Staying calm in the midst of turmoil

Thursday, 30 June 2016

"Project fear", "uncertainty" and "turmoil" are all phrases that have dominated many of our headlines and conversations in the past few weeks here in the UK as we battle with the repercussions of the EU referendum. And as if politics didn't already seem chaotic and stressful, it's just gotten a whole lot worse. 

The morning I woke up to find out that Britain had voted on an overall (small) majority to leave the European Union, a rush of panic flooded me. The decision to leave is one that -like many of my friends and family- I feel strongly against. It is a decision I feel many people have taken without being fully educated about, which is why I think the events that have happened in the past week has come as such a shock to so many. 

That same morning, while I was having breakfast and scrolling through my twitter feed, my Dad came down and handed me a slip of paper with two bible verses. My Dad told me that these verses were significant because they described about times when Israel seemed to have lost hope. In both of the situations, God reminded Israel that he was in control, and that he knows everything.

In the bible, the phrase "do not fear" comes up 365 times. God knows that I stress out a lot and that I am a terrible worrier, and much like my Dad he wants to take the burden that stress causes away from me. 

The fact that the UK voted to leave the EU comes as no surprise to God- he already knew it would happen. He has a plan, and whatever happens in the coming years will fit in to his massive plan. Sure, that means that sometimes things will go "wrong" in my view, but I need to learn to trust that God is able to turn destruction in to deity... and realise that things are rarely quite as bad as they seem to be.

Be lovely to yourself

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

We all know the simple rule of treating others how you would like to be treated, and I don't think anyone can dispute it as being a solid piece of advice to live by. However, I think in the society we live in today, the reverse is slightly more applicable. Perhaps we ought to treat ourselves how we would treat other people.

People nowadays are so ready to be lovely to the people around them. We are all so open to encouraging and uplifting our friends and colleagues, which is absolutely wonderful. If we are aware of someone hurting or having a tough time, we let them know that we are here for them if they need someone. And I just think it's so wonderful that there are so many communities that really look out for eachother, and it's so lovely to see that on social media. You don't have to look far on twitter to find a tight knit group of fangirls or bloggers who are always spreading positivity and love within their group.

But how often do we extend that love and compassion to ourselves?

We live in a society where we are taught to love others, and hate ourselves. If you're not sure what I mean by this, or disagree with me at this point, just bear with me for a moment and think about it. Even something as simple as compliments shows this aspect of society so clearly; we freely give out compliments to uplift each other, but as soon as we receive a compliment it's all "Oh no, not me" or "Have you seen yourself?". Most people can't even accept a simple compliment- me included.

Naturally, we are our own worst critics and are often so quick to jump at any imperfections. It's a battle, because we know ourselves so well- every single inch of skin and every dimple and freckle... so of course we're going to be able to pick out about a million different imperfections that the rest of the world probably doesn't even notice. We forget that we too are human, and worth loving.

We would never in a million years even dream of talking to our best friend the way that you talk to yourself, picking out every minor flaw and examining your mental and physical self so harshly. So why are we so mean to ourselves?

Today, I want to encourage yourself to extend a little self love to yourself. Tell yourself you're beautiful, intelligent, and worthy. You're enough. Yes, you have faults, but your faults don't define you.

You have a decision to make; be your own harshest critic, or your own biggest cheerleader.

10 things to remember

Tuesday, 28 June 2016

1. There are people in your life who love you. These people would do anything for you, and they're always there for you whether you're laughing or crying.

2. You've had success, focus on it. You've had some wonderful moments in your life, and you can achieve so much more if you put your mind to it

3.You're alive. Don't be shocked that people die, be surprised that you're alive

4. You can travel. If you want to, you can go anywhere you want to

5. You're unique, and nobody else is like you. You are beautiful in your individuality

6. If there's anything in you're life that you're not happy about, you have the power to change it. Use that power and create a life you're happy to live

7. You are worth it. Whatever it is you are pursuing, whoever you want to love, you are worth it. If these things don't work out, it is only because you deserve more

8. You can change someones day just by smiling at them, or telling them they're really great at something

9. If anyone tells you you're no good, they're no better

10. God loves you, even if you don't love yourself, and he will never give up on you, even if you give up on him

52 ways to boost creativity

Monday, 27 June 2016

It can be hard to push your way out of a creative block; almost impossible, actually. I doubt that was the answer you were looking for, but there it is. What works for me doesn't always work for me, and I have to keep adding new things to this list, which is why it's so long. By next year I'll probably have thousands of different ideas- but by then most of them will be useless to me. 

What works for me won't necessarily work for you, so while I hope this list helps you boost your creativity, I hope you find you own methods, because ultimately, finding something tailored especially to you is what's going to help you the most.

