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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!

Habits To Adopt Before 2019


I've officially eaten my body weight in pigs in blankets and had a blood flow consisting of 95% alcohol. But now Christmas is over for another year and  it's time to start thinking about the New Year! 

I'm one of those people that when it reaches December I'm in the shops looking for a new diary, writing down a list of goals, and reflecting on the past 365 days. I think its crucial to make a conscious effort to try and make each year better than the last one and I feel so positive and optimistic for 2019.

So if you're wanting to adopt some healthy habits for the new year, I've got 5 that you can get started with today!

PRACTISE MINDFULNESS
I don't know about you, but I feel like my life is as busy as ever nowadays. I've got a constant to-do list going around in my head and I feel like I'm a task away from a mental breakdown. A bit over the top? Maybe.

Being present in the moment and being able to shut off our thoughts every once in a while is something not very many of us are good at. Me 100% included. It's like a muscle that we have to exercise to get good at - but there are actually so many ways to do this!

Breathing exercises and mediation are key to being able to master mindfulness. Taking 10 minutes out of your day to sit in a quiet space focusing only on your breathing and ignoring what's going on in your head might sound strange to some, but trust me you'll end those 10 minutes feeling the most relaxed you ever have. It's like a massage for the mind. Another good technique is yoga. Not only is yoga good for the brain, but it is also healthy for the body- a win win if one of your resolutions is to get in shape!

REARRANGE YOUR SPACE
"Clear space, clear mind" sounds so cliché, but it's so true. When your surroundings are clear you're more likely to be more relaxed, focused and productive. Changing up your space - for example your living room or bedroom layout, can really give a different feel to your home and compliment the new year.  

PRACTISE GRATITUDE
Practising gratitude is a simple task which most of us forget to do on a regular basis. Being grateful for the things you have and the experiences you get to go through is a great way to create a positive mindset.

Write down a list of things which made you  grateful in 2018. Even try and turn the negatives which happened to you into positives, this way you'll be training your mindset to be more optimistic, forgiving and thanking.

SELF CARE
We get so caught up in our daily lives that most of us actually forget to take time out and take care of ourselves. Self care should be an integral part of our routines, whether that's by having a pamper day, visiting a spa, journaling, watching your favourite film, learning something new, reading... the list goes on!

START NOW
Why wait until January to start your goals when you can get ahead of yourself and start now? By starting new habits and working now, it will make your new years goals less overwhelming, and you'll be less likely to reach February and thing "merh, I'll start again next year..."

What are your New Years goals?

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YSL Beauty Review




As cosmetics are things which tend to run out quite quickly, I've never been someone who can justify spending my money on designer beauty products.  However saying that, here I am with a YSL beauty review... Am I okay?

Yves Saint Laurent has always been a designer brand which I adore fashion wise. I mean have you seen their heels?! So when I saw their beauty set, I thought I'd give it a go. 

This specific set was an eye set containing a mascara, liner and makeup remover. 

Mascara
The brush of this mascara is a straight, one length brush which means there is equal application on each of the lashes. Its formula can be layered to achieve a very intense night look, but can also be applied lightly for a more day-to-day too. I found that when going for a natural application, I didn't have to apply much which I find I have to do with some drugstore mascaras.

8/10



Liner
I'm shook. Absolutely shook.

This eyeliner is such a creamy yet pigmented consistency which can easily be applied and even easily blended (amazing if you like to create smokey effects). This liner is also waterproof which I believe all liners should be! Not only that but once applied, this stuff literally doesn't budge! 

9/10


Eye & Lip Makeup Remover
As you can tell by the photos, the makeup remover in this set is pretty small, so personally I do think it will go very far. However, it does its job.

For my skincare routine I prefer micellar water over makeup remover, so I can be quite biased on this part of the review. However, you can smell that this product contains harsh chemicals to remove the makeup, and personally that's something I try to avoid at all costs, especially as its branded to be for the eyes.

6/10


Have you ever tried YSL beauty?

The Law of Attraction


The Law of Attraction is quite a subjective topic- some people swear by it, and others think it's a pile of utter sh*t.

When I first heard about the concept I was very sceptical. I thought the whole process of thinking about something so much that it'll come true was something you'd expect to read in a children's fiction book. But I began to become intrigued to see what all the fuss was about. 

Unless you're living under a rock, you've probably heard about the book, The Law of Attraction by Rhonda Byrne, which is dedicated to explaining the theory of the law of attraction. I was listening to Steven Bartlett's podcast, Diary of a CEO, the other morning whilst doing my makeup (which if you haven't already, you need to give it a listen because it's super motivational) and he explained how he absolutely hated the book due to it not placing a larger emphasis on the fact that in order to actually achieve the things you're constantly visualising, you actually have to WORK for them. I couldn't agree more. 

