Sunday, 27 October 2013

Insomnia Tips

Insomnia tips
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I decided to go down a different root today for a post.
I got some good responses to my tips/trick posts so I decided to keep them going every so often. On the agenda of today I decided to talk about something we all get at least once in our life: insomnia, I thought this was a good post to write about as a few nights ago I had terrible sleep due to being back to Uni...

I have had insomnia before a few times, been to the doctors for it and tried other remedies which I thought may help any of you's out their who struggle to sleep with exams, presentations, deadlines just general stress! I thought now would be a good time to write this post as everyone is back to college/university :)

I am no way a expert in this but I do have some tips for you's that may help you out. A lot of you have probably already heard some or all but I am going to go ahead anyway's as it is nice to refresh your brain!
I never know how to get into these posts but anyway's insomnia: everyone will experience it once in their lives. It isn't anything serious or an illness it is just a problematic, stressful experience to have that has a lot to do with your brain that makes it difficult for you to get to sleep. If you are like me and stress out a lot with work, exams, deadlines etc it can be hard to get rid of those thoughts and go to sleep with ease. 

The signs of insomnia are:
difficulty fallen asleep 
waking up during the night 
waking up early in the morning 
feeling irritable and tired and finding it difficult to function during the day

My Story..
I suffered with insomnia badly when I had my GCSES and sometimes at A level. I started getting insomnia really bad when I was up working on Art deadlines at 11-12 at night. This wasn't the best of nights but we've all had those working up all nights on deadlines or studying! 
When going through my GCSES I had a lot of exams in the same week some were even the day after I just sat one. So my stress levels were really high and I struggled a lot with sleeping - down to nerves, anxiety that sort of stuff! 

...I used to stress myself out so much when I was in bed the night before an exam. I'd sit in bed thinking of how my exam will go, this lead me into staying awake, which lead me into imagining getting no sleep and fallen asleep in an exam - failing. So this panicked me and I would end up crying and tell my mam (such a drama queen).

But sometimes it helped just to know someone else was awake (even though I woke her up every time) but once I went and told my mam she would always say something like 'get a drink' or 'read a book' which weren't the best ideas but were comforting for me to actually get some sleep. Unsure how but sometimes you need reassurance at the weirdest of times.

Anyway's my insomnia got bad at times I was snappy (typical teenager) with lack of sleep so I travelled to my doctors to see what they would recommend.
Obviously with it being insomnia the isn't a lot a doctor can advise other than leaflets and talks. I read through the leaflet they gave me honestly didn't help at all.

These are the things I did find helpful though for me: 
Getting into a routine of bedtime around 10-11pm
Listen to music with an eyemask on
spray lavender scents on your pillow
stop doing work at 9 the latest
take your mind off work by watching tv, talking to a friend etc

Other helpful tips to help me sleep that doctor didn't advise:

Green Tea helped me get a better sleep and helped me wake up better
Going to bed when I was tired - nothing worse than going to bed and not being tired
Stop working an hour or more before bed it gives your brain time to relax
Just generally not thinking about exams or anything worrying coming up

Surprisingly I grew out of insomnia once my exams were over with, once it hit A level and I got it again I just realised to be calm about it all and relax. Don't think about your exams, be relaxed and just think of something exciting like your holiday abroad or Christmas etc when trying to get to sleep.
I obviously still at times get sleepless nights off stress etc but the only thing I can recommend is NOT TO THINK ABOUT WHATEVER IS STRESSING YOU OUT. I know it is hard to get rid of that thought but if you do that you'd be surprised as to how simple getting to sleep can be.

I do hope this helped anyone who suffers with sleepless nights with stress, anxiety do let me know if this helped anyone!


Saturday, 26 October 2013

Origins Charcoal mask Review

Origin's is such a popular brand on blogs and youtube so I was curious to see the fuss. This was one of the products that got raved about on blogs for oily skin and since I suffer with oily skin I was curious about this product. 

Having already tried Origins super spot remover awhile back and was disappointed with the results I was sceptical about trying another product for improving skin types. However, I thought since its a mask it maybe more beneficial than a simple dab over a spot. So I purchased this and do not regret it one bit!

This mask has helped improve my skin so much! if a mask can do this much for my face I wonder what the other masks do! 
I was so confused with how to apply this as it says to use a damp warm towel which I thought was too complicated as I prefer using my hands.
I tried both my hands and a towel - both ways are great but personally, I prefer using my hands to apply it.

The product when you apply a bit to your hand looks scary as it is this black/dark blue colour. The consistency is thick which allowed it to be easier to apply, you are supposed to remove it once it has dried in your skin. So I like to leave it for 5-7 minutes or so. Once removed off my skin I noticed a few differences straight away: my skin felt like it had just gained 100 splashes of moisture it felt so soft and hydrated, my discoloration from spots in the past had shrunk so much and the spots I did have dried up instantly. Just to get results like that after one use is amazing so I knew it would get better after a few more tries.

