Sunday, 19 March 2017

Getting over a bad week

We've all had those weeks where all you want to do is curl up in your duvet, become a burrito and watch re runs of gossip girl all day and this week has been no exception. It's been stressful, upsetting and most of all frustrating. When it gets like that it hard to focus on anything else when its all you really want to do. I took this weekend to clear my head about the last 7 days and to focus on starting fresh on Monday and along the way I've found some things that really did help.

Let It Out
It doesn't matter how but just let it out. Whether you write it, say it, sing it, scream it, or even text it, just get it out! Tell someone whats going on might scare you or worry you but honestly it will automatically make you feel a million times better once you've done it. 

Lean on People
Lean on people for support and surround yourself with friends and family. People you trust, w ]ho are happy and that you always have a good time with because then no matter what happens, you know you've got good eggs around you. 

Let the little things go
When you're having a crappy week it's easy to let even the littlest of things get to you so it's important to step back and gain some prospective. What you might of just let slide in a good week, can feel like the end of the world when you're having a shit week. Was someones snarky comment really the worst thing in the world or was it just another petty little thing on top of the big things?? Deal with the big things first and worry about the petty little things later.

Look after yourself
When you're having a tough week don't forget to love yourself a little bit more. Have a mid week pamper night by turning your phone off, having a bubble bath, using a face mask and actually RELAX. It might be hard because your head might be spinning a hundred miles an hour but just try and let yourself calm down and gather your thoughts.  It really does help.

Refresh for Monday
Monday might normally be your least favourite day of the week because it means getting up early for work after the weekend but after a crappy week surely the best thing is having a fresh start on a Monday morning? Think of it as a clean slate and make sure the new week isn't as bad as the one before.
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Friday, 3 March 2017

19 things I've learnt in 19 years

Well considering my 19th birthday was well over a month ago this post is long overdue but hey ho, here goes

1. Hold on to your loved ones, they're not here forever
2. Take photos to remember the good days
3. Positivity will always eventually outweigh negativity
4. We all have bad days
5. Do more of what you love
6. Don't live life through a screen
7. Appreciate whats on your doorstep
8. Your oldest friends aren't always the best ones
9. Know what you want and go for it
10. Sing your heart out where you want and when you want (even if sounds awful)
11. Eat that third bag of crisps or second slice of cake
12. Treat your damn self
13. Your first love probably won't be your last
14. If you're unhappy with something, change it
15. Don't let someone tell you you're not good enough
16. Express yourself whatever way you want
17. No makeup days are the best kind of days
18. Before taking care of others, take care of yourself first
19. Pick your battles
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Friday, 3 February 2017

New In Zoeva

Everyone knows I looooove everything Zoeva. Every time they release something new I'm the first in line to get it and this release was no exception. A brand new all matte palette was enough and then they released new brushes and brow products with it!
I use the palette literally everyday at the moment as all 10 shades are wearable. The bright red and purple may look scary but trust me, blended into the crease they're really not that bad and mixed with the other shades it looks lovely. The browns in the palette make for really nice all over the lid shades if you just want a natural wash of colour. The white has a warm hint to it making it a good matte brow highlight or base for a other shades. In all honesty I could rave about this palette forever and all you really need to know is that Zoeva have nailed it once again.
The palette is only available from the Zoeva website but shipping to the UK is so easy it shouldn't be a problem. I reeeeally recommend you get it!
The only new brush I picked up is the 135 Petite Face Definer and oh my god its my new favourite foundation brush. It's just amazing. It's dense whilst being soft and tapered making it so bloody easy to blend my trusty Loreal True Match in. I love that its tapered because you can blend around the eyes really well too and if I'm feeling lazy I'll blend my under eye concealer with it. I can't see myself using another foundation brush for a really really long time.
The last thing I picked up from the new range is the Brow Light. Theres only one shade of this product and if I'm being honest its not a colour I would normally pick for me but I really like it. I don't use it everyday, it's more of a 'full on night out face' product but it works really well if you do it quite subtly and blend it. It helps create a more shimmery and glowy eye look that's gunna be perfect for summer.
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Saturday, 31 December 2016

