My £2.99 Beauty Secret

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I know it’s not a secret now that I have written a blog about it but humour me OKAY.

So I have discovered something new (to me anyway), something affordable, and something that I am now going to use in place of my usual.

Let me introduce you to the battle of the oval brush vs the blending sponge!

DUN DUN DUUUUUN.

So you might have read my foundation journeys (links down below) and the fact that being an oily faced girl sucks sometimes. Once you found the foundation of your dreams there is finding the best way to apply it.

So I tried a sponge, the Real Techniques Miracle Diamond Sponge as I loved the style of it and the fact it proclaimed to get into the nooks and crannies of my eyes (which are darker than a goths soul) and it had a great texture. It did really well but the only thing was it really was a pain to make sure the foundation got into my pockmarked face. Side note: I picked at my face when I was a teen and although it is much better now there are many little scars over my face and enlarged pores that foundation likes to pour into and make it look like a muffin tin with raw mixture in it. Gross right?

So I did like my sponge but then I was in Lidl and spotted they had a makeup bit. I have seen a few bloggers review the makeup and haven’t tried it (future post maybe?) and had a nosy, but what caught my eye was the oval makeup brush for £2.99. It had pink bristles (always a winner) and a black handle. I had seen bloggers review this kind of brush and was very intrigued to see how it differed from a normal makeup brush and also a sponge.

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So I took it home and popped my foundation on my hand to warm up, then tapped a bit onto the brush and did my forehead. Wow. It was like painting a painting but more like painted white onto a ghost. It covered my skin and didn’t sink too badly into my pores. I also liked what it did for my under eye areas and actually seemed to cover. I then sealed with powder and went on with my day. I tend to work under hot lights and air conditioning, so by lunchtime my skin can often be a crazy oily mess. By the way, I will write about it, but another foundation I have tried is  The Body Shop’s Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation in Kaili Azalea (I recently discovered I have a pink tone to my skin). So anyway, I found that my skin stayed matte all day, there were no brush strokes, and my powder stayed on well.

The technique with the brush is to brush (obviously) and the sponge you have to dampen before you pop the makeup on. Sometimes I find the moisture doesn’t help with matte foundations as they are made to be adverse to water and moisture so I find the application doesn’t go on as smoothly. And the brush is synthetic so there is no product left on the bristles whether the sponge does still tend to absorb a lot of product.

I know people like to apply makeup differently but I really think the oval headed brush is the way to go. You could go crazy and get the eyeshadow, concealer, blush brush etc but really, like the sponge, you can use it for a lot. I applied my colour corrector with it and it went well and not into the fine lines underneath my eyes!

Do you use a oval brush? Or are you firmly on the sponge team?

T xx

Here are some of my foundations reviews, weigh in also, love to hear what you think!

Review: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Review: Kat Von D Lock it Foundation

Review: Clinique Superbalanced Foundation

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How to have a Great Mental Health Day

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I thought this week I would share on how I try to have a great Mental Health day so that I feel great at the end of the day and not crazy tired or burned out, and to not have regretful feelings about not having done certain things. I tend to put pressure on myself to get many things achieved in a day and forget to have fun, breathe, and rest.

First of all, I try and have a great sleep. Often it takes me awhile to wind down, so I allow half hour, an hour if I can to start winding down, and not look at my phone or iPad, and reading a book, colouring, or meditating.

When I wake up in the morning I try not to hit snooze as often that makes me feel more tired. I also try to think of 3 things I am grateful for before I get up. This really helps set the mood for the day.

I have a little morning routine that ensures no stress in the morning and I get time to chill out before I head out for the day.

At work, it is often quite busy so I make sure that I am mindful and in the moment with customers and staff, and make sure that I am not taking on too much. Lunchtime I am tempted to work on my blog or other things, but I read a book and enjoy the moment and rest.

After work, I sometimes walk home to debrief from the day, especially if it has been a busy and stressful day. That means I can leave work at work and feel great when I walk through the door of my house.

I write 3 great things about my day in a book that I keep on my desk and explore if things haven’t gone well and why. Sometimes I will write about triggers and why they come up, and then write myself advice for the next time.

Nearing bedtime I will do some yoga and meditate from an app that my doctor gave me (although any one is great) and then take time to relax without technology by reading, which is one of my favourite pastimes. This helps with insomnia as a few pages in I am often asleep!

This is by no means what I do every day, and often I do miss steps, as everyone does. The other thing is, not everything here will work for you. The important thing is that you make sure you shake up your day to make time for you. These steps took me a long time to implement into my life as I did not put my mental health first, but I know if I do at least one of these things over a day, I will feel better.

So have a look at your day. Are your mornings rushed? Could you afford to go to bed a little earlier (or at least try) and get up earlier? Do you make sure you have breakfast and get yourself ready for the day without feeling rushed?

Do you remain in the moment over the day, making sure you are thinking about the tasks at hand and when things get busy, to make sure anxiety doesn’t creep in by remaining in the moment?

What exercise do you do? You can do whatever feels right to you, but making sure you are moving for at least 20 minutes a day can really help with your mental health. Getting out for a brisk walk on your lunch can really help blow the cobwebs away and take you out of your environment.

Lastly, what do you do to wind down at night? It can be anything, but preferably non technological, so your mind can rest. I like to read, or colour in, or talk about my day.