1. Create an inspiration board

2. Go out more

3. Doodle

4. Experiment

5. Meet new people

6. Talk to old friends

7. Do something different

8. Read a book

9. Lean a new skill

10. Be around creative people

11. Use sticky notes

12. Collaborate with others

13. Copy someone else's idea, but with a twist

14. Travel to new places

15. Start writing a diary

16. Take lots of photographs

17. Challenge yourself

18. Keep a dream diary

19. Watch a movie

20.Listen to music

21. Play an instrument

22. Spend the day at a beach

23. Do something spontanious

24. Meditate

25. Write a short story

26. Take lots of naps

27. Watch motivational speeches

28. Question the unquestionable

29. Eat new foods

30. Go to the theatre

31. Go to art exhibitions

32. Visit a museum

33. Turn off all distractions

34. Buy a colouring in book and use it

35. De-clutter your workspace

36. Write lots of lists

37. Exercise more

39. Plan your day

40. Collect lots of lovely inspirational quotes

41. Reflect on your day before you go to sleep

42. Watch tutorials

43. Search sites like tumblr and weheartit for inspiration

44. Brainstorm

45. Lean a new instrument

46. Make a playlist of songs you've never heard before

47. Write a poem

48. Treat yourself

49. Expose yourself to new art

50. Carry a notebook everywhere

51. Do something you love

52. Do something you hate

10 things to remember on the tough days

Sunday, 26 June 2016

Some days you feel amazing, creative, and inspired. But some days, you feel less so. There are always going to be days where you feel like the world is on your shoulder- or against you. Please remember that you're not alone, and life really is like a roller-coaster; the intense lows are only preparing you for even more intense highs.

2. "If you ever think of giving up, just remember why you held on for so long"

3. "New beginnings are often disguised as painful endings"

4. "Everyone has things to complain about... but people also have plenty to be thankful for"

5. "Peoples feelings are not toys to be played with"

6. "One small positive thought, can change your whole day"

7. "Don't be surprised that you can't see when you close your eyes"

8. "Behind every beautiful thing is some kind of pain"

9. "Feelings are much like waves; you can't stop them from coming but you can choose which ones to surf

10. "If memory is malleable, then the future is too"

20 ways to take a break

Saturday, 25 June 2016

It's so easy to get caught up in life. Your daily chaos becomes a routine, and coffee breaks that last more than 5 minutes seem so far away. I get that. I understand; it can be really tough.

But then when you get that precious break, you spend it stressing out about all the things you have to do after it.

That's why I have created this list, of 20 ways to take a break. They don't take very long, and most of them can be done in 15-30 minutes, or less! That way, you can unwind, recharge, and go back into your world of chaos with a fresh, energized mind.

1. Make lists

2. Make a playlist

3. Read a book

4. Listen to music

5. Make yourself a cup of tea

6. Play an instrument

7. Watch youtube videos

8. Bake

9. Go for a walk

10. Go for a run

11. Buy a magazine- and read it

12. Watch a funny movie

13. Write something

14. Draw something

15. Go to the library

16. Go to a cafe

17. Make a fort of blankets

18. Go on twitter

19. Go on we heart it

20. Do origami

What do you do to relax?

9 signs you're slightly obsessed with shopping

Wednesday, 22 June 2016

So lately I've definitely been overspending on things I don't need to. I just have this money from work, and it needs to be spent. I've been on way too many cute little shopping sessions in town, and when my friends have been too busy to meet up, I've dived straight to my tablet to indulge myself in some great late night online shopping. If you have experienced any of the following symptoms, please let me know! Gosh, I hope I'm not the only one obsessed with spending money...

1. I have this great ability to justify buying pretty much anything

2. Until I leave the store and realise I just spent £30 on shit that I definitely do not need

3. I constantly use the excuse of needing blogger props when buying cute yet unnecessarily homeware

4. I genuinely can't go into a shop with the intention of buying 1 specific item and leave the shop with that item only

5. I refuse to look at my bank statement because I know it's bad

6. When you have extra money, you offer to pay for your friends out on a coffee date

7. You don't mind working extra hours so that you can buy that new item on your wishlist

8. You have several products that are extremely similar, pretty much the same really... Mainly eyeshadow palettes tbh

9. You promise yourself you'll save your money, but then it gets to the day after payday and somehow you're already broke

4 Happy Thoughts

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

The past three weeks have been so full of sunshine, laughter, and beaming smiles, and while I'm sad to see the sun go, the happiness it has brought me still remains. The past three weeks have reminded me that I have so much to be happy about, and that I need to make an effort to focus on them- whether the sun is shining or not.

PAYDAY is this Fridayyy
And oh my gosh do I need it, lol. I accidentally spent about £100 in the space of two days, and to be honest, apart from a lovely new bag I bought from New Look, I have no clue where all that moneys gone... oops?

