WHY YOU SHOULD VOTE! #GeneralElection2017

The past couple of years has changed the scene of politics. 2016 bought the Brexit referendum, the election of Donald Trump as President of the USA and the resignation of former Prime Minister David Cameron following the referendum result, leading to Theresa May as the new PM. A general election has been called which, while spontaneous, gives the general population a chance to change the course of politics, or continue with a Conservative government. This election is all the more significant, considering the changes of the past few years. So why vote?general-election-poll-tracker-large_trans_NvBQzQNjv4BqqVzuuqpFlyLIwiB6NTmJwfSVWeZ_vEN7c6bHu2jJnT8

  • IT GIVES YOU A STAKE IN THE GOVERNMENT’S PLATFORM: Young people, for example are significantly underrepresented as many choose not to vote or engage with political issues that will directly affect us as we grow older. By voting in mass numbers, you can become a cohesive group that parties are forced to be responsive towards and include in their manifestos. Many people complain of feeling disengaged with politics and see no point in voting yet so few are willing to re-engage and challenge the status quo. Politicians are there to serve the people, and be held to account – one vote contributes to that. A higher turnout gives the government a larger mandate to govern which is true democracy.
  • VOTING MUSTN’T BE TAKEN FOR GRANTED: In liberal democracies, it’s all too easy to be used to having the privilege of voting once you turn 18 and so . But you have to remember that marginalised and minority groups across the world have fought for this right, from the Suffragettes to the Civil Rights Movement, and so to vote is to carry their legacy forward of universal suffrage. In many countries in the world, including acclaimed democracies, the rigging and corruption of elections is not uncommon. Registering to vote and casting your ballot is so simple and easy yet so many don’t.
  • YOU CAN VOTE IN DIFFERENT WAYS: A common reason people give for not voting is because they either don’t know who to vote for, they feel too disillusioned from the party’s manifestos or see the voting system as simply wasting their vote. You don’t have to cast a firm ballot – you can protest vote by simply handing in a spoilt ballot. That way, you haven’t voted for any of the candidate but will be counted in the statistics of spoilt ballots, rather than be counted in the percentage of those who simply didn’t vote. This can send a clear message of discontent to political parties on issues such as electoral reform. You can even vote tactically by forming part of a voting bloc to vote out your least favoured party/candidate by voting for the most popular opposition. You can also vote by post if you cannot make it to your polling station.

Be sure to register by the 22nd May here: htww.gov.uk/register-to-votetps://w, and use your political power.

Bushra 🙂

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HAPPY NEW YEAR! | 2017

2016 HAS ALMOST COME TO AN END! It has already begun in some parts of the world, and is serving as a beacon of hope for many to start afresh after a year of controversial events from Brexit and the US election to the coalition bombing of Syria and refugee crisis, as well Printas the devastating number of terror attacks all around the world that have occurred. Being such an eventful year, it has proven to be a testing point for our strength and therefore I like to think of my New Years Resolution to be universal to everyone.

I pray that time eases the grief and heals the wounds that have been caused by this year, and that the world moves on with hope, love, compassion and the strive to make 2017 not my year nor your year. But the year of humankind. And a year in which we actively embark on breaking down the artificial differences which have divided humanity.

Let’s go into 2017 with the motivation, passion and strive to truly do what is just and fulfilling of our time here on Earth, whether that be to achieve a goal you’ve always wanted to, or actively change how you interact with others. Always remember that although it is a new year, it doesn’t define the pace of or even when you start to make a difference to yourself or others. Whenever you feel change, take that as your new beginning. After all, time flies!

HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Bushra 😀

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Review | Neutrogena Visibly Clear Spot Control face scrub

So this review will be on the Neutrogena visibly clear spot control face scrub. I previousely used the Visibly Clear Pink Grapefruit daily scrub, and the results were amazing – I had soft, clear skin which people complimented! You can view full details here on the Boots website: http://www.boots.com/en/Neutrogena-Visibly-Clear-Pink-Grapefruit-Daily-Scrub_1110483/

But anyway, I fancied a change and so I bought this one. I kept to the same brand of Neutrogena as it’s one of my favourites for skin care but also because it was the same as my previous face scrub. I have been using it for about a week and can see some similarities and differences. I use a pea sized amount as it lathers up quite easily, and lasts for ages at 150ml.                                            IMG_20141114_064124

