We hate to be the bearers of bad news, but summer is over guys. So long sunshine (there was some sunshine, wasn’t there?), farewell freedom, goodbye girly sleepovers, park picnics and lots of hanging out with friends outside!

But don’t despair. To celebrate the back-to-school season, we’ve collected together some of our favourite simple and fuss-free beauty hacks and tutorials for returning to the classroom and into autumn.

Pssst… Remember if you’re not meant to be wearing makeup at school you should just pick one or two staple products rather than following a full tutorial. We like tinted lip balm paired with BB cream, or a clear mascara and lip gloss.

For a super minimal makeup look: Kaushal’s ‘no makeup’ makeup tutorial

When you’re trying to better understand what makeup looks suit you, it can be really tempting to go overboard with the liner, the contouring and the glitter.

But most beauty experts agree that perfecting a ‘no makeup’ makeup look is the best place to start. That’s because it can be your go-to look when you’re pushed for time, don’t have much energy or if you go to a school that doesn’t allow much makeup in the classroom.

There are so many ‘no makeup’ looks to choose from online, but this one from YouTuber Kaushal of Kaushal Beauty is a good starting tutorial because it looks natural and uses minimal products.

The basics are: SPF, concealer, a brow product, mascara, blusher, bronzer and lip gloss, but she explains in the video that you should switch out any products she uses that you don’t have (or can’t afford) for ones that you do.

We also recommend skipping any steps that don’t suit you and focusing on the products that make you feel good, especially if there’s a strict NO MAKEUP rule at your school – opt for none or just one instead.

Beauty hack #1

Don’t wait until your hair is really oily and you have no time before school to apply dry shampoo. Instead, spray it on the night BEFORE. That’s right, rolling around in bed will help work the powder in and you’ll wake up with voluminous hair that looks cleaner and fresher.

For a simple and polished bronzed look: Tanya Burr’s everyday makeup tutorial

Tanya is one of our favourite beauty YouTubers because her videos are easy-to-follow, she’s really friendly and she often makes tutorials featuring affordable products, like this one with plenty of Rimmel, Maybelline and Collection 2000 makeup.

She creates a minimal back-to-school look with foundation, brow product, neutral eyeshadow colours and a bit of eyeliner and mascara. You can pick ‘n’ mix which of Tanya’s steps you take on board for your new school look, we’d recommend skipping the eyeliner and bronzer if you don’t have much time or prefer the minimal look.

Beauty hack #2

If you want longer, fuller lashes take a little cotton bud and put some baby powder on it. Then apply a coating of mascara, but before you apply another, put some of that baby powder on your lashes. It’ll cause build up and create the illusion of false lashes. Flutter away!

For a rusty and seasonal September makeover: Zoella’s autumnal makeup tutorial

This video may be a few years old, but it doesn’t make it any less autumnal and beautiful. YouTube favourite Zoella talks us through her favourite rusty look to match the falling leaves with brown shadows, full matte coverage and lashings of mascara. So if you’re allowed to go wild with your makeup at school or college, then consider matching it to the upcoming season.

Beauty hack #3

If you use eyelash curlers, pop the curler in your bra for a few minutes to warm it up – your lashes will stay curlier for longer. In fact, put anything you need warming up in your bra! Like an eyeliner pencil or a mascara that feels a bit old and dry.

The products you need in your school bag survival kit:

Tinted Lip Balm

Tinted lip balms are the perfect, non-committal way to play with colour while also conditioning your lips and keeping your look school-friendly. We love the Burt’s Bees range from Superdrug with balms that are infused with moisturising shea butter and botanical waxes. Try the deep pink Hibiscus shade, or the sugary sweet Pink Blossom. (Both are available from Superdrug for £5.99.)

Hairbands

Whether you’re about to head into P.E. or a particularly difficult maths test, you’ll want to get your hair out of the way and focus on what’s important. Pick hairbands that don’t have metal bits on them, which tend to damage your hair and cause breakage.

There are plenty of simple types you can pick up any supermarket, but we love Invisibobbles. These invisible bobbles look like kind of like telephone wires, but their great designs means they don’t leave an annoying line in your hair when you take your ponytail down. (Available from Boots for £4.95.)

