Wednesday, 17 January 2018

Morphe 35OS Palette Review

I'd heard a lot of hype surrounding the brand Morphe, so bit the bullet and decided to invest in the 35OS palette. The amount of palettes they have available is a bit overwhelming, and as they don't have any physical shops in the UK it's not very easy to look at the shades available. However, after a little bit of research I opted for the 35OS palette.

The 35OS is a gorgeous palette with a mix of warm shimmery shades - browns, golds, oranges and coppers. I'm all about the shimmer when it comes to eye shadow and wanted to add some warmer shades to my collection, so this was definitely the palette for me.

In a sleek black palette, the 35OS features 35 super shimmery shades, which for £23, I think is really reasonable. As soon as I tried the first shade I was seriously impressed - each shadow is incredibly pigmented, buttery soft and blends beautifully. I'll be honest - since getting this palette it's been the only thing I've used for eye shadow - all the shades are just so versatile, such a pleasure to work with and there is a good enough range of colours to create so many different looks.

I always got complimented on my eye shadow whenever I use this palette which I think speaks volumes. I am absolutely in love with it and would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for some incredible eye shadows that are great value for money. Considering one MAC shadow (which I think they're on par with, if not better than) is around £11, this is a total steal.

Have you tried anything from Morphe? Let me know your thoughts!

Monday, 15 January 2018

7 Tips for Keeping Positive During the Dull Months

Everyone knows that this time of year is tough. There's a constant chill in the air, very little light at all during the day and as Christmas becomes a somewhat distant memory, the January blues begin to set in.

Today is supposedly 'Blue Monday', the most depressing day of the year. Despite many suggesting that the idea of Blue Monday is a silly, unproven concept, I do think there is definitely truth in the fact that this time of year is, well, a little bit depressing. We wake up in the dark, get home in the dark, it's constantly raining and summer seems forever away.

I definitely feel much lower at this time of year - so I thought I'd put together a list of little things we can all do to keep our mood high and our thoughts positive during these long, cold, dreary months...

Have a Spring Clean

Okay... so it's not spring, but what better time than January to whip out the feather duster and give your house a deep clean? You can organise your makeup and have a clear-out of any gone-off or unwanted cosmetics, give your desk a re-jig or organise your bookshelf. I honestly think there is nothing more therapeutic or mood-boosting than having a clean, tidy, happy home - so give it a go and see if it helps to shine a bit of light into your life. 

Get a New 'Do

If there's a time of the year I know for certain I'm going to feel oh-so 'meh' about myself, it's during January. A few too many chocolates have been consumed over Christmas, and the party season has well and truly taken its toll on my skin. An instant way to turn things around? Take a trip to the hair salon and get yourself a new 'do. Whether you want to go for a dramatic 'New Year, New Me' change or a simple freshen up - letting yourself be pampered will make you feel so much better. A good hairdo can change your life, so they say. 

Try Something New

Because this time of the year can be pretty dull and depressing, why not try taking up a new hobby to inject some excitement into your life? You could take up a class at the gym, hone your photography skills, try bullet journalling or even have a go at calligraphy. I definitely think this time of the year is perfect for taking up new hobbies and learning new skills - and just think, this time next year, you could be a pro at your new hobby! 

Keep in Touch with Friends

Especially after Christmas, it can be really easy to drift apart from your friends at this time of year. Everyone is busy with work, trying to save money or has other commitments, but it really is crucial you keep in touch with each other in order to keep positive and boost your mood. Make sure you drop them a text and arrange to meet up for lunch or, if money is tight, a coffee at your place. Having friends around you is guaranteed to make you feel brighter. 

Get Outside

Despite how cold, wet and windy it might be, getting outside is often the best medicine. We spend so much of this time of year cooped up inside, and especially if you don't have a dog to walk, there's often no reason for you to really need to venture into the great outdoors. However, a walk around your favourite country house or park can make you feel more awake, refreshed, and just generally make you feel better. Give it a go - and then reward yourself with a hot chocolate when you get back inside! 

Cook Healthy-yet-Hearty Meals

We might all be a bit out of sync after consuming everything in sight over Christmas (Celebration anyone?) but all that unhealthy food has probably left you feeling sluggish and irritable. So, why not grab a recipe book (or have a little look online) and get making some new home-cooked meals from scratch? You could sign up to a meal subscription service, or take a look at some food blogs like the lovely Gem at The Mother Cooker - she does some amazingly tasty-yet-healthy meals that are sure to inspire you! 

Spend More Time with Your Pets

You know what I think is always a guaranteed mood-booster? A cuddle from an animal. Seriously, whenever I'm feeling blue, snuggling up with my dog makes me feel so much better. I think it's actually been proven that animals can boost your mood and your mental health, as there are now so many therapy pets out there helping people. Don't have a pet? Don't worry - why not offer to pet-sit for a friend or, better still, volunteer at an animal shelter? You'll feel better for helping at get a mood-boost from seeing those adorable animals. What could be better?

How are you keeping positive this January? Let me know! 