Last Monday-Tuesday I went to Fife
Yep, Fife. I know what you're thinking, Why the heck did you go to Fife Sara but trust me, it's not all that bad. I spent Monday at the beach in Leven with a few old friends, some lovely new people, and then spent the night over at my lovely friend Keighley's. I definitely needed a beach detox, haha.

I still have a week left with my favourite hat
So a few weeks ago, I stole my good friends hat for the day, and at the end of the day before he left to go home, he told me I could keep it till we next saw eachother at a training weekend. So I've been wearing it almost every other day (Honestly, I adore this hat) and I still have until Friday to wear it out!

I'm going to Inverkiething this weekend!
As I just mentioned that I'm going to a training weekend, and it just so happens to be about 10 minutes away from Edinburgh, at Inverkiething! The training weekend is for the involvement in a lovely Christian organisation called Step out. Every summer, teams of about 4-6 elope on a week long adventure at a church, leading childrens and youth groups. It's great fun, and I've met some of my closest friends through it.

Leavers 2016 // Prom

Monday, 20 June 2016

Prom. The magical night that you spend all of your high school years dreaming of. The night where everyone becomes princes and princesses. On Friday the 3rd of June, I had my very own magical night.
The promperations begun at 11am for me, where I went in to a local hairdressers to get my hair done up all fancy. I decided to go for a braided updo, with a few lose curled strands. I felt like a bit of a knob getting the bus home with my fancy updo paired with my sweatpants, but #yolo and all that, lol.

When I arrived home, I was met by two of my closest friends and we all got our makeup done together. We had previously gone to a makeup artist in Dunbarton for a tester, but because of various reasons that just didn't really work out. My great friend Hira did my makeup, and she did a fabulous job! Once we were all dolled up, we went into town to get lash extensions to finish off our look.

One of my friends came back to my house with me, and we got into our dresses together. A tonne of pictures were taken in the garden, and thankfully it was a gorgeous day for outdoorsy pictures! The only problem was that every step we took led to our heels sinking into the grass- not ideal.

Now, because my school is obviously so posh and classy, we had a great reception in the school before we took school organised busses to the Hilton Hotel where our prom was actually to be held. At the reception (Which was really just a buffer for all us alkies, lol) we were met by George Cloony, our school mascot. No, seriously, my year head has a cardboard cutout of him in her office. Not even kidding.
 Once we arrived at the hotel, we headed straight to the bathrooms for some classy selfies. I mean, no occasion is to posh for a bathroom selfie. We had an absolutely lush three course meal, which was surprisingly lovely, and had a tonne of laughs together.
Everyone looked absolutely gorgeous, and it was so wonderful to spend the night with my entire year for one last night. The captains speeches were so cute, and the dancefloor was amazing. We even had the cha cha slide, lol.

When people talk about prom being magical, and a night to remember, it really doesn't prepare you for how spectacular it really is. I had an incredible night, and I'll never forget how brilliant it was. 

over 50 blog posts you should read during your coffee break

Saturday, 18 June 2016

Is it not absolutely lovely, to be able to sit back and relax with a cup of coffee, and dive into a world of writing. I find reading blog posts both relaxing and inspiring, and I really do love reading posts from blog that I regularly read from, such as Hannah Gale and Dorkface. Here is a collection of some of my favourites

Positivity Posts

Blog related Posts

Blog content related posts

Digital Detox Posts

Motivating/Inspiring Posts

Posts for when you're feeling down

Dealing with heartbreak + letting go

"But if we're strong enough to let it in, we're strong enough to let it go" ~Let it all go, Birdy

Dear friend, despite what you think, and despite what the world might have told you, you are strong. You are a warrior, and you are strong enough to be independent. I know you don't feel like it right now, but you can and you will get over him/her.

I want you to cut all your ties with him. Delete his number, unfriend him on snapchat, and unfollow him on twitter. If you really want to, keep him on facebook so that when you're over him and ready to be friends again, you'll have a  way to get in touch. But for now, you have to prioritise yourself, and making sure you aren't reminded of the hurt they have caused you is the best thing you can do for yourself.

Don't leave yourself alone. Keep yourself busy, and meet up with your friends regularly. For the first week or two, it might be best if you invite one or two friends over to talk to them about what happened, and cry about it. It's okay to cry, my dear, please don't hold it in and don't feel ashamed. 

If you find yourself reminded of him, and you feel like you're about to break down, call a friend. It's really important that you make use of the support system that your friends can provide; trust me, you'll need it. There was one time I was walking home from school two days after having ended a long distance relationship, and we used to always call after school, so I called a friend, and started crying on the phone to her. I love and appreciate my friends so much; by the end of the phone call, I was laughing uncontrollably at something completely unrelated, and I felt so much better.

Talk to your Mum. She'll know exactly what you're going through- she was young and in love once, too. Mum's are great for these kinds of things, and your Mum will really appreciate you coming to her. Mums always like to feel needed.

