I don’t think I’ve done one of these posts before, and I’m all about blogger positivity. I figured that if I love these blogs, you might do too.

 

 

SALLY FROM THE MAKEUP DIRECTORY

I feel like if theres any product I’m wondering whether to get, I’ll head to Sally’s blog and she’ll have a review on it. For me, The Makeup Directory is the ultimate beauty blog. I’m sure I’m always one of the first to read when a new post goes up! I must add, she also seems like the loveliest person ever!

 

JAYE ROCKETT

Jaye blogs 3-4 times a week, and I love the variety of things she talks about. One day it might be home decor, the next its all about beauty products she’s used up. I always keep coming back to it to see what her next post is about. Jaye also has a kick-ass Youtube channel where she vlogs regularly and I’m a huge fan. She just seems so real and down to earth, which is something I always appreciate when reading content.

 

SOPHIE CLIFF

I’ve been reading Sophie’s blog for quite some time now, and I adore it. I feel like its the blog you sit down to read with a nice cup of tea and a snack and its all so *comforting*. She is definitely one of my lifestyle blogging inspirations as she blogs about a mix of everything, but her 10 favourites of the week are some of my favourites!

 

CHELSEA FROM THEGIRLWHOLOVESTOWRITE

I can’t possibly do a post on my favourite blogs without mentioning my gal, Chelsea. Her blog posts speak to me on another level, I swear. They make me feel inspired when I feel hopeless, happier when I feel down, and reassuring when I feel like I’m such a long way from where I want to be. If you feel like you want to read something that just seems to have a bit more substance, head over to Chelsea’s blog.

 

 

I would love it if you would leave your recommendations for blogs you’ve been loving lately and I’ll be sure to check them out!

 

 

Forgive me for sounding like the ending of a One Tree Hill episode, but I believe we all have defining moments in life.

Moments that shape us, that cause us to grow, moments that seem like pinnacle parts of our lives that were supposed to happen.

One of those defining moments for me, was definitely not being able to enter the room where I signed up for university.

That might sound strange, but if you have anxiety issues, you should get where I’m coming from. When I couldn’t force myself to walk in, sit down, and start a brand new life of alone, already having panic attacks and commuting 1 hour away from home, I knew it would be a moment in my life that I would look back on, and hopefully not regret.

And I truly don’t. I got help with my anxiety, and a degree in Accountancy to follow. I knew deep down university life wasn’t for me, but I followed the crowd, and fortunately, backed out at the very last minute (my student loan had even gone through at this point I think, don’t worry they got it all back.).

Another moment that stands out so far in my life, was the first time I tried meditation.

It was something that I was interested in as soon as I heard about it, and I can recall the feeling of absolute peace I felt after I connected with my body, mind and soul for only 10 minutes.

I knew it was going to be a huge part of my life and something that strengthens me, calms me, and is there when I need it. I’ve meditated every day for about 2 years now.

The last moment I want to chat about is, rather soppy.

Its when I first met my boyfriend (well, fiancé). It’s not me being dramatic when I really did think I would be single forever. I was burnt badly from a previous relationship and didn’t want history to repeat itself. But like in all the books and movies say, it came out of nowhere, and when we met I just knew he would be in my life for a reason. It would drive me crazy when people said ‘you will just know’ when you meet The One. But its actually so true, and the best way of putting it.

 

Do you have any defining moments? If you don’t feel like sharing private details if the comments, just put ‘Yes!’ 🙂 xxx

 

 

 

 

 

CUTTING DOWN ON SUGAR

I find that whenever I’m having more of the sugary stuff, it really makes a difference to how my skin’s looking. I’m not talking about those little bits here and there, because I’m all for treating yo’self. But when you’re reaching for a little bit of something sweet after every meal, thats when it starts to become too much of a habit. I find reaching for fruit and nuts throughout the day much better, and helps keeps the spots at bay too.

