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Thursday, 4 February 2016

Regrets

It's a big bizarre really, being stuck in a rut of uncertainty.

Really I have everything going for me, and have so much to be excited for. I am engaged to my best friend, I get to see him everyday. I changed jobs, reduced my hours, increased my wage. I should be happier, but I keep wanting more than what I have.

I want more money. I want more time for myself. I want to be in a busier city, I want to have more friends, I want to be more stylish, I want to be more unique, I want to be emotionally stronger, I want to have done the things I thought I would have done years ago.

I once heard that life is full of regrets, but I also once heard that you should live your life without regrets.

This year I want to change my outlook on life. I've always been a half full kind of gal with life, but with myself I'm half empty. I am so sure of myself, yet I'm so unsure of who I want to be?

It makes no sense!?

I want to have a healthier view of myself, and be proud of my achievements.

1. STOP REFLECTING ON THE PAST 

Not necessarily over past mistakes, but I tend to look at the things I used to do but now don't through rose tinted glasses. I need to look forward and stop considering going back to my old job, I need to either put in the effort to make this job work, or look for a new one.

2. BE MORE ME 

Stop trying to mould myself into an expectation of others. I still need to take into account other people opinions and respect the way their feelings are affected by my actions. But I need to start doing things the way I really want to do them, not because I think someone is going to like/dislike me for it. I tend to hold myself back because I worry about other people judging me (Even if I don't even know them!)

3. HOLD IT TOGETHER

Stop crying over everything! I used to have a much stronger mentality, I need to get it back. I need to be more more mentally prepared and organised so that I have the motivation to get up on time every morning. Perhaps I could even make my lunch in preparation for the day so I have something nutritious and healthy to look forward to whilst at work?


Wednesday, 3 February 2016

A Healthier Outlook



No word of a lie I'm writing this whilst eating a twix bar. Hence why I'm writing this. I'm hoping it'll give me a bit more motivation to be good.

I'm constantly in a hurry, in a hurry for the train, in a hurry for a meeting, a hurry to meet my boyfriend. And I'm almost constantly peckish. I'm a  big snacker. So I tend to pick up some processed rubbish in an aid to fill whatever hole there is.

For instance I woke up late this morning and forgot to prepare my lunch last night, therefore ended up picking up my lunch in a hurry. Today's lovely lunch consists of a packet of crisps, a twix bar (RIP - couldn't wait), microwavable chips, and a galaxy biscuit bar. Nutritious.    

Whereas yesterday I prepared and had a lovely salad :)

I'm not overweight and I have a pretty fast metabolism. So eating healthily isn't in order to lose weight. The problem when I eat bad food is I get bad skin from it and it puts me in a bad mood. I just need to put more thought and devote more time to eat properly. Yes that means waking up earlier to make some avocado on toast...

So here's a few of my 'aims':

1. Wake up earlier - Make a cup of tea and have a nice breakfast. I like avocado on toast and egg on toast. It'll take 20mins max. Wake up 30 mins earlier, go to bed 30 mins earlier. It's not like I'm losing sleep.

2. Buy nice food from the supermarket before - Although fruit and veg is so expensive, it's cheaper than a meal deal. At my old job I used buy salad from the supermarket. I'd use the fridge, plates and forks because they were nice. The facilities at my current job are to put it plainly - gross. Therefore I don't prepare food here, so I need to do it at home.

3. Exercise like I did - For my heart's sake. I used to swim, run and horse ride all the time. Now I walk from the station to walk. I would like to be more toned, but I need to look after my insides too by keeping a strong heart. Also endorphins. I could do with more happy hormones! My boyfriend has always done weights at home, but now he goes to the gym for the machines and equipment, maybe beg to join him?

4. Olive oil it to death - I like olive oil on salad, it makes it tastier. And bread. I used to have a bottle of Olive Oil and a bottle of balsamic glaze on my old work desk. I need to do it the same at my current job.

5. Try out vitamins - Omega 3 for the heart? Vitamin B for Energy? 


Saturday, 30 January 2016

Wedding Inspiration #002

A Quaint English Tea party Wedding with muted blooms and quaint settings.


Place

A Victorian setting adorned with fairly lights and trinklets. Name tags can be held by small plastic horses sprayed white or gold. Candles in Jam jars.

Eat

Afternoon tea, with sandwiches without the crusts. Scones. Scotch eggs. Pink Lemonade.