Don't blame yourself. It's not stupid to feel this way, and you're not an idiot. He's the one that is walking away from someone who would have loved him with all of their heart- so if anyone is an idiot, it's him. It's not your fault that he/she  broke things off.

Delete all past messages between you- and don't read them in the process of deleting them! I made the mistake of reading all the messages and texts my ex and I had exchanged, and I ended up spending about 2 hours sobbing. You are worth more than being hung up, and looking at the past isn't going to help you get over him. If he's let go, it's time for you to do the same thing, for your own sake.

I know it hurts, but this pain won't last forever. It's going to take a lot of time, sleepless nights, and a heapload of ice cream. But eventually, you'll be able to fully let go. The right person is out there somewhere, so please don't give up hope.

What I've been watching

Friday, 17 June 2016

If you're a loyal reader, you'll know that since the 3rd of June I have been completely done with school. While I've switched from working part time to full time hours at my job, I've still noticed I've got a whole lot more time on my hands. 

As well as going on day trips, and spending weekends travelling to see far away friends, I've been busy diving in deep in some great TV shows, movies, and youtubers.

I've watched a number of TED talks, which have been so eye opening and educational. I've always been interested in educating myself, and I love learning new things so TED talks are just perfect for me. To make it even easier for me to access brilliant TED talks, my NOW TV box has a TED talk app, which sorts out all the best, latest TED talks in categories, so if I want to watch a talk on business, health, or crime, I can just flick through the genres. In the past few days I've watched a good handful of talks about the importance of feminism and empowerment, which has been incredibly eye opening and inspiring.

Another great thing about my NOW TV box is that it comes with a free 3 month trial of Sky movies, which has allowed me to watch a whole lot of movies without even having to subscribe. Recently I've seen gorgeous romantic movies like Age of Adeline, The Longest Ride, If I stay, and The Notebook. I do love a good chick flick after a long day at work, so it's been great to be able to collapse on my bed and flick on a movie till I fall asleep. 

I'm not sure if I've talked about this before, but All 4 has an incredible app that is available for android, apple, and NOW TV which has a lush collection of TV shows available. You can download episodes to watch on the go, or just stream them at home. Because I've been travelling a lot to see friends that live a few hours away, I've taken advantage of this, and it's made my journeys so much more pleasant. I've also had a lot of bonding time with my little 13 year old brother, watching shows like the inbetweeners and fresh meat together whenever he's not at school and I'm not working. Some of my favourite TV shows lately have been Made in Chelsea, Suits, Gogglebox, and Fresh Meat.

What have you been watching?

Thursday Thoughts #10

Thursday, 16 June 2016

For most of my life, I've been a pretty positive person. People always used to ask me why I was always happy. In fact, a few months ago when I started work, I was told that I was too happy to work there by a colleague. I took it as a compliment.

However, in the past couple of years I've felt myself slowly losing this strong sense of positivity. I've always been a bit of a worrier, and I stress about the littlest things, but recently that has manifested and grown to form a more dominant aspect of my attitude. That's something that I really want to change, as if you read this blog, you'll know that I really believe in the importance of having a positive lifestyle, and attitude towards life.

In order to be able to get back my positive attitude, I need to remember that happiness is a choice. It's not something that happens to you, and it isn't caused by situational factors. Happiness is all about how you deal with these situational factors. 

My parents recently went to Nepal to scope out my Dad's new job, and my Mum came back with a million stories about people who had lost everything, but were still happy. They had nothing, yet they offered everything they had. There was one story in particular, which really struck me. My Mum told me about how one day she went out, and saw an artist sitting on the ground, painting. His legs had been cut off somehow during the earthquake, but he didn't make one complaint. "It's okay" he said, with a genuine smile on his face "I still have my arms. I can still carry on my profession. I can still paint". 

That's real. That is what counting your blessings is all about. How many people in that situation would spend all day complaining about how hard life is? Yet he had the courage and strength to keep smiling, accepting what had happened, yet moving on in a positive way. I wish I was more like that.

"Keep your thoughts positive, because your thoughts become your words.
Keep your words positive, because your words become your behaviour.
Keep your behaviour positive, because your behaviour becomes your habit.
Keep your habits positive, because your habits become your values.
Keep your values positive, because your values become your destiny"
~Mahatma Gandhi

15 things that make me #Basic

Wednesday, 15 June 2016

According to Urban Dictionary, "A basic bitch fulfills all the stereotypes of your typical late teen/20-something white girl and absolutely nothing more". The definition goes on to define all my favourite things- is that proof enough that I am a walking definition of #Basic? If you're not convinced by the end of this post, you're probably in denial because you're a basic bitch too.

