Saturday, 31 August 2013

Being Optimistic

Greetings, so summer is ending and it's nearly time for me to be back at school and as the days pass on so do the seasons, in autum/winter I love fashion and make up even more (who would of thought) but I tend to lack optimism in general, maybe im just lazy or it could be the cold weather and school work (especially this year, more gcses's here I come) so today I thought I would just write a post on some ways to help stay optimistic and positive (even when it rains on the day you wanted to wear sandals)

Tip number one
Count up all of the little happy things that happen to you throughout the day, in my case (I had a bottle of iced tea,  I went for a walk and laughed so much i almost wet myself) the little things count the most as they add up to a large amount of positivity, try not to see your glass half-empty and see it as half full, it may sound easier than it is but if you are in a situation where you start to feel negative, try to take a brighter outlook on what's happening (try to have the mindset that some others have it worse than you) remember the positive aspects

Tip number two
Aim to eat right, by this I meal eat breakfast, lunch and dinner , I must admit we are only human and sometimes we under eat or over eat, personally I like to eat three meals a day and try to not snack inbetween, what you eat is completely up to you, i reccomend eating a good variety of fruits, vegetables, proteins and carbohydrates within your diet (not for every meal, unless you want to) as you all know your body and brain need energy to be healthy, eating veggies can help make you feel more alive (if I don't eat three meals a day I am a grumpy girl, eating can instantly energise you)

Tip number three
Try to be compassionate, whether its to a friend, family member or a member of the public, just try it
Its all about being kind to others or even someone in need (for example a homeless person) as cheesy as this sounds, I find watching someone else be happy, or being kind (walking an elderly person across the road or grabbing an iced tea for someone on the top shelf)  can make me feel happy even if I'm not the one helping, so next time you see someone in need or maybe just your friend always show compassion (you may have those days where you hate anything and everything, but there's no harm in trying)

Tip number four
Smile, whether you are feeling happy or not, just smile. Whenever I do my mood intstantly feels lifted, so smile all of the time, whenever you get the opportunity (show those pearly whites)  smiling is a cycle, smiling reinforces happiness,and happiness causes smiling.

Thank you so much for reading, just remember these are my ways to feel more optimistic, let me know your thoughts! I hoped they helped, lots of love em x

Monday, 26 August 2013

Recent Purchases

Hey Petals! Today i thought id share a few recent items i have purchased over the last month, mainly for my shopping splurge with Olivia, i have been on a few shopping trips and picked up bits that i love, i guess this is more of a haul but hey-ho, lets get started i hope you enjoy! (don't forget money doesn't grow on trees, some items were gifts and others i bought with my own money)


The first product i purchased was this Mineralise skinfinish from the 'Tropical Taboo' Collection by Mac. Its  called 'Adored' as soon as i saw it i fell in love and i had to get my hands on it! Retailing at £22 this may seem a bit pricey , however, they last ages and are very flattering on the skin when reflected by light. This shade is beige with Pink flecks, (very versatile) pop some on the tops of the cheek bones, temples, down the nose and cupids bow for a beautiful glow (love love love)

The next Product i picked up was the very well loved 'Nars Laugna Bronzer' this product is always raved about an ive always wanted to try it (i basically live on a desert island lol) i traveled an hour for this baby! This Bronzer is matte with a few flecks of shimmer (hardly noticeable if you like your matte shades as i do) its very versatile and i think would suite many skin tones. Retailing at £26 i would say it is worth the money, it has great longevity and pigmentation, also the packing is super sturdy so will help prevent breakage.

Mac mineralise skinfinish 'Adored' on the left and Nars 'Laguna' on the right

 Next i picked up Benefit 'They're Real' Mascara, this is one product i will forever re-purchase, after getting a free sample in an 'Elle' Magazine a few months ago i new i couldn't go without it. Retailing at £19.50 seems ridiculous for a mascara (mascara's mascara right? apparently not) this makes such a dramatic difference, it volumises and separates the lashes. The wand is plastic (i normally go for natural hair bristles with mascara but this is amazing) i definitely recommend this to anyone, besides the packaging is adorable and it lasts ages, (ive been using a travel sized one for months and only recently ran out)   

Next i picked up two lipsticks from Mac

The first (above) is called 'Lady Danger' this is an orange toned matte red, i love this shade with a neutral eye. Id say this colour is pretty versatile with many skin tones and lasts well on the lips with a lip liner or by itself (it can be drying so i recommend applying a lip balm before)

The second (above) is called 'Candy Yum Yum  this is a neon pink with a magenta under tone (the picture does not do this colour any justice so i recommend swatching it.) This colour is matte with a velvet finish (perfect, there is no colour like this) In my opinion this colour suites a wide range of people, if you want to be bold this is one colour for your collection. 