Dry Shampoo

To say dry shampoo is life-changing isn’t even an exaggeration for lots of us. Gone are the days of having to wash our hair every other day, now a quick spray of dry shampoo can keep your hair looking (and not to mention smelling) fresh even two, three or maybe even four days after it’s been washed. Grab a small, travel-sized version of Batiste dry shampoo and throw it in your school bag. (Available from Boots for £2.99.)

BB Cream

BB cream stands for ‘beauty balm’ or ‘blemish balm’. There are lots of different types, but it’s essentially a tinted moisturiser with lots of skin benefits. Some are for moisturising, others are for mattifying, but the best thing about them is they often provide light coverage – perfect for school and those who don’t like the cakey feel of makeup. You need to find the BB cream that’s right for you, but we love the Rimmel Match Perfection BB Cream. (Available from Boots for £6.99.)

Clear Nail Polish

If you’re not meant to be wearing makeup to school, nail polish is a dead giveaway – especially the neon, sparkling kind! So to protect your nails at school and keep them looking shiny, you need to find a good, clear polish. Luckily Rimmel has the Nail Nurse polish, which is a really popular clear nail polish created to strengthen your nails (Available from Boots for £4.49.)

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Do you know what lacrosse is? Do you still regard the male sex with an element of suspicion, and/or bafflement? Was your first kiss yesterday? Why then, you may be a surviving member of an all-girls’ school! Your struggle is real. Single sex schools can feel like the worst, so here’s everything you know if you went to one. (We feel you.)

Non-uniform days are no less stressful than if boys were there

Thought the lack of boys would make own clothes easier? Think again. You girls are your own (and everyone else’s) worse critics. You’ll spend weeks deciding on each element of your outfit and checking and double checking it with your fam. Wearing the same top as someone else will result in a wordless fight to death over who wore it best, to be judged on Insta later. Those who got away with wearing the most make up unnoticed will almost certainly win.

Make up is not allowed. Yes, Jade, mascara does count as make up

So does blusher. Jade, for pity’s sake, go to the bathroom and Wash. It. Off. Jade never quite got this rule – but she never stopped trying, bless her, and to this day I do not know if her eyes were really that large, or if she finally cracked and got permanent mascara.

There will be some gratuitous displays of wealth…

…and there will be girls desperate to hide how hard their parents are working to send them there, whose trainers are unbranded and whose hair is un-Brazilian blow-dried. All of you have a right to be there, and to be treated with respect…

…but girl, oh girl, there will be bitches

Both amongst your enemies, and amongst your dearest friends. They will bitch about ANYTHING, from clothes to cleverness, the way someone walks to their weight. You will try to resist them. You will, I’m sorry to say, almost fall short – because it’s insidious, this whispering and gossiping, and it will defy any attempts to avoid it. Do try, obviously – but if you fall short, don’t be too hard on yourself. You’ll grow out of it eventually, and so will (most) of your (true) friends.

Mealtimes are a nightmare

The majority of eating disorders sufferers are female and in the 14 to 25 range. I don’t need to tell you to do the math – if your school is anything like mine, you will know this simply from looking round your dining room at lunchtime. If a friend is suffering, betty has some advice as to how you could help.

Half the class has PMT at the same time…

Oh, the magic of menstrual syncing.

Swimming lessons will only have a 20 per cent attendance rate

See above.

TMI is your default setting

In fact, it’s weirder for you not to be able to discuss what shade of tampon you’re wearing and whether you’ve succeeded in avoiding weeing on the string part.

You only signed up to [insert extra-curricular activity undertaken with the local boys school here] because you wanted to meet the boys school

School plays, Combined Cadet Force, Duke of Edinburgh, volunteering at the old people’s home, choir, charity bag packing: you name it, and if it involved boys, you’re there.

You put make up on for the journey home

Obviously. There will be boys on the number 29.

That feeling when one of the 29 boys catches your eye

And unless it’s your brother, you’ve literally nothing to say.

