30 Day Challenges!

Hobbies, Life

Hi team!

So today I’m talking about 30 day challenges. I seriously lose interest in things quickly, so it actually is a real challenge for me to keep going with it! Last Halloween i set up 31 days of Halloween in an attempt to make sure I kept up with it. Posting pictures related to my second favourite holiday? Didn’t even make it to ten days. This year I’m determined to pick one that corresponds with my love of photography and take photos of the seemingly mundane, such as my bed or my wardrobe, a fence, etc. But this time, I am going to stick to it, and by the time you read this, I should be halfway through.

30 day challenges are a really amazing thing, and there are LOADS, all about fitness, gratitude, etc, etc. You can find one on any subject. On a personal note, it gives me something to look forward to, which is an important step in dealing with anxiety and depression. I love photography and stretching myself to make beautiful pictures.

So look one up, and do one with me. I want to see your results and any suggestions of any you have, let me know! Here is an example of a cool one I found!

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T xx

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I got LVL Lash Lift and now I am a Princess!

Blogging, Review

Hi guys!

*this treatment was provided for me, so I will give an honest review*

So I recently had a lash lift, and let me tell you, I think it changed my life! Let me tell you all about it.

So a lash lift entails straightening your lashes at the root, and then tinting the lash to give it a darker look. The whole process is so relaxing, I felt I went to sleep! I had my tint put on first, which I love a blue/black tint to keep my lashes really dark and not put on mascara unless I want Disney Princess eyes (who doesn’t, really). I was then put in a nice relaxing room, with soft music playing, and lay down on the bed. As my eyes were closed I obviously couldn’t see what they were doing, but they explained it to me as I was having it done. They taped my eyelashes back and my bottom lashes down with a soft tape, and then put a lifting balm on to start straightening the lashes. This sits on for awhile to work its magic, and then a volumizing fix is applied to the lashes to make them look AMAZING.

Once that is done, I hopped up and had a look. and WOW. My lashes came halfway out of my face, and were so curly, I looked like I batted my eyes in cartoons. I love them! The other great thing is that you don’t need to worry about mascara, therefore if you are a sufferer of hayfever this is great as you can rub your eyes or your eyes can water and it wont be an issue. No more panda eyes.

The lash lift lasts for 6-8 weeks, and the one I had cost £50. It’s a great solution if you don’t like false lashes also, as it is just your natural lashes. I have not worn makeup a lot since I had them but I feel like I am done because of these lashes. I definitely recommend them if you just want to enhance your natural lashes.

Have you had your lashes done this way? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Why I blog!

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Hi guys!

So I thought I would talk about little bit about why I blog this week.

So I got into blogging as I thought it would be a cool different way to express myself and meet people with similar interests. My blog started off being about Fashion, then moved into Fashion/Lifestyle, and then Fashion/Lifestyle/Mental Health. I have since moved more towards Mental Health/Lifestyle, perhaps with a blog about fashion from time to time when I get a cool outfit.

I love to write about Mental Health because as you guys know it’s been quite a journey with my mental health over the last few years! I started addressing it awhile ago and have made many leaps and bounds, and can say I am in a really great place now, with healthy habits and being able to look after myself. I also have gained a lot of knowledge about mental health and have started sharing it in my blogs, as I feel that a lot of people would like to 1, read it from someone that has had bad mental health, and 2, its talked about in a real way, rather than a dry medical article.

It’s been really rewarding having people talking to me about my blogs, and getting some tips and tricks to manage good mental health. It’s helped me make connections and even friends in the blogging world and thats really cool to me.

I also have enjoyed writing about small businesses who I just love. I have reached out to many small businesses to write about them, simply because I love their product. A lot of them I am now in regular contact with and I love watching their journey and how hard they work to succeed.

Through blogging I also got into event planning, with a couple of great girls, who are bloggers themselves. We put on the first ever blogging conference in Edinburgh which was fantastic, as sometimes it is quite hard to get the blogging community together in Edinburgh, unless we are all at launches and parties. But it was great to see everyone learning, networking, and having fun.

