Saturday, 18 November 2017

Getting My Act Together

I have been MIA for the last 2-3 weeks.
The strangest part is that I haven't got an actual reason.
I have just been feeling like I have no energy. No want or desire to do anything (even things I really enjoy!). I have been just coasting, each day feeling like the last. I thought twice in one week that it was Saturday.
I can't tell you what I've been doing, not because it's top secret but because I literally have nothing to tell.
I have been neglecting my mental health, my blog, vlogging, my water intake has been atrocious, I have done my makeup once in the last two weeks, self care has been non-existent... Basically, I have neglected myself.
But, why?

I think it always come back to the same old thing with me: Putting myself second ...or third, or fourth. You get the picture.
I feel selfish for focusing on myself. That I am uncaring if I don't devote my entire being to someone who's having a bad day. I'm a bad person for wanting to tend to my mental health above all else. That is basically the never ending loop that goes around my head and it's been that way for a very long time.
A post I wrote recently 'Today - This Is It' about a breakthrough that I had, seems like a distant and faded memory to me now and it was only just over a month ago.
The most frustrating thing about my way of life? No one is asking it of me.
Not a single person wants me to stop everything I'm doing for them. Nobody is expecting me to drop all my plans to donate my afternoon/day/week to them. I am surrounded by people who feel the exact opposite way; and tell me that, often.
This is something that is in front of my face and I have no choice but to do something about it. And that is exactly what I am doing, I'm learning about this behaviour so that I can correct it. I am only at the beginning of this process and it is already extremely hard but I will persevere.
The last three weeks or so have been so painful and frustrating and that alone is enough to spur me on 💪

I am spending the next couple of days intensely focusing on myself. Practicing self care, reading relaxing magazines, having a pamper and all round reconnecting with myself. It may have only been a few weeks but there is a lot of work for me to catch up on. As I have said before, recovery, for me, is an every day thing. I have ignored it this past month or so and I have really noticed it. 

Earlier today I posted the below tweet and gif combo...

Please be prepared for me to continue on from where I left off :
"I am not able to let this be 'just one of those great days', this is going to be my life. I really feel as though after experiencing this day, I need to make it my mission to aim for this every. single. day. I will stop at nothing.
Welcome back me, let's start living! 🙌♡"

Thank you for stopping by :)
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Wednesday, 1 November 2017

How Was My October? | Stand Out Moments

I can't quite believe how quickly this post has come round! It doesn't seem that long ago I gave my September round up 😄
Let's get started with my stand out moments of October...

1.
My Breakthrough
Right at the end of the first week of the month I had a massive breakthrough 🎉 I was overcome with a feeling of joy and accomplishment in my life. I felt like it was the beginning of me really becoming in-tune with myself again. It is a day that I will always remember as I feel it was the beginning of me really starting to live my life again. I well and truly have found my way home :)

2.
The Breather
The middle to end of the month were spent in a kind of social media blackout for me. Whilst I was still feeling happy and content, I was lacking in the creativity department. My fifth palette review was a week late, I didn't vlog and I couldn't really connect with any videos on YouTube. I ended up just kind of having a breather from everything. I have since realized that that is what I needed at the time and have picked up where I left off 😊

3.
Makeup Revolution
I have seen 8 (don't quote me) new palette's coming out/are already out from Makeup Revolution and I Heart Makeup and while I am ecstatic I am also sad because I can't get them all immediately 😭😭😭 I will eventually have them all but the being sensible and making myself wait is excruciating 😰 I'll keep you posted 😆

4.
I got out my big blanket.
The nights are getting colder and this makes me extremely happy! This is my favourite time of year and there's nothing better than having to get all snuggled up in bed because you're chilly 😏 Last Christmas
- yes, i uttered the 'c' word xD
my brother bought me a blanket. Not just any blanket! A super soft one that would fit a double bed... Seeing as I have a single bed, I have SO much excess blanket it's incredible! 😃 Welcome back big blanky, I've missed you :')


So that was my October stand out moments! I am looking forward to seeing what November brings my way :D
Happy first of November to you, I hope you have a wonderful month and thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Pink Fizz | Palette Project #5

Hello! I am so sorry to be bringing you this post a week late 😩 I had a bit of a breather from everything for the last week or so and fell behind on the blog and my channel 😒 But! I am back with the next palette in my project : the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Pink Fizz Chocolate Bar palette :)
Let's dive in...
I am extremely fond of this packaging in particular... That colour though 😍 It consists of the same packaging as the other chocolate bar palettes, solid plastic with a mirror that fits the lid :)
I am glad to announce that we have finally got a palette with the actual plastic insert with names on it! Huzzah!! Chocolate cupcake for everyone 😄
top row : Champers, Drink, Flute, Sparkling, Toast
middle row : Bubbles, Girl, Party, Elegant, Celebrate, Truffle
bottom row : Rosy, Cork, Pop, France, Pink Fizz

Here are the swatches...
Champers, Drink, Flute, Sparkling, Toast
Bubbles, Girl, Party, Elegant, Celebrate, Truffle
Rosy, Cork, Pop, France, Pink Fizz