Subjects are genderless

Who says physics is more or less ‘girly’ than english? No sis in your school – and that’s the legit thing about it. The concept of not being able to do something just because you’re a girl is beyond your conception.

When school is bad, it’s v unbearable…

But when it’s good it’s one of the most woke places you could be.

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It’s not fair. It seems like the summer holidays had only just begun, then suddenly the shops are full of the dreaded ‘back to school’ gear and the start of a new term is here. Unfortunately we can’t predict what this next year has in store for you, but we can pretty much guarantee these things will happen in the first week…

1. Someone will doze off on the school bus

After six weeks of lie-ins and naps on tap, getting up at the crack of dawn for school will be a heck of a shock to the system. If someone’s not snoozing on the way in, they will be on the way home.

2. You’ll have a special ‘returning’ assembly

You know the one, where you’ll be told to set an example for younger students and that you represent the school within the community and should behave accordingly. Blah blah blah.

3. Everyone will have new stuff

New coats, new rucksacks, new stationery. You’ll spend the first few days eyeing up everyone else’s new shoes and wondering if you should have begged your mum to buy you block heels instead of ballet pumps.

4. All the boys will be a foot taller

In fact, everyone will look different somehow. How can people change so much in just six weeks?!

5. At least one girl will still have a colourful hair wrap she got on holiday

And she probably won’t stop going on about her exotic vaycay either. We get it, Louise, you went to the Bahamas.

6. There will be a new person

It’ll be really exciting if it’s a new student, and everyone will bombard them with loads of questions about where they’re from. But if it’s a new teacher you’ll regard them with suspicion until you’ve got them figured out.

7. No-one knows where they’re supposed to be

Everyone will be late to lessons while they get to grips with their new timetable – even the teachers. Fingers crossed your classes aren’t on separate sides of the school grounds.

8. You’ll do your very best handwriting in all your new exercise books

Well, for a few days at least, then you’ll fall back into your usual scrawl. Who cares as long as you can read it, right?

9. There’s a mad rush for the best seats

If you’re going to spend a whole year in the same seat in each class, you’ve got to make sure it’s in prime position next to all your mates (you want it to be as easy as possible to pass notes, don’t you?), so you can expect a bit of a scramble at the start of the first few lessons. Elbows at the ready!

10. The school will have done something totally radical

Like changing the lunch menu or moving break times slightly – and everyone will be talking about it for days.

11. There will be an outrageous rumour about something that happened over summer

It’s usually about a girl in the year above getting pregnant or someone’s brother going to jail. It’s probably completely untrue, but everyone loves a good gossip.

12. Your teachers will get right back on it with the homework

Nope, there’s no easing you back into things. And even though they’re happy to hand out homework with reckless abandon, it’ll be weeks before they mark the assignments they set over summer!

13. Everyone’s a bit smug about going up a year

If moving up a form comes with any privileges, such as a common room or jumping the lunch queue, you’ll be sure to rinse them for all they’re worth. And even if it doesn’t, you’ll still feel a bit superior to all the students in the years below you.

14. You promise yourself you’re going to buckle down with your studies

You tell yourself you’ll do your homework the moment you get home, that you’ll keep a razor sharp focus in class and that you’ll start revising for exams months in advance. But let’s be honest, you probably won’t. And that’s fine, just do your best – it’ll be the summer holidays again before you know it!

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Are you bready for this?

Who hasn’t opened their lunch after a particularly gruelling double maths, their stomach growling, their mouth already drooling, only to reveal a limp Marmite sarnie or a lacklustre tuna roll?

Well, no longer. This back-to-school season we’re bringing you droolsome sandwich inspiration that will feed your creativity and your stomachs.

There will be crumbs.

1) Egg, bacon and avocado bagel

YOU'RE BEAUTIFUL, IT'S TRUE.

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This account has so many delicious sandwiches that looking through them all is somewhere in between a dream come true and a really bizarre form of torture. This bad boy is one of those beautiful sandwiches that is appropriate at any time of day. Egg, bacon, avocado, cheese. Load it up and chow down for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

2) Spaghetti and cheese

We understand that this might be a divisive sandwich. To some people, the idea of piling spaghetti into a sandwich will be revolting. To those people we say, “Rubbish, this is obviously the best idea anyone has had since putting tiny cactuses in tiny vases and selling them for £12.”