Through this blogging journey I have been privileged to get to know other bloggers and now call a lot friends. It can be a weird life being a blogger, especially as our jobs didn’t exist at the level it is today and it very different to other jobs. Businesses are getting on board with the fact that we can become influencers, as we know our readers and what they like to read, often through trial and error, and we know what they want to see. If we work with the brand, we do pick and choose as we want to stay true to what we want. Hence why I did a blog about a psychic app, as I know that you guys want to read about it!

Blogging has done a lot for me professionally as well, as I was training to do social media as well, trying to leave retail. This gave me something to do social media for, over as many platforms as I wanted to get to know social media platforms from a business level. I also have learnt to write in my own voice, and make it compelling for my readers (hopefully!).

I love blogging and will do it as long as I can (and hopefully grow!).

T xx

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5 Things you probably don’t know about me!

Life

Hi guys!

So I thought I would do something that challenged myself and also provide entertainment for you guys! I thought I would do a countdown of 5 things I don’t normally tell people!

  1. I have a Playboy Bunny tattoo. Guess where and when – yup thats right, 16 and on my hip. Tooooootal cliche. I actually don’t mind it now, as it makes me laugh, it was actually done really well (have you seen the pictures of bad ones) and it was a stage in my life that I will always remember!
  2. I had loads of piercings and hair colours over the years. Rihanna Red, Blonde, Christina Aguilera (Drrrty era), Pink. Two piercings in my tongue, nose pierced twice, ears, belly button top and bottom. I also have a massive octopus on my right thigh and 4 more tattoos. I like to modify myself and am pretty much always getting something done!
  3. I was a member of Students Against Drunk Driving as the same time as I got into a car crash with a drunk person driving. Not a proud moment, but one that drove home why I was in the group and how to make our driving safer in New Zealand.
  4. I lived in a penthouse when I was jobless/working at Primark. It was a weird juxtaposition, and definitely taught me to hustle. I got a job at Primark after I had left a really bad job but between that I was living at my flat and job hunting like crazy.
  5. I’m part Maori, my dad being half Maori. However, I inherited my mothers pale white skin so the only time you see it coming out is when I brown, I stay tan for a long time.

Tell me a fact about you that you might not tell many people! xx

T xx

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Review: Dermapen!

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Hi guys!

*This treatment was given to me for free, and so I wrote this honest review.*

So this week I am reviewing a treatment I had, called Dermapen.

Never heard of it? Neither had I until this year. I had a little read about it, and was very surprised about what it does.

It’s a form of collagen induction therapy where there are micro-needles that go into the skin – this is so collagen produces – repairing scars, reduces hyper pigmentation, and renews tired skin. The Dermapen is moved over the skin in a vertical angle.

So the first thing the therapist does was clean my face and prep. She then started the procedure. As much good as I can say about the procedure, it does hurt. It’s needles at the end of the day, so its not overly pleasant. She went over all of my face, over my scars and enlarged pores, and even got rid of a couple of thread veins in my nose.

After the procedure, your skin is bright red and feels like a bit of a sunburn, but they put on a cooling mask and some retinol for you to cool the skin, and keep it hydrated, as it will start to peel in the next 24 hours as the old skin sheds. You can’t wear most makeup straight after or for 24 hours but mineral makeup is okay.

I found a few hours after that my skin started to glow with the oil coming out of my skin. After a week, I definitely noticed my skin had a definitely glow to it, and my pores and scars were looking reduced. This is only after one session, and you can have one every 4 to 6 weeks, and as many as you like, depending on the severity of your skin. A lot of acne sufferers have this procedure to help reduce scarring.

After 4 – 6 weeks of healing, my skin looks great. My makeup goes on better, I am less oily (you know this oily girls journey) and it’s almost like my skin has been given a reset button. Even the crease between my brows has reduced a little bit.

I definitely recommend this procedure to everybody, as it can fix so many issues, like rosacea, fine lines, uneven skin tone, enlarged pores, dull skin, and more!

