10 Things I’ve Learnt

I’ve had quite a long break from blogging, which has probably gone unnoticed, but in that period of time, I’ve learnt a lot. I’ve learnt things about myself and just life in general and I thought I’d share 10 of these things with you today. There are a lot more things so if you want me to do this again, let me know.

  1. Karma is a bitch – you’ve probably heard this one a million times because everyone says it, but there’s a reason for that, it’s so true. When you do something you shouldn’t have done, or you cross someone, it will come back around and it will be twice as bad. So please, take it from me, don’t be a snake and be a bitch. You really do reap what you sew.
  2. I’m too comfortable – I’m not pushed outside of my comfort zone enough. When I am, I can be quite insecure and vulnerable, contrary to my usual confident self. Sometimes you need to be pushed out of your comfort zone as it’s not good to get too comfortable. And obviously it’s normal to feel a bit vulnerable when you aren’t comfortable, but it’s best to put yourself out there a little bit more often.
  3. You aren’t competing with anyone else – the only person you have to be better than is the person that you were yesterday. It means absolutely nothing to be better than your friend, someone who is on a different path than you. We’re all on totally different paths, on different journeys, and where you are on your path in comparison to someone on another path its totally irrelevant. The only thing that matters is bettering yourself. And, there is room in this world for all of us to succeed.
  4. Being yourself is worth the judgement and inconclusions – it’s better to be who you are and be true to yourself than pretend to someone that your not. I’m not saying it’s easy to be yourself all the time, it’s deffiently not the easier option, but people are going to judge and have there opinions not matter what.  Hearing people say awful things about you and talk about you behind your back isn’t nice at all but those people don’t matter. The people who do matter are the ones that accept you for who you are.
  5. If you want to succeed, you need to fight – if you really want something, you’re going to have to put in work for it. You can’t fail at something and just give up, you can’t let little things knock your confidence, you can’t expect or accept failure; you have to push yourself, hard. One hurdle can’t stop you from achieving what you want in life. There are lots of hurdles in the way and you just have to get over them.
  6. You are better than you think you are – having confidence in yourself is the key. Spending time worrying with your mind fixated on the worst possible outcome is time wasted. I personally put myself down a lot and tell myself I’m not as good as I really am. You and I are capable or doing whatever we put our minds to and you just need to have faith that you are. You’ll be surprised.
  7. Dwelling on bad situations gets nobody anywhere – bad things happen, that’s life. They will have negative effects, that’s inevitable. But really, you need to put it into perspective and think about how much worse it could be and think about how many people are in a worse situation than you, because I can guarantee, there is always someone. You should keep dwelling on the situation because you’ll get caught up in it and see only the bad, when in fact there is always a positive in every situation. Sometimes you just have to look a bit harder for it.
  8. You’re never going to understand some people and they’re never going to understand you – there are people that you’ll meet in live that you really don’t get along with and that you really don’t see eye to eye with. It’s okay to have different views than some people, no one is asking you to be best friends with everyone. Avoid dealing with people you don’t get along with if you can, but if you can’t you just have to be civil and mature.
  9. Just because other people like someone, doesn’t mean you have to – I personally tend to have very good intuitions about people and 99% of the time, I’m right. It’s just something that I’m naturally good at and other people don’t seem to be. Even if your best friends are friends with someone, doesn’t mean you have to be. You don’t even have to be that nice to them if they aren’t nice to you either. I’ve been called a hoe by a friend of a friends… I can’t tell you how many times a friend has come to me telling me what so and so has done to them, and I knew all along that they would.
  10. Life is too short to take it too seriously – you don’t know how much time you have left but there is deffiently no time to waste not enjoying your. Spend as much time as you possibly can with the people you love and as little time as you possibly can with the people you really don’t. You don’t have time to sit with your mouth shut, pretending to be someone that you’re not. Live day by day and don’t take things too seriously. You’re happiness should be your number one priority.

I’m Back – My New Schedule

I took a very long break, which I’m sure went unnoticed, but I want to get back into blogging again because I’ve missed it and I loved doing it. I’ve been so busy these past few months that I just had no time but now that I’m not as busy and know that I have the time to do this, I want to get back to doing it consistently.

I’m going to be posting every Sunday at 6PM BST.

My posts are going to be on different topics related to beauty and lifestyle. There will be the occasional rant too so don’t mind them. If you have any posts you’d like to see from me, please let me know and if you want to see these posts, give me a follow.

You Are Strong, Kind-Hearted & Beautiful – Bullying & Why People Do It

My thoughts are all over the place right now and I really should be studying for exams this week, but I just keep thinking about this and I want to just write it all out. I feel like it could help someone and it might be just what someone needs. This is going to be all over the place without any structure; I hope you don’t mind!

