Favourites

What did I love throughout February? Find out by watching :)

February Sunday Shoutouts

Every month I shoutout 5 of the wonderful channels who have been supporting me on this youtube journey. Thank you so much for everyone who's been supporting me :)

Superdrug Makeup Haul (Cruelty Free)

Oops I brought makeup again when I really need to cut down. But you know what, I'll justify it by saying it's all an investment in my youtube channel. And even better, all products are cruelty free so no animals were harmed in the making of this video :)

I Got An Old Woman Arrested?!

Yep, pretty much what the title says...


Want to know all the knitty gritty details of my life? Well now you can!

There you are, my little catch up of videos that I've posted. The song of the day is Eraser by Ed Sheeran, because let's face it his album is slaying. I hope you enjoyed watching/reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Annoying Things I've Heard Since Working In Retail

As you guys might know, I've been working in a department store since the start of my gap year. I absolutely adore my job to be honest, I click with the people I work with so much. And most of the customers are extremely sweet and I love doing little personal shops for people.

However, there's the odd few customers who I swear come in just to wind people up! And today just seemed to be the day of complaining customers, so I thought I would share some of the most annoying quotes customers have actually said to me:

  • "I'm looking for a top that was in here last week and it was really nice, do you you still have it" The lady then proceeded to give me no further description of the top, no matter how much I asked, despite the fact it was "nice"
  • "Can I pay 30p in cash, and the rest of it on my card
  • "It's spelt 'G' as in 'Ting'" (Literally WTF?!)
  • "Can I make a complaint to a manager, I brought this top last week and I thought you wear the lacey side at the front, but you actually wear it at the back
  • "Well that's just not good enough" -what everyone says once you explain that an item was the last of the stock in the shop, it's not available in any local shops anymore, and it's sold out both in the warehouse and online. Like it's not as if I can say "oh hang on, let me grab my sewing kit, I'll make you one ;)"
  • Me: "Is there anything I can help you with"
          Customer "yeah there is, I don't like ANY of the clothes in here"

          Me:  ???

With that said I do still genuinely enjoy my job, and it's done my confidence the world of good. I'm honestly so glad that I got a job in this particular shop because the banter is just quality. I hope you've been able to enjoy my little rant. The song of the day is Touch by Little Mix,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 12 February 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 2nd Week Of February

Hey guys you know what's up! It's that time of the week again where I share what I've posted over the last 7 days on my youtube channel.

Things I Don't Get The Hype On

The first video I posted was about all the things that in my opinion are over hyped. Some people will agree with me, others won't and both is fine! Let me know what you think.

Work Evening Routine

The second video I posted is my "Work Evening Routine" all about what I get up to once I've returned home from a long shift. 

So there you are, that's everything that I've posted this week if you want to watch. The song of the day is Temperature by Sean Paul because it's just such a good throw back tune. Thank you for watching/ reading,

Izzy K xxx

Wednesday, 8 February 2017

Inspirational Blogger Award

Today I'm very excited to share a post that the wonderful Aleeha and Lucy from came up with. They were kind enough to nominate me to answer the questions for myself, and I'm very thankful that they did. I hope you enjoy reading!

The Rules:

  1. Thank the blogger who nominated you in your posts and make sure to link their blog!
  2. Insert the blog award badge
  3. Copy and paste/write in your own words these rules
  4. Complete the blogger award scrapbook style questions (making sure to include photos where possible!)
  5. Nominate 10 other bloggers who inspire you 

The Questions: 

1. Share a quote to inspire other bloggers

"Raise those hands this is our party. We came here to live life like nobody was watching"

This might be a really cringe and not the usual type of inspirational quote, but it's actually a Macklemore song lyric. I just clicked with that line the moment I first heard it, because I always struggle with worrying what people think about me and it stops me from having a good time. It just reminds me to have fun and that my life is mine only to live, so I shouldn't worry what people think.

2. Share a photo of one of your favourite places that you have visited. What do you love about this place?

Look how cute this street is!

Temple Bar, Dublin is for sure one of the best places I've ever visited in my life. I adored the atmosphere, the people and of course, the accents!

3. Share a link to one of your favourite blogs. What qualities do you love about this blogger?

Obviously I have so so so many blogger friends and it's so insanely hard to pick just one. I love all the babes over at Beau Bloggers, and if you want to check out quality content please head over there.

But since my very first days of blogging I discovered Layla's blog called I know for a fact that she's so dedicated to her blog, making sure each one is written and presented to perfection. The hard work she puts into her blog just inspires me to put more effort into mine. 