Friday, 12 January 2018

Little Things #17

Chip Trinket Dish
Okay, so first up just how cute is my little Chip trinket dish from Primark? I have to admit I've been a bit obsessed with all the Beauty and the Beast-themed goodies Primark keeps on releasing, and although I already have the Chip mug (which is very similar) I couldn't resist adding this little trinket dish to my collection. It's the perfect place to house all my gorgeous Jewellery Box goodies - I absolutely love my little trio of yellow gold dipped rings* - whilst I do love my rose gold jewellery I've been enjoying experimenting with different colours. I actually think the rose and yellow gold really complement each other!

My 'to read' list
I say it every year, but I really want to read more this year! I've actually had this pile of books sitting in my office for so long I'd forgotten they were there, but during a new year spring clean I stumbled across them again and I'm so glad I did! I've told myself I'm not going to buy anymore books until these are read, and I'm excited to get reading them. I think all of them have had brilliant reviews, and I've been a fan of the 'I Heart' series for years so I can't wait to read this installment! What are you reading at the minute?

Pixie Dust Print
I've been trying to switch up my office and make it a little less cluttered (I have so much stuff it's a bit ridiculous) so I finally made use of a card I bought a while ago by cutting it up and sticking it in this gorgeous copper frame from Home Bargains. I have another one I think I'm going to put polaroids and maybe some pressed flowers in too - how cute? I also love the little moon planter in the background here - it's from Primark and I think it just complements the frame perfectly. 

Lancome La Nuit Tresor
Say hello to my new favourite scent. I've been lusting after a Lancome fragrance for ages, and finally settled on La Nuit Tresor after smelling it in store several times. I left it too late to put it on my Christmas list so when I saw it was in the January sales at Debenhams for £37.50 (for a 75ml bottle!) I had to have it. I love everything about the fragrance, especially the fact it's so long-lasting!

Virgo Mug
I noticed a fair few shops started getting star sign mugs in towards the end of last year, so I was chuffed to get one as a gift over Christmas. I'm a little bit obsessed with mugs right now, and this one is the perfect size for me - and just look how pretty it is! I have always loved being a Virgo - I'm a big believer in star signs and feel like mine definitely sums me up! Do you believe in star signs and horoscopes?

Disney Card Holders
Do I need a card holder? No. Do I need two card holders? Definitely not. Could I resist picking up these two adorable ones from Primark? No chance. Just look at them! I was getting total Kate Spade vibes from the Minnie Mouse offering, and the girly girl in me couldn't say no to pretty-in-pink Marie. Both are brilliant quality (the Marie one even says 'Everybody wants to be a cat' on the back) and totally worth the £3-£4 price tag. 

What little things have you been loving lately? Let me know! 

Monday, 1 January 2018

2018 Goals

First of all - happy new year! I can't believe 2018 is actually here - how quickly did 2017 fly by?!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Year's Eve celebrating and have spent the majority of today making the most of the leftover Christmas food and spending time with family.

Like I've done most years since I started this blog, I thought I'd do a little 'goals' post running through my hopes and aims for 2018 - to let you guys know what I have planned or even give you a bit of inspiration when it comes to writing down your own resolutions.

Improve my health, diet and fitness - and lose weight!
Okay okay, so this one is a total cliche but it's a well-needed one for me! In 2017 I completely neglected my health, didn't look after myself at all and as a result put on a lot of weight. I feel horrendous because of it and so I want (and I will make) 2018 the year I finally get fit, put any issues with food behind me and focus on looking after both my physical and mental wellbeing. I love how I feel when I work out, and I know I feel so much better in myself when I eat healthily - I just need to make the effort to stick with it! I'll definitely be eating a lot more fruit, much less chocolate (honestly, I'm actually a bit sick of it after living on it for the past week or so) and just generally experimenting a bit more in the kitchen.

Take more photographs
I feel like 2017 was the year I really started to neglect my photography. I really, really want to get back into it this year, and improve my blog photos significantly. I feel like there are so many incredible bloggers out there now who are creating stunning images after only a few months of blogging and I'm like woah - I need to up my game! I want to learn more about my camera, think of better ways to photograph products for the blog and just in general play with my camera a lot more. I also want to take a lot more pictures of me and share them on here and my Instagram, as I feel like in 2017 this is something I really stopped doing due to feeling so self-conscious (leading back to the above goal!)

Stop overthinking everything
If there is one thing I've always been guilty of, it's overthinking. I overthink everything. I've always been the kind of person who sits back quietly whilst thoughts are whizzing through my head, and I'll often agonise over decisions because I overthink them and think about all the things that go wrong. I definitely need to alter my thinking so that I don't obsess over things and get myself worked up over the silliest of things!

Have more confidence in myself
This kind of relates to the above - I always work myself up and over-think things because I don't have a lot of confidence in myself. I've been like it since I was at school - I'd often put off projects because I thought I wouldn't do them well enough, so it seemed better not to do them at all. I feel like I've started becoming a bit like this with my blog - I'll not photograph something because I feel like it will never live up to my expectations. I think I really need to improve my confidence in myself this year and realise that I am capable of doing a good job - even if I don't always believe it!

Quit comparing
This goes hand in hand with the above - I am very guilty of putting myself down, especially when it comes to comparing myself to others. I compare my work, my photography skills, my social media presence to other people's and ultimately it ends up making me sad. I think there's a fine line between appreciating someone's work and it making you sad because you think you'll never compare - so I'm going to focus less on comparison and more on improving my work for the better.

What are your goals for 2018? Let me know in the comments!
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