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My Perfume Collection


I can't be the only one who's constantly mixing up my fragrances according to the day/night I'm going to have, right?  I'm always on the hunt for new fragrances which leaves me with a bunch of different ones, so I thought I would share some I'm currently using!  

Givenchy – Very Irresistible
I’m pretty sure there’s nothing left in this perfume bottle... But it’s one of those fragrances which I can't justify chucking out, but also can’t justify repurchasing! This scent has a very floral smell to it, and is perfect for both night and day. 

Zara – Oriental
This is my holy grail low priced perfume, and whoever knows me knows that I'm forever raving about it. If you haven’t already, you need to go into Zara and try their perfumes because they are super affordable and actually last a good while! My main tip for this perfume however is to spray onto clothes rather than the skin as the scent clings onto clothes for longer. (I’m pretty sure this goes for all perfumes, but since this one isn’t as strong as higher-end ones, it applies more...)

Dolce and Gabbana – The One
I mean, hasn’t everyone owned this perfume at one point? This is the strongest smelling perfume I own which means it has lasted me aaaaages because I can’t spray too much without giving myself a headache. I love Dolce and Gabbana fragrances and also own Dolce and Gabbana, Lady Million, which is more of a daytime scent compared to The One, which is more for an evening use. 

DNKY – Be Delicious
This is a perfume I’ve had for years and if I’m being honest, I’m not too keen on. For me, the scent is too musty smelling and is probably something I'd except older women to wear. This is the type of fragrance that you use just to get rid of, so I only apply it if I’m going to the shop or just having a day around the house. I won’t be repurchasing.

Givenchy – L’interdit
I saved the best until last. By a mile, this is my favourite high-end scent. I received this perfume as a gift for my birthday last year and before that I had never smelt or even heard of this perfume. But it's changed the game for me. As you can see from the photo I’ve basically ran out, but I will definitely be repurchasing!

What are your favourite perfumes?

Books I'm Currently Flipping Between


I've never been someone who's big into reading, but over the past year I've made it my goal to pick up a book and try to read as much as I can. I'm actually doing quite well at it at the moment, but I've realised that I can't stay focused on one book for too long, so I find myself flipping between books depending on what I feel like reading each day. 

I'm currently reading books based around personal development alongside one fiction, so I thought I'd share which ones I've been flipping between and also my thoughts on them!

Overnight Success - Maria Hatzistefanis

This book has been by far the most inspiring out of them all. Maria Hatzistedanis, founder of beauty company Rodial, shares all the ups and downs that she faced while getting her business off the ground and also shares essential tips of running a business, such as social media, working with influencers, and the best ways to market your brand in the ever changing technological world. Definitely a read for all those girlbosses out there!


Think and Grow Rich - Napoleon Hill

Here I go again about the law of attraction... I had seen this book mentioned absolutely everywhere from blogs to YouTube videos to podcasts, so me being me, I had to jump on the bandwagon and what all of the buzz was about.
After reading The Secret I was able to grasp from early on in the book that the main message is based around the power of visualisation and implementation. This theme is something Napoleon Hill tries to get his readers to figure out throughout the book, and because of this I found that a lot of the content was very repetitive causing me to lose interest. 
I'm currently just under half way through this book and finding it hard to get fully into. However once I finish it, I may have a whole different view on it which I might update you all about in another post. 


Get Your Sh*t Together - Sarah Knight

This is the holy grail book for the ultimate lazy girl (like myself) who needs a huge kick up the butt to start getting everything they need to do on their endless to-do list done and start getting on with their life. I've found this book highly motivational as Sarah Knight writes in a no-nonsense tone and tells you how it is, which makes you look at how you spend your time and gives you a massive slap in the face with a reality check. 


A Stranger In The House - Shari Lapena

I'm not going to lie, I wasn't a massive fan of this book. I managed to finish it last month and all throughout reading it I found it a bit long winded. This is the only fiction book that I have been reading recently and it's definitely allowed me to confirm that I prefer non-fiction. Without giving too much away, the story-line is based on a woman who gets into a car crash, loses her memory due to amnesia, and then finds herself caught up in a murder investigation... But you know that feeling you get when movies and books have a bad ending? I think this is the worst one I've ever experienced. Definitely not a fan. 

What are the book you're currently flipping between? 

Why You Should Invest Your Money In Travelling


"I need a six month holiday, twice a year" - sound familiar?

