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A twenty seventeen reflection

Monday, 4 December 2017


So, it seems a little strange for me to write that 2017 is near enough over. Done and Dusted. Just thinking about that scares me. Where the heck has 2017 gone?

Whilst having sometime to myself one Friday afternoon, I was flicking through some pictures of the past year and seeing that 2017 has actually been a wonderful year that’s treated me very well. Of course, I’ve had my ups and downs just like every human does but those bad days build better days.

I often think that we focus more on the next step in our lives that we sometimes forget to take a break and reflect. So, without further ado. Here are the highlights of my pretty wonderful year. 

GETTING ENGAGED
Hands down my favourite day ever. I have always been a real softy when it comes down to romance and all the lovey dovey stuff. I have dreamt of getting engaged for as long as I can remember, so it’s a little bit obvious that I was over the freaking moon when my boyfriend of nearly 6 years asked me whilst taking a stroll in Regents Park. God, just looking at my beautiful ring and knowing one day I’m going to marry my best friend makes me super excited for the future.

TURNING 21
Okay I admit, I was more excited when I turned 18 because ya’ know… I could buy all the alcohol in the world and go clubbing every weekend. BUT turning 21 was also a really great day and I kind of felt like an adult.

LOL.

But seriously, I spent the day in London with the best company, eating a ton of junk food and then had the most amazing family weekend you could ever ask for. What more could I want?

GETTING MYSELF A NEW JOB
It becomes very disheartening when you stay in a job that you hate for two long years. I was at a point in my life where I thought I was never going to get another job, especially one that I loved so much but boy, was I wrong. September was the beginning of a new challenge and although I’ve had a tough time to start off with, I have been loving every bit of it since and I’m learning so many new things through this amazing journey of mine.

THE PORTUGAL HOLIDAY
I was able to spend just over a week in such a beautiful country with my fiancĂ© and his family. It was 8 days of pure relaxation and bliss. I loved waking up to 30+ degrees weather every morning, spending time at the beach or playing volleyball in the pool, whilst spending our evenings at the bar drinking the best strawberry daiquiris I’ve ever tasted and trying a bunch of new food.

Oh what I would give to be back there right this moment.  

These four things have been the main highlights of my year however I have so many little things that have also made my 2017 just that little bit more special: 


·         Seeing Wicked at the Apollo Theatre for the first time
·         Cutting my hair short and NOT regretting it
·         Spending a weekend away in Selsey with my best friend
·         Feeding the monkeys at London Zoo
·         Going for a surprise breakfast at The Shard
·         Spending a day in Brighton doing a pub crawl for my best friends 21st
·         Having a mini photoshoot in the lavender fields
·         Visiting Buckingham Palace for the first time
·         Attending the Total Wipeout Zone blow up course
·         Getting Ed Sheeran tickets!!

Despite having some difficult times, it’s worth remembering that there’s always light at the end of the tunnel and there are many positives to this beautiful life.

Glossier. Worth the hype?

Sunday, 19 November 2017


If you haven’t already heard of Glossier then where have you been? I understand that I’m a little bit late on the trend here however everybody and their mother has been raving about this brand which has recently launched in the UK.

I placed a Glossier order myself and officially fell into the Glossier hype. The brand sells a range of skincare and beauty products. I did a ton of research on which products I thought I would benefit from because let’s be real here, they are a bit pricey (in my own personal opinion).

In all honesty, none of the makeup items really stood out to me as much as some of the skincare products did however what stood out to me the most with this brand as a whole was the simplistic yet beautiful packaging. Also the fact that I knew my purchase would come with a packet of cute stickers in which I can customize onto my products brought me a lot of joy, and of course it was the first thing I did when I opened the package.

Let’s start off with the Milky Jelly Cleanser which has become one of my favourite cleansers to use on a daily basis. It does state that you can use this for removal of makeup, I personally wouldn’t recommend it for that – I tried but I didn’t succeed and I found it very difficult when it came to removing my waterproof mascara. Instead, I like to use this as a basic morning and evening cleanser. It has an unscented gel formula which feels silky smooth when you massage this into the skin. This product is made with a blend of five skin conditioners so that the skin is left feeling soft and hydrated. I’ve said it many times but I am someone that suffers with sensitive skin and this product works perfectly for my type as it’s gentle and unscented. 