Wear

Muted pinks, lavender, pale blues.



Friday, 29 January 2016

Strobing 101



Strobing is currently all the rave. It is the intense highlighting across the high points or the face in order to sculpt by creating areas of light rather than shadow. But there's no holding back this one. it's more natural than it's cousin contouring so it's difficult to look overly made-up with this trend. Today, I'll explain how I'm currently upping my glow.


Powder - Now I'm not a particularly 'made-up girl' but I'm not going to deny that I'm a fan of the intense highlight. Personally, it's how makeup should be, looking like a better healthier and more glowy you, not a different you.
One of my current favourite ways of achieving this look is by applying MAC Mineralise Skinfinish in 'Soft and Gentle' to the high points of my face particularly along the tops of my cheekbones to create a sharp contrast.
Some may argue that it's more for going out than daytime. But I find by using a small fluffy eye shadow brush you can get the effect without going OTT.
I've seen so many raves about the Hourglass Ambient Lighting Powders (Diffused Light Please), I was going to go in for the kill, then realised how much the bad boy was going to cost :(

Cream - I used to religiously use Topshop's Glow Stick in Play Up, I used up the whole stick.. It used to leave a beautiful shimmer across the tops of my cheek bones that can be easily blended out. More recently, I've been experimenting with the Kevyn Aucoin Sculpt and Candlelight Glow Duo - I've found it to be a subtle way to add a bit more of a natural fresh glow to my face. It can also be layered with the MAC MSF for a more intense highlight.

Liquid - When applying my makeup, I tend to apply liquid highlighters after moisturising and before foundation. I apply this generously across my cheekbones, forehead, bridge of nose, chin, cupids bow (all over my face) and then blend with my fingers. It looks a bit overwhelming in the bottle, but once foundation has been applied, I'm left with a lovely 'natural glow'. I'm currently using Benefit's HighBeam, and it's well loved. The one to try next is Mac Strobe Cream. I've read so many reviews and blog posts about it, I think I might pick up a travel size first just in case it upsets my skin.

Forget the trends, I think I'll be strobing up until the day I die.. : )


Friday, 22 January 2016

February Wants


Now that I'm planning for a wedding, saving up to furnish my new home, I really should keep away from online shopping and delete my topshop app. However these are my top 5 wants this month.

Blouson Sleeve Jumper in Raspberry - £34 from Topshop

It's a well known fact that I have enough jumpers and knits. But look at the colour of this beauty!! As self professed monochrome addict, this muted knit will help me transition into the brighter spring months, whilst still fitting in with my classic tastes.

Fine Knit Pointelle Top in Oatmeal - £25 from Topshop

I recently fell in love with this long sleeved number from Topshop. I am lacking on the long sleeved front, so this will be a much loved and valued addition to my wardrobe.

MAC Strobe Cream - £24.50 from John Lewis

With the promise of glowy skin I am dying to try this! Also can someone explain why the travel version is cheaper per ml?

Urban Decay Naked Weightless Naked Foundation - £27 from John Lewis

My Chanel Vitaluminaire Aqua has been finished. I loved Chanel's foundation but I wanted to up my coverage without compromising the light feeling on my skin. Reviews on this foundation seem pretty good. Just need to work out which shade I am, then I'll spend my John Leis voucher!

Silver Flash Necklace -  $27 from HRH

I saw this whilst watching one of Samantha Maria's recent videos. I love how simple it it, yet makes you look like you've put so much effort into an outfit.


Thursday, 21 January 2016

The Creamy Glow Duo



I finally got it! After months of uming and ahing, I finally got my first Kevyn Aucoin product.

I've heard numerous raves about the ashy goodness of his famous sculpting powder, but couldn't quite justify the price at the minute. Instead, I ordered the creamy glow duo in sculpting/candlelight from cult beauty for the much more justifiable price of £21. It combines both a 'sculpting' shade and a 'candlelight' shade to also satisfy my current highlighting addiction.

I'm so excited to use this. I'll be sure to let you all know how I get on soon! 




Saturday, 16 January 2016

The Wardrobe Cull


Been there, done that, binned five t-shirt's. Man did I feel good. Nothing like a streamlined wardrobe full of items I love and feel confident in, to help maintain a positive mind set.

When I clean out my wardrobe I do it throughly. I find the process mentally cleansing too, It feels almost as if its a fresh start, the beginning to regaining some organisation and control over my life. It's all positive.