I use this once or twice a week but when I do use it my skin improves more and more each time. I now notice my skin isn't as red as it used to be because when I apply make-up I am not having to use as much foundation or concealer to cover up. I also noticed my overall skin type had improved since I suffer with oily skin I do feel like this has helped stop my skin being as oily because, when I wear my make-up for a few hours my make-up isn't starting to shine as much as it used to be.

dries up those little spots
hydrates your skin by 100%
decreases redness and discoloration
smells really organic and fresh
results are fairly quick

expensive to buy

Overall I love this product and will definitely be repurchasing this in the future. I do see why everyone raves about Origin's so much, not all products are for everyone but I do think if you are like me and suffer with oily skin to give this a shot!

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Thursday, 24 October 2013

Topshop Lipsticks Review

 I thought today I would do a blog post on something I have loved for ages but never see raved about enough on blogs these are Topshop lipsticks! A few year ago Topshop had created a make-up line in their store/online, the make-up range was products such as: nail vanishes, lipsticks, glosses, brushes, blushers, eyeliners and so on. Lipsticks were the things that appealed most to me with their dainty names and dazzling colour range I just had to try their lipsticks. Over time this escalated to having 5 of their range of lipsticks. I want more & more of them but at the moment I hold 5. 
1. Innocent
Innocent is a pastel type of purple so almost like a lilac but, when applied on the lips looks more like a pastel pink/purple rather than just purple. My friend was wearing this lipstick when we were out and I had to ask where it was from as it was a lovely colour - like a natural colour, not too in your face and not too plain. It just gives the right amount of colour, I don't think this is to everyone's taste in shade but it is something to look into. It is build-able but to be honest building on a pastel purple isn't always a nice colour it looks nice with just a little bit applied.

2. Macaroon
Macaroon was one of those colours you either love or hate I am a big sucker for pink lips so when I saw this I thought 'oh its going to be too pink' but I swatched it on my hand in the Topshop store and it looked lovely, not too in  your face at all!
The name reminds me of macaroon's as in the little deserts you can eat, so the name sounded tasty. The colour when you open the lipstick looks orangey/pink and when you apply it to your lips comes out exactly like a pinky orange, it is a lovely summery colour. I would wear this more in Summer than winter but it is a lovely colour - again buildable too.

3. Ohh Lala
Ohh lala (I think it is spelt) is a straight up orange lipstick, not that I am a fan of wearing orange lips I purchased this years ago it was my first ever one I got so, at the time I obviously didn't pay much attention to what I was purchasing I just wanted to grab one. It is a nice colour and I have wore it once or twice but I don't think it suits my complexion very well. Nonetheless if you are after a orange lipstick that is not too in your face but has a decent amount of cover on your lips then I recommend this.

4. Brighton Rock
This has such a dainty name as do all their names, but this one for me is my all time favourite Topshop lipstick. I love everything about this lipstick it is a vibrant pink not luminous pink but I kind of pink you'd want to wear that makes your lips noticeable. I wear this colour a lot on nice occasions, it tends to be my lipstick to wear on a night out as it suits my skin really well.  I do recommend this lipstick if you are like me and love pink lips! the coverage is brilliant - it is tough to remove though!

5. Pillow Talk
Not last but least Pillow Talk, I got this lipstick for my mam when I was in London's Topshop but I like to steal if from time to time. Anyway's this is a gorgeous, light pink shade, on your lips it does have to be buildable as it is really fair colour. But once you have put enough cover on you will see how pretty the colour is. I like to wear this for a day to day wear, so when I go shopping or even just to uni I like something not too noticeable but you know the is something on your lips (if that makes any sense!) I do recommend this lipstick to people who suit light pink lips as I don't think this will be to everyone's taste as it doesn't suit everyone's skin tone unfortunately!

I do recommend you check out Topshop's range of lipsticks I think they are between £10 - £15 but if you are a student you can get discount!
I love everything about these lipsticks, the packaging they come in is really cute as is the container they are in.

Let me know in the comments what you think!

Sunday, 20 October 2013

Origins GinZing Eyecream Review

Having saw tonnes and tonnes of reviews on Origins Ginzing eye-cream and had created a Origin's wishlist I thought it was about time I put my student loan to good use.
I finally purchased this cream in Boot's a few weeks back when on a little browse, picking up the last tub their.

I put off purchasing this product for months because of the price £23 and because I didn't want to pay that much for an eye-cream  I am 19 and I didn't feel like I needed a eye-cream just yet but nonetheless it was a impulse buy because of all the hype and I don't regret getting it.