Moving onto the Priming Moisturizerthis product confused me at first because I wasn’t sure whether it was a just a hydrating makeup primer or a regular face moisturizer. Turns out, it’s both! I use this straight after I’ve cleansed my face as a moisturizer before bed however I’ve also recently used this as a base product before I go in with foundation. I’m not entirely sure if it does anything with the longevity of my makeup as throughout the day my makeup stayed the same way in what it normally does however it did help with the application of my makeup and made my skin look healthier. One thing I have noticed is that it evens out my skin texture and it gets rid of my redness in the mornings. It’s a very light-weight lotion consistency which is buildable and seems to sink into my skin within minutes.

I kind of bought the Soothing Face Mist because I ran out of my Mario Badescu and needed a quick replacement. If I’m being completely honest, I never know how to review face mists because they all seem to work and feel the same. It does the job of refreshing my skin when I feel like it needs a bit of a ‘pick me up’ and it does a good job in hydrating my skin but then again, so does all the other face mists that I’ve tried. One thing I will say though is that I love the spray on this, it’s not too powerful yet not pathetic either and I feel like you don’t have to use as much as what I would use on a daily basis. I would recommend using this after you’ve finished your makeup to give a dewy effect to the skin and to also get rid of any powdery-ness. If that’s even a word.

 


Have you tried anything from Glossier yet? What are your favourites? 

Am I Falling Out of Love With Blogging?

Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Here I am. Sitting in bed on a Wednesday evening thinking about the fact that I only wrote 1 blog post throughout the whole of October and realising that I’m possibly the worst blogger ever.

When I started blogging, I was a teenager who had a lot of free time on my hands therefore blogging was my only hobby and priority at the time and it’s been something that I am very passionate about. Not only has my blog been a place for me to express my feelings and share new things, it’s also introduced me to a whole new community and has allowed me to meet a bunch of lovely people.

In a way, my blog is usually my little happy place. Unfortunately now, it feels like a chore.  

I’m not that teenager who has so much free time anymore. My life has changed a lot within the past 4 years and I’m now at the stage where I have a full time career to think about as well as trying to maintain a good social life in between. I would love to sit down for hours on end planning and writing out posts but in all honesty, blogging isn’t my main priority at the moment. It’s sad because blogging has always played a huge part in my life but it’s very hard to continue on when I just don’t have the motivation to write anything. This has led to writing blog posts that I haven’t been fully happy with as well as a lot of jealousy when it comes down to seeing how well other bloggers are doing (of course, I’m extremely happy for them but it’s frustrating knowing that I’m not going anywhere with it right now)

I knew it was time for a break when I wrote my last post. It didn’t feel right, it didn’t make me happy whilst writing and if anything, I didn’t feel inspired at all. This obviously led to me publishing the post when I didn’t even feel happy with my content. Blogging shouldn’t be like that. The amount of times I’d try to stick to a post schedule and then completely fail is beyond me. I simply don’t have the time anymore which makes me sad. Saying that, I do not want to quit. Not even in the slightest. How can I give up something that has meant the world to me for the past 4 years? I cannot do it. This may mean that I might post less than what I used to do, but sometimes that’s okay. Maybe blogging less will help me come up with some ideas and bring that motivation back which is well and truly needed.

You can also tell I’m not 100% with it at the moment because I hardly post on Twitter anymore. If you know me, then you’d know Twitter is my favourite social media platform ever. Yet again this is sadly down to not having the time to scroll through and interact with others. I’ve seen an awful decrease in my stats and followers which is frustrating me even more. I know that blogging is not all about the stats however it always makes you feel a bit down when you know your blog isn’t getting the number of readers like it used to. In a way it kind of makes me feel like I’ve already failed as a blogger.

I’m not entirely sure what the point of this post was. I’m hoping there’s a few others out there who possibly feel the same way so that I know I’m not on my own in this situation. I normally mention when my next post is likely to be up but I’m not going to mention it this time as I seem to not stick to it at the moment. Therefore, until next time. 
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