On the other hand I tend to struggle with finding the time and initial motivation to sort it out. So from past experience, I've put together a few points that have helped motivate me to do a proper wardrobe cull. Maybe it will help a few of you?

BE BRUTAL

Hands up, who's done it? Standing in the small patch of clear carpet, staring at the contents of your wardrobe scattered over the floor. The aim is to create a series of piles; sorting out which item is going to your younger sister, which goes to the charity shop, and which goes into the bin. You start all enthusiastic, but you eventually end up stuffing it all back into the wardrobe with seemingly more items of clothing that you begun with initially. 

So you need to ask yourself the following key questions:
Do I really like it?
Do I really wear it?
Do I really need it ?

ORGANISE

Order by clothing type, then clothing colour. It makes items easier to find. 

I cannot recommend having sort out when the seasons change. This doesn't mean throwing away. You need to put away the non seasonal items for a bit until you need them next so that your wardrobe doesn't get crowded.

KEEP ON TOP OF IT

I'm so busy, that fitting in a whole day to sort out my wardrobe isn't proctical or feasible, so I need to keep on top of it.

One of the things I have been doing recently is getting out my outfit for the day before.That way you don't make rush around in the morning making a mess of your wardrobe when trying to find something to wear. It also makes for a much less stressful start to the day and an extra 10mins in bed!

And finally...
Do I really need to fill its spot?
If you're content with your current wardrobe picks, then there's no need to pack your wardrobe full of new purchases. Although saying that there's no harm in the occasional retail splurge so long as your new additions are well thought out purchases not impulse buys! 



Friday, 15 January 2016

Wedding Inspiration #001

A rustic tuscan wedding with: White flowers, leafy green garlands, Wooden features, brushed gold accents

PLACE

Courtyard area, with rectangular wooden tables adorned with leafy sage garlands. Perhaps the use of citrus details or delicate white flowers. Lots of candles. Rosemary sprigs. Recycled cardboard nametags. Brushed gold rimmed glasses and cutlery.

EAT

Mediterranean inspired menu. Lots of bread is required with the accompaniment of olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Antipasti. Sugared Almonds for the children and boozy tiramisu for the OH

WEAR

Dolce and Gabanna inspired Lace. Delicate curls framed with Flowers in Brides and maids hair.


Thursday, 14 January 2016

Lush Favourites



A brief round up of my favourite Lush products. None of my favourites include the famous bath bombs, purely because I rarely use them. However I am partial to the odd butterbear.


Snow Fairy Shower Gel 

My obvious choice as well as the limited edition one... Unfortunately this little beauty is only available during the festive period. Learning from my errors the year before, I made sure to stock up during the boxing day on-line sale. The sweet scent and glitter is what makes this a cheerful addition to my not so cheerful early morning showers.

Celestial Moisturiser 

As the owner of sensitive skin, I can express that this is such a beautifully light, non irritant but hydrating moisturiser . It is perfect for a make-up base, or even for those no make-up days. Instant better skin in a pot.


Silky Underwear Dusting Powder

Never thought this could become such a cult product of mine. I'm not a particularly sweaty person, but after a bath I smooth this over my chest, between my thighs, and under my armpits. This makes my skin super soft , whilst displaying a soft seductive fragrance of jasmine and vetivert.


Eau Roma Water

I'm a big fan of rose water. I spritz this gem over a cotton pad and wipe over face to refresh. It's natural soothing properties make it a repurchaser time and time again.


Enchanted Eye Cream

This encouraged me to use eye creams. It hydrates the eye area whilst and reduces the appearance of under eye bags. I'm also a fan of the packaging.


Mask of Magnaminty

A must for those who struggle hormonal skin problems. I use this no more than once a week to remove all the grime and pollution I get from my weekdays in the city. It makes my skin feel clean without the feeling of being stripped of all it's goodness.


Love and Light Hand Cream

I recently bought a gift set in the lush sale which included this fragrant product. I'm an avid hand cream user, but I really like how the product is stored in a tub rather than the usual tube. Plus, the combination of orange blossom and organic cocoa butter reminds me of terry's chocolate oranges :)



What are your Lush Favourites?




Wednesday, 13 January 2016

Introducing...


I've dabbled in the world of blogging a few times before. This time it's different. Please see my social media links below, I'd love to hear from you :)


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