4. Share a photo of a favourite book/film. Why does this one make it into your top 5?

I think it goes without saying that Harry Potter is my ultimate fave, so that you get to learn something new about me I'll share one of my other favourite films. Son Of Rambow is one of the cutest films going, and it's about two kids in the 80's who enter a film making competition. Everything about it just makes me want to watch it over and over again.

5. Do you have any other hobbies or passions outside of blogging?

I'm obessed with social media in every shape and form. When I'm not planning and writing blog posts, I'm doing the same for youtube videos. 

6. List 5 places on your travel bucket list?

  • New York
  • Iceland
  • Egypt
  • Dubai
  • Ireland (I know I've been to Dublin but I want to see more of it!)
7. Share a link to one of your favourite posts on your blog. Why is it your favourite?

My post "Let's Talk About Mental Health" is one of my favourites because it's the one I'm the most proud of. I received a lot of positive feedback saying that people appreciated me talking about the subject, and it lead me to start to talk about the topic of mental health on my youtube channel.

8. Share a photo of one item that you love. It could be a lipstick, perfume, diary... absolutely anything!

Look at the gorgeous shade that is Glastonberry!

I think it goes without saying that Charlotte Tilbury's lipsticks have been the love of my life lately. So yeaaaaaaaah that's something I love!

9. Share a link to an item which is currently on your wishlist. What do you love so much about this item/why do you want it?

An item that is currently on my wishlist is over the knee boots. Unfortunately I can't actually link this item because I don't know which ones I want in specific. The only ones I've seen so far have not quite been the right style or been too pricey... and we all know I love a good bargain.

10. How long have you been blogging for? Do you want to continue blogging forever?

I have been blogging since the 28th of January 2014 and I can't honestly see a time where I'll stop doing it. Posting honestly makes me beyond happy and I hope it never has to come to an end. 

Now it's time to nominate 10 blogs, and please don't feel like you're forced to write this post if you are nominated. I just thought it would be nice to share your blogs:
Thank you very much for reading and I hope you got to know me a little better. The song of the day is Yeah by Usher because let's face it, it's an anthem. I hope you're all having a lovely week,

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 5 February 2017

Weekly Summary Post: Last Week Of January/1st Week of February

Hey guys it's time for me to share what I've posted on my youtube channel over the past week.

Furry Friend Tag

On Wednesday I finally did a video with my baby, my cat Kitty. Of course, it's only typical that she didn't actually want to be in the video that much. But when the video's not about her, she loves to jump on my lap and be the centre of attention!

Makeup Swap Challenge

Then, I was kindly tagged by Jadiee Gosh to do the "Makeup Swap Challenge" where you can't use a makeup product for the use that it's intended for. The result was urrrm... rather interesting!

I hope that you enjoyed this week's summary post. The song of the day is Cheap Thrills by Sia. How has your week been? Let me know in the comments,

Izzy K xxx

Monday, 30 January 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 4th Week Of January

What's up guys, guess who forgot to post this on a Sunday like I'm supposed to? That's right, it's me. But better late than never eh?

So here's what you missed on glee oh wait sorry I meant my youtube channel:

December/January Favourites

Because December was a very busy month for me, I didn't actually have time to post a favouites video. Instead, I combined my January and December favourites into one giant video. I've talked about new genres of favourites, such as comedians, so I hope you enjoy the variety of topics. And of course, I lip synced a lot because it wouldn't even be an Izzy K video without having a little jam sesh.

How My Shoutout Sunday Series Works?!

And I recently decided to replace my "Izzynterview" series with a shoutout series. So every last Sunday of the month will be dedicated to "shoutouting" out channels who supported me. And here's how you can get involved.

January Shoutout Sunday

Wanna know who I shoutout out this month? Please watch to find out!

So there you go, that's everything I posted on my channel this week. The song of the day is We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off, but the Little Chris version because that's an absolute tune. Thanks for reading/watching,

Izzy K xx

Thursday, 26 January 2017

Things I've Learnt In My Gap Year... So Far

I don't think I've mentioned it on my blog yet (note the sarcasm) but I'm currently on my gap year. Since it's now January, I'm a little off half way through my gap year, and I've learnt many lessons already. So I thought I'd do a little reflection post and tell you what my life lessons are, just in case you're interested.

The first thing I've learnt is that it's OK not to have a fully thought out plan. The idea of having a gap year was something that kinda, sorta, really, terrified me because I was just diving into the pit of the unknown. But to be honest, I'm feeling rather settled and excited with my basic plan of the year; get a job (done), get into university (done) and make plans to travel (doing that currently). And I'm thoroughly loving the spontaneity that the last few months have brought to my life.

