Sunday, 11 March 2018

Lets Chat: realising I can't do everything, body confidence and Instagram...

I've realised recently that I fucking love talking boyfriend will agree with me on this one. And what better place to share my word vomit than here, with you guys, if you want to hear about what my current thoughts and feelings are anyway.

I've recently realised that I do not have the time or the energy to do everything I want, or everything that is put in front of me. Juggling work, my friendships, my relationship, spending time with family and my blog has been a serious struggle for me, and I've just reached a point where I have realised that in order to succeed in one of these,  a few of these are going to have to take a backseat (which sucks, and should most definitely not have to be the case). Since I haven't been in my job for a long time, and obviously I spend the majority of my day at work, work has definitely taken priority at the moment, and I do find it a little hard to switch off in the evenings, panicking that I have forgotten to do something, or that I've done something wrong. My fitness has most definitely taken a hit, from going to the gym 5/6 times a week down to 4 has genuinely had an impact on my body and my energy levels - if anyone has any tips on juggling gym and work, please hit me up! 

My poor old blog has also taken a hit, with a lack of high quality and aesthetically pleasing images, and good quality writing, that isn't just my words vommed out on a page. I wish I could spend two or three hours a day on my blog, but when I already get up at 6:30am, and get home around 7:30pm, there just really isn't time. How people hold down a full time job, and daily posting is absolutely beyond me, please share your secrets!

Anyway, I suppose my overall point is that it's ok to not have time to do everything, and you shouldn't feel like a failure when you are unable to achieve everything you want to. I, especially with my blog, feel immensely shit if I miss an upload one week, but sometimes I just don't have the ideas, or the time to write and photograph, and realistically I don't feel like anyone is hugely missing out, except for myself. I think writing a proper schedule for my weeks is definitely on the cards, and solidifying two days a month where I can get all my photographs done for all my months posts is probably a very wise idea.

Since I briefly mentioned the gym, let me have a quick old ramble about body confidence. I feel like my body confidence has dropped significantly from how I was feeling at the end of Summer, before I moved back home. I was genuinely happy with where my body was at, and although I wanted to grow more of a booty, everything else was pretty much ok, and I felt good. Maybe it's just a winter thing? I suppose the increase in Instagram fitspo accounts I'm following definitely correlates with my feelings on my own body. As my fave Carly Rowena says, if you look at the pictures and they don't make you feel good about yourself, you should probably unfollow the account - some advice I am definitely going to be taking on board. We should all be happy with the bodies that we have, especially if they are healthy, but sometimes that can be much easier said than done when there are these other ideas of 'perfection' online.

Enough of my ramblings on - sometimes I feel like I just need to type out what random thoughts are currently in my head, so I hope you have enjoyed having a delve around my brain!


Monday, 5 March 2018

Confessions of a 22 year old

So, I turned 22 on the 17th of February, and I really wanted to do a post relating to the fact I was 22, and aside from the generic ‘22 things I’ve learnt in my 22 years’ or an entire post dedicated to Taylor Swift’s absolute banger, I’ve decided on this one...confessions of a 22 year old. Enjoy my embarrassing confessions, and sorry to any of my friends, who probably won’t want to be friends with me anymore.

Let's start with a juicy one shall we. I’ve wee’d in my boyfriends car more times than I care to admit. Let me explain this one. Andy referees at weekends, sometimes two matches back to back in fields where there is absolutely nothing around. We have a deal where he will buy me a McDonalds toffee latte before or after every match as compensation for me sitting in his freezing car for around 3 and a half hours (not such a fair deal on my part if you ask me). Anyway...back to the main part of the story, with my weak bladder and a coffee flowing through my system, mixed with the cold weather, sometimes a girl just gotta go - in a coffee cup. Sorry not sorry.

I've started to care much less about embarrassing bodily functions. Legit, I don’t give a fuck if I fart in front of Andy - I’m past it, and he is most definitely past it. We’re all on this planet, we are all built the same, and we all do it - why should we be embarrassed or care?! Not that I am advising everyone to be animals and go parping in public. Oh, and as for my weak bladder/needing to wee every hour (or every 10 minutes if I’m on a night out), I couldn’t give a monkeys. Also, the thought of taking a dump in a public toilet - absolute no no way back in the day, but now, yolo, you gotta go when you gotta go.

This isn’t such a juicy one, but I fall asleep on the train to work, every morning. God knows why, I’m the oldest lady of a 22 year old you will ever find, I go to sleep at 10:30 every night, and get around 7-8 hours a night - how that warrants falling asleep on the train every morning, I have no idea. I definitely need to get me some Floradix - has anyone tried this, does it work? Fingers crossed I don’t dribble or snore on the train, I do always wake up to people staring at me so who knows.

I have a shopping addiction. Like, seriously. I do not need any more boots. I do not need anymore Gymshark outfits, but I just can’t help it. I’m of an age now where if I want something and I know it’ll make me happy, I will just buy it. Sod being broke for the whole month. Plus, if I feel I look good I will be ten times more confident and happy. 

I sometimes wear the same bra for over a week. Who’s boobs sweat so much that you need to wash your bra all the time?! Sorry, but I haven’t got time (or enough bras) to be washing them every three days as suggested. Don’t even judge me, I promise I don’t smell, and my pants definitely do get changed every day.

Don’t get me started on body hair, some mornings I wake up, see my moustache, leave it, and be Daniel for the day. Who even has time for hair removal of ya moustache once a week? Dark haired girls, do you feel me?! And leg hair is just an extra layer for warmth. I think Andy has got used to my gorilla-like appearance, and he’s said he doesn’t even care - not that I’d care if he had a problem with it. In summer when my legs are out I will most definitely be shaving them, don't worry.

