Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Lush Lovin'

As you can guess by the title, I've taken a long over due trip to my local lush store to pick up my favourites, It’s no secret that I’m a HUGE Lush fan, so I was recently in town and couldn’t resist picking up a few good old favourites and I wanted to share with you guys a few things that I completely adore.

Avocado Co-Wash - It looks like a huge block of cheese but I promise you it’s not, I picked this up as I ran out of the huge block I bought a while back, I mentioned it briefly in my August favourites which you can read here, I adore the smell it’s so refreshing, & I love how it hydrates my hair and just leaves it feeling oh so soft and nourished, it’s packed with avocados & cider vinegar which gently cleanses the hair, but also leaves it feeling hydrated & nourished. I honestly can’t recommend this stuff highly enough, this whole block lasts me about 1-2 months maybe even more it’s just one of the best things I’ve ever used to wash my hair.

Needles & Pines Shower Jelly - I’m not really a huge fan of Lush’s shower jellies but when I smell Needles & Pines, it instantly reminds me of autumn & christmas, I bought one of these last christmas & completely loved it, so I of course had to pick one of these up again, it’s really hydrating and something that makes shower time that little bit more different, I’ve become ever so slightly obsessed with this shower jelly it’s honestly autumn and christmas mixed into something that you can have a shower with hahaha.

Dream Cream - Again I talked about this in my August Favourites, I ran out of this UH-MA-ZING cream so as soon as I saw it I added it my my some what lush growing basket.This buttery body lotion comes in two mixes one is self preserving (little bit more heavier for those of us with extra sensitive skin) and the classic, both of which are lovely but I just personally prefer the original as it takes less time to soak into the skin. It’s really hydrating and nourishing and has worked wonders on my sensitive skin. I keep this near my bedside and constantly take lil scoops and massage it onto my skin

Grease Lighting - Like most people my skin decides to have a lil tantrum now and again, so as soon as I saw this little gem I grabbed it, It’s amazing on blemishes and just soothes my skin completely, the nozzle on this is very useful as you can apply it directly to troublesome spots, it’s one of my all time favourite highstreet skin saviours, It’s perfect makeup bag size too.

Catastrophe Cosmetic - I’ve raved about this for at least 3-4 years now….so it goes without saying that I frickin’ adore this facemask, I just find it really balances the oiliness and dryness of my skin whilst leaving it looking more brighter and fresher. Catastrophe Cosmetic & Don’t Look At Me are probably my all time favourites both the fresh facemasks last about a month and work wonders.

And that is everything I’ve recently picked up from my local Lush.

What are your all time Lush favourites?

Sunday, 28 August 2016

August Favourites | 2016

So the past couple of weeks real lifeness has ran away with me.....but now I'm back, sitting here typing away my August Favourite with a hot chocolate in one hand & my little pineapple notebook in the other whilst it's raining cats and dogs outside.....what I'm trying to say is yes I did take a lil break but I'm now back in full swing. You may have noticed I didn't upload my July favourites and that was because I didn't really feel like anything had properly stood out to me but throughout August many a thing has you'll be pleased to know. So without further-a-do here are my August Favourites. 

First things I've been loving this month are two Lush products......Avocado Co-Wash & Dream Cream Body Lotion. If you know me & you know my blog then you will know just how much I frickin' LOVE Lush, so much so I've got another haul coming up very very soon. 

Avocado Co-Wash - I'm fully aware it looks like a huge block of cheese but it's not.......I wash my hair 2-3 times a week & this has been one of my holy grail haircare products for about 5 months now, & I can't for the life of me quite believe I've not ever mentioned it before now to you guys. Avocado Co-Wash is basically a deeply cleansing & nourishing hair co-wash that leaves your hair feeling hydrated, nourished & shiny in just one wash.......I can't even begin to tell you how much of a difference this has made to my hair, It's stronger, softer & just smells UH-MA-ZING. It's packed with fresh avocados, cider vinegar (gives hair a deep cleanse without damaging hair) & olive oil. It honestly leaves your hair oh so soft & silky. If you get dry hair or just want your hair to feel a million dollars I very highly recommend this, be sure to check it out. A block of this stuff lasts me about 1-2 months, and it's honestly one of the best hair care products on the highstreet.