The second thing I learnt is that Psychology was not the subject that I was destined to take at degree level. Although I adored the subject at A Level and I truly have a deep interest in it, my real passion is media and I just want to learn more about that subject. The only thing I can truly picture myself studying is media, and I'm glad I had my gap year to clear my head about what I wanted to study. And now I'm also so insanely excited for university, after seeing how much all my friends have been enjoying it. 

The third thing I learnt is that I'm capable of more than I knew. Cheesy I know! But it's true; I never in a million years thought I'd get the job on the day of my first ever interview, but I did. I was so incredibly nervous on my first day of working and interacting with the public and my coworkers, but it's something that I actually rather enjoy. My confidence is building on the daily, and I 100% put it down to the experiences I'm having in my gap year. 

My next life lesson is that the general public can be well annoying, and if you work in retail you know what I'm talking about. Don't get me wrong, most customers are sweet, but you do get the odd gem come into the shop. My favourite thing is when the customers explain to you, the shop worker, how your shop's policies work. How helpful! Or when someone asks if you can find a t-shirt they'd recently seen, and the only description of its appearance that they will give you is "it was really nice... you know?"

And the last life lesson that I'll be talking about today is money. I've truly learned how to budget my salary, and not blow all my earnings on night outs and makeup. Well, at least I'm getting better at not spending all my money on that. I'm now looking at what I spend in hours I work. And I think to myself, "is that makeup item really worth it, I mean I'll have to work 3 hours of my life for that!"

So that is what I've learned thus far, and I hope you've found it somewhat relatable. The song of the day is Womanizer by Britney Spears, because that absolute anthem just popped up on my playlist. Do you have any life lessons that you've recently learnt, that you'd like to share in the comments?

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 22 January 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 3rd Week Of January

Hey guys it's that time of the week where I summarize what I posted on my youtube channel over the last 7 days. However, I was rather annoyed with myself because I only managed to post one video this week and I hate missing my schedule. Its just been a busy week and the video I did film this week was just shockingly awful so I just couldn't bring myself to even edit it, yet alone upload it. 

Winter Blues Makeup Tutorial

For Christmas I was lucky enough to receive the Jeffree Star "Abused" liquid lipstick and I truly fell in love with the colour. That's why I decided to basically dedicate an entire look to this shade. I always thought purple was my favourite lipstick colour, but now I'm gonna branch out into the blue shades a bit more.

So I'm really sorry for not sticking to my upload schedule this week, but I only want to post videos that I'm satisfied with. The song of the day is Shape Of You by Ed Sheeran. Thank you very much for watching and reading,

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 19 January 2017

The January Tag

Wow what's happening? I'm actually posting on schedule? How did that happen?
Anyway, I really really love the beautiful month that is January. So I wanted to see whether or not a "January Tag" exists. And then I saw that this tag was wonderfully created by and you can check out her post here! I highly recommend you check out her post, I really enjoyed reading her answers :)

Did you make a New Year's Resolution? (if yes, what was it and how is it going so far?)

I actually made two videos about my new years videos which are up on my youtube channel. But my main resolution was to gain more confidence this year and I'm (very slowly but surely) getting there now.

What is your favourite thing about this month?

Partaaaaaays. My birthday is on the 14th and I love a good ol' celebration. For me, I just continue to celebrate and be excited during this month. And I just love Winter as a whole anyway, so January is a reminder that it's not quite over yet.

On what date did you eat the last of your Christmas chocolates?

Urrrhh, December 26th...

What is on your wishlist for payday at the end of the month?

Basically any clothes from new look and any makeup from Soap&Glory. Payday couldn't come soon enough for me, but I do need to start saving more.

What is your go-to dinner on these cold evenings?

Tortellini. I literally crave it around 4pm every evening at work and just look forward to having it when I get home.

Which TV show have you been enjoying most this month?

I've always been a huge fan of the TV show Shameless (the UK version) and recently I discovered the US version. I didn't think it would be able to live up to the original version, but I must say it's a very good remake. And besides, it's so addictive to watch.

Describe the coat that's been keeping you warm this January?

I've been loving my khaki and pink bomber jackets soooooo much, they're just so easy to wear. And when it's colder I like to pop on my old, but thick black jacket with a fluffy hood. It just really does the job to keep you warm. 

Been loving baths or showers?

I wish I had the time to have baths because I've got a load of lush bath bombs to use up. But I do find myself jumping in the shower more than having a bath because it's quicker.

Prefer the dark mornings or dark evenings?