What most people fail to understand or put into practice is that the law of attraction is more than just thinking about something and then it mysteriously happening. The whole process should merely act as a motivation to achieve and constantly remind you of the reason of why you do what you do- why you get up in the morning, why you do the job do, why you started in the first place.

 Some may scientifically argue that it's proven that everything consists of energy, even our thoughts. So it makes sense that every thought we radiate emits into the atmosphere. I don't disagree with this, but I believe that constantly motivating yourself to achieve what you want will allow you to fall into more opportunities to get you where you want. Whether you believe that is the result of a greater force providing these opportunities for you or the result of hard work is up to you. 

The reason I decided to write this post was that after listening to Steve's podcast, I started thinking about the things that I used to wish and hope for over and over would happen, and I realised they did.

Safe to say I was shook. 

So I'm keen to know your thoughts on the law of attraction or if you've ever visualised and manifested things into your life. Make sure to let me know in the comments!

Listen to Steve's podcast, Diary of a CEO, Here: https://soundcloud.com/user-561237531


How To Clear Debt During University


Most university students get themselves into debt in their first year of university through their overdraft. Fact.

After being extremely stable in my first year of university due to savings and landing a well paid job, in my second year I got myself into a huge financial situation, causing myself to max out my £1,000 overdraft and struggling for money. 

However, now I've managed to clear my overdraft and I'm steadily saving up more and more money. I'm not writing this post to try and be some financial advisor, because I am in no way one of those and only got a B in my maths GCSE, but I am writing this post as I want those who are going to start university in September to know that you should try your hardest not to dip into your overdraft, no matter how tempting it can be, and to also help those who may be in their overdraft and struggling to pay it off. 

STOP USING YOUR OVERDRAFT
This sounds so simple, but its amazing the amount of people who continue to spend their overdraft when they're struggling to get out of it. 

Opening up another account with your bank will allow you to deposit any incomes you have coming in, no matter how small or large, and you should use only this account for your spending, leaving your overdraft account and slowly adding to it in order to pay it off. 

Once in your overdraft, you shouldn't be putting any of your incomings straight into your overdraft account, as it will leave you confused on how much money you actually have to spend which in turn may cause you to be eating more into your overdraft.

PAY IN CASH
Contactless is such a useful invention, but also a dangerous one. The amount of times I've paid on contactless without even thinking about what I'm spending is ridiculous. If I knew I had money in my account I wouldn't really care, until I checked my banking app and found I'd gone overdrawn again and again and again. 

Paying in cash causes you to become more cautious with what you are spending, as you are more reluctant to hand over physical cash. You've probably heard this loads, but its true!

USE YOUR LEGS
Don't be reliant on Uber, taxis and buses when you can simply walk places! 

It's so easy to just press a button and have an uber come for you to take you down the road for only £3 or so. But the amount of times I've done this is ridiculous and it all adds up. One month I wrote down EVERYTHING I spent and I realised that by the end of the month I had spent over £1,200 on transport... IN A MONTH. Thats £14,400 a year. Quick Maths.

If you live in a city and have to rely on transport, I would highly recommend buying a bus pass as it will save you A LOT of money in a year. You may not want to part with around £300 for it, but trust me, it's worth it. 

JUST COOK
Just Eat, Deliveroo and Ubereats are my failure. Ask anyone who knows me, I was titled the Queen of Takeaways with the amount I got. Not only did this make me fat, it also made me broke.

Many restaurants have a minimum spend of £10 for home delivery. If you went to the shop with £10, you could probably buy ingredients for about 3 different meals and the time it takes for the takeaway to be delivered to you is more-or-less the time it takes to get off your butt and go cook. 

I'm not saying you should ditch takeaways all together, because lets face it we're all students who are partial to a kebab... But maybe just cut down the amount you have.

GET A JOB
This is word that scares most students. A lot of people I know have the mentality of "I get a student loan, I don't need a job" ... and they're also the ones I know who are in debt.

Coincidence? I think not.

Fair play that some students get enough student loan that they don't have to get a job, but most students don't get that amount and they just think money is going to magically appear (or just rely on their parents). 


When I maxed out my overdraft I got 2 jobs, alongside selling clothing online. Most weekends I was getting a maximum of 3 hours sleep and going from one job to the next, not getting home until about 4am (one of my jobs was a club... don't get it twisted).

I didn't want to work, but I had to. And the funny thing is I'm kind of glad I had to go through this situation as now my work ethic is amazing and I can financially depend on myself which is an amazing feeling. Not only that but I have more to put on my CV which will help me in the future.





Whether you're starting university this September, or are currently in university, please don't forget that overdrafts and students loans aren't just free money. They're debts which you will have to pay back, and the more of them you spend, the more of a worse situation you are getting yourself in to if you do not have an income which can support it. 

Bloody hell, does this mean I'm an adult now? 

I'm thinking of making a YouTube video about my university experience and maybe a mini q&a, so if that's something you'd like to see make sure to tell me in the comments and maybe leave me some questions!

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