I had this procedure done at Yuu Beauty, in Edinburgh but there are many branches of Naturalaser over the UK that do this as well! Look them up and get yourself booked in.

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T xx

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Review: Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum

Beauty, Review

Hi team!

This week I am reviewing the Dermalogica BioLumin-C Serum. Mouthful huh?

 

I got sent this from Dermalogica, and it contained a week worth of serum to try. I have just finished it and I can really see a difference! So here is a bit about the product.

The serum is the latest product from Dermalogica, and it is a serum containing Vitamin C which is a natural skin brightener (so eat and drink more Vitamin C!) along with salvia hispanica oil (from chia seeds), lactid acid which promotes cell turn over, and sophora japonica, which is a flower extract, which helps with oxidative stress. Dermalogica say that when put against their competitors, it performed three times better.

It’s main purpose is to brighten, firm, and defend, so that is what I put to the test.

I applied this product both day and night, and often didn’t wear makeup (I am not customer facing a lot) so I could really see how it worked on my skin. My skin doesn’t overly have many issues, but it does get dry in places, and I don’t currently have a serum in my skincare routine which apparently is a big no no especially if you have dry skin. Serum is applied after toner and before moisturiser to lock in moisture to the skin.

So over the week, I started noticing that my skin definitely was brighter. I have oily skin, but due to having a Dermapen treatment (more on this in another blog) this has been combated so I could really see how the serum worked. It sunk into my skin well, and was very lightweight. It wasn’t greasy or anything, and it actually gave off a orange smell, but a quite natural one, not overpowering at all.

The firming part is coming along, I think if I used it for more than a week I would see more firmness, and the defence part of the serum will show itself after using the product for awhile also, as it’s more of a long term game.

Overall, I really like this product. It goes for £81.50 but if you calculate that as two uses each day over 10 weeks, the bottle will cost you just over a pound a day. It’s not too bad considering!

What serums do you use? Did you try this product? What did you think?

T xx

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Challenging your buying habits and streamlining your wardrobe!

Fashion, wardrobe

Hi team! This is a blog about your wardrobe and how to buy smarter!

A woman’s wardrobe can cause stress, grief, joy, and bubbling excitement. You get up for the day, you look into your wardrobe, and there are a million different options on who you want to be today. A top and a cool jean means you are fashionably aware yet nonchalant to be like: “Oh this old thang?” while secretly high fiving yourself on choosing said outfit that morning.

Now here comes the tricky part. There are parts of your wardrobe deemed NO ACCESS areas. This means there are clothes there that you want to get into one day, part their prime but can’t bring yourself to get rid of, and the biggest fashion crime, unworn with tags. This happens a lot in wardrobes I have seen over the years and it is a big crime, but a source of shame for people.

These corners of your wardrobe need to be addressed so they can let the rest of your wardrobe shine.

People often buy and take home items, try them on, then realise that they don’t look good outside the shop for whatever reason, then are too embarrassed to take them back so leave them in their wardrobe. This is a big no no in my books. Send it back, get yo money, then buy something you will wear!

Other things in the wardrobe are sentimental items. Now I know this pain as I have a pair of MC Hammer sequin pants that I have not worn in years, but I have kept as I have had a good time wearing them and they have good memories. However, this is a trap. Do you have pictures of you in your beloved item? Good, theres the memories. Throw the sequins away (can’t believe I just typed that who am I?).

Stop waiting to try get into clothes. A woman’s shape is ever changing and mysterious, so just go with the flow and your body and buy clothes that fit well NOW. If you are working on yourself fitness wise (see my Fitness Athleisure wear blog HERE) then good on you, keep that heart ticking and get healthy. Live life now and get clothes that make you look good on the journey.

Another one I see a lot of is tops that have holes, faded, run down, tired. I had a lot of those in my wardrobe and it is amazing how many things past their date I kept or continued to wear into my twenties when they should have stopped in my teens. Even my nightwear was sad. So I updated in good quality jimmy jams and got rid of my holey tshirts and frayed jeans. Get rid of it. Donate any wearable good stuff but get rid of the rest.

