Friday, 19 May 2017

If I Won The Lottery...

I'd be lying if I told you I didn't say the words 'I need to win the lottery' at least a couple of times a week. There is nothing worse than feeling stressed about money, and whilst some say that money can't buy happiness, not having enough money to feel secure can definitely be a big source of unhappiness, in my opinion.

I often fantasize about what I'd spend my money on if I did win big - and by big I mean the jackpots you see on Euromillions, an insane amount - I mean, we all do it, right? And I thought it might make a fun blog post to share with you guys what I would actually buy if I hit the jackpot - I'd be keen to know if any of these match up to what you'd spend your winnings on!

A House
I definitely think buying a house would be at the top of my list if I won the lottery. Whilst I absolutely love where I live now, I am so excited about the idea of having my own place, to do with whatever I like. I'd love nothing more than a big fancy kitchen with marble worktops and an island, a beautiful en-suite bathroom (again, marble) and a walk-in wardrobe. Ah, one day maybe!

Of course, I think as soon as I won the lottery the first thing I'd do would be to book a holiday somewhere to celebrate. There are literally so many places I want to discover, so if I had the money to see them all I most definitely would. I think the perfect celebratory trip would have to be Disneyworld Florida - I've never been as it's just so expensive, and being the huge Disney fan that I am this would be the dream trip. After that, who knows - I'd love to go on safari, visit the Caribbean, take a road-trip across America... the possibilities are endless!

New wardrobe
Over the past couple of years I've really fallen out of love with my clothes - most days are 'I have nothing to wear!' days and I'd love for this to change. I can't think of anything better than going on a huge shopping spree and treating myself to a whole new wardrobe (to go nicely in my walk-in wardrobe, of course) - and not having to check the price tags on everything would be amazing.

Live a Little
Finally, I think if I won the lottery the main thing I'd spend my money on is living a little. By that, I mean being able to live without boundaries, without having to worry about money and allowing myself to be spontaneous. I could book a last-minute trip to Rome if I wanted, go and stop in London when I'm down there for events and see a show, even little things like buying the eye shadow palette I really want as soon as it comes out, without having to save up. It probably sounds strange to some, but just to be able to buy things, go places, see things without thinking "Can we afford it?" would honestly be incredible.

What would you spend your winnings on if you won the lottery? Let me know!

Wednesday, 17 May 2017

Dry Lip Saviours

Ever since starting on Roaccutane for my skin, my lips have been incredibly dry. I've never known anything like it - they bleed, crack and get insanely sore - it can be unbearable at times. Before being on Roaccutane I'd very rarely get dry lips, so moisturising lip products were never really something I reached for. Thankfully, however, one of the positives of having such dry lips has meant I've been able to put lots of different hydrating lip products to the test. In this post I thought I would share my thoughts on each one for you all...

Carmex Vanilla Lip Balm*
The cheapest of all the lip balms I've tried, Carmex is generally my go-to when it comes to lip balm. I've been a fan of it for years, thanks to its affordability and the fact it's, well, a really good lip balm. It's super hydrating, and is available in lots of different varieties. This one in particular is the vanilla version, and it smells amazing as well as having SPF 15.

Pixi Shea Butter Lip Balm*
With shea butter to nourish and Vitamin E to protect, Pixi's lip balm is another dry lip saviour high on my list. Available in a variety of different shades, this lip balm is perfect if you're looking for a lip balm you can wear instead of a lipstick. I've generally been reaching for this on days when my lips are too dry to wear lipstick so the fact it comes in different shades is a big bonus.

Bee Good Vanilla and Honey Lip Balm*
Probably my least favourite of the bunch, I had high hopes for Bee Good's lip balm but sadly it just didn't meet my expectations. Whilst I love the scent (of which there are a few different varieties, including Lime Blossom & Honey and Raspberry and White Chocolate) the consistency isn't great and it just didn't keep my lips anywhere near as nourished or hydrated as the other lip balms.

Elizabeth Arden 8-Hour Cream Lip Protectant*
Most definitely my favourite and a new staple in my skincare routine, Elizabeth Arden's 8-Hour Cream Lip Protectant is nothing short of amazing. As soon as you apply it it instantly nourishes your lips and lasts all day. It glides on beautifully, is super smooth and is enriched with skin softeners, Vitamin E and sunscreen. I have the tin version which I got in a gift set and looks to be exclusive to World Duty Free, but you can also get a stick which is probably a bit easier for when you're out and about. Totally recommend trying this if you're looking for a new lip balm!

Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector
If you're after a super light-weight lip balm that's available in a selection of different shades then the Clarins Instant Light Lip Balm Perfector would be perfect for you. Whilst it is one of the most expensive of those featured, it contains a wealth of hydrating ingredients, including Vitamin E, wild mango and shea butter, and hyaluronic acid. It's moisturising without being heavy on the lips - perfect for anyone who doesn't like the feeling of a sticky lip balm on their lips.

What are your go-to dry lip saviours? Let me know!

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Why It's Okay to Admit You're Struggling

This week (8-14 May) has been Mental Health Awareness Week, and, coincidentally, it's come at a time when I've been really, really struggling with my mental health. There have been a lot of things going on in my personal life that I've found extremely difficult to deal with, and because of this my mental health has taken a battering. I've felt low - really really low - and very alone.

Recently my life has changed quite a lot and, me being someone who really struggles with change, I've found it incredibly hard. My depression, something that I've always battled with, has come back with a vengeance, and with it my struggles around food have flared up. My boyfriend is away at the moment, and coming to terms with living on my own again has really been tough. As I work from home too, that's just added to my loneliness and being left alone with my thoughts hasn't been much fun.

Now, more recently whenever I've been struggling, it's been really easy to just bury my head in the sand, hide away, keep my problems close to my chest and put on a brave face. I hate burdening people with my troubles; I recognise that everyone in life has problems, so why would anyone want to hear about mine? It seemed like the easier option to just hope I'd feel better in the morning, or that I'd 'try again tomorrow'.

Last week, however, it really got too much and I found myself sobbing down the phone to my mum, asking for help. Whilst I hated the fact it made me (in my mind) seem weak and pathetic - a nuisance even - as soon as I got off the phone I felt instantly better. I'd bared all - shared my struggles and found that getting it all out made me feel so much better.

I'm writing this to let you know that whatever you're going through, and however low you're feeling - you don't have to do it alone. You might not want to admit that you're having a tough time, or maybe you don't want to burden someone else with your problems. You might not even feel like you have a friend in the world to share those problems with, but I promise there is always someone out there to talk to. Whether it's a friend, a parent, a partner, or even someone at the end of a mental health helpline - speaking to someone and sharing your struggle will help so much.

I hope this has helped anyone going through something tough right now. Just know that you're not alone, and that everything is only temporary.

You can find a list of mental health support lines here.

Monday, 1 May 2017

Goals for May

Happy May! I'm so glad it's a new month and we're one step closer to summer. I feel like I've been treading water the past few months and now it's time to step into action. That being the case, I thought I'd put together a post outlining my goals for May, to help me achieve them.

1. Routine
Since I started working from home my routine has been a little bit all over the place, and it's definitely not doing my well-being much good. I'm determined to get some structure back in my life in order to juggle work with blogging, the gym, eating healthy, self-care and everything else that life involves! I'm trying to plan out my days and meals in advance so that I don't stray from a proper routine, so fingers crossed it'll work!

2. Blog
Speaking of routines, I desperately need to get back into a routine with my blog. This year I've really let things slip in terms of blogging and I feel so bad about it. I have a re-brand and layout planned, I just need to get the wheels in motion and then I'm hoping things will be a lot busier around here! I've been getting really frustrated with my blog photography and just generally feeling a bit down about things which has meant I've not felt motivated at all, but I feel like I can't let that bring me down. So, all being well you'll be seeing much more regular posts around here going forward.

3. Gym
I joined a new gym at the beginning of the year and have been going fairly regularly ever since, but I feel like it's time to take it up a notch. I've been going around 2-3 times a week but I'd like it to be more like 4-5 times a week from now on, and I also want to try going to some regular classes. I tried Clubbercise at the start of the year and really enjoyed it, but haven't been since. I'm going to make time in my week so that I can go to some classes, as I actually really enjoy exercise and the buzz it gives you afterwards!

4. YouTube
Oh my god, I am the world's worst YouTuber. Ever. The same as I haven't really felt motivated with my blog, I've not felt motivated with making videos either, so things have really slipped there too. I'm forever planning content but not seeing it through, which has got to stop. I have a couple of videos lined up, I just need more inspiration when it comes to filming as I feel like I'm nowhere near as good as the other amazing YouTubers out there - but maybe it's time to just think 'Sod it' and go for it anyway.

5. Interior Updates
I feel really inspired to get updating my home interior-wise at the moment, probably due to a few too many hours browsing on Pinterest! I love my home, but I feel like there are a few little touches that I need to add to make it perfect. My makeup space, for one, definitely needs working on, so I think that's what I'll be starting with. I'll of course make sure I share it with you guys once I'm happy with it!

What are your goals for the month of May? I'd love to hear!
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