Dream Cream Hand & Body Lotion - Sensitive skin is something that I struggle with, my skin is always dry so a couple of months back I purchased a pot of this body lotion after hearing many an amazing review & I thought I'd give it a whirl.....honestly I can now *places hand on heart* see just why it's one of Lush's NO.1 best selling products.....It's helped my skin imensely it's stopped it from feeling constantly dry, Dream Cream is really really hydrating and nourished my skin completely just after one use, I adore the smell it's a really sweet lavender, it's calming & soothes skin & has given my skin a new lease of life. I love this stuff SO much, that I'm now on my third pot. It's very light, and has an almost fluffy texture, I really couldn't agree more with the's honestly a dream cream. My skin just feels 100% better when I use this cream.

Nuxe Lip Balm - Not only do I get dry skin I also get really dry lips, but since using my trusty Nuxe Lip Balm all of my scaly lip worries have disappeared, as you can see by the photo above it's been well loved & I do need to repurchase another one of these, It's nourishing, hydrating & I can still feel it's there after I've had a drink or eaten something. It's one of my most favourite lip balms I've ever bought, it's another one of them product that I don't think I'll ever part with.

Alien By Thierry Mugler - I'm fully aware it's summer but after raking through my overgrown perfume collection I came across one of my all time favourite perfumes & it's Alien by Thierry Mugler, it's more of an autumn & winter perfume but it's one of them fragrances that I love wearing all year round, you can also smell it a million miles away, it just smells gorgeous, it's quite a sexy smelling fragrance yet anyone can wear it all year round, I've just been wearing this throughout the whole of August, It's the one fragrance that whenever I wear it everyone I know asks what perfume am I's just a perfume everyone I know seems to love. 

Makeup wise, I've been keeping it quite low key & have had more makeup free days than makeup days.....which is amazing for my skin however not so much for the general public & my friends. But I have been loving two very trusty concealers.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly - I've done a proper review of it here so I won't ramble (for a change) but it's one of the best concealers ever, hides my spiffing dark circles, it just looks like I've had a really good nights sleep whenever I use this, it's really light, blends like a dream and just feels hydrating. It's creamy and I've been alternating between this & the Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer.

Bourjois Radiance Reveal Concealer in 01 Ivory - I've really been loving this......I was recently recommended to check out this concealer by one of my friends who said I'd love it, and boy she was right, not only does it smell of frickin' watermelon it doesn't leave an awful orange tone under my eyes, with me being a pale peach most highstreet/drugstore concealers & foundations leave a lovely orange tone to my english rose skin, this one doesn't, it's honestly SO good, it really brightens under your eyes & just looks like you've had 8 hours sleep. blends really nicely, it's quite moisturising & really hydrates your eyes, the coverage is really good but I will say it's not as good coverage wise as my trusty collection lasting perfection, but still it's not far off. It just makes your eyes looks nice and refreshed and like you've had the best nights sleep ever. Seriously check this concealer out.

Estee Lauder Blush in Tease - Surprise, Surprise my Estee Lauder Tease blush has made and appearance again....I use this blush ALL the time especially in the summer, whenever I use this my skin instantly looks fresh & healthy, it gives a beautiful glow to the skin & I just adore this blush. WHY oh WHY can't Estee Lauder bring it out as a permanent product.

And that is everything I've been loving throughout this August. 

What are you August Favourites?


Thursday, 11 August 2016

Let's Talk......Anxiety & Panic

Just a quick little note before you begin to read this post.....this is something that I have wanted to write up for a really long time but have kept putting it off as a "I will when I'm ready" post, it's quite a personal post for today and something that I thought I'd share with you.

My blog is a space where I feel I can talk about anything and everything, from an Instagram worthy makeup photo or just my everyday beauty must haves, but there is one thing that I've been wanting to talk about & it's something I've mentioned briefly on my blog somewhere, it's my experiences with Anxiety & Panic attacks and hopefully make a positive impact on any of you reading this and if you are an anxiety and panic attack suffer like myself I can make you feel less alone in someway, because I have felt alone and like no-one understands what it feels like and basically to say hey it's okay I get it & to maybe show you an alternative way to getting help, that and to let you know "things will be fine".

