Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Stepping Outta That Comfort Zone


One thing that has always made me slightly afraid is the idea of change, and new experiences in life. Don't get me wrong, there is always an element of excitement in these situations too, but for the most part, I initially shy away from anything, and everything that doesn't fit into my comfort zone.

Since becoming a teenager (which was almost 4 years ago now!), I've definitely come out of my shell, and I do genuinely think that I'm beginning to discover myself, and who I am as an individual. Growing up is difficult, and it is a challenge for most of us, but it's also the time where I believe you choose your own fate, and ultimately, create your own path .

A couple of years ago, I was in an incredibly dark place. I was being quite badly bullied at school, I wasn't all that happy at home for various reasons, and I was just generally struggling to cope with my mental health. I had no hopes, or dreams for the future, and sometimes, I couldn't even see myself waking up the next day.

Things have improved dramatically since those days. I am now so much more positive, and confident, and I'm actually willing to step out of my comfort zone whenever I get the opportunity to do so.

Stepping out of your comfort zone isn't easy. It's something that you aren't going to want to do, because the whole idea is that you have gotten so used to it that you can't bear to think any differently, but trust me when I say it will do you the world of good just to make a change.

Be confident in your own abilities. I'm a believer of God, and I don't know how many of you are interested in religion, and Christianity, but I think it's really important to feel like something, or someone is guiding you, and motivating you to do well in a sense, and in turn, helping you to want to be successful. Even if you don't have that in your life, you should want to do well for you.

Push yourself. Do things you would normally shy away from, because the choices we make that scare us the most at first are the ones that are really going to help us grow, and develop as individuals.

I'm hoping to go to University next year (hence the photo for this post!), and that would mean that I have to step out of my comfort zone immensely. I'll be living with people I don't know in an area that I'm not entirely familiar with on a course that challenges me, and will most likely encourage me to fend for myself. I've become quite an independent person already as the years have gone on compared to how I used to be, but this is going to be something completely different, I know!

The whole purpose of this post is to tell you that it's okay to step away from your safety bubble. It's okay to do things out of the ordinary, and try to say yes to an opportunity, just because you can't lose out on anything if you give it a go.

Live your life for you, and only you. You will thank yourself for it in the future - I promise. 

Lots of love always,



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Sunday, 4 February 2018

My Favourite Lipstick... EVER?!


Being your average 16 year old girl, who doesn't work as of yet (that will all change soon), I can't exactly afford for my entire makeup collection to be made up of MAC, and only MAC. I'm usually a believer in the fact that stores on the high street can sell a variety of products that are essentially dupes for the higher end versions anyway, so why waste money that I don't even have in the first place?

If I could count how many lip products, let alone lipsticks that I'd tried since getting in to makeup, I think it'd easily be way into the 100's, or more! There has been a mixture of high street, and high end (but more high street, I must say), and I have given them all a fair test over time. 

However, when it comes to my favourite, MAC's Velvet Teddy takes the tiara over all of the rest. 
THE PACKAGING
Just like all of the MAC lipsticks, Velvet Teddy comes in the classic, sleek black packaging. I know it may look really simple, and even slightly bland to some people, but I just think it looks more expensive, and more sophisticated to be totally honest! MAC is an effortless brand in general, and people already know that, so there's no need for super fancy packaging to add to that vibe. I always feel very extra if I'm taking out my MAC lippie to apply, and I secretly love that haha!

THE COLOUR
If you're looking for the most perfect nude that you will ever see in your life, (super dramatic, but super true) then I guarantee that Velvet Teddy is for you. Never before did I think that I'd find a nudey shade as lovely as this one, and as well suited for my incredibly pale complexion! It doesn't wash me out, because it isn't too light, and it doesn't have any unflattering undertones either. It just gives you a little something, a little gloss of colour, to get you through the day feeling like an absolute babe. It's definitely my go-to, and I couldn't even see myself reaching for an alternative now! Regardless of whatever your skin tone is, I think this colour will still be equally as flattering. 

THE TEXTURE

Believe it, or not (this actually came as a shock to me personally), Velvet Teddy is actually a matte finish! I'm not that much of a fan of mattes, as that's just my own opinion, and so I usually put a clear lip balm on underneath (I'm not really a regular gloss girl either, but I am partial to some shine every now, and then!), because it just gives more of a healthy glow, which is especially helpful if you get quite cracked lips like I do! It still looks gorgeous if it is matte though, don't get me wrong. 

THE PRICE
Having said all of those positive things, the only negative I can really think of the puts me off is the price. Obviously, it doesn't put me off to the point where I won't repurchase the product (because, believe me, I will when the time comes!), but my MAC lipsticks are typically what I receive as gifts, just because it feels more special, and more luxurious. That's the one day I allow myself to feel like a proper princess anyway! I have had this current one (and my first!) since my 16th, which was in March, and I still have a decent amount left, considering I wear it everyday, so it is worth that extra investment if you're into your lipsticks like me!!

