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Taking some time…

10 Apr

Hello lovelies! 

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. Birthdays, MOTS, back to work, time to study…I haven’t really felt like I’ve been able to keep up. This week, I’ve made sure that I’ve taken time for myself, to take some pictures, to sort my washing out, to go food shopping, to check my budget. I’ve been feeling a bit crap, been lacking motivation for my diet and have been feeling generally a bit bleugh. However, I have found that taking a break has helped. Three days ago, I didn’t even think I could get the revision plan done. Now I feel a bit more confident that I’ll be okay. Thought I’d share my top 5 things to do when you’re feeling down or even just a bit lacklustre.

1. Catch up. 
             Whether this means with friends or family, with bills or paperwork, catching up with things you’ve been putting off can boost your mood straight away. I’ve been home twice in the last month, and I feel so much better when I’m surrounded with friends and family. I’ve also rung the tax office, done some washing and tidied up a bit. I feel more organised and so much better. (I saw Divergent over the weekend and was impressed. Maybe more impressed with the slushies that me and my bestie Andy got for the cinema….bad?)

2. Smile more. 
               Genuinely smiling and wishing people well is a wonder-worker when it comes to feeling more positive. Even if you don’t plan on doing anything more than popping to get petrol, prepping a positive attitude can change your whole outing. I recently went of a food shop and felt amazing when someone actually returned my ‘have a nice day’ (working in customer service trains you). Don’t forget, people have bad days and have to work jobs that they hate, being a good customer can make it more bearable.

3. Pamper!
              Considering this is predominantly a beauty blog, this one should have been obvious. Whether it’s a long hot bath, testing out a new face mask or just shaving your legs, you often have a clearer head and more refreshed (both mentally and physically) after a soak. 

4. Make yourself up. However you want.
                This might not work for everyone, but I’ve found that putting on make-up and actually doing my hair nicely is such a relaxing experience for me. It always perks me up! If the mood strikes, you could also take a few selfies…see below! I think that the whole idea of ‘selfie shaming’ is ridiculous, and it’s how lots of girls end up with a lack of confidence in their looks. Bare faced, totally glam, all faces are beautiful and if you feel gorgeous then you are allowed to show that. It’s a display of confidence, own it!

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5. Do absolutely nothing.
                         Yep, you read that right. Do nothing. Chill. Lay on the sofa all day. Stay in bed with Netflix and a hot chocolate. Eat Doritos like they’re going out of style. The next day you’ll feel a. full of energy and b.motivated to actually get some stuff done. 

I hope my little tips have been a little help. One more day off then back to work. Hopefully I’ll have a nails related post up for you soon!

Have a lovely (relaxed) day/evening, wherever you are… 
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The Difference Make-Up Can Make

12 Aug

Hello lovelies!

This post is kind of a mix of an FOTD and a bit of motivation and inspiration.
For a few years now, I have loved make-up. Not just buying it, but applying it, wearing it, seeing it, looking at it, appreciating it. It’s kind of a funny love affair actually.
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Change.

27 Jun

Hello lovelies,

I love that this blog is about all things beauty and cosmetics, it’s a total indulgence for me to write about something so different from what I do on a daily basis. But this will, always, be a place to just publish some thoughts, whether they are to do with my latest finds or reviews of products.
The past year of my life to others would look pretty standard! Exams, results, university, missing family and friends, getting a steady job, living alone, meeting new people. But to me it’s been a whirlwind! 
I remember my first day at university. I was petrified (probably mostly due to the fact that I thought for sure that everyone would hate me), and it was petrifying, but in a really good way. I was a really young fresher, I turned eighteen then three weeks later moved out, and I definitely was a mature first-year. To think about being mature then is truly eye-opening to me, because I have changed so much in one year. My past self would be stunned at me today. I’ve made a list of things that I want to hold onto, and that I want to let go of, and things that I want to find. Hopefully some of you will recognise some of these things in yourselves from some point in your lives.

I want to hold onto: my approachability, my sense of humour, my best friend, my tee-total-ness, my work ethic, my enthusiasm, my car (a.k.a my baby), my addiction to eyeshadow, my appreciation for family, my ‘you-work-for-what-you-get’ attitude.

I want to let go of: my diet coke addiction (it’s getting dangerous), my sleeping habits, my laziness, my fears, my spending habits, my regrets, my ‘friends’ who aren’t really friends, that terrible wrinkle in my forehead (I’m eighteen, for goodness’ sake!), my aversion to animals who move faster than 10m a day.

I want to find: a really wonderful laughing buddy at Uni, some motivation for my degree, some courage to figure out what I want to do with my life, a really big pile of money (or a winning lottery ticket, I’m not fussy), a reason to get back in touch with a friend, gilmore girls series six and seven on dvd, a fitness regime that works around my lifestyle, some fantastic cooking abilities, and a way to get off of the internet.

To be honest, the way to get off the internet would solve about 90% of those problems.

ImageI know that this kind of defeats the point of my whole ‘way to get off of the internet’ wish, but I’ve been loving Pinterest lately. I repin lovely quotes, makeup and beauty, a little photography etc. I’d love to find some more people to follow, so absolutely head on over and say ‘hi!’. We’ve got cookies? 🙂

Don’t forget to love yourself today, for tomorrow, there’ll be a whole new you to love.
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There is no problem bigger than the solution love carries.

19 Mar

There is no problem bigger than the solution love carries.

Every now and then, a post from Sevenly’s Facebook will pop up on my dashboard and it will be an image like this one. I actually posted about Sevenly around this time last year, and that post gives you all the info you need about the company/charity and the amazing things they do to help a different cause each week. Sometimes when I’m having a ‘rough’ day I just scroll through the pictures and quotes on Sevenly’s Facebook page and it makes me feel better and put my life into perspective! Hope this little picture might inspire you or make you feel better, and don’t forget to check out Sevenly and the wonderful work they do.

Coming up I have a few product reviews with my new camera and a couple of great TV, Youtuber and film recommendations! 🙂 (I also just did a bit of sneaky shopping on the feelunique website. Did somebody say bareMinerals?)

Have a wonderful day,
Christie xoxo