'Lady Danger' below and 'Candy Yum Yum' above, 
both retailing for £15 (a little pricey, but fantastic for a high end lip product) 
You may not wear these bold shades every day, so they will last a long time.

Next i picked up a Hollister body spray called 'Cresent bay' and a body lotion called 'Malibu Beach' Personally i don't wear Hollister clothing,however, i always re-purchase something from the body care line. The 'Cresent bay' body spray is always in my hand bag as it smells so amazing (like skittles and rainbows) i always get complimented when i wear this, as i like to have it with me so i can feel refreshed throughout the day. The 'Malibu beach' body lotion is also amazing, it smells of Almonds (just like marzipan), it feels very creamy on the skin and absorbs well. Both products last all day, retailing for £12, id say its totally worth the money as they last so long (i re-purchase one spray a year and use it on a weekly basis) these are products i always re-purchase.

Last of all, my lovely Mum bought me this super cute Nemo mug from the Disney Store, (Finding Nemo being my favourite film of course) Now i can enjoy a nice coffee with Nemo!

Thank you so much for reading, i hope you enjoyed! (in no way was i trying to brag about any items, it took me months to save up and be able to purchase these items) 
lots of love em x

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Confessions Of A Shopaholic Tag

So it's kinda late in the evening and I fancied doing a tag (why not) Every body loves tags right? (right? thought so) I guess you will find out, I hope you enjoy this as much as I do writing it, besides I have a few confessions to make..

Here we go

1. Would you consider yourself a shopaholic?
Definitely, I find browsing at products (highstreet and highend) takes me to another world (so therapeutic) I find making a purchase so hard to resist

2. How would you classify your style?
Feminine yet edgy (I'd like to think so) by edgy I mean wearing a biker jackets not a jacket for a biker , I love oversized tees with high waisted jeans aswell, and occasionally I rock a blouse

3. What store can you not leave with out at least buying one thing?
This is pretty easy for me, Topshop (sooo predictable) I have an obsession with their frilly socks since i nearly own every pair (why just buy one when you can have soo many?) it's like my second home

4. Where do you find the best deals?
Boots, it's very common you will find a 3 for 2 deal in boots, when make up is on offer, it's in my shopping basket, im a sucker for deals (especially on when lipsticks are involved) I'm always in and out of boots so it's great when I can save money (every penny counts)

5. What designer are you willing to splurge for?
I tend to splurge on makeup as I live soo far away from a Mac or Nars counter so when I get the opportunity to go to one, I spend money like I breathe oxygen it's lethal sometimes, but I don't regret a minute of makeup madness

6. Do you have a go-to shopping outfit?
A dress and a Leather Jacket or My favourite High Waisted Jeans from Topshop called 'Joni' jeans, comfortable yet stylish

7. What's your guilty pleasure?
Frilly socks with Converse

8. What is one stapel clothing piece you can't live without?
Leather Jacket (must have item) h&m have some great ones at the moment

9. What is a trend you hope never goes out of style?
Oversized tees with a chunky chain

10. What trend did you think passed away quickly?
Kaki, love this colour, will be back in for Autum (I hope)

11. Who is your fashion icon?
I like changing my style, as I don't stick to a particular trend, but if I had to choose it would be Rhianna (due to oversized tees and a bold lip)

So there you have it. I hope you enjoyed reading! I enjoyed writing, this tag was fun to do. Hope you are enjoying the last of the warm weather! Lots of love em x

Thursday, 15 August 2013

Hey there! Today i thought i would share a little part of my week. (nothing to exciting) I went out to Brighton on Sunday with my lovely boyfriend  (i love Brighton a little too much) i bought a few bits and thought id share..

Firstly, me and the boyfriend popped into Costa and picked up a Tropical Fruit cooler, we both got a large costing £3.45 (supposed to taste of pineapple, coconut and lime) this is my favourite drink, its super refreshing (makes me feel like a hula dancer)

After the Costa, i had to take a trip to the Disney Store (im a sucker for anything fluffy)
As soon as i saw this little monster i grabbed him immediately. If you like Monsters Inc (or anything cute)
i recommend buying this 'Sully' pillow pet, costing £20 this may seem like a crazy amount of money to spend on a pillow..however, in my opinion it is totally worth it! He doubles as a soft toy and a place to rest your head when your in need of sleep (i love sleeping), he is also great for comforting (Sully will be your friend forever, yay)

After walking around all day...

We then went to Krispy Kreme and bought something naughty...(and original glazed doughnut) costing £1.35, so precious! If you happen to see a Krispy Kreme store, it should be a requirement to buy a doughnut! It was so yummy (and calorie packed, but worth it)

Thank you for reading, lots of love Em!x