Donating is a great way to keep the life of a clothing piece going. When you think about the work that goes into making a piece of clothing, you want to make sure that it gets the most out it as possible. Plus you could make a grown woman scream in the middle of a charity shop because she has been looking for your top for AGES (may or may not be based on the life of the blogger here).

Buy sensibly in the first place. Invest in clothing, don’t just buy a £3 top. Look at the material, the price, where it was made, who is selling it. These factors match up with our own personal values and ensure that we are buying smarter and not just on a whim, which leads to many clothes being wasted.

There are many clothes swaps nights happening around the world, get along to one of those and take your good quality items to swap with other like minded people. This is a great example of the ‘one in, one out’ theory where if you buy something, you get rid of something.Or have one of your own with mates!

So these are a few ways to really challenge yourself and your buying habits, which building a wardrobe that ultimately makes YOU feel good!

T xx

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My Wedding!(Part One)

Life

Hi Team!

So with wedding season coming up in Britain I thought I would talk about my own wedding! I got married on the 15th February, 2014. It was nonconventional and I learned a lot about myself and what I want in the process, so this blog will talk about that!

So we got engaged when we lived in Birmingham. Then the planning started. As I am from New Zealand and my husband is from Scotland, we had to figure out where we were going to have the ‘proper’ wedding. After doing a poll of our relatives and friends, it made more sense to have the wedding in New Zealand, as I wanted my family to be there and Gordon’s family and any friends we had in the UK could come over and see New Zealand for the first time.

I had a notion of wanting to get married at my old Girl Guide camp but it was ruled out by logistics. Then my husband suggested the Performing Arts Centre at my old university at Hamilton. One of our mutual friends worked there and could help us with the set up, lighting, sound etc. We wouldn’t have the chance to come over and scope out the building in person until we got over for our wedding, so a good amount of trust was put in on that end. I knew the building anyway as I did Screen and Media in my degree so had been in a few times. I knew it was great, overlooked one of the lakes on campus, was relatively private, and our friend would do an amazing job.

This friend also stepped up and him and his band The Monroes played at our wedding also! My husband had worked and known them for years and we were all friends so it made sense for them to play as they can pretty much play anything under the sun, and could have something for everyone there.

Speaking of everyone, we invited over 200 people. We had watched people go through the agony of keeping to a list, not inviting or inviting, and having to invite someones second uncle twice removed, and we were not here for it. If we invited everyone that had touched our lives and that we thought we would definitely see in our lives going forward, this would not be an issue. I get really annoyed when people get harassed about who they invite or don’t invite so we solved the problem! And in the end, about 150 showed up, and for the whole day, so it was actually fine.

I picked up my wedding dress, from Monsoon, for £250. It was the first one I tried on, my mother and best friend weren’t there, and I had gotten rejected from a job there. Funny huh? It was beautiful, with a grecian look and an angel sleeve, light and perfect for the heat, and loose so I could eat all the food on my wedding day. This shopping experience was perfect as I knew what I wanted and I hate traipsing around the shops and doing the champagne thing. Too much.

Speaking of food, we decided to put on a huge BBQ. We thought we’d rather feed everyone to death, and with food that was popular with everyone. Plus it was summertime in New Zealand and it would be criminal to not have a BBQ going somewhere. We also had pavlova and one of my bridesmaids mums made this stunning cake. It was so needed as I was very hungry!!

For my bridesmaids, I picked my nearest and dearest, two of my oldest friends, my sister and my sister in law. They got to pick their own dresses and I just asked if it were pastel colours to suit the day. I hand made their bouquets in place of real flowers so it was something that they could keep and have a memory of.

Our celebrant is one of Gordy’s former coworkers, who now does a lot of things, but is a fantastic celebrant. She really personalised our ceremony and guided us through quite a nerve-wracking day! Her name is K-M Adams if you are in NZ and need a great celebrant!

Here are some pictures of the day!

Next week I will go into more detail, and of course, more pictures!