Smell: I have to admit that the reason I loved the first scrub so much was because of the delicate but fruitful smell of grapefruit which made me want to use it. This one, however, has a very contrasting smell. You have to smell it as it’s one of those indescribable scents, but I would say it’s slightly minty, yet refreshing. To be honest and open, I didn’t like the smell the first day or two of trying it but I suppose that would be expected seeing as I was so used to the fruitful scent of the grapefruit facial scrub. However, after a week now I really do like the refreshing scent, yet woulden’t recoomend it if you really can’t stand mint or ocean like scents, or if you prefer fruity or floral scents.

Effects: The effects on my skin was fairly the same as the previous one. It removes dirt and helps clear clogged pores and really refreshes your face, unlike some facial scrubs. You really do feel fresh faced and cleansed after usage. I guess the only difference is that this one claims to maintain ‘spot control’, though many of the Neutrogena products aim for the same thing, and the grapefruit one does the same, so this is nothing new. My skin feels so soft and smooth after using it each time, and it’s one of those things you need after you’ve just had a face of make-up!

Price: It’s available in major drugstores like Boots and Superdrug for under £5 and even shops like Asda and Tesco, where I got mine on sale for £2.33! To be fair, I would buy it for more anyway as it will last beyond months.

Overall I would recommend it if you want clear, soft skin with lasting results. #TeamNeutrogena

You can view it here on the Boots website :http://www.boots.com/en/Neutrogena-Visibly-Clear-Spot-Stress-Control-Daily-Scrub-150ml_1114067/

Bushra xxx

Organise Your Life! | Organisation Tips

Sometimes our brains can just get jumbled up with shedloads of work… or even half a dozen of prioritised tasks which need doing. Not always, but often, this is due to a lack of organisation in our lives. Just changing your life in one way can make life easier in a hundred ways. I have to admit that I am quite a perfectionist and a lack of organisation in my life genuinely frustrates me, especially as I endure the hard work which school life demands. I’ve picked up quite a few organisation tips which I am about to share, and they can be applied to many aspects in life! 20080619_tomorrow_to_do_list_today

1) Make a to – do list

You may or may not have heard this one as a cliche over and over again. However, believe it or not, when made properly, a to – do list can be a life saver.

I tend to think of things which must be done the next day and list them down. Prioritize longer, or more harder tasks first. Stay realistic and only do a few things that you know for certain you WILL get done! Then, if you think you can achieve more in that particular day, proceed to adding in tasks which can be started on (or completed) but are not as important for that particular day, but rather the upcoming days/week. I usually carry over incomplete or tasks which I have failed to do over to the next day, and these become the next day’s priority. (though this is usually when I’ve been a bit over-ambitious in what I can actually achieve). Remember this: One task done great is better than two done wrong.

2) Get a planner

This can be a life saver, especially if you’re job demands deadlines or has many dates to be aware of. This is always essential for school or college, to write down homework tasks or college deadlines. Make the habit of writing down things as they are said, or you are more likely to forget to meet deadlines or attend events, which can be damaging in your career or even school life.

3) Have a clear out

Though a clear out of your possessions can take a while, in the long run it’s totally worth it. Clutter will only do your head in and a clearer, spacious environment is more healthy for your brain. Maybe you could donate some possessions to charity? – it’s a double win! Only keep things you genuinely need and know you will want. Others you can donate to someone who may make better use of it rather than it lying around, contributing to clutter.

These are my very basic tips, but of course you know you best, so only you will know what will truly work and what won’t. But put your mind to it and you can achieve a stress free life through determination and the right mindset!

Alton Towers – SMILER!

Alton Towers, a theme park located in Staffordshire, England, home to the record breaking Smiler was where I went yesterd1k5qiozaqg727comacfofu67n5pd5hijdvsv3yrgc76w65shi7ay as part of a school trip and let’s just say: I plucked the courage to go onto Smiler – the world record breaking rollercoaster with 14 loops!

The tension sure builds up as you face the blinding lights and haunting music as you enter towards the ride. As you queue, you see the grin on all of the riders over and over again due to the ‘laughing gas’ which is supposed to make you smile as you ride (though it didn’t seem to work on me!). The 14 loops right in front of you view suddenly re-enforces your mind – this is a record breaking ride so it isn’t gonna be sweet and nice.

