Wednesday, 29 June 2016

Review: Sleek Highlighting Palette in "Solsice"

I've heard so much about this palette on YouTube lately so I bit the bullet and bought it from Superdrug.
The RRP is £9.99, which if you ask me is pretty reasonable considering some highlighters can easily be over £20.
One thing I loved about this palette is that you get both creams and powders which is a bonus.
The actual shades are beautiful, despite one being purple and the other yellow they still look great on the skin.
I would compare this palette to my BECCA Shimmering Skin Perfector which is a £40 highlighter!
They stay on the skin all day and aren't patch, chalky or glittery. They give a beautiful luminous glow to the skin - therefore this palette is well worth the money.
Also inside is a full sized mirror which is it of high quality. The gold packaging gives a sense of luxury making it easily comparable to more expensive products!
CLICK HERE FOR THE PRODUCT (3 for 2 now at Superdrug)

Ecliptic (Cream)

Hemisphere (Powder)

Subsolar (Powder)

Equinox (Powder)


Sunday, 26 June 2016

Dealing with Anxiety and Confidence Issues

I've decided to do something slightly different for this blog post, as I never normally address serious issues. Mental health. So many thoughts appear with those two words, and I'm here to share my own experiences.
Mental health seems to be a hot topic with the rise of social media and the constant scrutiny and judgement we face in our everyday lives. Personally, from around 14 years old I had confidence issues as well as up until recently, crippling anxiety.
What many people don't realise is that people with these issues aren't asking for attention. In fact it's the complete opposite. For me, I was perfectly fine with getting the bus on my own, shopping on my own or just being independent. However, the anxiety would kick in at random times, before school, before answering the phone, putting my hand up in class. Stupid little things which I felt I didn't need to worry about. I used to say that I worry about worrying and alongside the mental effects there were physical symptoms too.
Now, don't get me wrong, I was doing well in school, I had and still have a stable family life and have many positive things in my life that I'm grateful for. This is one of the reasons I've always been confused as to why I suffer from the anxiety and confidence issues.

Although it's not as bad now, my anxiety used to consume a large chunk of my life. I would dread certain things and not allow myself to gain new experiences because of it. Describing my anxiety would be: racing heartbeat, sweating, the undeniable feeling of dread alongside socially excluding myself. It's a horrible feeling that feels inescapable.

I have tried many different ways to deal with the anxiety. I've watched endless YouTube videos, read a teen help book and watch TV programmes - all of which have helped in their own way.
Ways I have discovered that help:

1. What's the worse that can happen?
I often ask myself this question as I'm someone who thinks the absolute worst that can happen. For example, if you're nervous about a job interview think to yourself: what's the worst that can happen? You mess up? You say the wrong thing? You don't get the job? But, it's not the end of the world. All you have to do is pick yourself up and try again, think of it as character building.

2. Re-evaluate the kind of people you have in your life
If you find yourself getting anxiety around certain people in your life, or the anxiety started since they came into your life, maybe it's time you re-evaluate whether they're the kind of people you want to be around. The only people you need in your life are those who love and care for you and make you feel good about yourself. Anyone who makes you feel any less than that doesn't deserve your time of day.

3. Find something you're passionate about and stick with it
For me blogging and fashion as well as beauty was my escape. I could get lost for hours (literally!) watching beauty tutorials, reading fashion magazines and finding ways to develop and better my blog. It was my creative outlet which gave me just a tiny bit of escape from my constant worrying. If you find something that you're interested in: swimming, drawing, sport - stick to it! Pursue it! Use it as an escape!

I hope I've managed to give you an insight as to what it's like having anxiety and confidence problems. Admittedly I am so much better than I used to be which is a great feeling. Use the tips I've given you and know you're not alone.



Sunday, 19 June 2016

Unexpected Summer/ Vacation Discoveries

It's safe to say that when you have a holiday to look forward to expenditure on outfits can sometimes get a little out of hand! I know that I always go for the usual brands: River Island and Topshop - but, if you're spending £30 here and £40 there on single items, you might end up breaking the bank. 
I don't know about you but I love finding a bargain and getting my value for money, so I thought I'd share some of those finds that will be a little easier on your wallet.

1. Matalan

Item 1: Leaf Print Belted Jumpsuit - £18

As you can see Matalan has some amazing summer items which are at a reasonable price and don't compramise on quality. Their styles mimic that of popular high street brands yet at a fraction of the cost. I own two of these items myself and find them just as good as something I bought similarly from River Island. Click here to visit the Matalan website.

2. George at ASDA

Item 1: Metallic Woven Sandals - £14 
Item 2: Cold Shoulder Sun Dress - £12
Item 3: Printed Kimono - NOW £12

Yet again some more amazing finds from ASDA's George clothing range. They have some great pieces on offer at even better prices, which if you ask me, is the best thing! Click here to view the George at ASDA website.

3. TU at Sainsbury's

I've decided that with TU at Sainsbury's you may have to do a bit more digging but there is definetly some treasures to be found. They have the Gok Wan collection as well as their own designs which have great quality, fun new designs and yet again low prices! Click her to visit the TU at Sainsbury's website.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

CFDA Awards 2016

"The annual event recognizes the outstanding contributions made to American fashion by individuals from all areas of the industry and related arts, with awards being given for design excellence in womenswear, menswear, and accessories as well as extraordinary accomplishments in journalism, creative vision, and lifetime achievement."

As you can see from the photograph, there was an astounding array of style, colour, pattern and silhouettes on the red carpet at the CFDA Fashion Awards in New York. Famous faces and innovative designers were amongst the some who attended. I love how everyone's individual style shone through instead of it being a generic, dressed up red carpet. Some wore dresses, some wore trousers, some wore hardly anything... Nevertheless the red carpet sure did excite!


Tuesday, 7 June 2016

My Style: New York SOHO

Top: Brandy Melville
Trousers: ASOS
Bag: Topshop
Shoes: Schuh

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