1. My favourite movie is the notebook. I didn't think this was 'basic' but UD says otherwise...

2. I am the polar opposite of hipster- I am 110% typical white girl in pretty much every way shape and form

3. "Basic bitches are most typically seen wearing over sized college hoodies..." Does my leavers hoodie count? Because that is me af

4. My main meeting points in town are starbucks and wagamamas

5. The dog filter on snapchat. Enough said.

6. My starbucks order is ALWAYS a venti iced mocha frappe 

7. My shopping habits are out of control, and any money I get from work somehow ends up magically turning into makeup and clothes. Don't really know how, it just kinda happens

8. My favourite beauty brands are benefit and MAC. That probably explains why I'm broke all the time.


10. I am currently obsessed with made in chelsea, It's so damn juicy!

11. I have purposely aesthetically pleasing collections on weheartit

12. The avocado emoji on snapchat. Also just avocados tbh

13. I take selfies everywhere; Selfies at the beach, selfies at starbucks, selfies in bed...

14. I own an oversised pink sweater that says "On Wednesdays we wear pink" Because I'm a whore for mean girls, lol.

15. Rose Gold definitely counts as a colour, and it is definitely my favourite one and always will be.

Life lately

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

This year, summer is different. Because this year, my summer isn't 6 weeks jam packed with travelling. This year, my summer is 3 months of work, travel, work, travel, relax. That all sounds amazing and exotic, until you find out that I work in a fast food restaurant, and I'm travelling to a town on the borders. Although to be fair, I'm also going to be spending a week in Poland with one of my closest friends, so at least I'm getting out of the UK. 

The sun has actually been out quite a lot for the last few weeks, which is quite a miracle for Scotland ngl. One of my favourite things about this wonderful weather is how cheery it makes everyone. The sun is shining, so we all smile, love, and laugh. 

My Mum has been growing mint in the garden, so I've had the pleasure of picking some leaves off to use in my spritzers. Mum makes Moroccan mint tea with her leaves, and that pretty much sums up the difference between us. 

I've always been intrigued by aesthetic, cute little dishes and drinks. I think one of the most appealing thing about my favourite youtubers and bloggers is how beautiful everything is in pictures and videos. 

The other week, I tried my hand at making smoothie bowls after watching Zoella make one for herself and Mark on her vlog channel. I would love to be able to show you how they turned out, but sadly I was a fail of a blogger, and the only photo I had was on snapchat.

I made a cute little platter of pretty little dishes, with a few glasses of different coloured spritzers (food colouring is a great thing) and invited a few friends over for brunch in the garden. It was the day before my psychology exam, but I was doomed for that exam anyway. Last minute studying soo wasn't going to change that, lol.

What have you done for summer in the last few weeks?

10 quotes for Monday

Monday, 13 June 2016

I have a wonderful friend, who absolutely adores unicorns. I've written about her before, and if you have an incredible memory -or know her in person- you'll know who I'm talking about. This post is dedicated to her, and all the wonderful unicorns out there in the world, spreading their colourful glitter around, and changing the world, one act of kindness and colour at a time.

♥ People who are 'different' are usually the ones who end up making a difference in the world

♥ What made her so strong was that despite the million things that hurt her, she spoke of nothing but happiness

♥ Beauty begins the moment you decide to be yourself

♥ Be soft. Don't le the world make you hard. Don't let the pain make you hate. Don't let the bitterness steal your sweetness

♥ People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel

♥ You could change somebody's life just by telling them "hey guess what you're freaking talented" and don't let that go to waste

♥ Remember that you are different from anyone else for a reason. A good reason. Find that reason, and run with it.

♥ A beautiful day begins with a beautiful mindset. When you take a second to think about what a privilege it is to simply be alive and healthy. The moment you start acting like life is a blessing, I assure you it will start to feel like one. Time spend appreciating is time worth living.

♥ The power of imagination makes us infinite

♥ Do everything with so much love in your heart that you would never want to do it any other way

Six on Sunday

Sunday, 12 June 2016

Can I just say, I am so looking forward to having the week off! I've been working at a fast food restaurant for the past few months, and this is my first full week without any shifts. Life is good... really. My plan is to snuggle up in bed and watch TV. It's gonna be a diet of Chinese and Dominos for me. Yummy.

1. This playlist on spotify

2. This website for cute stationary

3. This youtube channel

4. This blog

5. This weheartit collection

6. This movie trailer

15 (more) ways to use your notebooks

Saturday, 11 June 2016

I don't know about you, but there are few things that I love more than notebooks. I love the excitement of finding a new beautiful notebook (I've always been a paperchase gal, but recently I've found that tk maxx have a stash of adorable, affordable notebooks) and I love the feeling you get when you start using the first page of your spankin' brand new notebook. It's a great feeling.

To be completely honest with you, I have a bit of a problem with buying notebooks... if I see a beautiful notebook, I am compelled to buy it.

That means that I end up with a ton of empty notebooks, just waiting for me to use them.

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post detailing 15 ways you can use your notebooks, and today, I want to add to that list.