Have you girlies ever owned Velvet Teddy? If so, what do you think of it?

Lots of love always,


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Wednesday, 24 January 2018

A Comforting Candle Company ft. Candle Spa*


Something that I've never really spoken about on my blog before is my love for anything, and everything to do with relaxation. I do talk about self-care quite regularly, and I know there's a link between the two to some extent, but today, I thought I'd take the time to mention a candle company that I discovered a couple of months ago, as it's always good to introduce a new type of content!

Back in November, I got in touch with Candle Spa, who create, and sell natural soy wax candles that help to provide people with that everyday spa feeling. I was very kindly sent this Lavender & Black Pepper Candle to review for all of you, as well as the Lady Ashleigh Reed Diffuser. 

I was absolutely blown away by both of these gifts. Everything feels luxurious about this brand, from the boxes the products come in, and the individual packaging to the scents themselves. Even though I've never been to a spa, or anything of the sort, I can genuinely imagine immersing myself into that experience whenever I smell these two products. They're absolutely divine, and I think that they would work perfectly in a home, a salon, a spa, or even guest houses/hotels. 

Not everybody can afford to have a spa day, or pamper themselves regularly, if ever, but these people may work incredibly hard on a daily basis, and want nothing more than to add some serenity to their routine for a change. Considering the candle on its own is £12, I don't think many of us would be able to resist that offer. You can burn one whilst reading a book, having a bath, cuddling up on the sofa, or literally anything else that takes your fancy. Even if you don't want to start burning it right away, it still looks beautiful, and chic whilst on display, and I guarantee any visitors will ask about the brand, and where they can make a purchase from!

In regards to the packaging, I got sent a note with very interesting information on it, so I thought that rather than giving a poor explanation myself, I'll just insert what that says here:

"The core values of the Candle Spa brand are to provide a self-indulgent product in a recognisable quality pack that reflects the image of a hand-poured luxury product made here in the UK. Aimed at four star hotels and Spa's on the commercial side, it's measure of success is to see how well the packs sit within that environment; and on every count it achieves that objective. The original concept was created in-house using natural images of pebbles/hot stones and a floral accompaniment to provide fragrance differentiation amongst the product range. The majority of the packs display an orchid, as this is often used as decoration within Spa's and Beauty Salons and evokes a sense of quality, and relaxation. Orchids also represent longevity, which we feel our products offer the consumer, with the diffusers lasting up to 3 months (50% longer than some well-known competitor products). The teal foiling and gloss lamination provides a real on-shelf focus of luxury, and quality, better-reflecting a cosmetic brand rather than a home decor one."

As well as the candles being made of natural soy wax, they also have non-metal wicks, to which they add luxury blends of fragrance oils to help create an added feeling of utter relaxation. The company's Spa range comes in 3 different sizes, which are 20cl, 30cl, and 50cl (the 3 wick one!). It's thought that they last approximately 30, 45, and 80 hours, proving that you get incredible value for money, and they aren't even extortionately  pricey in the first place! 

Some of the scents that you can choose from include: Patchouli & Ginger, Pomegranate & White Fig, Spicy Pear, Woodsage & Sea Salt, Lotus Flower, and then (obviously) Lavender & Black Pepper, to name just a few of them. 

Whatever it is that you're on the hunt for, I'm sure you will be able to find something to satisfy all of your senses if you go and check out Candle Spa's website. You definitely won't regret it!

Are you a candle lover? What sort of scents are your favourites?

Lots of love always,


Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with Candle Spa. I was lucky enough to get sent these products to review for free. However, all thoughts and opinions are my own as always.

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Sunday, 7 January 2018

Sharing My Secret...


Something that I've been keeping hush hush about for the longest time can finally be revealed, and I genuinely couldn't be more excited about that. 

In case you didn't already know...


I'M WRITING MY OWN BOOK!!!!

Ever since I was a little girl, I've always loved reading, and writing of all sorts. I was mainly into the creative aspect of it, because my imagination is super crazy, but as I got into secondary school, I'd write a couple of diary entries here, and there, when I was going through a particularly bad patch, and then just place my focus onto English lessons. It's not that I lost the interest whatsoever, but it was automatically placed to the back of my mind, because I just didn't have the time, or the ideas, and quite frankly, I didn't have much reason to put in all the effort either. 

Wanting to write a book has been something that has always stuck with me. The idea has never disappeared, but I didn't ever imagine that I'd be announcing the plan at the age of 16. 

Although I've touched on the tough times I've faced in blog posts before, I've never really shared all the whole story, and I don't usually tend to share the personal poems that I write either. When I was going through the beginning of the drama, I was too young to properly read, or write, so I obviously didn't have that escape back then, but throughout my teenage years, I've always turned to writing. I find that it really helps me to put things into perspective, and it allows me to process things properly, and in some ways, rationalise the way that I'm feeling. That's why I do it for myself, but I also do it for other people. They may be able to relate, they may find comfort out of my poems, they make feel less alone knowing that somebody else has battled with similar demons. I know that I personally feel that way with other people's poetry anyway. 