T xx

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Brand Profile: Sandailo Psychics

Hobbies, Life, Review

*Please note that I was provided a free product for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own and not influenced by the developing company in any way*

Hi Team,

So this blog I am talking about the Sandailo Psychics app. I love to read Tarot in my spare time for fun, and when asked to try this app, I jumped at the chance. Who wouldn’t want to have an idea of what happens in their future, or how that job interview went, what’s coming up in their relationship, and more.

Sandailo Psychics brings together Ppychics from all different mediums – such as Tarot, Clairvoyance, Medium based, Spiritualist and more. You can purchase public questions  – the only thing that gives you away is your age and thats it – and then any psychic can answer your question – plus its a great way to shop for what psychic you like based on their public answers for other peoples questions.

I had two private questions, and three public questions, and gravitated towards a psychic  who specialised in relationships, mind and body, and home and family. The first question I asked was regarding an important relationship in my life, and she hit the nail on the head. She also have me an important month to look out for, and I’m looking forward to seeing what unfolds!

I then asked about my chosen career path and if it was right for me. I asked a different psychic and she answered that it was meant for me, it was just people around me that is making me question it, which is pretty accurate. I definitely have a lot of supporters who have helped me through my new career transition, but there are one or two that aren’t very complimentary.

I then asked a different psychic about one of my friends, and an issue I am helping her with. She said that all systems were go and I was on the right track – which I was relieved at as there is a lot riding on this.

The other two questions were very personal so I won’t share them on here, however they were answered well and provided peace of mind.

I like this form of psychic help, as it can give you peace of mind, you can pick the psychic that you think will give you the help you need, and its all conveniently in one app! Sandailo hand pick their psychics, so there is not overly a lot of choice, however the quality is really good!

Have you ever tried a psychic? How was it? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Your Self Care List

Hobbies, Life, Mental Health

Hi guys!

This week I am talking about how to compose your own Self Care list. This is for everyone, to make sure your mental health is doing well and it enables you to rest your mind in a busy world. Over the last year I have been making mine – taking off and adding on items –  and no doubt you will too, as your life changes. I put my self care first, because I never used to, and I could see the dramatic changes it made my health, my work ethic, and my relationships. Now I can be my full self because I know I have filled my health back up (nice video game reference huh huh huh).

Here is my list, and it will be similar or very different. The point of me sharing mine is to get started with yours. It can be in your mind, or on a piece of paper, or on your phone. The main thing is to try fit in as many things as you can with the time you have, even if you are a full time parent or work 40 hours a week.

  1. I play games on my phone. There are 4 games i play every day, and throughout the day, and its a nice break for my brain, being at a computer all day. They are silly games that help me relax and unwind.
  2. Reading. I love to read, and have recently taken it back up. If I’m stressed, it can take me awhile to settle down into the book – but I very much liken it to meditation, as you get absorbed in the story and it stops your mind racing.
  3. Meditation. I do this as often as I can, and am now at the point when I know exactly when I need it, such as when I’ve had a busy day, or am stressed about something happening. There are many great apps out there to help!
  4. Yoga. I do Yoga as my main form of exercise to help my back and gain strength. More often I do it to be focused on the practise of it and stop worrying about my to do list. It really pushes me to strengthen my muscles and also gets my breathing to a good standard, which as people with anxiety know, this is very hard to get under control.
  5. Pamper Night. I do a weekly pamper night where I get the face mask on, moisturise, paint nails, shower, bath, wash hair, all things to make me feel I am floating on air by the end! Taking the time to take care of yourself is very important and if you do it right before bed it means you are more relaxed and sleep better, plus you know that you look great for the next morning!

This is my surefire ways of making sure I look after myself before I look after anyone else, as I can’t help with a half filled cup. Choose your own self care list, and don’t be afraid to get right to the heart of what you like, whether its a nerdy hobby, a lavish beauty salon treatment, or reading trashy books. You know what you need to function and get on with your own day and its challenges, so it’s important it makes you happy.

What’s on your list? I’d love to know!

T xx

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