This year more than ever, an urge has come over me to pack my suitcase and book holiday after holiday after holiday. Being a student however, it's hard to find the spare money for a weekly meal shop, never mind an overseas holiday. But this year I've realised just what's worth saving and spending my money on- and travelling is definitely one of them! And I'm not meaning a holiday to Aiya Napa or Ibiza...


It Allows You To Take A Break From Reality and Refresh
The thought of being able turn your phone off and truly disconnect from reality for a few days is something many people long for. Taking a few weeks or even a long weekend just to unwind is crucial for the your mental well-being. It has been scientifically proven that people who spend their money on experiences over materialistic objects are happier and more content with where they are and what they have. Not only that but travelling can promote internal reflection and realisation of just what has been clouding your mind. 


Endless Memories.
If you're one to spend a lot of money on nights out, and constantly adding styles to your wardrobe (guilty), there's only a matter of time before the memories of those nights out all blur into one (if you even remember the night in the first place), and those new clothes become dated and replaced. Creating memories from travelling which will stay with you forever will be much more rewarding to show for your spending.

Quality Time.
Travelling with someone else means you can share lifelong experiences and memories with that person, strengthening the relationship/friendship between the both of you.

You don't even necessarily need to go travelling with someone else! The inspiration for this post came from when I was watching Nakita Johnson's vlog of her solo trip to Thailand. I found this video so empowering as it showed just how important doing things solely for you can be. Going on holiday by yourself can be the ultimate act of self love - you can go where you want, wake up when you want, do what you want, the list is endless!
I'd never thought of solo travel before I watched Nakita's video, but now it's something I've got my mind set on for the near future!

Watch her Thailand trip for yourself here

It Doesn't Have To Be Expensive.
The main reason people put off booking holidays is the excuse of not having enough money.
Booking to visit other parts of the world shouldn't been seen as spending, it should be seen as an investment. Experiencing different cultures, for no matter how long or how short, is an investment into yourself to be able to grow, put problems you may be facing into perspective, and teaches you appreciation and gratitude. 

SkySkanner is the best website to use when searching for flights as it looks for the cheapest option from all travel websites and airlines. For hotels, I never book through travel websites which claim to find the best rate. I use these websites solely to find the best rated hotels, then book directly through that specific hotel's website as nine times out of ten it works out cheaper. Many hotels offer free cancellation too, meaning you don't have to pay until you get to the hotel. Therefore you can reserve your room and still have time to save until you go!

Spending money on travelling is the only thing which makes you richer. You can't afford NOT to.


What are your thoughts on travelling as an investment?

Why Creating A Vision Board Is Vital For Success


Here I go again, another post on the law of attraction... But hear me out.

Everyone's heard about the concept of visualisation, but many people don't quite understand the full process or how effective it can really be. In my law of attraction blog post I described how many things that I "dreamt" of in the past actually manifested themselves into my life. And it's no surprise that these are the things which I'd think about over and over again.

Putting it simply, visualisation is a method of clarifying what you want, and shifting your energy to believe that you can attain it, if you decide to put in the work, obviously.



I got the inspiration for this post after watching fitness entrepreneur, Ashanti Johnson,  present a TED Talk on "The Power of Visualisation". In this talk she shared her story on how she took action on her vision despite whether or not she got validation from her "family, bank account or landlord." Obviously this was a huge risk and she wasn't ashamed to hide the fact of how she did struggle. But the main message was how she never gave up and continued to maintain her positive attitude because she had faith in herself and her vision. 

Low and behold, she manifested everything she set out to achieve.

When people hear about the law of attraction, many jump onto the idea that it is a method of "wishing" for what you want and it magically coming to life. This is not the case. The law of attraction is merely a motivational technique which proves that if you put the effort in, anything can be achieved, and visualisation is a method which makes your goals easier to attain. 

Vision boards are a tool that I have been using for over 2 years now. As I'm writing this post in my university bedroom, I have my current goal board stuck on the wall in front of me, some goals already ticked off and achieved. 

Goal boards allow you to put intention on your vision, and there are 4 mains ways in doing so: 

1. Include visuals.
Duh, this is the main visualisation technique of the whole process. During her talk, Ashanti described that visual imagery allows you to clarify what you want. You may already know what goals you want to achieve, but they may be clouded by other mental clutter going on in your mind. Visually displaying what you want to achieve will allow you to exercise your visualisation muscle and will allow your goals to seem more real and attainable.

2. Include time frames.
Seeing everything you want to achieve laid out in front of you can be quite overwhelming. You wont know where to start or even how to start working towards them. Placing time frames on your goals will allow you to prioritise what to work on first, and what is most important to you. Be honest when creating these time frames- you may want some of your visions to manifest instantly, but in reality it might take years of work before it's achieved. On my vision boards I write down the year I want to achieve my goals by, this makes them seem more manageable and helps me stay on track.