Here are 15 more ways you can use your notebooks;

1. Document your journey to achieving a goal

2. Keep a food journal

3. Keep a bullet journal

4. Create a bucket list

5. Document 1 good thing that you've done each day

6. Keep track of your daily exercise

7. Write letters that you'll never send

8. Keep a travel journal

9. Document all your favourite bloggers and blog posts

10. Document all the lessons you've learned

11. Write about people who inspire you

12. Keep track of the hours you've worked

13. Document your daydreams

14. Brainstorm, for absolutely everything

15. Write one quote a day

How do you use your notebooks?

Top 10 things I complain about the most

Friday, 10 June 2016

1. My fridge is full so I can't fit in anymore food

2. So now I need to eat the food I just bought, meaning I'm going over my daily allowance of calories

3. I started watching a TV show and am binge watching it so much that I've forgotten about all my responsibilities

4. But now I finished watching the entire box set and now I'm sad and don't know what to do with my life

5. I took a walk but I forgot to wear my fitbit

6. I wrote an extensive to-do list yesterday but I spent so long making it that I didn't have time to do the things

7. I have no lipsticks to match my outfit today and I spent so long on my makeup

8. I have no idea where my money goes I think someone's stealing it, I swear I didn't even buy that much this month

9. I swear I have about 50 unmatched socks. Damn you sock eating monster that lives in my washing machine.

10. I just got on the bus home and my battery is at 5%

June 2016 Beauty Favourites

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Lately with the sun being out so much, I've been able to get by most of the day with a slab of BB cream, a touch up on my brows and a few layers of mascara. But when it comes to nights/evenings out,  -or even darker, gloomier days- my beauty routine changes completely. I've never really written up a post on the beauty products that I use, so bear with me- beauty isn't my forte!
The Base

As I just mentioned, because of the gorgeous summer weather, I've been going for a nice light look during the day. I've been able to achieve a lovely natural glow with the use of Osiris' All in One Skin Perfector BB cream. It's been such a saviour for light coverage, and it has the added plus of UV protection, which is exactly what I need on a sunny day!

The other day, I went into Glasgow to get a few things for prom, and decided to splash out a bit of cash on MAC's matchmaster foundadtion. The foundation has medium coverage, with a matt finish, which I absolutely adore. It covers my blemishes and imperfections really flatteringly, and also really brings out my natural skin tones. 

NYX opened up a huge stall at Boots in Glasgow, Buchanan Galleries, and ever since my friend recommended their matt liquid lipsticks to me, I've been totally hooked on the brand. This NYX Face Duo: Sculpt & Highlight has been great fun to test and try out, and I've really fell in love with the way it brings out the shape of my face. It comes in different shades, but I went for the taupe/ivory duo because I felt it would best compliment my face, especially with my new MAC foundation!

Eyes and Brows

I've been using Maybelline Falsies volume express mascara  loyally since about December last year, and I can't imagine switching for anything else. My lashes are quite light because I'm naturally blonde, so mascara is one of the products I use the most, so it's imperative that I have a great product that I can rely on to take me from day to night. It's not quite the same effect as having false lashes, but definitely closer than any other mascaras I've used before.

I usually lean more towards using pencils when it comes to my brows, just because I quite like my brows being bold and defined. But after having heard a lot of great things about Soap and Glory's Archery DIY brow kit, I decided to gamble on the kit, and it's been so worth it. I can still achieve a great angle, and while it's taken me some time to get used to using brushes for my brows, I feel like it's really not as hard as I thought it would be. The brow highlighter in the kit is great too; subtle, but effective. 

Up until recently, I've always used gel or pen liners, because I'm so scared of messing up with liquid liners. However, NYX's Vinyl Liquid Liner is so easy to use, and I've found it really similar to a pen liner. I previously tried out Rimmel London's Scandal Eyes pen liner, but it ran out after one day so I was a bit sceptical about trying out another pen liner.

What are your beauty favourites this month?

Be your own kind of Beautiful

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

"A flower doesn't think of competing with the flower next to it... it just blooms"

Let's start off with something I'm sure everyone reading this will be able to agree with; no two people are the same. Everybody is different, for better and for worse. I remember reading a tweet someone posted saying how they would never want to be anyone else apart from themselves, because everyone else is already taken. We are all different, unique, and beautiful in our own rights. Even something as small and insignificant like a hair falling from your head is a piece of your unique DNA, and nobody else in the entire world has the exact same hair.

So if we can all agree that no two people are the same, why is it that we have such a strong desire to be someone else? Whether it's youtubers, celebrities, or artists, we all have an idol or someone we look up to that we look at and go 'damn, I wish I was more like *blank*' Or at least I know I do.

But being your own kind of beautiful requires you to look in the mirror, and find beauty in who you are, inside and out.