3) Med-style chickpeas and salad

A little something for all the vegetarians and vegans out there… This Mediterranean-style chickpea sandwich with red onion, tomato, cucumber, mashed avocado and vegan tzatziki looks like something out of Pret’s technicolour dreams – but with a little forward-planning, it could be right there in your rucksack.

4) Avocado and literally everything

Wednesday vibes 🌻🍃✨💞 #avocadotoast

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Avocado is your basic bae. It goes with everything – so why stop at feta or eggs? Chicken? Sure. Fruit? Too easy. Marmite? Why not. You’re young, go wild.

5) Tomato, pesto and mozzarella hot dog

Sausage sandwiches are the people’s sandwich. They are the sandwiches of football games and summer holidays. But here’s a food truck taking the sausage sandwich to a whole new level, with tomato, pesto, mozzarella and a balsamic glaze. Someone hand us a napkin.

6) Cookie ice cream sandwich

And of course, a cookie sandwich filled with ice cream and choc chips. Because your dessert stomach is still rumbling, right?

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Okay. Take a long, deep breath. This won’t hurt, I promise. All you need to do is pick up your rucksack, heave through those heavy double doors, pull your skirt down just enough to get past Mrs Cadman without comment (she’ll be standing there like a dragon as always, waiting to pounce on the slightest suggestion of an upper thigh) and get to the reassuring banter of your classroom.

Some say the first day back sucks. I always quite liked it: the sweet, the gluey smell of new textbooks, the clean zip of a fresh pencil case, the post-holiday chatter. Even the teachers seem pleased to see you — yes even Mrs Cadman, provided your collar’s flat and your skirt is of acceptable (read, nunnery) length.

So how to make the most of it? How to make those first blank pages count both literally and metaphorically? I’m no expert but I did some research* and here, in no particular order, is what I learned.

*whatsapped the ‘St H Sisters’

Get your sh*t together

Dw, not All of Your Life Sh*t. Just the sh*t that involves putting your pens in your pencil case, and your pencil case in your bag along with your books, your PE kit, your (completed, ideally) homework — that kind of sh*t. Do it the night before — I know I sound like your ‘rents, but they’ve got this one, really they have. They’ve done school. You’ll feel less stressed in the morning. You’ll be less likely to forget stuff. There’s nothing worse than spending the first day nicking your friends old, dry biro and scribbling on borrowed note paper that you then have to spend that evening pritt-sticking into your new books.

Get there on time

See above re stress levels. Some folk don’t care too much, granted, but you won’t know until you get there, sweating and panting your excuses, whether or not your new teacher is a punctuality Nazi — and relative to, say, calculus, getting your ass to school on time is a relatively easy thing to achieve.

Eat breakfast

Even if it’s just a crumpet. Even if it’s just on this day, and you spend the rest of term wolfing down cereal bars at lunch time. Prepare some granola and fruit the night before, or just get up five minutes earlier. It sounds brutal, but you’ll think of me when you look for the White Magnum you were reaching for at 11am, only to find you’re actually in school and not at home next to the freezer.

Speak to someone you’ve not really spoken to before

Once school starts, everyone will settle down into their existing friendship grooves, and you’ll have missed your chance to widen the circle. Some of the best friends I have today were those I made simply by chatting to someone on the first day back, when everything is bit new and different and speaking to someone outside your friendship circle is, for a brief, hallowed period, not totally suspect. In my experience, the finest friends aren’t those you end up with by default, but those you actively choose.

Concentrate in a lesson you’ve never really concentrated in before

You might surprise yourself. The year I did this with German, having written myself off as irredeemably monolinguistic, I changed my grade from C to A, and sort of fell in love with the country, too.

Take a pukka packed lunch

Hummus, avo, tuna and sweetcorn pasta salad – whatever floats your boat. Just ensure it’s something to look forward to, to get you through the dark hours.