So there you have it, confessions of a twenty two year old (aka, me). Please share your embarrassing confessions below, or if you feel me on any of these!

Saturday, 24 February 2018

Morphe 15N Night Master Eyeshadow Palette

If there is one thing in life I cannot resist, its Morphe eyeshadow palettes. Seriously, they are just such good value for the large number of shades you get, and for the quality of them. My friend Beth gifted me this new one for my Birthday, which I was super excited to recieve. It's the 15N Night Master palette, which I believe was a limited edition for Christmas, recently made permanent (thank god!)

All of the shades are absolutely stunning, some are a little harder to get a good colour payoff (strangely the shimmers rather than the mattes), but below is a list of all the shades for you.

Custom (matte cool nude), Unique (light golden glitter), Selfie (matte terracotta), Talent (copper shimmer), Shook (matte burnt orangey brown), Va Va Voom (purpley brown), Illustrated (pale plum shimmer), Goals (matte russet brown), Editorial (matte bark brown), Creativity (darker peachy champagne), Scene (matte blackcurrant), Cliché (matte lighter purple), Excuse Me (darker purple sheen), Hello (matte mink), Craze (mauve taupe shimmer).

These swatches are of my absolute favourites from the palette, and definitely will be my most used. From left to right they are; Va Va Voom, Scene, Creativity, Cliché, and Shook. I'm not going to lie, the names of the shades in this palette are perhaps some of my favourite ever shadow names.

It's such a diverse palette, I've been using it for both day time looks and night time looks. The above is my day time look, which only used three shades, Custom, Selfie, and Shook

I cannot fault the blendability of these shadows, I never spend more than 2 minutes blending when I use these. The below look was my evening look, and I'm not going to lie, I used nearly every warm brown shade for this look, and put my Stila Magnificent Metals Shimmer and Glow Liquid Eyeshadow in Jezebel on the inner 3/4 of my lid.

You can buy it here for £15, which is an absolute bargain considering the fact you get a massive mirror, the wonderful shade range, and the pigmentation - I really cannot fault it. 

I'd love to know if there are any other Morphe products that you recommend?! I've never tried anything other than eyeshadow, but I am super keen to!


Saturday, 10 February 2018

Meeting strangers on the internet

Making new friends once you get a little older can be super hard, and I for one have found it challenging to meet new friends since I left University. When we are younger we are thrown into so many situations where we are forced to meet new people; school, clubs, University etc. Now that I have started my full time job, it is such a challenge to get out there and meet new people. Yes, you can meet friends when you start work, but sometimes you need people outside of work that you can spend time with.

A couple of weeks ago a lovely girl called Dom messaged me on Instagram and asked to meet up for a coffee, as she had been following me online for a while and was actually on a term abroad in London. At first, I was a little sceptical, as we are always force-fed this fear of stranger danger, and that we shouldn't meet up with random people from the internet. Who knows why this is still a thing, with the rise of internet dating and friendship apps - I can probably name at least 5 friends who are in relationships people they met on Tinder. Nonetheless, I agreed to meet up with Dom and I am so pleased that I did. Yes, it was a little daunting knowing that I was going to meet someone who I knew nothing about, aside from what I could see on her Instagram, but it was so worth it. I now feel like I have made a new friend, whom without the internet I definitely would never have met.

I am now so much more open to meeting friends online, and actually meeting up. For sure, I need to join some clubs and get some other hobbies so I can meet people in a more natural way, but the internet is definitely a good place to start in terms of meeting people with similar interests to you - especially if you are a blogger.

I am by no means saying that we should all encourage each other to meet up with strangers on the internet, please don't take this the wrong way, but if you, like me, are feeling a little trapped and just like you need to meet new people, it can be a great way. Just don't go agreeing to meet up with people in non-public areas, if you know nothing about them, then a disaster is waiting to happen. I'd love to know if you guys have a load of internet friends, let me know!


Sunday, 4 February 2018

Late To The Party: Jaclyn Hill x Morphe Palette

No, no, I am under no illusion that I am about a year late to the party on this one, but I got this gorgeous palette for Christmas and what sort of blogger would I be if I didn't share with you all just how pigmented and buttery these shadows are ? (sorry, blogger cliche words were used on purpose in the writing of this review).

Firstly, can we all just take a moment for the shade range in this palette? It's not just got your gorgeous neutrals and your fiery red shades, but it also has some insane blues and greens. You really can do anything with this palette, and I have enjoyed using both the crazy colours and the more 'wearable' ones too. If you know me at all, you will know I am a sucker for a red toned eyeshadow, and the reds in this palette have not failed to impress me. Reds are some of those colours that are just impossible to get right in eyeshadows, but Jaclyn definitely managed to get these spot on. The colour payoff is amazing, and not to mention the shine on some of them, they are out of this world.

I've popped some swatches of my favourite colours from the palette down below for you, from left to right they are Hunts, Firework, Creamsicle, Royalty and Twerk. I kid you not guys, every shadow has the perfect amount of colour payoff and the shade range is just spot on. Jaclyn truly created a palette that is usable by everyone. 

For these pictures I used Hunts, Firework, Creamsicle and Jacz on my eyes, and it's by far my favourite look I have created with the palette.

I'm a huge fan of the Morphe palettes anyway, so I was under no impression that this palette wouldn't be amazing, but you know when everyone is hyping about a product and it makes you not want it - yes, that happened with this palette. But, nonetheless, I eventually got sucked in and ended up popping it on my Christmas list, and I am so bloody pleased that I did. It's truly my most reached for palette now, and it has replaced my beloved Morphe 35W.

I'd love to hear your thoughts on the palette if you already have it! (and I am always all ears for new palette suggestions so please fire them at me)

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