Thursday, 23 March 2017

How To Have A Spring Clean

How To Have A Spring Clean
You know that saying "tidy house, tidy mind", this quote is so true and is perfect for this time of year. I don't know about anybody else but, I don't feel as though I've totally got out of that winter slump unless I've had a spring clean. Over the past month I have thoroughly declutter-ed, reorganized and spring cleaned my entire bedroom, as well as my mum's. I found this so therapeutic and it really got me ready for the change in seasons. I've put together a little checklist on things you should consider to do in order to have a tidier mind.

1. Sell clothes you've not worn in over 6 months on Depop
2. Chuck out odd, holey socks
3. Fold away winter clothes and get your spring gear out
4. Throw odd earrings, broken pieces of jewellery
5. Pop some tulips or daffodils out
6. Fresh, clean bedding (ditch the mermaid blankets!)
7. Toss old receipts, bills, etc
8. Give unwanted DVDS, CDs or books to charity
9. Throw away expired beauty products (trust me this was hard for me!)
10. Toss pens low on ink
11. Reorganize your bookshelf, minimalism is key!
12. Take down any negative vibes (old photos, work)
13. Magazines you don't use can be used as deco
14. Wrapping paper scraps
15. Delete junk mail, screenshots, work - anything that doesn't need stored
16. Simplify your desk space
17. Pop motivational quotes, happy memories on your wall
18. Reorganize your skincare cabinet
19. Remove unused apps
20. Have a new look (hair dye, new makeup, new outfit) 

I have been trying to have a minimalist lifestyle lately and removing any toxic or unnecessary things in my life in order to move forward. Doing some of the above things has really made an impact and I definitely feel ready for spring!

What do you do to have a Spring Clean??

Thursday, 2 March 2017

Look Incredible Beauty Box

Look Incredible Beauty Box
Whoever the culprit was who created the idea of receiving a monthly subscription box filled with surprises deserves a round of applause. Whenever I receive one of these fabulous subscription boxes it is like Santa Claus has arrived early, or late in this case. 

Look Incredible are a online retailer that stock a huge range of well-known beauty brands, including Too Faced, Urban Decay and even Anastasia Beverly Hills. They also offer a monthly beauty subscription box - now I know you are all probably rolling your eyes thinking another beauty box? What makes this one different to the rest? Well, let me tell you. Look Fantastic believe in value for money which means every month you receive 5 iconic full-sized beauty products to last you through the whole month. And if that wasn't exciting enough they are selling a standard edition box for £18.99 a month

Bareminerals 5-in-1 BB Advanced Eyeshadows & Primer - £18
Believe it or not I have never actually tried anything from Bareminerals before, so I was excited to try this out. This advanced BB cream for eyeshadow contains SPF 15 and can be used as an eyelid primer, brightener and a eyeshadow. It can also work as a concealer to disguise any blemishes on the eyelid. I personally love the sound of this and since I just ran out of my Too Faced Eye Primer I am definitely going to use this to prime my eyeshadows.

Rosie For Autograph Dream Big Lashes - £15
I have actually got a couple of bits from Rosie's range so I will do an in depth review on my thoughts sometime soon. The packaging on this mascara is stunning, however, I am not entirely convinced on the 'big lashes' as the wand doesn't look effective. I am willing to try it out though!

Bee Good Honey & Cameilina Facial Exfoliator - £10.50
I try to exfoliate my face at least once a week to remove all those gross dead skin cells, so this will definitely make an appearance in my skincare routine. This exfoliator can be used on all skin types and contains propolis to help balance problematic skin. It also contains wheatgerm oil to soothe and moisturizes dry skin. This product offers so much and I can't wait to see what it does to my skin, I may use this on a day my skin is lacking moisture.

Bareminerals Daily Recovery Concentrate - £19.99
Visibly improves skin elasticity with this deeply hydrating treatment. Powered by proprietary Activesoil complex plus White Lily Extract, this effective formula helps replenish and retain moisture, leaving the skin instantly supple while increasing its resilience over time. Not entirely sure what that means exactly, but I do love face mists, they are so easy to use and effective.

