OVER-SHARING AS A BLOGGER.

 

Twitter.

Instagram.

Instagram Stories.

Blogging.

 

Bloggers (myself included), spend so much time sharing their life on social media that it is easy to feel like we’ve over-shared.

I can easily feel like I’ve over-shared just by tweeting a few more times or doing a lot of Instagram stories. (I did my makeup on there the other day and thats what brought on this blog post.. which I know is ridiculous!!)

It’s such a vulnerable, stripped back feeling that I don’t really like, even though it’s easy disproportionate. Like you’re opening yourself up to be judged. Its not like I’m telling the world my deepest darkest secrets (I don’t really have any, FYI!). I don’t go into great detail about my private life, apart from my mental health, which I am more than happy to share, as I feel I have a duty to.

I never want to seem that I’m attention seeking or thinking that I’m more important than others. The ‘ooh look at me’ kinda vibe. I’m not about that! I never want people to think ‘oh here she goes again’.

I post on Instagram twice a day, because I enjoy it and love the platform, not because I feel like I have to or that I’m sharing too much of myself.

At the moment, I’m really toying with the idea of upping my blogging ~game~ and maybe trying to post *5 days a week* instead of 3. I want to do this FOR ME. As kind of a challenge to see how long I can last. Doing the same ‘lifestyle’ type of posts as usual. I just don’t want to bombard people with content if they’re not interested!

 

How do you feel about over-sharing? Do you ever feel like you have? 

 

 

HOW TO SUPPORT SOMEONE WITH THEIR MENTAL HEALTH

As someone who has suffered with severe anxiety I thought I would write this post for anyone out there, who is wondering how to help their loved one on their own journey, just incase you need it. This is only my advice.

 

NO JUDGEMENT

This comes first and foremost to me, because sometimes (well, most times I think) mental health cannot be controlled. They are not acting like this ON PURPOSE. I think many who haven’t had experience in this area think some of it may be attention seeking, or wanting their own way. But trust me, there is no way ANYONE would put themselves through any of this for personal gain. So please try to leave your judgement at the door. It will make it easier for everyone.

ATTENTION

This may differ to everyone, but I know for me, when I have had low days with anxiety I need extra attention from those around me. I need to *feel* supported and looked after. I kind of go back into baby mode (but to be fair, I’ve never left far!)  I get that this requires more of everyone, but if they love you and you explain that you this is what you need to feel a little better, they will help you. Whether thats a few more cuddles in each day, taking care of your dinner, or doing a bit more around the house, it can all add up.

POSITIVITY + AN ACTION PLAN

In my life in general, I like to be surrounded by positive people and energy. Luckily, my mum is one of the most positive people I know. If I’ve had a panic attack, or feeling all mixed up with my emotions, we sit. We talk about it. We find a positive outcome. If its due to something that’s stressing me and making me anxious, how can we make this easier for me? If I’m in a bad mood, why am I feeling like this, have I had enough sleep? Am I taking all my vitamins etc? Creating an action plan with positive steps to move forward with, always makes me feel better. Just make sure you don’t put this across as ‘fixing’ the anxiety! Only creating small baby steps working towards a goal you both think is achievable.

I hope this may of helped you when supporting someone you know who needs it! <3

TRYING OUT PAI SKINCARE

 

I’ve been wanting to try Pai skincare since I heard Estee Lalonde (essiebutton back in the day) talk about it being so great for sensitive skin. Their whole brand is that they ‘understand sensitive skin’ which is definitely what mine is. I never wanted to purchase anything from there though because the price wasn’t ever in my bracket.

 

However… when I stumbled into a local TK Maxx on a drizzly Saturday afternoon I was esctastic to find ‘The Everyday Collection’ in store at only £24.99! It contains a full size of the Camellia & Rose Gentle Hydrating Cleanser* (RRP: £28), full size of the Rosehip BioRegenerate Oil* (£22), a muslin cloth and a mini of the Chamomile & Rosehip Calming Day Cream.*

 

The cleanser is a beautiful calming product which just instantly soothes my skin. Sometimes cleansers can break me out but this didn’t happen here. It was very lovely to use, and I’m super impressed with the size of it! I think it will take me a while to use, which I’m not complaining about! All about getting value for money. I usually use rose hip oil practically daily, so trying out a different one of the same product was interesting. It comes out of the bottle bright orange, but don’t worry it doesn’t tint the skin (although at one point I thought it was going to!). I find rosehip oil so so soothing and calming to the skin, they seem to really sink in and nourish it well. The day cream is so lovely too and just leaves my skin nice and hydrated for the rest of the day.

