Sunday, 25 January 2015

Be Happy

Todays post is slightly different from my usual beauty posts. Today I wanted to talk about being happy. Everyone, absolutely everyone in the world has down days. Days where life just seems too much, too fast paced, too stressful or conversely days when life just doesn't seem up to par. In our social media obsessed/sharing everything world it can be so easy to look at what other people are doing and compare yourself. "Oh their life seems so much more interesting" or "Look how happy they are". We all do it and it can leave us feeling, well, pretty rubbish about ourselves. 

Or sometimes things just don't seem to be going our way. What I have grown to learn is that this is all part of life, it's natural to have theses thoughts and feelings we are only human after all. I have also learned that life goes on. Whenever I am ever going through a rough time my dad always says to me "it won't last forever. No matter how bad things seems it will pass" and he is totally right!

I have just finished reading Oprah Winfrey's book call "What I Know For Sure". It is such an amazing and inspirational book filled with short snippets of life lessons and things which Oprah has come to realise and live by during her life. I would strongly recommend it to anyone. In her book she comes across as such a happy and positive person, a grateful person, learning from everything that has happened in her life.

She focuses a lot on taking time, firstly be thankful for everything, but secondly to enjoy the small pleasures in life. Now this will vary from person to person but it something that really can make us happier people. The law of attraction states that whatever you focus on will become more abundant therefore if we focus on being happy, positive and grateful then the more happiness, positivity and things to be grateful for will manifest in our lives. I agree that the mind is very powerful and what we think, we become.

As you will see I love quotes! Pinterest is my best friend when I am having a down day as I just love scrolling through positive quotes to give me a little boost. I think its important to take time to do things that make you happy and take time for yourself. For me, on down days I like to light my favourite candles, have a nice bath, watch a movie in bed, bake or read. It's also amazing how much better taking the time to do my make up nicely makes me feel! It really is tiny little things that can lift your mood. 

Every night before I go to sleep I also like to mentally make a list of everything that I was grateful for in that day whether it be something big like my family and my home or something seemingly insignificant like the smoothie that I really enjoyed or that I got time to practice some yoga. It's all about what makes you fee good and happy!

So the next time you are feeling down or just need a boost of happiness remember that everyone has days, weeks or even months where they feel like this, it's natural. Try to focus on the positives in your life. Be grateful for even the smallest things, there is always something to be grateful for. Don't compare your behind the scenes to other peoples highlight reel and remember that not everyday is good but there is something good in everyday. Oh and smile, it's a privilege to be alive :) 

Wednesday, 21 January 2015

What's In My Bag

I must admit that one of my favourite posts/ YouTube videos to watch are 'What's In My Bag' ones. There is something really interesting about finding out what other girls carry in there handbags. It's been a while since I last did a 'What's In My Bag' post so I thought I would do an updated one today!

My bag itself is a black Kate Spade Cedar Street Patent Margot. I bought it towards the end of last year as a present to myself for getting a promotion at work. I like doing stuff like that as now my bag reminds me that my hard work pays off.

I love the bag, it's the perfect size, has cute polka dot lining and plenty of compartments to keep everything organised. I love that it's textured patent as its easy to care for and can dress up any outfit but the best part is that it come with a shoulder strap which means I can chuck it over my shoulder if I want to keep my arms free (mostly so I can carry more shopping bags...shhh!).
One of my handbag essentials has to be an umbrella. Living in dreary Scotland, an umbrella is your best friend. After buying hundreds of cheap Primark umbrellas which break after one use I decided to invest in a more sturdy one.

My hot pink purse is also Kate Spade and my parents gave me this for Christmas. I adore it! From the colour to the polka dot lining, to the number of cards it's perfect for me.
I always carry my little black pouch which contains every essential a girl would ever need from wet wipes, hankies, plasters, pain killers, travel sickness pills, hair ties & kirby grips, nail file, on-the-go phone charger; you name it, I have it in my little black pouch. My friends always laugh at me for being so organised but inevitably it has saved the day a time!