There's absolutely nothing wrong about taking inspiration from the people around you- I do that all the time, it's even evident in this little blog. But when you start wanting to be like them, you begin to wish yourself away, and that is one of the most terrible things you could do to yourself.

You aren't perfect- and you never will be, no matter how long and hard you strive to be like your icon. You know why? Because they're not perfect either. You might not see it on screen, but they have their faults. They have moments where they lose it, and they often look at themselves wishing they were someone else, just like you.

One of the most beautiful, wonderful things about being human is that we are different, and that should be seen as an advantage.

You are not the same as everyone else, you are set apart, and you are special. Use your uniqueness to do great things, and you will start to see how you can be your own kind of beautiful.

She loves...

Tuesday, 7 June 2016

Hiya lovelies! Today I wanted to write you all a nice light, fluffy, easy post to read over coffee. I've always loved writing posts about the things that make me happy, like the 'This Sunday I'm grateful for...' series and even the '5 happy thoughts' series, so I thought I'd do something similar, but just that little bit different. I hope you enjoy reading about a few of the things that I love...

Favourite fragrance
The Olympea fragrance by Paco Rabanne is absolutely lush. It's a really lovely light, innocent yet flirty fragrance. It reminds me a little bit of my previous favourite perfume, Coco Mademoiselle by Channel, which I adore.

Indie Accessory
I recently bought a headpiece from New Look which was very 'out of the box' per say. It's very indie/hipster, and I'm yet to d├ębut it, but I'm thinking it would be perfect for summer with the whole festival vibes.

Blogger goals
I've had Dorkface's blog in heart-eyes for quite some time, and I'm not going to lie, I low-key obsess over it. I love how colourful and bright it is, and it's so humorous. It's the perfect blog for a bit of a pick me up.

A new hobby
Last year, I had a 3 month retreat from my phone and computer, and my mum taught me how to knit. I made a few lavender pouches then, but I've recently picked it up again, and I'm starting to knit a small baby blanket. It's going to take me some time since I'm a newbie, but I really enjoy it. It's really relaxing, and a good break from social media ect.

Testing new TV shows
I've just recently finished watching Fresh Meat (which ftw, is incredible... it's on all 4 and I 100% recommend) so I've been dipping my toes in some new tv shows and even a few documentaries. I'm totally up to suggestions, so please put some in the comments section!

Lush matte lip cream
A few months ago a close friend recommended the nyxx matte lip cream products to me, and since I trust her taste, I went out and splurged on a handful of different shades. I can now confirm that they are absolutely wonderful. The colours are perfect, and it really lasts on your lips. Not only that, but it's got a really good feel on your lips; lighter than lipstick but still more substance to it than gloss.

What have you been getting into today?

5 targets I'm setting myself for this week

Sunday, 5 June 2016

Hey there sweethearts! It's been quite some time since I wrote a goals/targets post (in fact the last time I did was this post I wrote way back in April) so I thought I might just give it a shot again. I love setting myself targets, and the sense of achievement you get when you've completed all your targets is wonderful.

1. Make a priorities list at the start of every day
I'm a great procrastinator, so I'm hoping that setting myself an agenda of things I need to do in order of importance will help me stick to what actually needs to be done, rather than wasting time on unimportant tasks.

2. Have at least one day of digital detox
Is it a blogger thing; to be addicted to social media? I don't know, but I've seen (and written) my fair share of posts about the importance of having a 'digital detox' so I reckon it would do me some good to spend a day where I'm not glued to my phone

3. Go to the gym
I made a new years resolution way back at the start of the year, to eat healthily and exercise more. Yeah, working at McDonald's and having the temptation of free ice cream every time I worked a shift kinda conflicted with my healthy eating plans, and I got lazy and started postponing going to the gym. It's time I got back in shape

4. Take at least 5 high quality pictures for her electric ocean
I always take photos in bulk, so I'm planning to have a mini photoshoot sometime this week, as soon as I find the time to slot one in, and organise all my props...

5. Read a book
There was a time when I would read 6 books a week, and that would be normal. Nowadays, it's a struggle to get myself to read 6 books a year, and that's counting the compulsory school books. I really want to change that, because I do still enjoy reading, and it's something that really helps me to relax.

10 things I have learnt in my last year of school

Saturday, 4 June 2016

Exams are finally over, and yesterday I was whisked off to my leavers dinner, at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. I can't believe that I have officially graduated and finished school- I feel like this marks the end of a chapter in my life, and there's a sense of expectation for the future looming. My time at school has taught me more than just mathematical equations and psychological theories (thank goodness) and so I thought it would be quite nice to look back at a few of the things I've learnt over the course of my final year.

1. You can't force friendships, and it's only inevitable that you will drift away from some of your friends- even the ones who have been by your side since the start of primary school. It's not always a bad thing, it's just a part of growing up and becoming more independent.

