18 quotes for my 18th

Sunday, 30 October 2016

Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn 18... I officially become a fully fledged adult, with all the responsibilities and opportunities that this milestone brings. Today, I wanted to write a post somehow related to my birthday. I was planning on documenting my birthday dinner (which was last night) but I still need to upload some pictures, and I quite frankly don't have the time today. So keep your eyes peeled for that, and for now I hope you enjoy reading 18 quotes that summarise this year!


"That's what I want. Someone who smiles like an idiot whenever they talk about me. Someone who just can't shut the fuck up about me"


" She had a way of seeing beauty in others, even (and perhaps most especially) when that person could not see it in themselves"


"So plant your own gardens and decorate your own soul, instead of waiting for someone to bring you flowers"


"If you want to learn what someone fears losing, watch what they photograph"


"Staying positive doesn't mean you don't feel sad or angry sometimes, it just means you keep going anyways"


"I've been on either side of letting someone down, and I don't know which ones worse"


"It was only after months of silence that I realised we were better as strangers than anything else"


"I am not where I am because of luck. I am where I am because I took risks others were not willing to take. The world rewards the risk takers. It always has. It always will"


"Love is always dangerous. To love is to hope you'll win it all, while running the risk that you could lose it all. And sometimes, it's about accepting that there's a risk that you'll love more than you are loved"


" Survival can be summer up in three words; don't give up. That's the heart of it really... just keep trying"


"You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view; until you climb into their skin and walk around in it"


"You don't realise how many different things can remind you of a person until they become someone you no longer wish to remember"


"How others see you isn't important. What is important is how you see yourself. That means everything"


"Go out and do what you want to do and believe in yourself... because its okay to do that. It's okay to be who you are"


"Everything happens for a reason, but sometimes the reason is that you are stupid and make bad decisions"


"The problem with the world is that intelligent people are full of doubts, and the stupid people are full of confidence"

"Stop worrying about growing old, and start thinking about growing up"


"The lies we believe are walls that keep us from embracing the beauty we have behold this whole time"


"It takes a big heart to help shape little minds"


10 Things We All Love About Coming Home from a Stressful Day at Work

Saturday, 29 October 2016

In my opinion, there's nothing better than getting home after a long, stressful, tiring day and just flopping. More often than not, when I come home there's an ever growing to-do list of things waiting for me to tick off- but despite this, I always find time to do my favourite things. That way I always have something positive to look forward to at the end of the day, so that I can power through to the very last minute.

1. That feeling of relief and relaxation as you get in the door, take off your jacket and dump your bags on the floor. Ah, freedom.

2. Making the perfect blend of coffee/tea. Because let's be honest here, your blend is the best blend.

3. Connecting to your (hopefully) super-reliable Wifi network and getting that first buzzzz as your phone blows up with notifications.

4. Logging into instagram and facebook, and just generally being very nosy- as you enjoy your homemade brew of tea/coffee

5. Getting together the perfect selection of scran, because you probably can't be bothered actually cooking, but food is important.

6. Catching up with a bit of TV. Scran always seems to taste better when mixed with top notch entertainment, right?

7. Doing a bit of housework and actually being able to tick off a few things from your to-do list #success

8. Taking off all your makeup and getting changed into slob clothes/pyjamas

9. Treating yourself to a luxurious bath, featuring your favourite bath bombs (from Lush of course) and lots and lots of bubbles

10. Curling up in bed to embrace your final hours of relaxation and bliss before you wake up tomorrow and start off all over again

10 ways to show people you love them

Thursday, 27 October 2016

"Do what you love, 
show people love, 
accept people's love, 
and love what you do"

I'll try my best to make sure this isn't just another one of those super sloppy, mushy posts that would even make your Mum cringe. It'll be hard, but I promise I'll try. But first off, how f***ing cute is that quote? 