Too Faced Flatbuki Brush - £12
Too Faced is my favourite makeup brand so I was so excited to see a brush from their collection in this box. Too Faced cruelty-free Teddy Bear Hair is an exclusive, super soft and luxurious fibre that grabs and blends pigments. I can't wait to put this brush to the test I think it will be amazing for blusher and bronzers.

Overall, I think this beauty box is well worth the price and I think it definitely stands out from the rest of the beauty subscription boxes I have trialed over the years. I personally love that you receive 5 full-sized products every month from such iconic brands. Definitely check it out!

*PR Sample/gift.

Have you tried Look Incredible's Beauty Box??

Monday, 27 February 2017

Top 10 Motivational Quotes

10 Motivational Quotes For Bloggers
We all get those moments where we lack motivation even in the hobbies we thoroughly enjoy. Pinterest is one of the places I like to turn to when I am in need of some inspiring quotes. Over the past couple of month's I've definitely lacked motivation in blogging, whether that's coming up with spanking-new ideas or just an oomph to sit and type. Looking at some quotes has really helped me keep up my blogging amusement and reminded me why I started in the first place.

I wanted to share with you My Top 10 Motivational Quotes that are perfect for giving you that little push to blog or some of these could be used in other everyday interests/work.

1. "Working Hard Is Important But, What Matters More Is Believing In Yourself"
Of course this wouldn't be right without some sort of Harry Potter reference, but I live by this quote so much it's even on my bedroom wall. I find it gives me the kick up the backside when I am feeling not so confident.

2. "Remember Why You Started"
When you have been religiously doing something for awhile you can often forget the meaning behind it. It's nice to take a step back and remind yourself why you started in the first place and what you want to get out of it.

3. "You Can't Get Much Done in Life if You Only Work On Days You Feel Good"
I feel like this is a quote that really knocks some sense into me for motivation. I am forever telling myself I can't do this today because I don't feel 100%, this quote just gives me the boost to tell myself to not give a shit and just do it. You have to power through all good and bad days to see success!

4. "Offline is the New Luxury"
If you are lacking inspiration sometimes it's good to get some fresh air or to come away from your keyboard for a couple of days, then come back with a fresh aspect.

5. "Supporting Anothers Success Won't Dampen Yours"
I think the blogging community is really good for supporting one another. It's always worth while checking into a blog chat every now and then on Twitter or just leaving some love on someone's blog post!

6. "Don't Let Yesterday Take up Much of Today"
Alright big deal you had an unmotivated day yesterday so change it today. Stop dwelling on what happened yesterday and focus on the now.

7. "It Doesn't Matter What Everyone is Doing, It Matters What You are Doing"
Focus on yourself, your own blog and nothing else!

8. "Tea & Fuzzy Socks"
Not much of a quote but I do find sitting in comfortable clothing with a cup of tea can instantly change your mood.

9. "Don't Give Up Just Because Things Are Hard"
Think of it as a challenge that you want to complete and think of the outcome!

10. Only Thing That is Making You Unhappy is Your Own Thoughts, Change Them"
Simple enough!

I hope these brought some motivation to any of you who lack motivation or self-doubt.

What is your no.1 motivational quote??

Tuesday, 31 January 2017

5 Small Ways To Be Healthier In 2017

5 Small Ways To Be Healthier In 2017
source – Makeup Savvy
Remember me? Happy New Year lovelies! It feels very strange to be saying that, let alone at my desk writing a blog post. My apologies for being afk with my blog, I've kind of fallen out of love with blogging and had a lot of personal issues to attend, so I needed to take a little time out from everything. Maybe I will write a blog post about it sometime, I am back though and eager as ever to start writing some blog posts!