My anxiety & panic attacks started from when I was about 13, throughout my life I've been through quite a lot of different challenging times to say the least, all from a young age, events where family members have died and I now can remember them only through photos, to other more recent life challenging events, which have all lead me to having and suffering with extremely bad anxiety & panic attacks. Anxiety & panic is an awful emotion that I have struggled to try and cope with, and like many it can creep up on me at any given time. They are not fun at all and something that I've found can for me personally take over and I find it a struggle to regain control and live a 'normal carefree' life, we all experience different levels of anxiety some can be as simple as "do I do this?" or "do I do that?" but some people including myself have a much more higher threshold which leads to having panic attacks and for me one of the main factors of my anxiety is feeling like I've upset someone or people and letting them down. Like I said I've had them since I was 13 and still have them today.......there have been SO many times where I've just wanted to curl up into a ball and just hide away, as my anxiety levels have hit the roof, I could walk into a shop somedays & literally have to run out of the nearest exit because something sent me into a panic.........and I might not even know what or why.

I have had days where I feel fine & then others where I just don't even want to leave my house because I'm that anxious, which in-turn leads to a vicious cycle of never ending fear and dread. I always find myself constantly being anxious as to "what if this...." or "what if that...". There has been many an occasion where I'm chatting to someone and what they are saying is going completely over my head and I just not focusing on what they are saying & all I can see is their mouth moving, or I have had to say I'm not feeling 100% today....or my anxiety has effected some of the decisions I make......

here are a few things that I've felt and that have happened to me whilst having a panic attack:

I've felt trapped and that I can't breathe
I start shaking and uncontrollable crying
I'm not fully 'with it'
when I get tired my mind goes into overload and triggers me to panic.
I've felt hot & cold
I've felt like I can't move,
I've felt smuthered
I've felt overwhelmed
Sheer terror
Light headed
Heart in head pumping really loudly and it's all I can hear
I've literally felt like I'm going to die
Really really hot and bothered

Like I said earlier sometimes you might not even know what caused you to feel anxious or send you into a panic which I've had and that's okay to not know or understand so don't ever beat yourself up. One panic attack experiences I had back in my school days was one of the worst I was feeling all these different feelings & emotions and I had people smothering me & even had people laugh at me (including fully grown adults), which is the worst part because I felt ten times more worse, this leads me onto the next part, people not I have struggled with this just as much as the anxiety and panic attacks themselves, I do understand that not everyone knows or 'gets' what anxiety is or what a panic attack is, or how it's triggered which is one thing that frustrates me, people not understanding yet being the first to laugh or not think about why I've made a certain decision, or how it affects my life. No one ever really understands until they've experienced it first hand and been there. However there are some people who might not understand but just roll with it and do the best they can to try and 'get' what you are feeling or going through.

The only way I can possibly describe it is that I can go from one minute feeling & being completely fine and positive to the next feeling crushed and wanting to run a million miles away which I'm sure many other people can relate to too, I've had a panic attacks whilst walking around a supermarket, in a cinema (one of the worst), a taxi, at a family members house, on the bus & train, at school, at work, and many other places, they just pop up out of the blue and then once I've had an attack I feel like I've ruined everything and get frustrated with myself because I feel like I can't 'get a grip' on my panic attacks and anxiety & that I'm letting people down. It's a vicious circle of emotions that can get better gradually and things slowly have for me, I've just started getting acupuncture and it's helping me millions, which I didn't think it would, I've had many people say to me "go and get some counselling ..." and many other things which I know in my heart wouldn't help as who likes talking about crap that's happened in their past? not me, but I decided that I wanted to try acupuncture, it's one of the weirdest things but has really helped bring down my anxiety, I've had about three to four sessions so far and I've never felt so calm and less anxious, I did feel very nervous & scared about going when it was the first session and almost said no I can't, but in the end I just did it. And I'm SO glad I did, I'm less anxious and just feel more calmer. I'm always on 'red alert' for things to happen which is because I'm basically like a leaf that's hanging on to a tree in autumn......the smallest rush of wind and it's fallen off and spinning in the air.....It's hard to stop....but since getting 'help' as such, it's making me feel much more of a calmer and less anxious person, I can wake up sometimes with sheer dread and terror as to "what if this...." or "what if that....", It's one thing that I have struggled with massively and it's even effected my confidence but slowly & touch wood *touches wood* I'm getting there slowly but in my own time.......I just wanted to say that everyday might not be good or go as you hoped, but that there is something good in everyday so make it count.