1. Make them breakfast in bed. (If you're reading this and thinking of making me breakfast in bed, note that I love waffles and pancakes)

2. Call them randomly just because you miss them and want to chat

3. Take them to your favourite place

4. Give them a big, warm hug full of love, and don't let them let go for at least a whole 30 seconds

5. Buy them a present, for no reason (Again, if it's for me then note that I love lush bath bombs. And makeup. And tbh it doesn't matter what you buy me because I'll love you forever no matter what it is)

6. Write them a cute little letter/para about everything you think is amazing and beautiful about them

7. Give them your umbrella because it's pouring with rain, even if it means that you'll get absolutely drenched on the way home

8. Let them have your last rolo (or slice of pizza)

9. Look out for them when they're at their most vulnerable

10. Just simply love them

How to Stay on Top of Everything (When You Have Too Many Responsibilities)

Saturday, 22 October 2016

Flipping hell. I never could have prepared myself for how busy my life would get after summer. I have literally gone from having a carefree lifestyle with zero responsibilities (okay, that's a lie, I did work over summer... but that doesn't really count) to trying to juggle several. And honestly? It's exhausting.

That's why it's important that I stay on top of everything- now more than ever. I need to keep on top of my weekly schedule so that I attend all of my lectures and tutorials at university (as well as having time to study, and prep for tutorials), and I have also committed myself to working at two part time jobs. On top of that, I run this blog, and I'm sure that any fellow bloggers will appreciate how much time and effort goes in to running a blog, never mind having to juggle blogging with several other responsibilities.

Bearing in mind, that I am not someone who keeps to themselves. Somehow, I have managed to sort out a routine that allows me to manage all of my commitments and still have time to meet up with my friends, and go on nights out, and watch TV shows like Poldark with my Mum. 

Want to know how I do it? Keep reading...

Your Week Starts on Sunday

Technically, it doesn't. But for the purpose of this post, your week starts on Sunday. In the evening specifically, although you can go with whatever time suits you best. Why? Because in order to stay on top of your schedule, you need to have a schedule. 

Don't wait until Monday morning to organise your week, because chances are you'll wake up wondering what you have to do on Monday and might end up missing something out. Be one step ahead of the game, and sort out everything you have to do in the following week, before the week has 'technically' even begun.

I've never really been a calendar person because I feel like calender's don't really have enough space to fit in everything you need to do every day, and they don't really have much space to add in notes and stuff. Paperchase offers the perfect solution to my problem, in the form of A4 weekly planners. 

These are perfect because they have a good amount of space to write things in for each day, as well as a space for notes! Hurrah! My weekly planner even has a little 'to do' list on the side of it for all those daily tasks that I need to remind myself to complete. I'm sure other places do weekly planners too (and are probably more affordable tbh) but I just love my paperchase one so much that I really couldn't think of getting one anywhere else.

You Have Too Little Time Not To Spend It With Your Friends

We all have that one friend who is always "too busy" right? I used to be that friend, until I realised that in reality, you can never be "too busy" for your friends. No matter how many things you have to do, no matter how many places you have to be, you will always have a handful of hours each day of sweet bliss when you don't have anything you need to do.

And yeah, of course it's important to have time to yourself to recharge. But spending time with your friends is one of the best, most effective ways to reboot your energy and get you smiling again! If you're stressed out because you feel like you have no time, that might be a sign that you need to take a break to spend time with the people you love. Even if it's just for a 30 minute coffee break.

Your Surroundings Reflect Your Mental State

Ever heard the quote "tell me your friends, and I'll tell you who you are"? Or what about the saying your Mum would always drone on about- "A messy room means a messy mind"? Turns out each of these hold some truth in them. 

Whether your surroundings affect you, or you affect your surroundings is unclear. However, having a tidy desk has been proven to increase productivity and motivation. You know how satisfied you feel after having a huge clean-out? Use that satisfaction and self-pride, and hone it to push yourself to do more!

Then, when you're wondering what your next class, appointment, lecture or meeting is, you won't have to search through a stack of paperwork and books to find your weekly planner... because it'll be displayed right where you left it in plain view.

Wake Me Up!

If you need to be out of the house by 8am, try setting your alarm for 6am instead of 7. Sure, if you're out of bed at 7am you'll have plenty of time to freshen yourself up, have breakfast and get out the door... But trust me, you'll feel so much better if you wake up and get out of bed earlier.

If you give yourself enough time in the morning, you can give the day a perfect start with a relaxing bath or an energising shower. You can treat yourself to a home cooked breakfast, rather than grabbing an apple on your way out. 