I also carry my pass for work and my train season ticket. I even found a cute black crackle train pass holder from Accessorizes which matches my bag perfectly. My headphones are also a staple in my bag for listening to music on the train to work.

With the new bag charge laws now enforce I keep a little fold away bag on me as well and of course knowing me it had to fold in to a pretty pink love heart.

Being the beauty addict that I am I always seem to accumulate lots of lip products in my bag, only realising I have far too many in there when my bag weighs a tonne! A lip balm is a must-have for me;  Rose Salve is the one currently in my bag.

I carry the Zara Femme Roller Ball perfume with me. This smells amazing and is only £3.99. It's perfect for keeping in my bag for touch ups throughout the day. A miniature dry shampoo like the Co-Lab ones are always handy as well.

I also carry around my 'on-the-go' make up bag. This is a make up bag that never leaves my handbag and contains the essential products that I would need to do a full face of make up. I have concealer, powder foundation, mascara, eyeliner, brow pencil, eyeshadows, blush, bronzer, lipstick, highlighter and brushes and another perfume. 

I am surprised I can fit all that in my small make up bag but I do try to choose smaller sized products. My Laura Mercier kit was just made for bags. This tiny compact has four eyeshadows, a lipgloss and underneath it also has a blusher and bronzer. Genius!!

That is everything I carry around in my bag. It all fits in perfectly and I still have lots of room. I will often squeeze my lunch in there as well.

I would love to know what is in your bags?!

Sunday, 18 January 2015

Neutral Make Up

Today is a snowy day here in Scotland. It's freezing, so definitely a day for big cosy jumpers. I decided to do a nice soft neutral make up look today to go with that vibe.

I'm in love with the lipstick that I'm wearing which is Topshop Lipstick in Naturist. I really like Topshop lipsticks but Naturist has to be one of my favourites. A cool toned neutral, Naturist has the most perfect creamy texture which glides on the lips and gives a beautiful glow/sheen. I much prefer wearing a colour like this when I want a nude lip rather than really pale nudes which wash me out.
I kept the rest of the face fairly simple with some warm pinky brown colours on the lids from the Sleek Oh So Special Palette, my usual winged liner and a swirl of Dior Nude Tan Bronzing Powder. Oh and of course my new highlighter obsession, The Balm's Mary Lou Manizer. This is the prettiest highlighter! A light dusting of this on the tops of the cheeks, the inner corner of the eyes and along the cupids bow gives that really pretty soft focus glow that every girl wants. 
The products I used for this look were-

I hope you are all having a lovely weekend!

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Quick Skincare Routine

January is always a hectic month for me. It is the busiest month of the year at work and everything else sort of gets put on hold until the month is over. Either that or I'm too exhausted to do anything! 

Over the festive period my skin got really bad so I have been trying to improve it over the last few weeks, but with limited time and energy I have resorted to a really quick night time skincare routine.

I know make up wipes aren't the best for your skin but it's better than sleeping in your makeup! Right? For quickness I have started using my all time favourite make up remover wipes again, the No7 Beautiful Skin Quick Thinking Wipes. I store my wipes upside down to make them nice and moist. They are gentle, don't irritate or breakout my skin and remove all of my makeup.

Next I have been applying one pump of the Indeed Labs Hydraluron Moisture Jelly to my face. I'm literally in love with this stuff! This lightweight gel is nice and refreshing on the skin but also highly hydrating. The hydraluronic acid also ensures that any product which is applied on top of it is really absorbed in to the skin.

I then use a small pump of the REN ClearCalm 3 Replenishing Gel Cream. This cream helps soothe and moisturise the skin, combat blemishes and helps to calm redness. This is just what my skin needs after bad breakouts.

I finally apply a healthy layer of Boiron Homeoplasmine to my lips. This conditions my lips like nothing else! I truly think this works best as a lip balm and really works to keep them soft and pillowy.

This little routine takes less than 5 minutes and I have noticed a huge difference in my skin. My breakouts have cleared up, my skin looks healthier and also hydrated. Often blemished skin can be dehydrated so these two face products really work nicely together to combat this.

Who knows even when the madness of January is over I may just stick with this good thing I have going :)

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