Sunday, 30 July 2017

Pinterest Picks #2

In similar fashion to my last Pinterest Picks post, I decided to take a look at what I had recently posted in my 'Words' board.
I always find so much inspiration on Pinterest, particularly text posts. The one's I repin resonate with me on some level.
It didn't take me long to choose the following post to share with you and tell you what I take away from it...
I think this is an important message to anyone. Especially those who are always running around taking care of everyone... and overlooking themselves.
Having recently started to adopt a mindset that is more open to nurturing myself, I feel that self-love is a crucial piece in your well being.
It isn't selfish to want a 'you day' or 'an hour to yourself' or to want to relax in a bubble bath for how ever long you want. It's so important that you meet your own needs, your relationship with yourself sets the standard for every other relationship in your life.
Cherish it and love yourself wholeheartedly 
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Friday, 28 July 2017

My Tattoo

Over the last two weeks I have had two separate people ask me about my tattoo.
I found this strange but it has become less strange when I think about it and realize that I'm almost  a l w a y s  wearing a cardigan or at the very least, long sleeves.
And as it is on my forearm it kinda makes sense that people don't realize I have one/surprised when they see it.
- derrr.
Anyhoo the thing that is also a little weird to me is the response I always have.
I'm gonna hit you with some back story now so strap yourself in :D

My tattoo was inspired by a Christina Aguilera song that I had been listening to non-stop for months.
It felt as though her album and that song in particular had reached out to me at a point when I needed them more than ever.
At the time, I was struggling and the album Lotus helped to remind me that I was stronger than I felt in that moment.
Just listening to the lyrics filled me with a sense of strength and I wanted a permanent reminder of that every day.

I spent quite a bit of time designing my tattoo (which will probably seem silly when you see how simple it is). I had an image in my mind of how I wanted it to look and worked and worked on it.
I wanted it spaced out in a specific way. For the font to be easy to read. I wanted it to sit along my right inner forearm so that I would see it all day everyday.

I decided to get it done the day before my 23rd birthday.
I was nervous, I didn't know how much it was going to hurt, what the healing would be like but I was more excited than anything.

I have now had my tattoo for almost 4 and a half years
- where has the time gone?!
and I love it just as much as ever.
So much has changed in my life since getting the tattoo. I have gone through a lot of dark times, hit rock bottom and lost all sense of who I am.
In the last 12 months I have been working so hard to win back my life and trying to learn to stop standing in my own way.
My tattoo is the most relevant it has ever been.

Over the last 4 and a half years, whenever someone asks me "why did I get that? what does it mean? etc." I always say the same thing : It's lyrics from one of Christina Aguilera's songs, I loooove her.
While those points are very much true, I know that's not the sole reason as to why I got the tattoo.
I know I don't need to share my life story with every person I meet/interact with but I think that I want to start adopting the answer that I feel in my heart : It represents who I am, I will rise undefeated :)
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Tuesday, 25 July 2017

I Heart Makeup Unicorns Dream Brush Set | Review

The hunt was on when I managed to bag these bad boys a couple of months ago 😃
I was so pleased to get my hands on them
- literally super duper excited can you tell?!
As I have been using them for a while, I thought it would be a perfect time for a review :)
I went to the nearest store to me that had them in stock to pick them up. My heart raced as I approached them... My hands felt excited and nervous all at the same time... I finally held them whilst gazing lovingly at them... I made the purchase and nearly squealed with joy!! :D
- but seriously, i was SO happy xD
I gave them all a wash before using them - am I the only one who does this? - dried them over night and was so looking forward to giving them a test drive.
In the set you get a large 'powder' brush, a face contour brush, an eye blending brush, a flat eye shader and finally, an angled eye brush.
I must speak of the wonderful design on the brushes themselves.
The brush hair is multicoloured which is like nothing I already own. It's synthetic and very, very soft 
The ferrel's have I Heart Makeup on each of them. They also have a colour gradient effect of pink and blue which is lovely.
And lastly, the handles! 😍 holy guacamole! SO beautiful. The have a pretty effect to them too which just brings the whole thing together.