Plus, if you're all ready to go, and your bus doesn't leave for another half an hour, you can start getting some of your work done so that you have less to do in the evening- thus leading to you having much more time for other commitments, or spending time with friends.

What's your top tip for juggling multiple responsibilities?

Homemade Sushi

I'm certainly no sushi expert, but I've loved oriental food for years now. 

I remember the first time I ever attempted to make sushi; I was around 11 years old or so, and my class topic was Japan. One day, my teacher brought in a guest to teach us how to make sushi in small groups, and we got to eat it during class time. 

Most of my friends took one small nibble of the sushi, scrunched up their faces and went "Ewwwwwwwwww" as 11 year olds do. But for me, that day was the beginning of my love affair with Japanese cuisine.

To this day I have never actually eaten sushi in a restaurant. I have always either bought it from a supermarket, or made it at home. Although making sushi yourself might sound impressive, it's really not. It's probably the most simple snack/meal to make, although it does take a few practices to get the shape perfect. 

As I said, it's really simple. It genuinely takes about 5 minutes to make, too. All you have to do before you actually start rolling it together is boil your rice, and prepare your filling. Easy as anything. 

Not only that, but it's so cheap to make as well. If you're ever on a budget, and think that sushi is going to be too expensive for you, think again. I usually get my ingredients for sushi from Sainsburys as they have a great range for Japanese ingredients, including sushi rice, nori, and even the rolling matt- each of which cost about £2 each. Not bad, eh? 

Obviously the type of filling you want to use could bump the price up a bit, but a great cheaper alternative to fish-stuffed sushi is vegetable sushi. As you'll see in the picture, I used peppers in my sushi today. They make a great filling, as they add moisture and crunchiness to the sushi, which I find goes really well with the rice and nori, plus it's cheap and easy to find! 

If you're not a fan of nori, you can always make rice balls (also known as onigiri). I've made Onigiri a few times in the past, and it's just as easy to make. I would suggest using clingfilm to create a perfect spherical shape for your balls, but I'm sure there are other ways to do it. The last time I made onigiri I used some leftover turkey as a filling, which is a pretty unusual filling (especially in Japanese cuisine where fish is much more common) but I found that the ingredients went really well together, especially with a bit of soy sauce!

What's your favourite oriental meal? 

10 Songs on My Autumn Playlist

Thursday, 20 October 2016

The weather's been getting chilly lately. 

This morning I left for university with my Autumn/Winter boots, a heavy jacket, and my thick scarf... and by the time I got into town, I was already shivering. Although I despise the cold weather, and how the darkness has already started creeping into the day, I do have a soft spot for Autumn. I'm very fond of this season for a number of reasons, one of which you can read all about here.

As well as the abundance of luscious hot drinks and gorgeously scented candles, I adore the whole concept of Autumn Living. Spring is the season for new starts, Summer is the season for excitement and adventures, Winter is the season for family, and Autumn is the season of Relaxation. Each season has something individual and unique to it that makes them all amazing in their own right... but I think Autumn is my favourite.

When I think of how my ideal Autumnal evening would pan out, I think of cosy-ing up on the couch, and chatting away with someone I love. When I close my eyes, I picture mahogany furniture, knitted jumpers, the mixed scents of a warm autumnal drink and an Autumnal-themed scented candle, and a perfect, soothing song playing in the background.

Say you won't let go - James Arthur

Bloom - The Paper Kites

Made to Love You - Dan Owen

Catch and Release - Matt Simons

Johnny Stimson - Bright Side

Sycamore Tree - The Hunna

Shadow Light - Ardyn

Dreams - Mike Waters

Nightcall - London Grammar

Simple Desire - All Mankind

What's on your autumn playlist?

Top 5 Lip Products for a Night Out

Saturday, 15 October 2016

I've always been a big fan of matte liquid lipsticks, and while I usually go for the nyx soft matte lip cream, I decided to broaden my scope for finding the perfect lip products for going out. With starting uni and all, I've had more nights out than ever before, and with that comes the need for more makeup. At least, that's what I keep telling myself...

