Sunday, 25 February 2018

A Long-Awaited Update


Wow. I feel like I haven't sat down to properly think about writing a blog post in absolutely ages - and to be quite honest with you, it has been a while!

Life has well, and truly got in the way of everything - yet again. I feel like I haven't had time to come up for air to breathe these last few weeks, let alone maintain a social life, and create content for my beloved blog. Every day I have thought about coming back, and trying to get into the flow of things again, and finally the day has come. I should be cracking on with coursework, and other commitments, but sometimes, you just need to take a step back, and take a little time to focus on the things that set your soul on fire. Studying is, of course, important in regard to my future career prospects, but my mental health is more important, and it always will be.

The main reason that I've been so MIA on pretty much all of my social media, and especially when it comes to neglecting my blog is because I have just had so much going on in every aspect of my life. I have to put 100% of my time, and effort into Sixth Form, and with that comes mock exams to revise, and prepare for, coursework deadlines, referrals for said coursework, notes that I need to sort out for my Criminology course, which I have chosen to do for my DofE, meetings to attend for the programme, volunteering in a local charity shop for it, and on top of that, I have to fit in going to my part time job whenever I can manage it as well! I also start personal training in a couple of weeks, and I'm still trying to write my book, so it's all go, go, go!

Don't get me wrong, I love being busy, and I love having things to work on, and try to progress with, but sometimes I do begin to feel slightly swamped under, I must admit! Even though it's hard, as I can't exactly prioritise blogging out of everything else on the list, I do want to try and dedicate at least an hour in the evenings to write up even just a few paragraphs here, and then, or comment on some other people's posts to share the love. It feels like I haven't done that in months!!

Not only have I been busy lately in general, but I've also been lacking motivation when it comes to my blog. I am always so proud of the posts that I produce, and I never write, or publish any of them halfheartedly, so that's partly why I have taken a spontaenous break again. I just haven't been able to get into the flow since the New Year, but I'm going to do my best to organise, and manage my time much more effectively from now on, and I'll try to brainstorm some new ideas for my blog, so that it doesn't keep getting neglected! Please let me know if you have any feedback, or constructive criticism, as I would really appreciate it. You can either do so in the comments under this post, through my social media, or via the survey that I've created! It can be found here.

I hope you are all doing well too. Let me know if you have any updates, or any news that you would like to share, and I'll make sure I reply to all of you as soon as I can!

I'll hopefully have some more content coming your way soooon! Bear with me, my lovelies!

Lots of love always,


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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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