Goodbye 2016

2016 was one of the hardest years of my life. It's been a year full of negatives and positives and frustratingly for the most part, the negatives outweigh the positives.  
Don't get me wrong, the positives are pretty special. I turned 18, celebrated with a weekend in London, started driving lessons, got a full time job which I love, got back into photography, found a new love in baking, made brand new friendships and made more memories with old ones.
However where there was a high, there as a low. When my Grandad passed away in January I was forced to grow up and deal with things that before I wouldn't of even thought were going to happen to me. It was a shock and something that came out of absolutely no where. He was one of the best people in the world. It's nearly a year he's been gone now and if I'm being honest I'm still struggling. It's got easier but I still haven't got my head around it and to be honest I don't think I ever will. I've never experienced loss before and I didn't expect it to feel like it did. Writing this post in March actually helped a lot because for the first time in 3 months I actually got everything I was feeling written down and out of my mind.
Losing my grandad shaped 2016 for me. The rest of the year was a blur. I held back so much because I just wasn't myself. All of my friends were moving on, living life and experiencing so many firsts like normal 18 year olds but I didn't want to do any of that. I felt silly that something that happened at the beginning of the year was still affecting me. However it did make me realise who my true friends are. Going through what I did made me realise that you can have a best friend, someone you talk to all the time, but as soon as shit gets real and you're the one in a bad place going through something more important than their recent boring boyfriend drama, they will disappear off the face of the earth with no care in the world. But you know what, why would I want that "I'll only talk if we can chat about my very insignificant relationship drama instead of your rock bottom struggles which I know you're going through" person in my life? I don't. After saying that though, if it wasn't for my family and true friends, I don't actually know where I would be right now. 
2017 will be better. I'm determined to go outside of my comfort zone a little more. Maybe I'll actually say "yes" to the invitation of a night out and maybe I'll go away more and not just live on the sofa on my days off work. I want to focus of myself and get myself back to me again. I feel like after what I've been through in the last year, I can just about get through anything now. Yes I probably will still have crappy days but thats all part of it and I've learnt how to deal with them.
I've set myself simple goals. I want to pass my driving test, continue with photography and baking and most importantly make sure there are more positives than negatives by the end of the year.
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Thursday, 1 December 2016

Three Ways To Be Happier At Winter

I feel like it's only natural to feel a little rubbish at this time of year. With the weather getting colder and the evenings getting darker I'm sure everyone generally feels just not quite themselves. I get like this every year so. I wanted to share some ideas that I use to instantly make myself happier.

Plan for Christmas
In October and November when you start to feel all doom and gloom theres honestly nothing better than planning days and nights out  for Christmas. Whether its finding local Christmas markets online, going on a forest walk with a warm hot chocolate or planning a festive night out (or in if you're like me!) with your gals, it will instantly cheer you up and make you feel sooooo festive!! It also gives you something to look forward to which for me keeps me going through the dark and cold months.

Me Time Matters
Whether it's running a hot bubble bath just before you go to bed or applying your favourite face mask, you should ALWAYS find time for yourself. For me, there's nothing better than coming home after a long day at work and jumping straight into a steaming bath. I always make sure to use a Lush bubble bar or bath bomb (their winter range will put anyone in a festive mood) and either watch an episode of Grey's Anatomy or shuffle my Spotify playlists.

Look After Your Skin
I'm the first to admit that my skincare routine is crap. Most of the time I forget and go to bed with my makeup on so I'm always on the lookout for any new products that can make my life easier. Recently I bought myself a couple of bits from the new Garnier Moisture Bomb range and O M G it's insane. My favourite thing I got is definitely the 3 in 1 day cream. I use it all the time but for the best results I like to apply it overnight. When I wake up my sin is clear of any dryness, blemishes and red areas. It also makes your skin look so hydrated and awake making it great for winter.
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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Zoeva Plaisir Box | First Impressions


When I first heard about this new Zoeva set I was counting down the days till I could get my hands on it! I love everything Zoeva so I already knew I was going to L O V E this.
The set comes with 3 eye shadow palettes in the most beautiful packaging ever, I mean everything is gold foil so what's not to love! The palettes are kept in a lovely box making it a perfect christmas present either to give to someone or to keep for yourself!
There are two brand new palettes (Blanc Fusion and Caramel Malange) and one Zoeva classic (Cocoa Blend.) Blanc Fusion is probably my favourite of the three as it contains mainly mattes which are gorgeous taupes and browns. Caramel Malange is the perfect Autumn palette full of mattes, shimmers and frosts with red, brown and orange tones. It also has the most amazing copper frost which is so pigmented its basically a pressed pigment! Cocoa Blend is a Zoeva palette I've always wanted as its got lots of chocolate hues and dark tones making it perfect for winter and christmas.
The set itself costs £48 and as each Zoeva palette is £18, it's well worth buying them all together. I can see myself using this palette everyday for quite some time as it's got every type and shade of eye shadow you could ever want.
♥ 
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Monday, 3 October 2016

Holy Grail Every Day Face Products

Recently I've been using the same products to do my makeup every day and I love all of them so wanted to share what they are with you and the routine I use.
I start with the L'OrĂ©al True Match Foundation which I either use the Real Techniques Buffing Brush or the Sigma Flat Kabuki F80 Brush to blend it in. It has just enough coverage for me and leaves a really nice dewy finish that isn't to drying.
A product I've only just recently added into my everyday face is the Bourjois' Radiance Reveal concealer. This is the BEST concealer, for me it's even better than the Collection one! It radiates under my eyes and helps to cancel out any dark under eye circles.
Next I use two Soap & Glory products. The first one I use is the Solar Powder Bronzer which is the BEST every day all over bronzer. With a paler (more of a powder) side and a natural coloured bronzer on the other it creates a lovely natural tan when mixed together and applied all over the face. I then use the Wonderbronze Shimmer Brick which is a bronzy nude blush which looks SO nice on the apple of the cheeks blended into the solar powder.
On my eyes I use two Makeup Geek shadows in 'Creme Brulee' and 'Mocha.' I buff 'Creme Brulee' all over the lid and then put 'Mocha' tight in the crease and blend it softly so it's not to harsh. Then I use Maybelline Lash Sensational Mascara which helps to thicken and lengthen my lashes.
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