2. Don't wear makeup to bed, unless you want to wake up in the morning looking like a panda with dry skin and 29745073 spots all over your face. Your teachers are likely to repeatedly ask you if you're sick and want to go home.

3. It's important to rest when your body tells you it's tired. School is important, but your health should always come first.

4. When it comes to prioritising work, school, and friends, one is not necessarily more important than the other, no matter what anyone tells you. It's all about what you need at that point in time.

5. Baths are truly underrated, and if you're ever feeling stressed out, just light a few candles, put on a relaxing playlist, and soak for half an hour.

6. Negative people are draining, so make sure you keep your distance from toxic relationships. You need to prioritise yourself, and make sure that they don't bring you down.

7. There is nothing that you cannot achieve if you put in the hard work and effort. Your teacher might say the highest grade that you'll achieve is a C, but if you spend enough time each week studying for that subject well in advance of the exam, who's to say you won't surpass that, and maybe even get an A?

8. Yes, junk food tastes amazing, and is cheap, and accessible at every corner shop, but if you really want that summer body, you're going to have to discipline yourself and cut down on those calories. Plus, you don't really need to get chips and curry every lunch.

9. It's okay to not know where you're going to end up, and what you want to do with your life. You don't need to have your whole life mapped out, just take it one step at a time. Most importantly, make sure you do what you enjoy.

10. Saving money up sucks, but when you go to university and are the only one not having to take out a loan, it'll be worth it. I know paperchase has a super cute new stationary line out, and I know you would use it for school, but it's really not necessary- just buy the basic stuff if you really need it. 

20 Summer blog post ideas

Friday, 3 June 2016

Ah, Summer... the season of blue skies, sunshine, and an abundance of colour- not to mention the lovely heat. I love Summer for a number of reasons, but the number 1 reason is probably the heat. This Summer I'm going to be spending the majority of my time working and saving up for university, but I am looking forward to having a few weeks off for a little bit of travel with a few friends.

I hope you all have a wonderful summer, and enjoy it as much as I will- as well as making good use of these post prompts!

1. An updated Summer skincare routine

2. 5 things I want to achieve this summer

3. 5 fruit that are going straight into my basket this summer

4. 5 ideas for a perfect summer daytrip

5. Homeware: A summer edition

10. Makeup that will stay put through the heat

11. 5 blogs to follow this summer

12. 15 cute summer prints

13. My holiday in 10 photos

14. six summer staples

15. links I'm loving this summer 

16. top 10 tips for staying safe in the sun

17. My favourite smoothie recipes 

18. A Summer reading list

19. 10 things I want to do this summer 

20. 5 things I love about summer

New starts and fresh pages

Thursday, 2 June 2016

Today, as I sorted through my notebooks, I found one completely fresh, untouched notebook... my new diary, numero 3. I love the feeling of writing on the first page of a notebook. You take so much care into making it pretty and presentable, and make sure your handwriting is actually legible. The other pages are different; they don't really matter as much. The first page, though, is a fresh start... a new beginning. There's something really special about that.

I'm pretty sure you're all sick of hearing me drone on and on about how I've graduated school but I have. It's kind of a big deal for me. Since I'm going to be going to university soon, I decided that I need to get my act together a bit. Start over, so that I can well and truly start my new life as a student with a fresh page. Here are a few ways that I plan to do just that...

De-clutter my wardrobe
I have such a jam packed wardrobe, and I'm pretty sure I haven't worn 90% of the stuff in it since 2k14, so it's definitely time for me to sort that out. It's getting quite warm too, so I'm thinking I'll put my bulkier items of clothing away in a box to make more room for some pretty dresses ect. for summer!

Change my room around
Although I was planning to move away from home completely, I can still switch things up a bit and create a new scene. I'm thinking of painting my furniture white to give it a fresh, modern vibe, but that will take a tonne of effort so we'll see if I ever actually get around to doing that, lol.

Change my hair
I've always been a blonde, and to some degree I've always found comfort in my blondeness. I know that sounds ridiculous, but I like being blonde- it's what I'm used to, and I'm comfortable with it. However, my hair is getting darker, and I'm thinking it might be time for something new. Last December I chopped off about 8 inches of my hair... maybe it's time for me to get a fresh colour to go with the new haircut?

Buy new clothes
I've already started buying items to put together my new look for university. Just today I recieved a parcel of two gorgeous casual dresses that I ordered from forever 21, so much love. I'm going to need a lot more clothes for university, what with the whole NO MORE UNIFORM thing, so I might as well experiment with some new styles while I'm at it!

Try out a new hobby
Everyone says that university is the best time to try out new things, and I think I might just put that to the test. I want to get more out of my days than just lounging about, working, or meeting up with friends... I want to try something completely new and exciting. I just don't know quite what exactly just yet.

What are you doing for a 'new start' this summer?
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