The book is going to be called 'Intoxicated Minds', and there are a couple of reasons behind that. To me, intoxicated means out of control, overthinking, the madness of growing up, and minds is a collective term, referring to teenagers, and young people as a whole, or just every human in general. I also perceive intoxicated as meaning young people are poisoned by the societal standards, and expectations, but they aren't all necessarily conforming to them. 

I have also started thinking about chapters, and I've now got the 5 solid ones set in stone. They are: empathy, encouragement, empowerment, excitement, and experiment. How cool do they sound?! I wanted them all to start with the same letter 'e', because that symbolises emotions, and obviously, I want my book to be pretty damn emotional (both good, and bad!), because that's more realistic. 

I don't want to share too many more details, because it all is still very new, and exciting, and I don't want to give everything away, and ruin the surprise, but I just want to say that this really is a dream come true. I feel so happy, and hopeful, and so proud of myself for trying to do this (basically) on my own at such a young age. I have big dreams, and this has always been up there in my top 3, I'd say. 
Just keep your eyes peeled, as I'll always give you the updates as soon as I have them! 

Let me know how you feel about poetry, and whether you would consider purchasing my book once it's available! I would really appreciate all of the support, and all of the feedback I can get, because you guys are the best at showing the love.

Thank you for everything, and I hope you're just as excited about this whole project as I am!

Lots of love always,






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Friday, 5 January 2018

My Goals For 2018


I genuinely can't believe that we're already nearly a week into 2018. Where in the world has the time gone?! It blows my mind, because I'm sure the years are just going by faster, and faster. 

A new year only means one thing - New Years Resolutions. Well, unless you're like me, and you don't believe in setting yourself unrealistic expectations to meet, because that's just asking for disappointment, right?

Instead, I'm going to be talking through just a couple of my goals for the upcoming year, as they are much more achievable on a personal level, and I'll feel much more pride, and satisfaction this way.

1. Continue to do well in my A-Levels. 

Whether this means in my coursework, or in any exams that I have, I want to put 110% effort into my first year of A-Levels. Sixth Form is proving to be quite a challenge at the moment, since starting in September, but I'm always willing to take on a challenge, and it's nothing overwhelming. You have got to do what you have got to do in order to succeed in the future, after all!


2. Push myself even more with my blog. 

During 2017, I worked incredibly hard on my content, and my social media pages. I worked with some lovely brands, and I gained quite a few followers too! However, I hope to just keep getting better, and better. I'd love to improve my photography further, try to post a couple of times a week, and work with more brands than I did last year. 

3. Finish writing my book, and have it ready for publishing by the end of the year. 
I'm working my arse off at the moment to make this dream come true, because I so desperately want to have my book put together by December, so it can be available for pre-order then, and therefore ready for my birthday in March. I'm still trying to finish off the content at the moment, as I don't want to rush any of the process, but it's looking very promising, and coming on well! I'll do a separate post about it on Sunday though, so keep your eyes peeled!

4. Get my first proper, paid job. 
At the moment, I volunteer for 3 hours every Friday at my local Marie Curie shop, as part of my DofE award. I love helping people, and it's my first bit of experience within retail, and working in the community. However, as much as I still want to focus on charities, I also want a paid job, so that I can make my own money, and get satisfaction, and pride out of that, but also afford to do fun things that I enjoy without having to ask my mum, or rely entirely on pocket money. 


5. Start learning to drive, and buy my own car.
EEEK, how exciting is this?! In March, I'll be turning 17, and as I live in the UK, that means I can legally start learning to drive from then on. My sister, being the babe she is, has said that she'll buy me some driving lessons to get me going, and my mum has already found me a potential driving instructor! I applied for my professional driving license the other days, so it's full steam ahead now. I'm not sure if I definitely want to buy a car once I've passed my theory, and my practical, but it's something I'm considering! 


6. Travel to some more places, and get out the house as much as possible. 
Even though it's harder to get out, and about during these colder months, I really want to put in more effort to make something of my life. I want to get out into the world, explore, go on more trains, and day trips, enjoy more concerts, and festivals. Of course, it's much more easier to do so in the Summer, and when it's warmer, but honestly, you have to make the most of each day, so I'm going to do as much as I can, whilst I still can. 


Those are all of the things that I can think of at the moment! Hopefully, I can give you all an update when we get to June, and then again at the end of December to see how many I've actually achieved, and whether there's anything else that I've done, which is worth mentioning.


Do you have any 2018 goals? If not, think of one now, and let me know in the comments below!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year. It's onwards, and upwards now, guys. 


Lots of love always,



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