Thursday, 8 June 2017

All About Amie Skincare*


Over the past few months, I haven't been wearing makeup as much as I used to and I also haven't been practising my skincare routine. This has partly been down to the stress of revision and my GCSE exams, because it's left me with hardly any motivation for anything else.
Now that my exams are beginning to slow down a little (12 down, 6 to go!), I've started to put more time and attention into my blog whenever I get the chance. I've been planning brand collaborations in the background and today's post is the perfect example of that!
Before I got in touch with Amie Skincare, I'd seen them around when I've been searching the web or shopping and I'd heard of them through social media, but I'd never actually taken the time to do my research until a couple of weeks ago. For those of you who may be unaware, Amie is an all natural beauty and skincare range that's available to buy in Waitrose or through online retailers. The products are free from parabens, sulphates, mineral oils, petrochemicals and animal extracts, meaning that they are suitable for vegetarians and vegans. What a winner!
I was very kindly sent a couple of products to try out in the post for blogging purposes and so I'll talk you through my thoughts today on all 3 things.
Amie New Leaf Deep Pore Exfoliating Polish - £5.95. As far as I'm aware, I've never really spoken about my love for facial exfoliators and scrubs before. I used to use the St Ives Apricot one religiously for ages until it ran out and then I got sent this one to try by Amie! Honestly, I think it blows the St Ives option out the water. Never before have I liked an exfoliator as much as I like this one. I've used it every single day since I got sent it a couple of weeks ago, and it's actually almost completely run out! I'll definitely be repurchasing it time and time again. It has such a refreshing, uplifting smell and it's clear that there are no nasties going onto your face. It has a really nice texture to it, as I don't feel like it's too thin and greasy, but it's also not too thick and heavy - it's just perfect! There are little exfoliating beads, which I love it and it really does leave your face feeling squeaky clean, which is obviously what you want in a face wash! I'd say that it works best for combination to oily skin, as that's what mine is and it works a treat.
Amie DAYBRIGHT GLOW Brightening Sheet Masks - £6.99 (x3 in a box). I'm sure most of you have heard about the Garnier Mositure Bomb Sheet Masks by now, right? Although I've never tried the product myself, I've been intrigued by the whole sheet mask concept ever since. When I saw that this brightening one was in my package, I got so excited and I couldn't wait tot try it out! Just like the exfoliating polish, it has that really refreshing, uplifting smell that seems natural and pure. The mask goes on super easily and even though you look like a ghost for about 20 minutes, you can definitely notice a difference in your skin once you have taken it off. I like how you get 3 in each box, because you really do get your money's worth and they can last a good few weeks too.
Amie Petal Perfect Cleansing Micellar Water - £4.95. Ever since I can remember, I've started using micellar water instead of makeup remover wipes. I can't stand them anymore. They make my skin feel all polluted and dirty, which entirely defeats the whole purpose of them. Whenever I wear makeup, even if it's just a scrap, I always have to properly cleanse and exfoliate my face afterwards, otherwise I can't go to sleep because my skin feels so tacky. First of all, can we just appreciate how cute the name 'Petal Perfect' is? I love it! This gets my makeup off like a dream, all with just a couple of swipes from a cotton pad! I will admit that it does sometimes sting my eyes when I try to get my mascara off, but I think that every micellar water does that, so it isn't too much of a big deal! It also smells really fresh and clean and it does exactly what it's meant to do. Although it's a bit more expensive than the Garnier one and for a smaller amount, at least Amie aren't one of the brands that test on animals!
I hope this post has helped some of you! Let me know if you're going to try any of the products out.
Lots of love always,
Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Amie Skincare. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Think Before You Speak