First up we have the large powder brush and the face contour brush.
I have been using the large brush for blush
- did she just say that??
I did :D I find that because of it's size and flexibility, it applies and then blends the blush out beautifully! Honestly, it's made application of powder blush a walk in the park for me :)
Now for the contour brush. Heavenly.
I have one or two brushes that I thought were similar to this. They're not. I don't know what magic is behind this but I feel that my contour has never gone on so well!
I think that because it is firm but fluffy it can apply the product right where I want it and then blend it out with so much ease it's unreal 😱 A-mazed.

Let's move on to the eye brushes shall we...
I started out using the blending brush through the crease and wasn't fully sold. It's rounder and slightly firmer than a MAC 217 so I then decided to use it with my transition shade and oh. my. goodness. it worked perfectly. It's small enough and fluffy enough to fit between my crease work and brow bone to blend the colour  b e a u t i f u l l y.

Using the shader brush for my lid colour was great! It's wider and thicker than a MAC 239 (which is my usual go to) but that didn't effect my application of product. I feel as though this would be a great brush for those days where I just want to whack a shade all over the lid and be finished :)

Finally we have the angled brush. I have quite a few of these in my collection and I feel as though 'if you've seen one, you've seen 'em all'. Saying that, this one is very thin and I think if you're the kinda person who uses an angled brush for winged liner, this would work for you. I used it for liner on my upper lash line and it worked great!
All in all I think these brushes are wonderful and well worth picking up. They cover a lot of bases of the getting glam process :D
I have washed and used them at least 3 times and there has been no shedding, no leaking of colour and no loss of softness or shape.
I purchased mine for £20 at a Boots store near to me, you can also buy them from the Boots website.
They are now available to buy from the TamBeauty website for £14.99...
Go on, treat yourself ;)

I hope this review was helpful to you, I love writing about products I've fallen head over heels for and these certainly fit that description :)
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Friday, 21 July 2017

So... I Have MS...

About a month ago I was officially told that I have Multiple Sclerosis.
And even though it had been an ongoing thought in the back of my mind for around 10 months, it was still quite jarring.
- i have what?
I had had some symptoms which were leading the medical professionals that I saw to believe there was quite a high likelihood that it may be MS.
So over the last 10 months or so I have had an MRI, a Lumbar Puncture, Evoked Potentials tests and numerous blood tests xD
All of which has brought my MS specialist to the conclusion that I have Relapsing - Remitting MS.

For a few days after getting the diagnosis I was a bit knocked for six.
I was spending a lot of time in my room watching The Vampire Diaries
- this show is always there for me, especially when i'm feeling dark and twisty
And somewhere between eating copious amounts of Thornton's brownies and staring and Ian SomerSmoulder
- i mean, Somerhalder ;)
I was able to see the news in a fuller view.
This diagnosis has given me a gift.

I feel I owe it to myself to live my life.
I think that I should feel this way regardless and kinda feel a bit silly for previously not, but with this illness I want to grab life with both hands!
I have gratitude for the lessons it is already teaching me
~ Taking better care of myself: physically, mentally, emotionally
~ Learning that asking for help is a good thing and not a weakness
~ It has shown me just how strong I am - I am strong enough to deal with whatever comes my way :)

It is a big deal and I am taking it very seriously but I will not allow it to have a negative impact on my life.
In a way it feels that this has been sent to me as a way to help me heal in so many areas of my life and starting living it again.
I've kept myself down for so long, not feeling as though recovery is an option for me.
I no longer have a choice in whether or not I want to look after myself, I have to and need to.
This has shown me that this is how it has been all along, not looking after myself should never have been a choice.
It's a wonderful necessity 

I've already taken so much from this in the first month, I can only imagine what great things it is going to bring my way :)
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