Pretend it’s another day of holiday

This won’t work for everyone, but bear with me on this because it saw me through a few false school starts. What if school were just another way of spending your holiday? What if you’d just woken up that day, in September, and thought, ‘hey! I wonder what this school business is like? Learning some things with my friends and running around some fields and gently, mockingly resisting the authority of adults?’ What if you decided to do it — just for a day, just to see how it went. You’d probably end up approaching it with a much more open-minded and positive attitude than you are currently, reading this in your pants with one eye on Stranger Things, with the mother of all Sunday blues on your shoulder.

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It’s September and that means one thing: setting the alarm and heading back to school. Don’t worry though, we’ve got you covered with the essentials you’ll need to for the new term ahead, from stationery to snacks.

ERRRYTHING inside…

Joe & Seph’s Salted Caramel Popcorn

Monty Bojangles Truffles

Mini Felts Iron-On Patch

Stabilo Pastel Highlighter

La La Land Unicorn Sticky Notes

Trust Fund Nail Polish

Bubble T Lip Balm

Chirp Body Softness Hair Mask

T Zone Charcoal & Bamboo Nose Pore Strips

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The new school year is upon you whether you like it or not, and you know what that means: back to school shopping! But with all those shiny new pens and notepads comes a whole barrage of emotions that no other shopping trip will ever ignite – thank goodness it only happens once a year.

Not sure what we mean or have forgotten since last year? Here are all the emotional stages of back to school shopping…

Denial

“Summer isn’t even NEARLY over yet… Oh, wait… What do you mean we go back to school next Monday?! MUUUUUUUUUUUM!”

Excitement

New clothes aren’t so bad – and don’t even get you started on stationery shopping. It’s pretty much the best part about the new term, other than seeing your mates every day again… Going back to school is actually pretty awesome, no?

Frustration

Your mum won’t fork out £70 for the adidas trainers you really want for P.E. even though all your mates are getting them, and you obviously spent your Saturday job cash on cinema trips and ice cream. You’ll just have to settle for the supermarket update. Sigh.

Anger

Now she won’t let you get the school bag you want. She is literally ruining your life.

Smugness

You just bumped into one of your BFFs and her mum won’t let her get new P.E. trainers AT ALL. Maybe yours isn’t so bad…

Hanger

THERE’S NOT EVEN ANYTHING TO BE MAD ABOUT, BUT YOU’RE JUST. SO. HUNGRY.

Satisfaction

You’ve got a stomach full of pizza and bags full of clothes, shoes and highlighters. Life is actually pretty good.

Dread

But, now that you’ve got all your new school swag, that means that summer is actually over. NOOOOOOOOOO!

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So here it is. Six weeks — 1008 whole hours — boiled down to a single day and night of freedom. Where in sweet Jesus’s name did it go? One minute you are fully and openly signing yourself up to a duvet day, safe in the knowledge that time is on your side, the next frantically trying to cram two months of homework into two hours, while simultaneously binge-watching Master of None so you’ll be up to date when you go back to school.

You look forlornly back over your Instagram feed: what a lols you had. Now it’s your last day, and all you’ve got is the photo. Yet if all you’ve got lined up for the remaining hours is uploading grams with #throwbackthursday and #tmb attached to them, you’re doing your last day wrong.

Put down your phone (unless you’re reading this on it, obvs) and listen closely to the following tips.

Have a (daytime) party

Go big or go home, in your home, and get your mates round for one last blast in the garden before strapping yourself into your desk chair. Fire up the barbie, crack open some Diet Coke and put Beyoncé on repeat. You know that expression, live every day as if it was your last? Impossible, most of the time, naturally. But on the last day of holidays, the world is your oyster sauce marinade on chicken wings; your most outrageous summer dress; and Lemonade on repeat.

Invite the friends you won’t otherwise see at school

You’ll see all the others tomorrow.

Spend some time with the fam

If you can, and they’re not at work/at school already.

Get your sh*t done the day before

Your bag packed, your homework finished, your uniform ironed and your folder organised. Nothing, but nothing, ruins the last day like being up until midnight looking for your PE shorts.