Although this post is a week late, I create four looks with this palette... I am hoping in some way that that will make up for it 😁
Look one...
I used : Toast on the lid and then applied Flute on the top of it
Girl in the crease and then Cork on top
Drink as my transition shade
Truffle to deepen the outer crease
Flute on the inner third of my lower lash line
Cork on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Bubbles as my brown bone and inner corner highlight

Look two...
I used : Cork all over the lid and through the crease
Drink as my transition shade
Bubbles as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look three...
I used : Party on the lid
Pop through the crease
Drink as my transition shade
Party on the inner third of my lower lash line
Pop on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Champers as my brown bone and inner corner highlight with Bubbles on top

Look four...
I used : Celebrate on the lid
France through the crease
Drink as my transition shade
Truffle with Pop to deepen the crease
Celebrate on the inner third of my lower lash line
France on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Bubbles as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

This past week/week and half of using this palette as been a bit of any eye opener. As I have mentioned a number of times, I am 100% a warm toned kinda gal so I found the cooler tones a little trickier to work with. Upon using them I was pleasantly surprised with the results. For look four I used the two blue eye shadows and was really pleased with how it turned out! Completely out of my comfort zone but so happy with the look :)

On the first time using the palette, I was a little disappointed with the shade 'Toast', when I applied it to the lid it just wasn't showing up. I put 'Flute' on top of it and I liked how it turned out. I also felt this way about the shade 'Truffle'. I used it to deepen the crease in look four but it just wasn't working for me. It was also quite difficult to swatch. This is the first time I have been a little underwhelmed with any shades. But saying that, they are still lovely shadows, they just need a little extra work.

I would say that this has been the least favourite of the palette's I have used so far but all in all, a nice selection of finishes and tones. Every shade (with the exception of the two I mentioned) were lovely to work with, very blendable and pigmented... The usual quality that I have come to appreciate from Makeup Revolution & I Heart Makeup :)

You can order this palette from TamBeauty for £7.99 :)

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Pink Fizz palette helpful :D
I'll be back next Tuesday with the sixth palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

Salted Caramel | Palette Project #4

Hello! Today I am sharing the fourth palette in my project with you...
The I Heart Makeup Salted Caramel palette :D
I've been looking forward to using this one as it has a shade in it that I have used quite a few times... More of that in a bit ;)
Let's get started...
It is the usual chocolate bar palette packaging, plastic with a chocolate bar style lid. I love the contrast of the shades, it makes it easily distinguishable amongst my other chocolate bar palettes. It also has a mirror inside which is the size of the lid.
When I purchased this palette I had a choice between picking up this one or the Pink Fizz palette as they were brought out around the same time. This one had the edge as I was particularly drawn to a few shades 😍
- sucker for those warm tones xD
top row : Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle, Enjoy
middle row : Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet, Fudge
bottom row : Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon, Yum!

Let's take a look at the swatches...
Delicious, Tempt, Heavenly, Drizzle, Enjoy
Choc, Cake, Perfect, Crunch, Sweet, Fudge
Salted, Candy, Caramel, Spoon, Yum!

I created three looks using this palette :)
Look one...
I used : Spoon on the lid
Sweet through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Drizzle to deepen the crease
Spoon on the inner third of the lower lash line
Sweet on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look two...
I used : Caramel on the lid
Candy through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Drizzle to deepen the crease
Caramel on the inner third of the lower lash line
Candy on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Look three...
I used : Salted on the lid
Perfect through the crease
Heavenly as my transition shade
Enjoy to deepen the crease
Salted in the inner third of the lower lash line
Perfect on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Delicious and Yum! as my brow bone and inner corner highlight

Throughout this past week I have enjoyed reaching for this palette. I have noticed that it has awoken the creativity in me
- yes, i have that... somewhat xD
and felt like I was trying different things. For example, the third look was something I don't normally go for. I tend to steer away from cool toned eye shadows. I feel like they don't look that great on me :/ Even though I don't particularly enjoy wearing them, I felt like this palette helped me to switch it up a bit :)

I can't give an overview of this palette without mentioning my favourite shade... Sweet. Ah man, that colour is literally a peace of my heart :')

The matte shades gave me the usual treatment - tricky to swatch but amazingly pigmented, blendable and beautiful. The shimmers were exceptional as always, I love the fact that they're so pigmented that you can see them from afar 👍

I like the fact that you have the options of cool and warm toned eye shadows in this palette. Not everyone is warm toned obsessed like me and they have catered for all here :)

I was a little disappointed that I wasn't brave enough to use Crunch (the blue shade) :/ I had thought about it but just didn't manage to muster up the courage 😔😄 Look at that swatch though 👀😍

All in all I have loved using this palette. I'm so happy that it has helped me to branch out a bit with my looks 😊

This palette can be ordered from Tambeauty for £7.99 - go!go!go! ;P

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Salted Caramel helpful :D
I'll be back next Tuesday with the fifth palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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Friday, 13 October 2017

4 New Habits

I am naturally a creature of habit so while keeping a routine is rather easy, I struggle to take on new things.
That being said, over the past couple of weeks/months, I have consciously taken up a few new habits.
- hooray! i'm not boring. i mix things up xD

So, let's break down what habit's I've taken up...