 

WASHING MAKEUP BRUSHES

This is something I just keep forgetting to do, but I try to wash my makeup brushes and sponges at least once a week. Its such a boring chore, right? I don’t wear makeup every single day but it always feels much better using clean ones, rather than those that might have icky bateria on, even the thought makes me shudder a little.

 

LIFESTYLE TIPS

When we are sleeping a lot, making sure we drink enough water, and have less ‘life stresses’, our skin always looks its best. Unfortunately, its not always as simple as that, but we can control some things. Aiming to drink 2 litres of water a day, and getting your 8 hours a night are goals we can always aim for. After all, they benefit much more than our skin.

 

SIMPLE SKINCARE ROUTINE

Whenever I have a breakout looming, I either go all in with the masks, toners, facial sprays, or completely strip it all back and only use a number of products that I know won’t do further damage. Usually, I found the latter works the best. Not giving my skin too many products to contend with, and especially leaving it alone and not messing with it, always makes it clear up and be back to normal much quicker.

 

Do you have any tips for breakouts?

 

 

 

I really wanted to do another (things to do this weekend) post, but this time a version thats appropriate for when you’re saving up!

There’s always something we’re saving up for, and as much as I love browsing Boots, I have a wedding to save for!

 

  • Bake something delicious! With certain recipes like flapjack, there’s always those ingredients hanging around. I haven’t baked for quite a while now and I really fancy rustling something up that I can snack on through the week.
  • Go through your makeup and skincare collection. Chances are if you’re reading this, you’re also a blogger! Which means that we have a LOT of products (not that I’m complaining). If you have a spare afternoon and fancy feeling productive, create a pile of products that you didn’t get on with or don’t get the use out of, and see if your mum or friend would like them instead!
  • Walk. Where I live in Yorkshire, If I wanted I could literally walk with gorgeous green surroundings to another family members house. I really need to try and forego the quick car trip, get my trainers on and start calling in for a cup of tea (pre-warned of course). Especially when its sunny, there’s really not any excuse is there?
  • Blog. When your a blogger, once you have the weeks posts scheduled, you feel so much more relaxed. When I know I don’t have to run around trying to compile a blog post (with pictures included), I don’t have to stress about creating ideas on a whim and can enjoy my week and leave room to think about future posts within a more reasonable timeframe.
  • Relax. Yep, It’s me telling you to relax on a weekend. Shocker. But that’s what weekends are for right? Especially if you’ve done the above tasks, girl, you deserve chill. Get blankets, tea and Netflix. Plus, a snack. Because I’m really never without one.

 

Do you have any ideas for anything to do on a weekend whilst saving money?

 

If theres one thing I have a lot of in my makeup collection, it’s lip products! I haven’t purchased any new ones for quite a while, as I’m trying not to let my collection get too ridiculous. I’m definitely going to try and use the ones I currently have, before I buy any others.

I got the Clinique Nude Pop mini as a free gift in a magazine, and it’s a lovely lightweight nude. Its really moisturising on the lips, but pigmented too. I think its probably one of the most universal nudes thats out there. Maybe because its such a small product it gets lost in my makeup drawer?

Next up, is Tanya Burr Pink Cocoa. It took me an age to get my hands on this as it was sold out everywhere. It’s a bit more matte than I expected, and for that reason I need to make sure my lips are hydrated before applying it. When I wear this I always feel like my lips look a lot bigger and plumper, so I’m all for that! It kind of has the ‘grunge’ vibes that I love, especially teamed with a t-shirt, jeans and some messy hair.

I’m kinda cheating with the next one, the Rosie For Autograph Lip Glossy. As you would expect, this doesn’t last for ages on the lips, but it always looks so natural with a pretty shine that makes me want to wear it more often.

I wanted to include a red into this post, as I literally don’t think I’ve worn one THIS YEAR. How bad is that! The one which suits my skin tone the most (that I have) is definitely this Topshop lipstick in Rio Rio. Its not often I feel brave enough to wear a bold lip, as I think that as soon as I’m in public people are staring at me! On days when I have the confidence, I want to rock this.

 

Do you have a lipstick you want more wear out of?