I should of added the word ‘try’ in the title of this post because sometimes there is no prevention to panic attacks. They just happen.

However for me, they usually occur due to certain situations, which is how I know I can prevent or manage them when they come along.

There are of course, certain situations that I don’t even enter because I know for a matter of a fact, they will happen. But in some instances I can use different techniques and tricks I’ve learned, to make the whole situation a bit better.

 

PLAN

If you know you have something coming up that may occur anxiety or panic attacks, your best bet is definitely planning and preparing for what to do if you have any of those funny feelings.

Sometimes they happen whilst I’m driving in the car with someone else as a passenger, so whilst I drove to Edinburgh with my boyfriend, I had my headphones and podcast episodes ready, so I knew if I needed it I could just plug in and take my mind off feeling anxious whilst my boyfriend could still listen to the radio if he wanted.

If you usually experience them on public transport or crowds for example, take your headphones on your journey with you and download a new album or audiobook to listen to.

USE YOUR SENSES + MIND TECHNIQUES

My therapist taught me all about how the five senses are great at bringing your mind back to the present moment, and can help you in stressful moments.

I personally carry a rollerball with me containing a calming scent, that I like to use to zen out a bit. Sometimes even just thinking about what you’re doing later that day or what you’re eating for your tea really brings you back to perspective and make you realise theres more than just the ‘moment’ you are currently in.

KNOW YOUR LIMITS

This one is probably the most important, because its YOU that has to take control and make sure you are acting in your own best interests.

Like I said earlier, some situations I won’t even enter if needs be, because I know I’m not set out for them. If you have social anxiety, make sure that along with going out of your comfort zone, you don’t try to do TOO many things at once. Slow and steady is great progress. Always try to remember how far you’ve come.

I hope these tips were helpful to you if you needed them! xx

 

 

When I asked you guys on Twitter whether I could do a ‘not worth the hype’ post containing 2 products, thankfully you all said yes!

I really enjoy reading these type of posts because I like to see two different opinions on a product, especially if I’m contemplating buying it! This is my first time writing one up though so be sure to let me know whether you’ve liked it.

 

NAKED 3 PALETTE 

When I first received this as a Christmas present a few years ago, I was ECSTATIC. Just look at all those pretty colours! I thought I would get SO much used out of it.

The first time I started applying it, I couldn’t get ANY colour pay-off from any of the shades. I even tried to use some of the darker colours since then, but have honestly been so unimpressed. There’s also loads of fall-out and it is so faint on the eye-lids that it might aswell not be there.

To say the palette is £40, my opinion on it is very underwhelming. I might try it again some time in the future just so it actually gets some use, but I wouldn’t recommend it to a friend.

 

CHARLOTTE TILBURY MAGIC FOUNDATION

This is another very unloved product in my collection.

It’s marketed as a full coverage foundation, but whenever I’ve worn it, it ‘sits’ on the skin and makes me look very doll-like. I’ve tried using just my hands and then a buffing brush, neither really made a difference.

It was very matte, and seemed to magnify problem areas that I had by flaking. I’m pretty sad about this because its an expensive purchase, but I can’t see myself loving it in the future either.

 

Have you tried any of these products? What did you think?

I saw this new Estee Lauder range launch on the web and spotted it in a few Youtube videos.  I love trying out new products, and was in need of a new toner anyway.

For some reason, with it being Estee Lauder, I thought it would be much more expensive. The other product in the range is a bit more pricey, but for £21 I don’t think a big ol’ bottle of toner is that bad. I don’t mind spending a bit more sometimes because a) I love beauty products and b) they last a long time too. (Have I justified myself enough?)

Anyway, lets get on to the most important stuff.

WHATS IT LIKE?

It reminds me a lot of the Pixi Glow Tonic, but just a *bit* better. It doesn’t feel as harsh and squeaky clean as that one, but it still gives all the glow. In my opinion it also has much better packaging too. It seems to clear up problem areas too.

I’ve reached for it pretty much every PM for the last three weeks, and I’m about a third of the way through, so its lasting me a reasonable amount of time. I really want to repurchase it again when its all gone.