3. It's okay to change what you want. 
The image at the start of this post is of one of my very first goal boards. I now have a completely different one with different goals as I have developed as a person and changed what I want in life. This is completely normal and okay. Don't think that once you have created a goal board that it is final and you must complete everything on it. Adapt it as you go adding more goals or removing goals that no longer serve you. 

4. Be Specific.
Be as specific as you can with your goals. As you can see in my old goal board I wasn't that specific in the areas of "be able to travel" and "own a range rover" - Where do I want to be able to travel to? How many times a year do I want to be able to travel? What model of Range Rover do I want to own? What brand of designer bag do I want to be my first purchase? (Spoiler alert, it was a YSL). Making sure your goals aren't too vague allows you to really focus and visualise on just exactly what it is you want. 

Have you ever created a goal board?
Watch Ashanti's Ted Talk here.

New Beauty Buy Review: The Ordinary.


I'll hold my hands up... Despite blogging about beauty, I'm someone who's not big into skincare. 

Personally, I have found that less is definitely more with my skin, so I restrict product usage on my face as much as possible. Whenever I do use products, I like to make sure that they are natural as possible, which is why when I heard about the brand, The Ordinary, which uses all natural ingredients and chemicals, I decided to give them a try.

100% Organic Cold-Pressed Rose Hip Seed Oil
This oil has the main benefit of hydrating and supporting healthy skin. Rosehip is known for its anti-inflammatory and regenerative properties, making it an effective product to help reduce redness, scars and stretchmarks. A ladies dream in a bottle, am I right?
Due to being a pure oil, the consistency this product left my face feeling it quite damp and oily. I would definitely recommend using the oil at night before going to bed so the skin has enough time to fully absorb the product, as applying it at the start of the day will leave the face shiny and a nightmare to apply makeup.

Hyaluronic Acid 2% and B5
This product was by far the best solution I tried from the brand. The product is formulated to hydrate and heal damaged skin, and I believe it does just that! I tend to use this product in the morning as it absorbs so quickly into the skin and can change my dull looking skin from lack of sleep to looking more radiant and feeling softer in an instant! This solution has definitely changed the game for me so if you're looking to try out The Ordinary's products, make sure this is the first one in your basket!



Grenactive Retinoid, 2% Emulsion
This serum has been created with the main purpose of targeting signs of ageing. Now, I know I'm 21 and I don't need to start worrying about ageing skin just yet, I hope not, but I suffer from slight pigmentation on my neck and this formula targets textural irregularities too. The solution is quite oily in consistency, however not as much as the rosehip oil, and it does tend to absorb well after a few minutes. After consistent application over a one month period I have started to notice a slight progression with my pigmentation, so I'm hoping that it can continue to aid my skin in looking more consistent overtime. 


Buffet
I love buffets in general, so why not get one for my face?! This solution is the most expensive out of all the ones I decided to try and again it has the purpose of targeting ageing and textural irregularities. The difference between this solution and the Grenactive Retinoid is that it contains "Matrixyl 300"- a substance specifically designed to stimulate collagen synthesis and skin repair. I found that this solution absorbed quicker into the skin than the Grenactive Retinoid, therefore making it suitable for morning and night usage, whereas I'd only recommend the Grenactive Retinoid for night usage. 

If you would like me to do a full post on my minimal skin routine, then let me know!

Have you ever tried any products from The Ordinary?

21 Lessons I've Learnt In 21 Years


So I'm officially an adult now? I refuse. 

Every year I get older I go through things which teach me valuable life lessons. I wish that when I was younger I knew some of the things I do now and it's always good to reflect on what I've learnt. So these are 21 things I've learnt in 21 years. 