Once I was ready for bed I dabbed a tiny amount of this under my eyes and went to sleep. I did the same thing for the morning - washed my face, then applied a bit before I applied my moisturiser. I use this product morning and evening and after one full day I noticed a difference.

I noticed my dark circle weren't as noticeable which was great as nobody likes them! I also noticed under my eyes looked exactly what the box says 'refreshed and brightens' this is a brilliant boost for those mornings or evenings you feel like you look like basically crap. It de-puffs your eyes a lot, so if you are one of those people who suffer with puffy eyes - I recommend you give this a shot, even if you try and ask for a sample it is worth it.

Its odd because I associate eye-creams with the more 20+ and over age but this definitely worked for me, especially on those nights I am working late or mornings where I have had lack of sleep. This reboots my eyes a lot and allows me to look like I have had a decent sleep.

Overall I highly recommend this eye-cream to everyone! definitely worth the hype and this little tub lasts absolutely ages! 
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Thursday, 17 October 2013

Spot The Difference: Eos vs Balmi

 I thought I would do something different today on two lip products: Eos balm and the Balmi lipbalm, since they are very similar. I will just be given a overview on what I think is good and bad about these two products.

First of all for those who don't already know eos balms are known to be purchased in America or online and the Balmi lipbalms can be purchased in Boot's in the UK. I had heard of the eos balms for years but never got around to ordering one, until recently.

 I came across the Balmi lipbalms last year sometime in Boot's and thought 'oh these look like Eos balms' so I thought I would give it a go. Mine is in the flavour coconut if anyone wants to know. Anyway's firstly it smells delicious, it is very moisturising, definitely hydrates your lips, it is long lasting and easy to apply. All of which are amazing! 

I came across the Eos balms on Amazon last month and thought 'why not' so I ordered the strawberry one, it did take awhile to arrive but when it did I instantly gave it a try. To be completely honest with you..I don't know if it as worthy as what the Balmi lipbalms are. I felt like nothing was rolling on my lips and it was very minimal hydration. I will obviously give it more time to review but first thoughts aren't as great as Balmi's were.

Spot the difference...

Very hydrating
lasts a long time on lips
smells delicious
fairly reasonable price
easy to apply

Eos Balm
Not very hydrating
not long lasting
smells delicious
fairly reasonable price
easy to apply

Hope you enjoyed this post as its something different! leave any comments below!

Thursday, 10 October 2013

Real Technique Complexion Sponge Review

 Today I thought I would do a mini review on a product I have been loving lately in my make-up routine! The Real Technique's Miracle Complexion Sponge is very popular in the blogging world so I wanted to see what all the fuss was about myself...
Already being a lover for The Real Technique brushes I knew I wouldn't be disappointed in the sponge.

When I first purchased this I never knew which bit was for what so I went onto The Real Techniques website and Samantha Chapman has a video demonstrating how to use each part of the sponge.
I was amazed as to how many products you could use with just one sponge! it is such a flexible product for make-up
My thoughts on applying foundation...
When I first tried this I used it for foundation, I applied a bit of foundation on the back of my hand then dabbed the flat surface area of the sponge onto the foundation then to my face. It blended my foundation in nicely and a lot quicker than what foundation, stippling or expert face brushes do.
I loved the way it made my foundation look - lighter, higher end and flawless.
I do think brushes cover over redness and blemishes better than what the sponge does from what I have experienced but the concealer pointed corner helps with that...
Using the sponge for foundation is such a good easy make-up applicator, you have more control with the sponge than you do with brushes. It is a quicker routine for those 'in a rush' days or suitable for people who don't want thick coverage.

Pros for applying foundation:
Quicker routine for applying
lighter coverage
looks flawless and healthy
Easy to use

Cons for applying foundation:
Doesn't cover up blemishes as well as brushes

My thoughts on blending in concealer...
I was really surprised as to how good a sponge can blend and cover up blemishes, redness, under eye dark circles etc!
For this I focused on using the pointed tip and the rounded sides for concealer. I firstly applied a few dabs of concealer with the concealer stick applicator that comes with my concealer onto under my eyes. With the sponge I take the pointed tip and literally dab it in with the point and with any remains I take the rounded sides and role the rest in to blend in better.
This sponge is such a good cover up for concealers I highly recommend this to anyone! I usually just use a concealer brush or my finger to blend in concealer but none of them match to what this sponge does! it definitely is a miracle complexion sponge,

Pros of applying concealer...
Blends in really well
coverage is high
a simple applicator to use

No cons!

I haven't yet tried this sponge for applying blush or powder, but I do already use a sponge to apply powder (I recommend you try that if you don't already it is better coverage!)
but I will eventually will try as I have been impressed already with how well it blends in concealer and foundation.

I highly recommend this sponge to everyone! especially people who don't like spending ages blending in foundations or getting mess on their hands.


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