The help and support page on the anti-bullying alliance website has links to loads of helplines where you can anonymously discuss bullying, websites where you can find help and support and places where you can report cyberbullying. There is so much more on their website that you may find helpful.

I just want you to know that the people who tell you that you can’t achieve what you want to achieve, that you can’t do what you want to do, that you can’t be who you are; the people who bully you and make you question your self worth, that bring you down every single day, they’re all just jealous of you. They all want to have as much ambition, self-belief and confidence as you do. They want to be kind-hearted and beautiful inside and out just like you are.

You have to know that you’re doing nothing wrong, you’re doing everything right. These people that are being nasty to you, they loath themselves, these people need someone to bring down and because you are being 100% you and they wish they could do that too, they chose to bring you down.

Having bad things going on in your life is no excuse to treat someone else badly and make them fell bad about themselves. Even people with the most awful things going on still manage to be good people and spread that little bit of positivity that they have left.

You should not be nice to these people and accept the awful things they might be doing because they do not deserve it, but you should not hate them and you should try not to be nasty back. They hate themselves more than you could probably imagine and having another person hating them is going to prevent them from being the good person they could become and it’s just going to bring more self-hate to them. Just ignoring them and getting on with being you is going to make them realise that they will get no where hating on you because nothing they say or do to you can drag you down.

For someone to hate you and not want to see you succeed, you must be such a kind person with a kind and beautiful heart and you should be proud that people envy you. Those people are only thinking about you because they can’t bare to think about themselves. If they stopped thinking about you, they’d have to think about themselves and it would be hell constantly thinking about yourself if you hated you. They block themselves out of their mind and bring you into it because they actually don’t hate you; they want to be you, they want to be as amazing as you are.

You have to prove your haters wrong, you have to keep showing that you are a better person than all of them. And in 20 years when you just so happen to think of them in between all of the great things you’re doing in your life, you’ll realise that they are long gone and they are not doing amazing things with their life like you are because you were the better person and they wasted all of their time and energy trying to prevent you from achieving your dreams too.

But all of their hate and disbelief in you has built you into a stronger, kinder-hearted and more beautiful person and has been the thing that has enabled you to achieve all that you want to achieve. If you are being bullied, know that it doesn’t last forever, know that these people hate themselves and they need someone else to hate, or actually envy and try to prevent from succeeding as it’s inevitable that you will.

No matter what these people might be going through at home or in their personal lives, it’s no excuse to treat you badly. There does sometimes come a point where you can’t ignore it and you have to speak up and tell someone what’s happening, and that doesn’t make you weak, it doesn’t mean you’ve failed.

You can also take a positive from the situation and use their negative words to make yourself stronger. You are strong, you are kind and you are beautiful. People will inevitably tell you otherwise, but please, never ever believe them.

If you want to or need to, please tell a trusted parent, sibling, family member, friend, teacher or guidance counsellor who can either help you to sort things out or just support you. It’s always good to make someone aware of what’s going on.

I’d also be really happy to talk to and give advice to anyone who’d like it. You can leave a comment on this post or you can privately contact me by clicking here, and I’ll do my best to get back to you as soon as I possibly can.

Beauty Haul: February 2018

I’ve not done a haul in months so I thought this was very necessary. I’ve got some really exciting new beauty things recently that I’m dying to share with you all. All of these things are from either Beauty Bay or The Body Shop and I’ve linked all of them for you. I’ve also had a chance to try these items so I can give a mini review, which will as always be completely honest. Let me know what you’ve been buying recently and what you want to see from me next.

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Eyeshadow Palette, £37 – This palette is honestly the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen. Ever since Jaclyn announced it, I’ve wanted it. It has literally every colour you’d need which is amazing and all of the shadows are really pigmented as they were all pressed differently depending on their finish. The mattes are creamy, the shimmers are pigmented and you don’t get any fall out at all. Some of my favourite shades are ‘buns,’ ‘butter’ and ‘MFEO.’

Mario Badescu Facial Spray with Aloe, Cucumber and Green Tea, £7/118ml – Recently I’ve seen loads of people using these Mario Badescu facial sprays and obviously, I wanted one too. I love using this to refresh my skin, before makeup, on top of makeup and as part of my skincare routine. It is a really good product and I think it’s a great product to have.