I discovered the Kardashian Lip plumping shimmer gloss stick a few weeks ago on my Seasonal Feel Unique Haul. What caught my eyes was how the advertisement for it promised that the product would give the effect of fuller, plumper lips. And thus, when I tried it out it delivered on its' promise. I'm not usually a huge fan of lip glosses, but I absolutely adore this one. It smells so good, with a really strong honey scent, and feels amazing when you put it on. Sometimes I even smack a bit of it on before applying my lip scrub in the evening. It's so important that you take good care of your lips -especially if you wear a lot of matte lip products which could be drying your lips out- and I feel like this lip gloss has been really good for my lips.

As for the sleek matte lipsticks... well, the fact that I have three shades says it all really, doesn't it? I bought the shade Birthday Suit on my mini Pre-Holiday haul, and it was the only lip product I actually took with me when I went on Holiday to Poland. After wearing it pretty much every day, I decided to branch out and buy the other two shades. The colours are much bolder than I thought they would be when I ordered them, but I've slowly warmed up to them and they've become something of a staple for my nights out.

I've already confessed my love for the NYX soft matte lip creams (I have about 5 or 6 different shades... it's safe to say they're one of my fave products ever) but now I've fallen head over heels for the NYX Lip Lingerie products. The Lip Lingerie products are much thicker than most matte-effect lip product that I've used before, and so it sits really nicely on your lips, and lasts much longer. The first time I wore this was on a night out during freshers week in September, and somehow I managed to get through the night without having to re-apply at all. Not even once! It's definitely one of my favourite lip products ever, and I adore how long lasting it is.

What are your favourite Lip Products?

Kardashian Lip plumping shimer gloss - Honey
Sleek Matte Me Liquid Lipstick - Fandango Purple, Birthday Suit, and Roja Red
Nyx Lingerie - Honeymoon

Lately I've been loving...

Thursday, 13 October 2016

♥ The Zoella Bath Fizzer

This cute quote

♥ Fries from Five Guys

This TED talk on feminism

This 6 pack of iron on patches

♥ #TheGirlGang facebook group

♥ Matte Liquid Lip Creams, especially by Nyx and Sleek

♥  This baby pink sweater

♥ The fact that Strathclyde University have a feminist society AND a society for women in business

♥ Yaki Soba from Wagamamas

This amazing blog

♥ My lighter, colourful theme on instagram (ignore my old photos... I couldn't bring myself to delete them)

♥ My OPI nail laquer in the shade 'Berlin there, done that'

This adorable blog post

These rose gold beats by DR Dre

♥ Vanilla flavoured Tango from Pizza Hut 

This collection from We Heart It

♥ My Discover Weekly playlist on Spotify 

♥ My amazing better than sex mascara

5 of the Best Ways to Spend The Autumn Months

Monday, 10 October 2016

I cant get rid of the awful aftertaste of beer. I hate beer, but for some reason -which I can't quite explain- I decided to have a pint last night. It wasn't a good decision... beer never is tbh.

I feel like I've had a pretty long day today- even though when I think about it properly, I haven't. I started my day by getting the 10am bus into town for my 11am Marketing tutorial, following by three business-related lectures. 

Uni has been wonderful- nothing could honestly prepare me for how amazing it is. It's even better than the movies. Tonight I have my work night out which I'm really looking forward to... not that I really need another excuse to go out, lol. But it promises to be a good night. 

Today I wanted to write about some of my favourite days and nights out for Autumn.

I hope you enjoy reading this post, and find some inspiration for your next day/night out!

1. Wine on Ashton Lane
Other streets are available. Ashton Lane is known as being a pretty student-y street, filled to the brim with GUW's (Glasgow Uni Wankers... sorry, not sorry) and hipsters. My friends and I fit in to neither of those categories, but we all fell in love with Ashton Lane when we went on a little wine trip during Freshers week... It's such a nice, classy area, and was a great little getaway from the less-classy union. 

2. Starbucks
As with Ashton Lane, other coffee chains are available. But let's not deceive ourselves- none of them quite scratch up to Starbucks. I mean, Starbucks' Autumn Drinks menu is unbeatable. When you think of Autumn, you instantly think of the PSL... and that is just one of the many reasons why you need to go to Starbucks (multiple times) this Autumn.