Don’t get up too late

You need to prep your body clock for the full horror that will be waking up at half 6 the next day…

…but don’t get up too early

It IS your last lie in, after all.

Do some exercise

FUN exercise. Rope your mate into a game of tennis or football. Dance like the backpack kid in Katy Perry’s video. Plan an off-road bike ride. You’ll have a swell time (I know you’re horizontal right now, reading this through the cracks of your eyelids, but I promise you will) and it will make an hour of circuit training in PE more bearable the next day.

Take time over breakfast

Don’t skip it, and don’t settle for your usual cereal number. You’ll need this memory of avo and runny egg tomorrow when you’re shoving Shreddies down your throat.

Eat (at least) one of your favourite foods

It doesn’t have to be fancy — in fact the less fancy the better. Our end of holiday meal was always cheesy pasta with peas and sweetcorn, or fish pie with more butter than mashed potato. It was comfort food: neither particularly healthy, nor particularly crap. Make something if that’s what you’re into, but don’t feel you have to: we always finished with a shop-bought pudding, enter Gu chocolate pots. The most important thing is that you enjoy every last mouthful of it, and that you eat just enough to have to change into your PJ’s afterwards.

Paint your toenails

Paint your fingers too if you’re allowed, but certainly paint your toenails. Opt for a shade of orange so bright, it’s offensive, and take time to topcoat it so it survives the assault of repressive school shoes and black tights.

Wear as little as the weather and common decency will permit

Get the breeze while you still can. Uniform is stifling.

Do none of the above, and have a Harry Potter marathon (it’s possible to watch them all, we’ve done the maths)

19 hrs and 40 minutes. No regrets.

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Like the fleeting crush on *that boy* in year 10, the summer holidays are whizzing past quicker than a cheetah driving a speedboat. September’s box will ease you into the 9-3 lifestyle though, even on those days when cramps are brewing up a storm in our stomachs and we have to play an hour of hockey. Introducing the only back-to-school prep you’ll need (apart from maybe some cute news shoes and a matching school bag)…

Stabilo Boss Original Pastel Highlighter

No new school year can begin without a pristine set of stationery, and pens don’t come prettier than this pastel highlighter. Stabilo have got this beauty so right and, as exams are unfortunately still a thing (urgh), at least this year you can revise in style.

Minifelts Iron On Patch

Patches are about making a statement, so spread good karma without saying a word, thanks to Minifelts. We all need some positive vibes when we’re stuck in homework hell, amiright? We have a slight feeling your head of year won’t like your blazer jazzed up though, so grab your backpack or favourite jeans and get ready for non-school uniform day.

Bubble T Lip Balm

We love Bubble T’s quirky products and their lip balm is no exception. With added jojoba oil to moisturise your lips, you’ll have soft, smooth smackers in no time… if you can resist licking off the balm, that is. The flavour is so sweet, you’ll want to eat it up, but don’t. It’s probably definitely not very nutritious…

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There are many things the world needs more of – love, peace, peanut butter Magnums, tights that actually stay up – but one thing we have no shortage of whatsoever is motivational quotes. They’re everywhere. On our walls, on our fridges, decorating our notebooks and cluttering up our Instagram feeds. They are the hot air that powers Pinterest like a jet engine.

But of course, they’re not always helpful. There are only so many times you can be told to ‘be a unicorn!’ before you want to smash your phone screen with your non-existent horn – and of all the genuinely cool and inspiring things Audrey Hepburn did in her time on earth, that quote about believing in pink ain’t one of them.

So as your antidote to all the whimsical sunsets, we’ve dug up 13 truly awesome quotes from some truly awesome women. Go kick some ass today – like yourself, not a unicorn.

(The hooves would just be impractical.)

“Courage is like — it’s a habitus, a habit, a virtue: you get it by courageous acts. It’s like you learn to swim by swimming. You learn courage by couraging.”

Marie M. Daly, the first African-American woman to to earn a PhD in Chemistry

 

“However many roads you travel, I hope that you choose not to be a lady. I hope you will find some way to break the rules and make a little trouble out there.”

Nora Ephron, first lady of American screenwriting

 

“If I stop to kick every barking dog, I am not going to get where I’m going.”