L.A. Girl Pro Conceal HD Concealer in ‘Porcelain,’ £5 – Loads of people love these concealers and so I had to try one myself. It gives a good amount of coverage but it isn’t too heavy and doesn’t look cakey at all. It is a great under eye concealer and covers hyperpigmentation quite well. This shade is a bit lighter than my skin tone so it highlights as well which I really like. They also do colour correcting ones and a white one which I think I’ll try.

Milani Eyeshadow Primer, £8 – I needed a new eyeshadow primer and I thought this one looked quite good and it had great reviews. I think it’s an excellent eyeshadow primer as it keeps my eyeshadow on for longer, stops it from creasing, my eyeshadow blends well on top of it and it makes they pay off of the shadows ever better. It’s exactly the same as the Urban Decay eyeshadow primers but half the price.

Milani Baked Blush in ‘Luminoso,’ £10 – This blush is quite well know, especially this shade and so obviously I had to try it. It is quite shimmery so it gives a gorgeous, healthy glow to my skin and the colour is perfect for my skin tone so it looks quite natural. It is quite pigmented so you don’t need a lot of it but I just love this blush. It’s probably my favourite blush I’ve tried.

Zoeva 228 Luxe Crease Brush, £9 – I needed a couple of new eyeshadow brushes and I know that Zoeva brushes are amazing so I decided to get this one. It’s a great crease brush and applies and blends product perfectly. I really like this brush and I’m glad I bought it.

Zoeva 227v Vegan Soft Definer Brush, £9 – I also got this eyeshadow brush which I love. It applies colour more precisely in the crease and it also works well as an all over the lid brush. I’ll always buy the vegan option if their is one hence why I bought the vegan version and I’ll deffiently be buying more Zoeva brushes.

The Body Shop Hemp Hand Protector, £5/30ml – This hand cream is amazing and my dad used to use it all the time when I was younger so it reminds me a lot of my childhood. I decided to get this as I have patches of eczema on my hands and I get dry hands in the winter so this has been an absolute life saver.

The Body Shop Himalayan Charcoal Purifying Glow Mask, £17 – I’ve always wanted to try this face mask but I always thought it was a little over priced. Now, I think that it’s well worth the money. You can literally feel this working on your face and it leaves my skin looking and feeling so much better. There are four or five other masks in this range depending on your skin type but I have combination/oily skin that can get a few dry patches and this one works amazingly for me.

The Body Shop Fuji Green Tea Body Scrub, £15 – I needed a new body scrub and I thought this one looked really good and I also love the Fuji green tea scent. The scrub isn’t too harsh but it still works well. I think for everyday this is a really good scrub but for fake tan prep or scrubbing of your fake tan, you’d need something a bit harsher like on from Soap & Glory. I still love this though.

My Favourite Songs – February 2018

A couple of months ago I shared with you my current favourite songs (you can check that out here) and some of you seemed to like and I enjoyed writing it so I thought I’d share with you ten songs that I’m loving right now. I listen to all types of music and I have quite an eclectic taste. Let me know what songs you’re loving right now!

  1. LA Devotee – Panic! At The Disco
  2. This Is Gospel – Panic! At The Disco
  3. Havana – Camila Cabello, Young Thug
  4. Impossible Year – Panic! At The Disco
  5. No More Sad Songs – Little Mix, Machine Gun Kelly
  6. Papa Don’t Preach – Madonna
  7. Like A Prayer – Madonna
  8. Another One Bites The Dust – Queen
  9. Beat It – Michael Jackson
  10. Time to Pretend – MGMT

Pretty Little Thing Haul – January 2018

I’ve bought quite a few of things from Pretty Little Thing so I thought some of you might be interested to see what I bought. I’ve never done a fashion haul before so if you don’t like them let me know and I won’t do one again. I personally love seeing what other people buy, especially from Pretty Little Thing.

Denise Cream Cut Out Side Slinky Bandeau (£10) – Usually I wouldn’t buy a bandeau top because they always fall down on me but one of my friends told me that the material on this was really tight and so would stay up. I got a UK 6 and it fits perfectly on me. The material is thick and good quality for £10. I’ve worn this once and I wore it with a strapless backless bra as you can kind of see the side of the bra through the cut outs at the side. I got it covered in fake tan and it washed out which is great.

Basic Red Mini Skirt (£5) – I needed a red skirt so I just decided to buy this one. I’d heard these were a bit see through which they are. I still wore it anyway and it was fine I just had to wear pink pants (NEVER wear black pants with this, you have been warned). If you bought the jersey one or the scuba one which are very similar but a little more expensive it might not be as see through. I got this in a UK 4 because I like skirts like this to be tight but it was so long on me and I’m 5’7″ so I had to roll it up three times.