3. A meal at your local pub
I don't know about you, but the pubs in my local area have such a nice, cosy vibe. And they're full of furniture made of dark wood, which practically screams autumn to me. I love a meal out with friends, and pubs not only have a great, relaxed atmosphere, but are pretty cheap too!

4. A daytrip to a local Castle
Picture the scene... You're wearing your autumn boots, a cosy jacket, and a gorgeous scarf. You and someone you love walk down this stone road covered in gold, brown, and red fallen leaves. And then you see it- amongst the golden trees, there stands the ruins of a gorgeous Castle. How romantic. I always loved visiting castles when I was a child -it was one of my family's go to days out- and I remember them always being the most beautiful during the Autumn months. You'd be sure to get some really great #Insta worthy photos there too.

5. Bonfires
This is another #Insta worthy one. I've only ever had proper bonfires whilst on holiday in Poland with my family, on my grandparents land... but I can imagine they'd be just as good in the UK- as long as it doesn't rain, ofc. Blankets, marshmallows, a hot cuppa and a gorgeous fire in the centre... recipe for a perfect Autumn night with your favourite people? I think so.

What would your perfect Autumn Day/Night be?

My Autumn Bucket List

Sunday, 9 October 2016

We have this candle in the lounge right now that's cinnamon scented and oh my goodness it gives me life. I tend to go a bit overboard with the whole "I love Autumn" thing, but I really do mean it. Autumn is just one of those magical, mystical seasons where everything feels like a movie.

1. Make an Autumn Playlist
You know those slow indie songs that are just made for Autumn? I adore them. They set such a nice atmosphere, and are so relaxing to listen to. Passion Parade Kaurna Cronin would definitely be on my Autumn Playlist, I found it on my Discover Weekly on Spotify a while ago and its such an Autumnal song.

2. Take lots of Autumnal Photos
My house is situated right bang in the middle of two very picturesque settings; the canal pathway which is surrounded by trees, and the walk next to the river that goes past a golf course and farm land. I really need to take advantage of this beautiful scenery and take more photos when the trees all turn golden brown...

3. Drink more Autumnal hot drinks
We all know that Starbucks does a mean Autumn menu. Chai Tea Lattes are probably my favourite Autumnal drink from Starbucks, although Pumpkin Spiced Lattes are right up there with the rest. When I'm at home though, I love making a normal coffee and adding a teaspoon of cinnamon in it, it's so lush!

4. Wear my Autumn Lipsticks
At least 5 times. I'm aiming for wearing them like every day, but knowing me I'll just be lazy and bail. I bought a bunch of really nice lipsticks for Autumn though, and it would be such a waste if I didn't use them.

5. Read more, and Watch more
Who doesn't love cosying up after a long day, and settling down with a warm beverage and a good book? Or cuddling with a cute guy/amazing friend with a cosy blanket as you relax together with a great movie? I certainly wouldn't turn down either of those options, but I want to make myself do each of them more; and treat myself well this Autumn!

Why I suck at being "healthy"

Saturday, 8 October 2016


That's the kind of sound that escapes from my lips whenever I have to leave the comfort and safety of my bed. Or when I finally force myself to go to the gym. Or when I'm forced to climb up that hill to get to my university building. Ugh. 

I've held off writing this post for a while, for a lot of reasons. The main one probably being that I don't want to sound like a complete and utter hypocrite. I've written posts on this blog about maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and shared my tips on how to stay fit, but for the last two months I've really not been feeling it to be honest. And I don't want to moan and complain about it, or discourage any of you budding athletes out there... but it's true.

If you're able to get up out of bed to go for a run every morning, then I applaud your resolve. I also wish I had it.

But I don't. Right now, I feel like a big lazy slob. And it kind of really sucks. I want to have the motivation to get changed into my gym clothes and walk to the gym not feeling as if I'm giving myself a two hour torture session. In fact, I just want to have the motivation to get to the gym to be honest, because I haven't even managed that much in the past month.

I don't really know what to do about it to be honest, which is probably the worst part. And you can hit me with the best advice in the world, but I don't think even that could change how I feel. I just don't really care that much. I want to have the flat belly, I just don't want to do the work involved to get me there. And I want nice, toned legs that don't wibble and wobble with every step I take when I wear a skirt, but to be frank I can't really be arsed. 