Anxiety & Panic can be quite soul destroying at times but the important thing you can do is, do things that make you calm and feel relaxed, surround yourself with oodles of positivity & positive people and live in the now....not in the past or the after all we can only live one day at a time till bedtime ;).

I just wanted to share this in hope that I can let anyone who is reading this not feel alone or like no-one gets what they are going through, because it's bloody difficult and something that I wish people talked about more, I also wanted to share a different way of getting control and help with sharing my experience with acupuncture which I will talk about more on here a few more sessions down the line, all I can say at this stage is, I feel a lot more calmer and like I'm slowly getting my anxiety under control.......which I've been wanting for a very very long time, so don't give up hope because things do and will get better.......just take one day at a time.

And just remember........."Things Will Be Fine".

Monday, 1 August 2016

Three Concealers you NEED to try

I love a good concealer, but with SO many out there to choose from it's often quite difficult to find an amazing one that does everything you could ever dream of, it's even more of a pain for us pale girls as we often buy a concealer that looks our shade but then once applied leaves a spiffing orange tone under our eyes and on anything else we wish to cover up.....yeah it's not a good look at all. So today I thought I'd share with you my top three concealers, one is highstreet/drugstore & the others are both highend.......all of which are amazing & are perfect for us pasty girls, so here are my favourite three concealers.

Nars Radiant Creamy Concealer in Chantilly - Pale girls if there is one UH-MA-ZING makeup brand you should check out it's Nars, I adore this concealer as it literally gives a good nights sleep in a few swipes and a good old bit of blending.....I'm the lightest shade which is Chantilly and it matches my skin tone perfectly, it gives great coverage, it doesn't crease under my eyes and just lasts all day, it banishes dark circles and hides spots too, it's incredible and yes it does live up to it's radiant and creamy name. It's that one concealer that banishes any fatigue look. I just adore this. The only thing I'm not a huge fan of is the heavy price tag at £20+ it's not cheap, but it is the best highend concealer I've come across. I adore the packaging on the tube too. It's one concealer that even though the price tag is heavy I would repurchase it anyway as it delivers everything I want from a concealer.

Collection Lasting Perfect Concealer in Fair - The one concealer that I can ALWAYS rely on, amazing coverage, lasts all day, it blends beautifully.......honestly *places had on heart* you will never find a concealer as good as this one on the highstreet, it's the best one I've ever come across, the coverage on this concealer is incredible and coming in at only £4.19 you can't go wrong. If I don't have this concealer in my makeup jungle then I don't feel normal. I have way to many of these as they are incredible. If you are on the market for a new highstreet/drugstore concealer, then I very highly recommend you check the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer out at £4.19 it's a frickin' bargain. Great coverage, it doesn't go cakey, the best thing is that it doesn't also slip down your face halfway through the day either.

Urban Decay Naked Skin Weightless Complete Coverage Concealer - I have already done a much more in-depth review of this here, but it's another amazing concealer, it really lives up to it's weightless promise as it's extremely light, it is one of them concealers that gives medium to build able coverage and is UH-MA-ZING, it doesn't leave a powdery cakey/dry look under your eyes, it just feels like your skin but better and hides my dark circles like a dream I honestly couldn't wish for a better concealer from Urban Decay, they do SO many cool and fantastic products. I just really really love this concealer. It's packaging again is very beautiful and just blends like a dream.

All of these concealers are amazing and you should all definitely go and check them out, they seriously don't disappoint.

What are you favourite concealers?

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