Black Contrast Frill Stripe Shorts (£15) – I thought these shorts were so cute and I loved the contrast details on them. I was worried they’d be a bit see through but they’re not at all and I got a UK 8 which fit perfectly. I thought they would go with all of the bralets and crop tops I bought and I only have one other pair of shorts that aren’t denim. These will be nice for Summer (if it’s warm enough) and for holidays but they look quite formal too.

Cream Structured Sweetheart Bralet (£12) – I saw this and thought that it looked really nice and like something I would get a lot of wear out of. The material of this is really thick so you don’t need to wear a bra which is great and I got a size UK 6 which I couldn’t even wear a bra under so if you do want to wear a bra, I recommend sizing up. I really like the neck line of this and it is a really small top so I’ll probably wear this to parties and on holiday. I think it would go best with trousers and I need to get some nice new trousers.

Black Structured Sweetheart Bralet (£12) – This is exactly the same as the cream one but in black. I just couldn’t decide what colour to get so I decided to get both, the very non-budget friendly option. I am glad I got both colours though because I think I will get a lot of wear out of them both. Again I got a UK 6 and I think it would look nicest with trousers, jeans or a pair of shorts like the ones I bought.

White Basic Square Neck Thong Bodysuit (£8) – I actually didn’t own a bodysuit so I decided to get one and I thought this one would be great as it’s square neck and it’s a thong bodysuit so you won’t get pant lines. I was actually a bit worried about this when I had to go to the toilet as it would take ages to get on and off but it actually has poppers at the bottom so it takes so much less time. I can just wear this day to day with a pair of jeans and a denim jacket and it’ll hopefully look great. I got this in a UK 6 but I’ve not even tried it on yet so I don’t know how it fits.

Black Square Neck Zip Back Crop Top (£12) – I thought this would be a good purchase because you can wear it either with a more casual outfit or with a pair of trousers to a party. The material is thick so you can go braless and I would just be able to get away with wearing a bra. I got a UK 6 but I wish I had got the size up so I could wear a bra if I wanted to (I know I could return it but I’m way too lazy). The square neck is really flattering and I think the zip back is really stylish. I deffiently didn’t need another black top though… I have way too many.

Red Square Neck Zip Back Crop Top (£12) – This is the same as the black one but in red and again, I really didn’t need both of them but I decided to get both anyway. I am really excited to wear this and I think it would look great with an all black outfit just as a pop of colour. I think this is going to be quite a key piece in my wardrobe that I’ll get a lot of wear out of for a lot of different occasions. The quality is really good and the material is really nice.

2017 Beauty Favourites – Hair, Nails and Fragrance

As I love watching peoples annual favourites, I thought I’d do one myself. This is my hair, nails and fragrance favourites but I’ve already done one about makeup and another about skin care and body care. Let me know what your favourites from 2017 were and also let me know what you want to see from me this year.

L’Oréal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo (£4.99/400ml) – I find that most hair products that claim to be thickening actually aren’t but I promise that this is. If you have thinner hair or hair that lacks volume you need this shampoo and it’s just a great shampoo in general that would work for everyone.

PRO:VOKE Touch of Silver Brightening Shampoo (£3.19) – If you have dyed blonde hair, whether you’ve dyed it from dark blonde to lighter like I did or if you’ve dyed it from black to blonde, you need this shampoo to get rid of the brassy tones. It’s a great shampoo and it just makes the colour of my hair look great.

CALA Wet-N-Dry Detangling Hair Brush – This is such a good hair brush and doesn’t damage my hair at all. The reason I love it so much is that you can use it on wet or dry hair which is great for me as I sometimes brush my hair in the shower.

Batiste Dry Shampoo Original (£2.99/200ml) – I honestly don’t think I could manage my hair without this stuff. I’m so lazy and I only wash my hair once or twice a week so I need to refresh my hair with this stuff. It also volumises my hair too which is a great bonus.

Sinful Colors First in Line Base Coat – I never thought that base coats mattered at all but this honestly makes such a difference. It makes whatever nail polish I use stay on so much longer and apparently it protects your nails from staining which is great.

Nails Inc Multivitamin Nail Polish in ‘Queensbury Way’ – I think this has been discontinued which is so sad but I’m going to mention it anyway because I love it and Nails Inc do amazing nail polishes. The colour is a beautiful muted pink which goes with any look for any occasion and it stays on for about a week and looks amazing as all Nails Inc polishes do.

Chanel N05 Eau de Toilette (£62/50ml) – This is a classic fragrance that everyone loves. I think anyone can wear it for any occasion and although it’s expensive, I think it’s worth the money as it’s such a timeless scent.