Dark evenings because I love coming home from work and sitting in bed feeling nice and cosy when it's dark outside. And anyway, who can even get out of bed in the morings when it's pitch black outside?

Cosy bed socks- yay or nay?

I think I might have mentioned this on my blog before but I literally don't wear socks ever ever ever. I just hate the material of them so that's why I don't even own like one pair of them.

There was my version of the January tag. This is literally one of my favourite times of the year, so I thought it would be fun to do a post to honor that. The song of the day is Castle On The Hill by the wonderful Ed Sheeran!

Izzy K xxx

Sunday, 15 January 2017

Weekly Summary Post: 1st Two Weeks Of January

Hi guys, this will be my first weekly summary post of 2017 because, well, I haven't been very good at my blogging schedule since December. But I just thought I'd catch you all up on what you may have missed on my channel this month. It's better late than never eh?

New Years Resolutions

January is that time of year where we all think about ways we can improve ourselves throughout the upcoming year. I don't know about you, but I personally try to make resolutions all the way through the year. But I still had specific things in mind that I wanted to have achieved by the end of 2017, so if you wanna know what they are then please watch!

The New Years Resolution Tag

And another new years resolution video because... I forgot to mention everything I wanted to in the first video oops! But I did make it slightly different to the last video, so hopefully it isn't too repetitive.

The Vamps Concert Vlog (25.03.16 Birmingham)

This is quite an old video, but unfortunately I had to reupload it due to copyright claims. Ironically it wasn't even because of The Vamps' songs, it was because of one song that was playing in the background in one clip of the video. But it's one of my favourite concerts that I've been to so I thought it would be weird not having it on my channel.

Everyday Makeup Routine

I desperately needed to update my everyday makeup routine on my channel because my last one was like 2 years old. And it's safe to say my makeup style has changed quite a bit since then. 

11 Things I've Learned In 11 Years

And because I recently turned 19 (yet still look the age of about 11) I decided to reflect on some life lessons that I've learned.

Thank you very much for watching/reading. The song of the day is Your Love by Little Mix. I promise one day the song of the day wont be by that girl group, but today is not that day! How has your January been so far?

Izzy K xxx

Thursday, 12 January 2017

New Year New Blog?!

Happy 2017 everybody! I know it's already pretty late to be writing about the new year, but I hope you all celebrated nicely :)

I'm just gonna go ahead and say it; I didn't do very well in terms of blogging throughout December. Over here on this blog I was supposed to do blogmas. I only made it a couple of days in until I just couldn't keep up with the demanding schedule of posting daily. I also completely stopped posting on Izzy K: Reviews & Chats for pretty much the same reason. 

December was simply just such a busy month for me, much more than I anticipated. For starters, I was applying to university so I was spending every spare moment doing last minute research on courses, universities themselves and writing my personal statement. Then there's the fact I have work too, and even though I'm part time during the week, my work days are pretty long. Aaaaaand there's the fact I went out a lot during the holiday season with friends. So my days ended up being me leaving the house at 8.30am for work, going straight out after work at 6pm for various celebrations, and then not coming home until the early hours of the morning. But you know, I've worked hard all year long, so I decided to give myself as much time off during the December because I feel as though I deserve to end the tragic year that was 2016 with guilt free enjoyment.

But now I'm back to my usual blogging schedule which will be:

  • Posting at least once a week about random topics on this blog
  • Posting my weekly youtube summary every Sunday on this blog
  • Posting every Saturday on my other blog (linked above)

So after my break I can well and truly say I'm extremely motivated to get back into blogging. The song of the day is Oops by Little Mix ft Charlie Puth. Will the song of the day ever not be a Little Mix song? Probably not!

Izzy K xxx

Monday, 2 January 2017

Summary Of 2016

2016, where to start? Let's face it, this year most definitely has had its ups and downs. I'm personally done with all the negative surprises and twists that the last year has thrown at us, but you know what I feel like it's made me a stronger person. I'm heading into 2017 with the attitude of "if it's not good enough for me, I won't stand for it". No more taking crap off anyone or anything, I'm determined to be stronger this year. And to be more motivated and productive and ready for anything, of course!