1. Opening my curtains.
I am so grateful that my room gets some of the best light, excellent for me as I like to film/take product photos. But over the last year or so, opening my curtains has been a humongous rarity! I mean it went  l i t e r a l l y  weeks without them being open except for if I did my makeup at any point. Well, recently I have made the conscious effort to open my curtains every morning before I go downstairs for breakfast. The light coming in is beautiful and also makes me feel like my day has begun 😍

2. Making my bed.
This is one that I have heard a lot of people talk about when discussing how to start your day positively etc.. I decided to give it a try... It now feels odd when I don't do it xD In my bed, I sleep on top of my duvet and use a blanket for cover so each morning I fluff up my pillows, fold my blanket and smooth over my duvet cover. It fills me with a feeling of bliss walking in my room during the day and it looking neat and tidy - you'd be surprised what a difference it makes! Also, when I head to bed I can just relax and lay down :)

3. Lip balm.
Now I'll be honest, I'm a huge fan of salt xD So I notice at times my lips are a bit chapped :/ Also, I recently watched Sex and the City all the way through and kept noticing that Carrie was putting lip balm on regularly. Carries does it = I do it 😁 So a little while ago whilst queuing in Primark, I got bamboozed near the tills and I bought two individual tubs of Vaseline. I now have one by my 'laptop station' (lolz) and one with my hand cream which I use at bed time. Now each morning I wake up with moisturized lips ready for any lippie if I am doing my makeup that day 👍 I'm a happy bunny :D

4. Changing my calendar.
A few years ago I was gifted a block calendar. Up until recently I had used it three times (sorry to who gave it to me, I am ashamed 💔). So I dusted it off, placed it as an actual part of my bedroom decor and now everyday after I open my curtains, I change my calendar over. I think there's nothing better than asking someone what the date is and them being able to tell you without hesitation... I'm one of those fine folks now ;D

All in all I have found that each of these habits have contributed to me feeling like I've started my day off productively... I mean it may sound a bit strange, you know, making your bed = I'm king of the world, but it does! :D I also feel like I'm making an effort with myself, each time I apply lip balm I'm like 'Yeah! We've got supple lips!' xD I definitely recommend giving it a go and see if you notice the difference :)

Thank you for stopping by :)
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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Naked Chocolate | Palette Project #3

Hello and welcome to third installment of my Palette Project!
Today I am giving an overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Naked Chocolate palette :)
The packaging is the same as the previous ones - plastic with a full mirror in the lid.
This palette reminds me of milkybar? :D
I'll be honest and say that when I originally bought this palette, I was completely overjoyed at how it looked. The shades were right up my street, so I was really looking forward to using this one this past week :)
Once again, you get a plastic sheet with names on and 16 shades to work with.
top row : Smoothly, Divine, Mocha Lover, Dipped, Choc-Fest.
middle row : Adorable, Buttons, Frosted Choc, Delight, Sweet Shop, Sugar.
bottom row : Double Dip, Tob-Le-Rone, White, Milky, Way.

Here are the swatches, coming in hot! xD
Smoothly, Divine, Mocha Lover, Dipped, Choc-Fest
Adorable, Buttons, Frosted Choc, Delight, Sweet Shop, Sugar
Double Dip, Tob-Le-Rone, White, Milky, Way

This week I created 3 looks instead of the usual 2. No reason other than that I was feeling inspired and wore makeup more often :)
Look one :
I used : Mocha lover on the lid
White in the crease
Milky as my transition shade
White and Milky on my lower lash line
Way as my brow bone and inner corner highlight
Look two :
I used : Dipped on the lid
Choc-Fest through the crease
Tob-Le-Rone as my transition shade
Choc-Fest on the outer two thirds of my lower lash line
Dipped on the inner third of my lower lashline
Choc-Fest to deepen the crease
Adorable as my brow bone and inner corner highlight
Look three :
I used : Frosted Choc on inner third of the lid
Buttons on the middle of the lid
Sugar through the crease
Milky as my transition shade
Delight to deepen the crease and used on outer third of the lid
Sugar on the outer two thirds of the lower lash line
Frosted Choc on inner third of the lower lash line
Smoothly as brow bone and inner corner highlight

Upon using this palette I am sensing a theme. They're all fantastic 😄
So I will briefly summarize my thoughts.
The pigmentation is UNreal. I have to be very careful when it comes to the mattes, those suckers are insanely intense. I have to use a little and build from there. Amazing.
All of the shades look the same when it comes time to remove my makeup... It actually makes me sad because it still looks impeccable.
There is a fantastic assortment of finishes in this palette. I was spoiled for choice when it came to a matte crease/transition shade.
I found this palette to be incredibly easy to create looks with, I really feel like there's something here for everyone.
It is definitely a firm favourite of mine 🙊

You can pick this palette up from TamBeauty for £7.99 - Bargain!

I hope you found this overview of the I Heart Makeup I Heart Chocolate Naked Chocolate palette helpful, I totes recommend you buy it... Immediately 😁
I'll be back next week with the fourth palette in my project, until then, thank you so much for stopping by :)
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