Unless you have been living under a rock for the past few months, you will probably have watched 13 Reasons Why on Netflix by now. I'm yet to finish Season 1, but the producers have already confirmed that they will be bringing out Season 2 at some point, so I better hurry up!
Although this post isn't solely based on the drama itself, I feel as though it's important to take some time to discuss the message behind it. Bullying, self-harm, sexual assault and suicide seem to be such taboo topics and I want to stop that and smash the stigma surrounding them all.
They are 4 major issues that I, and so many other people have struggled with, whether that be years ago, recently or even if it's an ongoing thing. The truth is, everybody has at least one issue that they struggle with in silence. Even if you think that somebody you know personally has a perfect life, I can guarantee that they deal with their own demons too.
In today's society, we don't always think before we speak. We are all so quick to judge and sometimes we can act carelessly, even when we don't mean to. Sometimes, I've said things that I perceive to be jokes, or simply a bit of 'banter', but then the person that was on the receiving end could have gone home in tears. People are incredibly judgemental and insensitive nowadays and they do things in the spur of the moment. This isn't okay. Your words and actions can hurt. You could push someone off the edge. You could be the reason that someone breaks down, questioning their self-worth every night before they go to sleep. Could you live with yourself knowing that you were the reason that somebody spiralled out of control, their mental health deteriorating as each day goes by?
I've been bullied before. Maybe you have? Your brother, sister, cousin, best friend? It's honestly one of the worst situations to be in and the way that it makes an individual feel is indescribable. Nobody deserves that - not even your worst enemy.
There are over 7 billion of us in this world. 7 billion is such an incredibly huge number. More people are being born every day. I certainly don't want any children getting born into a world full of hatred and fear. We all only get one life. We need to make the most of it.
I'm using my social media following in the way that I believe everyone should. People probably don't look up to me, as I'm just an average 16 year old girl, but I have an attitude that I hope everybody reading this post can adopt and pass on. I'm here to talk about what matters. I'm here to talk about taboo topics. I'm here to try and use my platform to make a difference and stand up for what I believe in. I'm here to use my voice and roar for what is right. People shouldn't be suffering in silence. It's 2017 and there are still horrific tragedies going on in the world. There are acts of terrorism happening, which should not be happening. I will never condone hatred or harm to others, whether that be humans or animals in any way at all. Innocent people are either taking their lives, or losing their lives every second. That realisation truly does break my heart and my thoughts, love and prayers go to anyone who has ever been affected negatively by anything, whether that's terrorism, racism, bullying, crime, violence, sexual abuse - anything.
Making a difference starts at home, with you. You can be the change you wish to see in the world. You can choose to be kind. You can choose to be caring. You can choose to try and be more positive and make others feel the same.
I'm going to be doing more of these posts over the coming weeks, because I really do feel like they could impact someone's life and encourage them to change things around for the better. Let me know what you think and whether it's helped you!
Let's finish off with a poem that I wrote a little while ago..
Not everybody will like you
Not everybody will understand you
Not everybody will treat you as if you are somebody
All of that is irrelevant
You need to be aware of your self worth
You need to radiate positivity
You need to smile through the sadness
Anything is possible
You can do absolutely anything that your heart desires
Lots of love always,



Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Don't Settle For A F**kboy

All in all, it's been a pretty painful 3 years in regards to my love life. I've been in love with a f**kboy for 3 years. Considering I'm only 16 years old, that's quite a long time to be in love - especially as it's all blown up in flames now anyway.

I'm not going to be nasty, or bitter towards my ex, because that isn't the purpose of this post. The purpose is to hopefully empower or encourage other young woman in the same way that I have so desparately needed empowering and encouraging throughout these past few years. I don't want people to have to go through this pain, so I'm going to try and help prevent it.

When we were together properly (ignoring the 2 previous disasters), we lasted 9 months. That may not sound like a particularly long time, but to me, it meant everything.

Now, don't get me wrong, we weren't 100% committed to each other (certainly not on his part anyway) and at such a young age, I didn't really expect much more than that if I'm honest. I think that because it was my first relationship, I did initially expect it to be all sunshine and rainbow, much like it appears to be in a fairytale and I wasn't aware that in reality, this wasn't going to be the case.

I'm not writing this post to go into the ins and outs of our romantic history. I don't really feel like that's relevant and besides, I've already touched on it in the past. To cut the incredibly long, complicated story short, I have been romantically involved with my ex for the past 3 years, so since I was 13. Going through hormonal changes and beginning to develop into a teenager is hard enough, but then getting intimate with something throughout those intense years is even harder and it adds layers to the situation that probably wouldn't have been there otherwise if we were both fully-fledged adults.
I genuinely did love my ex and I'm going to be honest in saying that I probably will always have feelings for him, deep down. I did anything and everything for him. I would have literally swam across the sea just to be by his side and have him tell me that he loved me one last time.

Unfortunately, some fairytale's just aren't meant to be. Sometimes, the person that you thought was going to end up as your prince actually isn't the one that you were destined to get your happy ever after with. That's how it is in my case.

Throughout your life, you will come across many f**kboys. It pains me to say that, but it's the cold, hard truth. There will be boys that lead you on, use you and play with your emotions just so they can get what they want, because they are lusting after that moment of pleasure and they are hoping that you will satisfy their desires.

In all honesty, I have had this happen to me many times and I've seen it happen to the people that I care about most. It's horrible and it makes me disgusted that people feel as though it's okay to string others along, just so that they can benefit from it. Us girls fall quickly and easily and that is not our fault. We can't help how we naturally feel and we shouldn't be the ones that get the blame.

All I can say is that you deserve better than this. You deserve more than to be glanced at, explored and then completely destroyed just to end up being flung back on the shelf again. I know you want to feel special. I know you want to feel like your body is a blessing that boys admire. I know you crave someone that will trace the crevices of your being with their delicate fingertips.