Jackie Joyner-Kersee, who won three gold, one silver, and two bronze medals at four different Olympic Games.

 

“We can’t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a f***ing feminist and wear a f***ing Peter Pan collar. So f***ing what?”

Zooey Deschanel, your fringe icon and all-round comedy babe

 

“Everyone’s got some greatness in them. You do. The girl over there does. That guy on the left has some. But in order to really mine it, you have to own it. You have to grab hold of it. You have to believe it.”

Shonda Rhimes, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, from her book Year of Yes

 

“You might never fail on the scale I did, but some failure in life is inevitable. It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.”

JK Rowling, everyone’s favourite dream auntie

 

“She refused to be bored chiefly because she wasn’t boring.”

Zelda Fitzgerald, Jazz Age legend, from her Collected Writings

 

“Be brave and fearless [enough] to know that even if you do make a wrong decision, you’re making it for a good reason.”

Adele. You know Adele.

 

“Because you don’t live near a bakery, doesn’t mean you have to go without cheesecake.”

Hedy Lamarr, 1940s movie star and inventor, who developed the radio wave system that led to the modern creation of wi-fi (thanks Hedy!)

 

“I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights.”

Maya Angelou, author, poet and civil rights activist

 

“I say they should enjoy it while they can. You’ll be happy later to have taken pictures of yourself when you looked good. It’s human nature.”

Margaret Atwood, the Booker Prize-winning novellist, on (you guessed it) selfies

 

“One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.”

Malala Yousafzai, female education activist and the youngest ever Nobel Prize winner.

What better motivation could you have before double Geography?

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The whole back to school thing is always weird – you’re excited to see all your friends again, but not excited to actually be back in classes. You want this term to be different, but also kinda the same. But no matter how your first week back went, you’ve probably thought some of these things at one point or another.

1. I’m going to wake up half an hour earlier so I can do yoga before school.

2. Oh, but it’s so warm under my duvet.

3. I’m just going to snooze my alarm once.

4. Fine, twice.

5. Three times is my absolute maximum.

6. Crap, now I’m late.

7. The fourth snooze may have been a mistake.

8. Oh well, surely sleeping is more relaxing than bending my body in weird directions and trying not to fart.

9. Has school always started this early?

10. Oww, Caroline got one of those Bardot fringes I want.

11. So did Stacey.

12. And Hannah.

13. Maybe I don’t want one now that everyone has one.

14. Nah, I definitely still want one.

15. The thing I miss most about holidays is having constant access to the fridge.

16. This term, I’m not going to eat my lunch at morning break.

17. Fine, I will today but only because I’m starving. Tomorrow, I’ll definitely save my lunch until lunch time.

18. I’m so tired. I’m used to my daily nap.

19. You should be able to nap at school like you can in pre-school.

20. Woah. There’s something different about Sam – is it the clothes? The skin? The hair?

21. Who cares – Sam is now officially HOT.

22. Ohmigod. Sam just smiled at me so I don’t even care that it’s lunch time and all I have left is a measly apple and a muesli bar.

23. Damnit. Katie got the same backpack as me for Christmas. Now we’re going to look weird when we walk next to each other.

24. I hope she doesn’t think I copied her.

25. Maybe she copied me.

26. HOME TIME! I’m getting into my pyjamas immediately and turning on Netflix.

27. Urgh, I forgot I had homework to do.

28. What sort of evil teacher gives people homework the first week back?! Aren’t we suffering enough?

29. Maybe I’ll do some yoga instead.

30. *PARP*

31. That fart was so loud our neighbours might have heard it.

32. Yep, I was right, sleep is definitely more relaxing.

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It’s really important to get a good night’s sleep, especially if you’ve got school the next day. Sleep makes you happy and alert so you can concentrate on important things like Beyonce’s new video or what chocolate bar you want for an after-school snack (I’m all about Kinder Buenos, FYI).

Thing is, it’s hard to relax when there’s friends to text, books to read and Snapchat filters to try. If you’re having trouble switching off your brain, this relaxing bedtime routine should have you drifting off in no time. Sweet dreams!

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