To be honest, the wait before the ride is the most haunting. Your mind plays tricks on you (which is intended). The screens are projecting mind-blowing visions of how you’ll feel on the ride as you feel the nerves and it really is creepy.

But the actual ride is amazing.

I think it’s simply made to look more overwhelming than it actually is. Once the initial fear has gone and you’re on the ride, the adrenaline rush is great! I didn’t feel as if I was passing 14 loops, which is surprising to think has happened after you’re off. The ride lasts 160 seconds, though the time passes quite quickly. The tension is truly built as you rise vertically, only to face a L-O-N-G drop down at speeds of upto 85km/hour. To be honest, that fearful feeling, as well as the intense adrenaline rush only seems to be felt on the ride. Unlike other rides, I had forgotten the feeling of it. Though, apparently there were a lot of ‘psychological effects’ influenced on the ride and before it.

My verdict: Definitely a ride to visit if you’re brave and a true adrenaline junkie! You won’t regret it!

Bushra xxx

EDUCATION IS KEY…

Education. Something that goes down like a bitter pill to most children nowadays. Understandable, as a teen. Pressure to get schoolwork done can really get you stressed and frustrated. School is seen like a major obstacle to many, and as a schoolgirl, I think it’s safe to say that at times it can be exactly that. Especially secondary. Fall-outs, drama, bullying, pressure, insecurities, worrying about flaws, worrying about what people say, what people think and sometimes forgetting weducationhy you’re genuinely in school. Your obliged to go. But it genuinely does have a deeper meaning. It’s not a punishment. All is in your favour.

It hits you at times. Why am I here? What’s the purpose? The privilege of having a free education is something extraordinary. Yet that’s not the case in many countries across the world.

Take Malala Youzafraski, a Pakistani teen shot by the Taliban for fighting for woman’s education rights. FIGHTING FOR A HUMAN RIGHT. Unfortunately, in many cultures around the world, many girls are deprived of an education. Maybe to be married off, in some cases, however many families simply cannot afford education for their children, and when you really think about it, it hits you. It’s sad.

Something practically necessary before you tread onto your hopeful future is ceased.

Though many of us teens don’t see it, we truly have to lose something sometimes to realize what we had.

Children are trapped in warfare, children are dying. Millions dream of having what in reality, not many have when you look at the bigger picture. That’s when you realise how fortunate you are.

Education is key; with it you can change lives. You can make a difference. Being blessed with a free education is honestly such a blessing, and when you truly open your eyes, you realise. Anything you want, anything you envision, anywhere you work, you need those grades.

Recent events have made me realise – one of the biggest shocks can be, no matter how much you dislike school, when you’re told you can no longer be in school. Imagine. Having something so vital taken in a flash. It can be extremely common in third world countries, when it can no longer be afforded. We take so much for granted. Granted opportunities and advantages which can genuinely be taken by the same ones who granted it to you. We don’t have complete control over our destiny. It’s like a cycle – we offer our skills, and hope they get us somewhere. Now think. Without those skills, what happens? Even with the best of the best you can’t guarantee the very best, but with hard work and determination you can make sure that you damn well put yourself at the top of the list. And get seen.

Society has such a distorted vision of what’s considered ‘cool’ and ‘acceptable’. It’s usually the latest of everything. The world can be pretty harsh. If you don’t accept a certain criteria, or match standards, you can be easily singled out. But in reality – what will get you where you want? Because I assure you it won’t be the top trends.

There are some people who prefer to waste their education by mucking about in class, and commonly, bullying others. I am for everyone having an education, and I don’t mean to be harsh, but sometimes I just wish that those who genuinely do not give a toss about their future could just hand their education over to someone who really needs it. Who cares. But that won’t happen. Which is why teachers are constantly reaching out to students to MAKE THE MOST.

The world is on the brink of corruption. You can sense the symptoms. Some use their hard earned skills and university degrees on something. Others? Given the front screen view of children dying for what they had.

Bushra xx

PS – I honestly don’t mean to sound too harsh – due to personal circumstances it just frustrated me that people were being so ignorant, that I just wanted to let my feelings out and the best way is my blog 😛 I hope to write more about this topic soon and give my opinion on current world affairs soon! x