And I promise you that person will come along - one day.

Please don't settle for a f**kboy. Please don't cry yourself to sleep each night, tossing and turning, because you can't possibly fathom the fact that he's given you yet another measly excuse. Please don't give away your beautiful body and your sensational soul to someone who's just going to tear you apart and rip you into shreds. If someone is giving you signs that they don't care, believe them. Respect yourself enough to know when it's time to let go. Don't chase after him, my love. If he wants to walk away and miss out on spending a lifetime with a princess like yourself, then he quite simply isn't worth it. Let him carry on being a narcissistic waste of space. You can and you will get better than that, someday.

It may take you weeks, months or even years. I know it will be one of the most difficult things that you will have to go through, but coming out as a stronger, sassier woman on the other side will make the whole struggle worth it. You are capable of more than you believe and you don't need an immature boy to jeopardise your future. As hard as it is, you need to gradually distance yourself and focus on what's important. If you want to talk to them and be friends in the future, then I'm certainly not the person to stop you. I just don't want you to get walked over and treated like crap, because you are so much more than that.  

Much like the flower in the photo I chose specifically above, you will blossom and you will bloom into a beautiful, brave woman. You will go on to achieve many great things and you will gain the genuine sparkle back in your eyes.

One day, you won't wince at the sound of his name. One day, you won't let out a scream at the sound of his voicemail. One day, you won't yearn for his presence under your bed sheets.

One day, you will set him free and you will be as happy as you possibly can be.

Lots of love always,


Monday, 1 May 2017

Writing Poetry


It all started in a Citizenship class that I was having in Year 7. That was when I discovered the passion that I have for poetry.
I'm not talking about the Shakespeare or Jane Austen type here (no disrespect), but I mean modern poetry and the fact that it's a way in which I can express even my deepest thoughts.  
With many things in my life, particularly relationships and personal struggles, I always used to feel helpless, because I didn't know how I was supposed to deal with them. When I had a particular Citizenship lesson one day, I got the chance to write a poem to see what I could come up with. To my surprise, I was actually more skilled at it than I had originally thought.
After that, I gradually began writing poetry more and more regularly. It didn't necessarily always rhyme, but it told a story straight from the heart. It was raw, it was emotional, it was real.
For the past 3 years, I've been writing poems whenever I've felt the need to express emotions or reflect on experiences. I'm not going to lie, most of them are romantic or about a particular ex that I've struggled to move on from, but that's just because upsetting poems about love and breakups are much easier to write from the heart and the honesty is often valued much more than sugar-coated rubbish.
If any of you do struggle with your emotions or you find it difficult to process certain things, I'd definitely suggest writing them down. Whenever a thought comes to mind, just write it down. You don't have to turn it into a Shakespeare inspired piece, but poetry really can be anything that you make it. Even just writing a few lines about how sad your feeling could count as a poem! Writing can be really therapeutic and it can help you to come to terms with your thoughts and then find the words to tell the people that you love and care about most.
Depending on what all of you think, I would be more than happy to share some of my poems with you in the future. I do have a poetry account, but I haven't been brave enough to make that public just yet, so you will have to try and encourage me if that's something that you'd want to see! If enough people would be interested, then I suppose I could consider it!
Do you read/write poetry? What do you think about using it as a form of self-expression?
Lots of love always,


Wednesday, 19 April 2017

Stepping Into Spring With Style


 Top - Topshop
Skirt - New Look
Sandals - Primark
Necklace - New Look
Over the past few weeks (especially since the clocks went forward at the end of March), the weather has really brightened up in the UK. So, out come the skirts, vest tops and sandals whilst we wave goodbye to thick winter coats, boots and a million and one layers.
As I haven't done an outfit post in what seems like, (and probably has been forever), I thought now would be the perfect time to do so. Hopefully I'll do a variety of different ones when I've broken up for the Summer, because now that I'm in Year 11, I get almost 3 months off, so I'll have plenty of time to wear what I want and photograph it if it's warm enough!
On this particular day, I decided to go out of my comfort zone, due to the fact it was sunny outside and I wore a vest top and skirt for the first time in absolutely ages. I really liked the scalloped detailing on the top, as it just gives it an interesting touch and I think it makes it look more delicate and feminine when it doesn't just hang down. The skater skirt is also one of my favourites, because it's loose and it goes with a lot of different things too. I think the colour suits my pale skin tone, because it doesn't wash me out, which is always a good thing, especially during the Summer time.
If you want to see more of these outfit type posts, then let me know in the comments or my social media and I'll definitely make more of an effort with them in the future.
Lots of love always,

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