Surely I'm not the only one who feels like this? I want to be healthy, and I crave to be as fit and active as my friends, but I lack the motivation and determination. Why should I go out for a jog when I could lay in bed and watch reruns of Celebs Go Dating? 

I always have some kind of excuse for it too. I'm too tired. I've had a long day. I was out late last night. I've got a lot of work to do. I've barely been at home all week, I need to rest. I'll go tomorrow. I'll go next week. Maybe next month. I'm just too busy. I have more important things to do...

But it all boils down to one big fat problem; I can't be arsed. And I don't really care enough to change that.

Women in Business

Thursday, 6 October 2016

It's been 4 weeks since I bought my network bus pass for uni. 4 weeks ago tomorrow, I met the first 5 people from my university, and we all went to pick up our student cards... how crazy and exciting is that? Out of the six of us, 5 were studying some form of business, and one was studying Politics. Three of us were girls, and three were guys. 

Earlier this year in April Catalyst released this article, which looks at the "Statistical Overview of Women in the Workplace". Although the website doesn't show a lot of statistics for the United Kingdom -where I'm based- I was shocked to find that the inbalance of women and men in top jobs was actually really significant. 

The statistics that shocked me the most was the percentage of Women's Share of Board Seats at European Stock Index Companies. I've always assumed that by now, more women in the workplace are progressing in their careers. It's 2016, surely women have risen above the glass ceiling; a concept which two years ago at school I was taught was no longer relevant in the workplace today. 

According to Catalyst, only 22.8% of board seats in stock index companies in the United Kingdom are taken by women. To me, that is shockingly low. In an ideal world, it would be somewhere around 50%, just like the split of boys and girls in the group of us that all met up four weeks ago to pick up our student cards, where three of the group were girls and three were guys. However, that's not the reality that we have today. 

If the percentage of board seats taken by each gender was reflected in our group of 6, then 1.3 would be female, and 4.7 would be male. To round that up (because in reality there is no such thing as a third or a seventh of a person) one out of the six would be female. Is that fair? Of course not. But is that the reality? Shockingly, yes. Just when I thought getting a good, high end job when I graduate couldn't get more difficult, it now seems that I will face a huge disadvantage for no reason other than my biological makeup.

As if that wasn't enough to shake me up and open my eyes to the injustice that women face in top jobs, I also discovered that there is a divide in the amount of pay that men and women receive. Yet another issue that society has taught me is no longer relevant. Last Tuesday at my Management Lecture, I was told that on average female managers earn £31,895, which is £10,546 less than what their male counterparts earn at £42,441. Can you believe that? There is a pay gap of £10,546 among male and female managers.

So what am I going to do about it?

I have two options. I have to choose between being apathetic about my findings -and sit by and do nothing as I watch the effect of these inequalities unfold in my own life- and being responsive; deliberately and actively trying to overcome the hurdles that the workplace has set up for me and my fellow females.

The fact is, that I -just like so, so many women- have an unfair and unjustifiable setback in my career simply due to genetic "misfortune", so I'm going to have to work ten times harder than a man (with the same skills and qualities as me) to get the same job. And if my pay for that job isn't at the same level as the male equivalent, then I'm going to have to fight to get that pay. And if a man with the same skills, qualities and experience as I have is considered for a promotion and I'm not, then I'm going to have to stand up and demand that I too have a right to be seriously considered for the position.

It might not be fair that I, as a woman, have to work harder to put myself out there and ensure that I gain the same opportunities a man would automatically be preferred for. But I, as a woman, am not prepared to step back and let the male dominated workplace intimidate me. I need to see it as something which I can conquer. Because if I don't believe in myself and my rights, who will?

I am Sara Louisa

Sunday, 2 October 2016

This has kind of been hanging over my head for a while now.

I don't really know where to start... how to tell you that it's time for me to move on, and start something new. Not something completely new, but it's new nevertheless. Yesterday on Twitter, I posted a poll asking my followers whether they would prefer me to keep 'her electric ocean' or change the blog url and header to 'Sara Louisa'. After all, the poll was 74% in favour of Her Electric Ocean.

As much as I always try to take your opinions into consideration, and as daunting as it is changing the biggest part of this blog- it's something I figured I just need to do. But it's more than that; it's something I want to do. Even if not everyone agrees that I should do it.