1. Nobody knows what they're doing. Sometimes it can feel as if everyone has it together and you don't, but nine times out of ten everyone's feeling the same!
2. The only person you should compare yourself to is the person you were before. Never compare yourself to others because you should only focus on constantly bettering yourself. 
3. Never stop learning. Learning different things will open up so many different possibilities for your life. 
4. Don't feel bad about spending. We all need to treat ourselves every now and again. 
5. The truth hurts sometimes. We will find out things we don't want to know sometimes and that can hurt. Take this as a lesson or a warning sign. 
6. Trust your intuition. Your gut feeling is ALWAYS right. Listen to it!
7. Everyone has their personal battles. Everyone is going through personal things in their lives which have an impact on them. Always be kind. 
8. Find a passion. Having a hobby or passion is essential for finding an escape for when you're stressed. 
9. Don't be too hard on yourself. You're doing great, and you've come a long way!
10. Being nice costs nothing. No-one is above or bellow you. Always be nice to everyone.
11. Everything happens for a reason if you're an optimist. Always try and see the positive in everything.
12. Listen to your body. You should never ignore the signs your body are telling you. Look after your body. 
13. One bad meal won't make you fat. Eat that pizza, cake and full English. In fact, order two! 
14. Social media is bad for your mental health. Even though we know not everything we see on social media is a true reflection of peoples lives, it subconsciously leads us to believe we are behind.  
15. Focus on you and your goals. Having goals no matter how big or small allow you to progress and feel a sense of achievement. 
16. Lying gets you nowhere. There is no point in lying. Being truthful, no matter how hard it may be, will gain you more respect than being found out to be a liar.
17. Take time to travel the world. Travelling is one of the most rewarding things you can do. Experiencing different cultures and ways of life will allow you to adapt in life. 
18. What you do with your life is your choice, not anyone else's. Don't ever let anyone make you feel bad for choices you do in your life. Live your life for you.
19. It's necessary to take time out to recharge. Taking care of yourself and your mental health is so important. Sometime's its needed to take a day off and relax. 
20. Family is the most important. Family are going to be there for you no matter what. Don't take family for granted. 
21. Work hard and it will happen. Nothing is impossible if you put the work in!

What are the most valuable life lessons you have learnt?

Paris - A Bloggers Dream. Lookbook.

In November I was lucky enough to spend my 21st birthday in a city I've absolutely fallen in love with... Paris. 

The fashion in Paris is so varied, walking down the street there were so many styles, and now I understand why the city is known as the fashion capital. Not only that but every day I saw bloggers and photographers doing shoots in outfits from winter looks to bridal dresses. Hats off to them because it was freezing!

There was no better place to take a few selfies, so here are my looks from the time I was there and a quick look at what I got up to!

DAY ONE

We arrived in Paris at around 2pm after an hour flight from Toulouse. The first day basically consisted of walking round and seeing what we could find. We were lucky enough that our apartment was located in the heart of the city so we could walk to places such as Place Vendome, the Christmas markets, and Le Louvre!


Coat - Femme Luxe
Top - Femme Luxe
Jeans - Stradivarius
Boots - Bershka
Bag -  Colette Hayman

DAY TWO

Day two was my birthday! We decided to head towards the Eiffel Tower before stopping off for lunch and cocktails and then heading to the Champs Elysee and taking a few hours out for shopping! A must...

Jumper - Femme Luxe
Jeans - Stradivarius
Bag - Colette Hayman
Shoes - Adidas

That night we headed out for a gorgeous Italian at the restaurant, Villa Dondelli, just around the corner from where we were staying. 

Jumper - Stradivarius
Trousers - PrettyLittleThing
Shoes - Ego
Bag - Givenchy

DAY THREE

The final day before we left was pretty much a fail. 

We started off the day by making our way to the Musee d'Orsay, only to find a queue which would have taken us 2 hours to get to the front. We then decided to order fast pass tickets, only to be scammed and realise we had to travel all the way to the opposite side of Paris to pick them up... 

So our next plan was to go on a boat tour on the River Seine. 

We missed that.

So we pretty much gave up and headed back to the Christmas markets we stumbled upon on the first day we arrived. A few mulled wines, souvenirs and some melted cheese over beef later (don't even ask me why I thought that would be appetising) we heard something going on outside of the markets. So us being the nosy people we are, decided to go and investigate. 

Wrong idea.

Turns out we ended up being locked out of the Christmas markets and found ourselves in the middle of a gilet jaune protest. If you don't know what I'm on about... Google it. Luckily we didn't witness any violence, but there were many people around us carrying weapons such as planks of wood, bats, and wearing protective masks. We finally came to our senses and decided it would be best if we left the area which is lucky because later that day we saw on the news that a car had been set alight and tear gas being thrown in the exact same street we were on...

We ended the night at a small tapas restaurant, Le P'tit Barcelone, where we were fed shots all night by the barman. Funny how I remember the shots over the food... Safe to say I don't remember much afterwards.
Coat - Misspap
Co-Oord - Femme Luxe
Scarf- PrettyLittleThing
Shoes - Bershka
Bag - Givenchy

I actually filmed the whole trip and I'm thinking of turning it into a vlog for YouTube, so if that's something you'd like to see, make sure to let me know!

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