 

These three products really are the ‘instant calm’ they say on the tin.

 

Have you ever tried Pai skincare? 

 

 

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REFRESH YOUR BEDROOM FOR SUMMER WITH COTTON BEDDING*

You guys know I love my decluttering, but I still end up with SO. MUCH. STUFF!!! If I’m being particularly disorganised, after a while our bedroom ends up looking very messy. I wanted to compile a list of a few tips that hopefully you guys might find useful, as will I! Especially now as its (sometimes) a bit warmer outside, refreshing your bedroom for summer sounds perfect!

 

Yorkshire Linen

Dunelm

Zara

Urban Outfitters

 

EASY DOES IT

We are always so busy, so when we get home from work, or when we *need* a weekend to chill out, the last thing I want to do is wade through rubbish. I recommend doing little bits and pieces at a time, starting slowly with dusting the windowsills and removing any stuff that doesn’t need to be there. (I don’t know about you, but thats where EVERYTHING of mine seems to go). If you have a whole day to dedicate to it, then go ahead don’t let me stop you! But if you’re a busy bee, anything is better than nothing. 

 

ORGANISE YOUR ‘STUFF’

Those books piled up at the side of the bed? Why don’t you actually put them on the bookshelf (telling myself here). Nail polishes left out, put them back with all the others in their storage. I find having designated places for different categories super helpful, that way my skincare collection stays in the bathroom, and doesn’t wander all over the bedroom.

NEW COTTON SHEETS

Is it just me or does having new sheets make your bedroom 1000x better? Plus, they are always worthy of a new Instagram in my opinion. With that in mind, I picked out a few designs that I love from the ‘Pure Cotton’ range over at Yorkshire Linen. Let me know which is your favourite! I’m stuck choosing *just* one!

How do you guys refresh your bedroom for summer?

*This post was collaborated with Yorkshire Linen. All opinions, tips included 😉 are my own.

 

PRODUCTS I LOVE THAT I DON’T HEAR ENOUGH ABOUT.

I wanted to write this post as I have quite a few products that I really love using, but never really hear about mentioned on the ol’ Blogosphere. Hopefully, this may give you guys a few recommendations if you like the look of any of these!

 

Maybelliene Push Up Angel Mascara*

always see the Falsies mascara mentioned all over the shop, which I agree is a great one! However, this one is definitely my favourite. Its got the smallest bristles that is so lengthening and seperating, plus it is always so easy for me to use. I’m gonna be repurchasing this when mine runs out!

 

Rosie For Autograph- Lip Glossy in ‘Supermodel Smile’ and Cream Eyeshadow Stick in ‘Almond Eyes’

I have only tried a handful of products from this line, but I really rate everything so far. Its not the cheapest, but there is definitely good products in there and the packaging is super cute too. I love this lip glossy because its not tacky or sticky, and is in the perfect everyday nude. This cream eyeshadow stick is the easiest thing ever, just one swipe all over the lids and I blend the edges with my fingers for a quick, but beautiful, champagne base on the eyes!

 

No7 Highlight Stick- Instant Radiance*

This is a lovely cream pearl based highlighter that I just dab with my fingers onto the desired areas. It gives off a lovely glow, and it isn’t too pricey either. I think it could potentially suit all skin tones, but you can always test in the shops first! I never hear this talked about, but I have no idea why not.

 

Bare Minerals Invisible Light Powder Duo*

I’ve always wanted to try the Hourglass highlighters and blushes, but they always seem a bit steep for my budget. I got this very similar kind from Bare Minerals for Christmas and have used it SO much since! I love the fact that its two products in one, which just helps me not to have TOO many products in the makeup bag. Both powders are very light and not at all chalky on the skin, just very natural looking. If this is in your budget, you should get it! It is seeming to last forever to, which is a good thing for my bank account!

(L-R) Highlight from the Bare Minerals palette, Matte powder from the BM palette, Eyeshadow stick, Lip Glossy, no7 instant radiance stick.

 

Have you guys ever tried any of these? Should I do a skincare version of this post?

 

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