If like me, you've overindulged in way too much food over the Christmas (yes, I am talking about you sweet mince pies!), it's sometimes difficult to ditch the chocolate and go straight into a hardcore 28 day fitness challenge or some sort of juice diet. In fact, it's quite overwhelming and most of the time people give up after a week or 2, which is why I like to make small adjustments to my everyday life. I feel a lot healthier in myself by doing these simple steps and have noticed I am a lot more motivated to keep in shape. 

1. Get Plenty Of Sleep - Our bodies need a solid 8 hours sleep to recover and function therefore it's beneficial to get into a routine of zoning out around the same time every night. I did struggle with this, especially since I got into a routine of watching movies or playing on my Xbox till midnight over the Christmas. I find writing down a daily plan of what needs done and giving myself a time frame on that activity really helpful. I actually find I get more done in a day when I do this and still have time for my 8 hours sleep. 

2. Drink Lots Of Water - I try to aim for around 2/3 litres of water per day and I have been doing this for the past 4/5 years now. Keeping yourself hydrated is SO important, it not only helps flush bad toxins out, but it also helps you feel more energized. I know water can seem quite bland, but it helps to pop it into a cute water bottle or add some fruit/Chia seeds to it.

3. Take Vitamins - I eat quite a lot of vitamins in everyday food anyways, but for those of you who don't like certain food groups taking vitamins is definitely something I'd recommend as they don't require any real effort. I got poorly twice in the space of a month near the end of last year, so I decided to up my vitamin intake to keep my immune system in better condition. Definitely look into these I get mine from Holland & Barrett's or MyProtein.

4. Switch Your Snacks - It's really beneficial if you're a snacker like myself to carry around healthy treats. Ditch the chocolate bar for a handful of raisins, the crisps for salted popcorn or biscuits for some fruit. I've been snacking a lot on rice cakes or carrot sticks with hummus.

5. Keep Busy - We all enjoy lazy Netflix day's right? They're totally acceptable after a long day at work. However, if it becomes too much of a habit that your dishes pile is 3 days old it may be worth getting out of your rut. I always try to keep myself busy and productive whether that's changing my bedding, walking to the shops etc. It's good to keep yourself busy as you find you'll have much more energy do keep active.

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What small things do you do to stay health??

Thursday, 15 December 2016

Festive Lips

Festive Lips
I mentioned in my Getting In The Festive Spirit post that changing your lipstick shades to red and purple can help get you in the mood for Christmas. Following on from that post I've decided to share with you's what lip products I have been reaching out for this season.

Chanel Lipstick 'Arthur' | A Chanel lipstick is the crème de la crème of all lipsticks and owning one of their classics is amazing. This creamy lipstick is definitely worth the splurge as the pigmentation is incredibly long lasting. Not too dark of a red, but not too light either and the consistency feels very moisturizing. This is perfect for both day and night.

Revlon Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain 'Crush Begian' | I absolutely love Revlon's Balm Stains, the pigmentation is so long lasting and I find these a lot easier to apply than a lipstick. I always carry this in my bag for on the go in case I want something dark on my lips but don't want to be spending ages perfecting them. They are quite moisturizing as well which is a bonus for this time of the year.

Sleek Matte Me Lip Cream 'Rioja Red' | If I want something a bit more dramatic and bold I tend to reach for the Sleek Matte Lip Creams. I like the application of these lip creams, you have a lot more control on applying them. These are so long lasting to the point I have to scrub my lips to remove the product.

Mac Lipstick 'Rebel' | Not the biggest Mac lipstick fan, but one of the few I like is Rebel which is this deep, purple shade. This lipstick really defines my lips and gives them an amazing shape, which lasts all day long. What I like most about this lipstick is how moisturizing it feels.

Nars Lip Pencil 'Cruella' | Saved the best till last, Nars lip pencils are literally amazing and well worth the price. Pencils definitely give you more control and help give your lips an amazing shape. These lip pencils do not budge from my lips, I always reach for this shade around this time of the year.

What is your favourite winter lip??
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