On the website it describes it as giving a ‘healthy natural looking glow’ which is what it definitely gives. All in all, I’m really enjoying using it, plus it also feels a bit of luxury in my routine, which is great! I’m now tempted to try out the moisturiser at £36, so stay tuned…

 

Have you ever tried Estee Lauder skincare? And what are your thoughts on this latest range?

 

I’m in one of those moods where I feel a bit low and deflated today. For no reason whatsoever. Aren’t they great?

With that in mind I had the *genius* 😉 idea to compile a list of all the things I do that cheer me up when I’m having a down day.

  • Buying myself flowers. Especially when I get a great deal of peonies for only £3. Aldi, you win.
  • Letting myself eat whatever I want. Which is usually some form of comfort food, and letting that be OKAY. Heck, If I want chocolate, I’m having it, today of all days.
  • Spending time with my family. I love my alone time but when I’m not feeling as great as usual, I prefer to be surrounded by my loved ones. I think it makes me feel less lonely.
  • Cuddling my dog. I do this 98% of the time anyway, but he is just the cutest thing and never fails to make me smile.
  • Immersing myself in ‘something else’. Whether thats watching my favourite Youtubers or reading a book/new magazine, it always brings a bit of s p a c e between me and those shitty feelings.
  • Lighting a candle.
  • Putting on T Swift and having a sing along.
  • Thinking about all the things I like about myself, whether thats me feeling my bone structure that day, or how far I’ve come from.
  • Watching an episode of an old TV show, for comfort reasons. F.R.I.E.N.D.S anyone?

 

I would love to know what cheers you up when you’re having a down day?

Since my last post ( http://natalieleanne.com/great-skincare-that-doesnt-break-the-bank/ )went down so well, I wanted to do a makeup version of it sharing all my budget buys in the beauty department.

 

PRIMER- L’OREAL LUMI MAGIQUE 

Truth be told, I haven’t tried that many primers in the drugstore, so I’m a little biased in this area. I love this one because it makes your skin look lit from within, and isn’t greasy. It just gives a nice glow, and I always find that makeup goes on SO smoothly afterwards.

 

CONCEALER- BOURJOIS RADIANCE REVEAL 

A few months ago I picked up the more ‘matte’ version of this concealer, but now I’m fully back on this lighter, brightening choice. It honestly makes you look like you’ve had so much more sleep than you actually have, and it lasts for ages too. Plus, it also blends in dreamily and doesn’t crease around my eye area at all.

 

FOUNDATIONS- BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX + L’OREAL CUSHION FOUNDATION

These are definitely my favourite two affordable foundations, and both offer that healthy natural looking glow. They are light to medium coverage, but don’t look cakey on the skin at all. I will most definitely be repurchasing both when I’ve used them all up!

 

BLUSH- RIMMEL IN ‘SANTA ROSE’ + MAX FACTOR PUFF BLUSH IN ‘LOVELY PINK’

The Rimmel blushes are such a good price (£4) and they last for ages. The one I have is called ‘santa rose’ in a lovely pretty blush colour. These are so underrated in the beauty world and I rarely hear about people mentioning them. I also adore the Max Factor puff blushes (there are some gorgeous colours in this range!) and they last for a really long time too. I can’t believe mine is still going after the amount of use its had.

 

SEVENTEEN CONTOUR PALETTE 

This is the only contour palette that I’ve used from the drugstore, but its very well loved in my collection. I have the light version and find the shades to be perfect for my skin tone, especially with the darker contour not looking ‘mucky’ as they sometimes do in these palettes. I feel like this is something that I’ve really enjoyed having, and it also has a great mirror in too if you want to take it on holiday or going away.

 

MAYBELLINE PUSH UP ANGEL MASCARA

I won’t harp on about it, we all know this is my FAVE mascara ever. It makes you look like you have eyelash extensions, and doesn’t go clumpy. So much so, I’ve run out of it now and going to repurchase another! See you at Boots… 😉

 

Do you have any affordable makeup favourites? Let me know- I feel in a spendy mood for some new beauty bits!

 

 

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