The content, style and layout of this blog has changed so much since it was first named Her Electric Ocean, and I've changed too. It's time for this blog to move on, and part of that is changing the name. Nothing else will change- I will still be posting on Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays, and the content will still be the same... Literally, the only thing that will change is the header and url.

I really hope you will all back me in this decision, and that you'll continue to support me on this blog through checking it out, commenting, and sharing it with your friends!

Everything will be updated by Tuesday the 4th October latest, so make sure to look out for the new url; you'll find this blog under either or depending on what's available!

10 things to keep in mind

1. Your waist might never be as slim as the waist that the girl who used to be in your biology class has. That's okay, you have other assets that she doesn't. Just because your body isn't perfect in your eyes, doesn't mean it isn't perfect in someone else's.

2. Stay true to yourself. It's always better to be hated for who you are than loved for a lie.

3. You are a wonderful, strong, independent woman who doesn't need a man, a family, or one single friend. But these people are nice, and they are good to have, so appreciate them and don't take them for granted.

4. Yeah, it might be hella tough right now, and you might feel like curling into a ball in your bed and never leaving the comfort of your room. But things will get better, you just need to stay tough and get through the hard stuff first.

5. Life is 10% what happens to you, and 90% how you react to it

6. Never miss an opportunity to compliment someone. A meaningful compliment can make someone's day, so use that power to the max.

7. Don't hold on to regret. Every decision you have made -even that awful one- has had implications which have shaped the people and the world around you. The mistakes you have made are opportunities for growth and renewal.

8. Just because someone has a different solution to you, doesn't mean you're wrong, or that they are trying to say that you are wrong. The best solution isn't found through arguing, but through discussing.

9. If you had 50 words left to speak, would you use them to complain, or to tell people you appreciate them? Think about how you use the gift of communication wisely.

10. Life isn't infinite. We are all mortals, and all our lives will end at some point. Make sure you make your one unique life meaningful.

Adios, xo

Top 10 Makeup Tips and Tricks

Saturday, 1 October 2016

My fascination with makeup isn't something that is new. One of my best childhood memories is waking up on Christmas day and opening up parcels containing a childs makeup set, and one of those bratz doll heads that everyone used to have. I spent hours on end with my cousins as we gave each-other makeovers, and resented my Dad for making me scrub off the fluorescent pink blush and deep green eye shadow before I went out. 

Now I hope my makeup style has improved at least slightly since I was at that age, and I like to think that I've learnt a thing or two about makeup over the years. My closest friends have taught me so much, as have tutorials from youtube and instagram. My current favourite insta account for makeup is NYX official, it's so gorgeous! *insert heart eye emoji here*

I would really love to share a few of the things that I've learnt over the years with you guys, and I'd love to hear any of your tips in the comments below!

1. To really give your lashes that extra long lasting curl, heat up your curler with a hairdryer before you curl them
2. The best way to take mascara off without damaging your eyes is to soak a cotton pad with makeup remover and hold it on your eyes (over your lashes) for 30 seconds, and then swipe. The mascara should swipe off quite easily after being soaked.

3. Always use a matte contour and a shimmery highlighter. If you ever want to add a bit of shimmer to your contour you can always do so by adding a bit of highlighter on top.

4. The best base for makeup is soft skin that has been prepped with toner and well primed; it'll apply much better and stay on much longer

5. If you ever find you've finished doing your makeup and your face is slightly darker than your neck, sweep some bronzer over both sides of your neck to even it out

6. Applying white eyeshadow (or even a dab of highlighter) in the corner of your eyes opens your eyes up so much and makes them look much bigger

7. Use concealer in a triangle shape under your eyes to erase bags under your eyes

8. Know your skin type, and make sure that you invest in makeup that matches your skin type. If your skin is very dry, then never go for heavy/full coverage foundation.

9. Speaking of investing, you should invest in 3 high end makeup products for your makeup bag; foundation, mascara, and an eyeshadow palette. 

10. Always, always, ALWAYS take your makeup off at night. And then moisturise. And then use makeup remover again. And then moisturise again. Repeating the process twice will ensure your skin is completely clean and makeup free.

What are your makeup tips and tricks?
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