A few of the memories captured on my instagram 
in 2016

So on a positive note, I decided to reflect on all the amazing things I've been up to this year. I've made many many memories this year, and I would definitely class 2016 as one of the most eventful years of my life. Here's a little summary of the things I got up to, and feel free to click on the events that I've written a blog post for to read about them in more detail:

  • 1st January- New Years- I think this goes without saying, but yeah on Jan 1st I celebrated the new year and welcomed 2016 into my life
  • 14th January- My 18th Birthday- That's right, I turned into a real life adult! How did that happen?
  • 15th January- Got my tragus pierced- I was really naughty and went into Birmingham to get my tragus pierced without my parents permission. They still hate my piercing, but I'm still so glad I went ahead with it because it's definitely my favourite piercing
  • 23rd January- Celebrated my 18th Birthday with friends- To be honest I don't remember a lot about this night other than the fact there was lot's of vodka involved...
  • 27th January- Started my "Izzynterview" series- To say thank you to all the wonderful people who have supported my channel over the last 3 years, I wanted to start a collab series. (Izzynterview being a mix between "Izzy" and "Interview"!)
  • 13th February- All Time Low concert- I'd never seen this band live before, but I must say I was truly truly impressed!
  • 22nd February- Mock exams- This was basically when I started to wave goodbye to my freedom and got buried in A Levels
  • 11th March- Had my driving theory exam- And I actually managed to pass
  • 12th March- Dance show- Every 2 years since I was 3, my dance school has put on a dance show. I got really emotional finishing my last ever one.
  • 18th March- Little Mix concert- If you didn't know that I'm a huge Little Mix fan, where have you been?
  • 25th March- The Vamps concert- If you didn't know that I'm a huge Vamps fan, where have you been? 
  • 16th April- Troye Sivan- If you didn't know... ok I think I've used that one before. But for my birthday my friends surprised me with Troye tickets and I'm so so thankful that they invited me along, his beautiful voice was so very beautiful live.
  • 6th May- Shawn Mendes- Me and Georgie managed to get ourselves down to London to watch Shawn perform live. And let me tell you his voice is just flawless live.
  • 12th May- German Speaking exam- This was basically the start of my A2 exams and I had to go to one of the other schools in Birmingham to sit my speaking exam. Luckily I passed and got an A in the actual module.
  • 27th May- Leaver's day- My last official day in eduction (not including the days I had to go in to sit my exams) This was such an amazing day, where we all dressed up in fancy dress and drank a loooooooot!
  • 8th June- A2 exams started- Urrghghghhhhh so glad I never have to sit another A level again!
  • 23rd June- My first day of a gap year- This is when it really hit me that I'm a literal adult. Like I had 0 plans for my future at this point of the year, no job, and I really had no clue what I was doing now that I'd left education. But let me tell you, I found it exciting!
  • 22nd July- Went to Germany- Every year my family visits Germany to visit friends and family. I had a wonderful time, as I always do when I go.
  • 13th August- SITC- SUMMER IN THE CITY! Literally the best 2 days of my life where I got to meet the most wonderful people
  • 18th August- Results day- I was absolutely terrified to pick up my exam results because I wasn't in the best mental state this year and I knew I failed a few of the individual exams this year. But over the 2 years I managed to get the grades ABDD overall, which I'm actually pretty chuffed with.
  • 22nd August- Dublin- I've basically been waiting my whole entire life to visit Ireland, and I can't believe my dream came true and I actually travelled to Dublin with 3 friends.
  • 31st August- 1st driving test- Ok yeah I didn't pass my driving test the first time... or the second. But hey maybe 2017 will be the year where I pass?!
  • 3rd September- Busted gig- I'm very thankful that my Uncle managed to hire one of my childhood favourite bands to perform a gig where he works. I've never seen them live before so it was really a dream come true doing that.
  • 12th September- Started my job- I was so terrified of starting work and having to go to an interview and all that. But I settled in pretty quick and have great banter with my colleagues. And on top of that I'm getting that $$$ so I really can't complain ;)
  • 29th October- Warwick Castle Haunted Castle- I love all things Halloween so when I heard that Warwick castle was doing a haunted castle event I was there in a heartbeat!
  • 13th November- Twenty One Pilots- Me and Georgie had quite the adventure travelling down to London to see this amazing band.
  • 10th December- German Market- Me, Coral and Sophie decided to have a little youtube meetup in Birmingham. It was very Christmassy and I loved seeing those girlies again.
  • 11th December- Work Christmas Party- This was my first ever "work" Christmas party, and the night was pretty eventful to say the least! 
  • 31st December- New Years Eve- I had a very fun time partying for New Years Eve with a couple of friends in a club in Birmingham. It was honestly a great way to start the new year!

So there you go that was my summary of 2016, The song of the day has got to be Shout Out To My 
Ex by Little Mix because it's honestly my fave song of the year. I hope you all have a wonderful year, 2017 let's see what you've got!

Izzy K xxx