There can be a lot to do to sort your mental health routine, but it is so worth it. When you start feeling unwell, you know there are practical things you can do to start the road to feeling better. And you don’t have to do it all in one day. As long as you try and do at least a few a day, you are on your way.

What are your never fail ways to make sure you feel great all day? Let me know in the comments!

T xx

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Review: Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation

Hi guys!

So I have just finished off my tube of my most favourite foundation ever.

Now if you have been reading my blog over the last few months you will know that I have been on the hunt for the perfect foundation. Now I think I have found it!

The Body Shop Matte Clay Skin Clarifying Foundation (my shade is Kaiki Azalea).

I went into the Body Shop for a nosy as I love their body creams but I had also seen that they had come out with a new foundation. The Body Shop are also cruelty free and vegan so perfect for a lot of people. It has tea tree oil in it and the website proclaims it to be a breathable yet full-coverage matte finish. It also says it is resistant to water and sweat.

The lady in the shop asked if I wanted to be matched and then made up – well of course! She was great, applying the foundation with a brush and getting my skin tone match perfect. I wore it out of the shop and then applied it the next day with my sponge. I then went to work under air conditioning and hot lights, and it held up well. I had set it with matte powder as I love a super matte face but sometimes foundations don’t keep with the conditions and the powder and fail around 3pm or so. This one did really well, just showing up my exscema a little bit (but it’s quite bad atm) and that was it!

I have started using synthetic oval makeup brushes instead of my sponge and have found that the product works even better with it also, not sinking into the pores but minimising them. The pinkish tones of my face matched well with the foundation so there wasn’t a marked difference once blended, it just looked like my skin. After trying the thick Kat Von D foundation (link below) it really helped that this one was very light, and while matte, wasn’t drying, as I have been sick over the winter period and blowing my nose so my nose and top lip have been dry as well as my skin. It moisturised it and I didn’t see loose skin or anything, which is a result. Plus it helped me look less of a ghoul sneezing everywhere.

The only downside is the shade selection. With people like Rihanna upping the game with a million foundation shades, it would be great and needed for companies like the Body Shop to step up their game and offer these shades for everyone. It would be denying product to customers who already have a tough time finding foundation and will probably become lifelong customers of the brand.

So there it is guys. Unless I find another amazing foundation, this is the end of my journey to find foundation. When I kick it back up again, you guys will be the first to know!

T xx

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Changing Who You Are For The Better!

Hi team!

So this blog is very personal, and might surprise a few people that know me. However it is important to me to be honest and open as it really helps my journey, and hopefully will help you too. On the lifelong road to recovery from anxiety and depression, I am learning so much about myself and working on my faults and habits I would like to change. I’d like to note as I am much better now, these traits don’t show their face as often, but they were very prevalent during high school and university when I really struggled.

One that has been in action and out of action since high school is temper and cruelty. This might be a strong tagging of these qualities but it really helps me to show how far I could and have gone. This one is a side that I work on every single day to keep in check and while it is one that only comes out from time to time, it is one that I do not like about myself and would like to settle once and for all.

So everyone gets angry, sure. I tend to take it out on people that don’t deserve it, or didn’t ask for it. Instead of leaving the situation, I stay and let my mouth run. And I have said some bullshit when the red veil goes down. It is because I get anxious and feel like I am being held down. Basically if I feel I am backed into a corner I attack with words and malice. It is something that I have fought all my life, because I hate being told what to do by someone I don’t respect, and hate being told off for stuff I have done wrong, as I get embarrassed easily.

I have a lot of pride and when it gets knocked down, I get quite ragey. I also baited people in conversations to start an argument, even though I am not a confrontational person.

Surprised? Me too. When I started looking at this habit I started thinking about all the things over the years that I have done and started to get a bit cringe. Its something I am not proud of at all and that people do not deserve. It is something I am working on, and instead just leaving the room, writing down my anger, or thinking about what I can do next time instead of launching into a tirade.

Next one is cruelty. I have previously said and do things that intentionally make people hurt. This one doesn’t come out that often, but when it comes out it really comes out. It is an awful habit to break and one that i really am ashamed of. If I feel that I am backed into a corner, or if I am really mad at someone, I sometimes do into this tirade. Now I usually place myself into peoples shoes and try and figure out why I am getting mad at them. But sometimes you just go straight to the rage mode. And sometimes to their faces. Not good. A little heated honest two way discussion is fine, but a full blown attack is not. I used to be a self destructive person. I would say and do things to make people stay away from me. This habit is a tough one to break but I work on it every single day and while I do slip up sometimes, I am proud of how far I’ve come.

I would sit down and write about what qualities you like, and what qualities you don’t like about yourself. The key is that this is not perfectionism, everyone needs to feel emotions (and when you are depressed feeling emotions is a big step), however think about when it affects others and puts a strain on relationships. I am lucky to have a lot of loyalty in my life but I have easily lost friends over the years through my actions. Almost think of it as your deadly sins. Talk to the people around you and tell them you are acknowledging your actions. Talk openly and honestly about it and take responsibility for it. This is the way to push your relationships forward and become stronger for it. Ask someone to help you on your journey. Try not to put yourself in situations and remove yourself if it gets too much. You don’t have to explain why, and then you can go back and talk when you feel ready.

So here are some tips.

  1. If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. A classic.
  2. Take yourself out of the room. Write your words down and then burn them. Just don’t burn down the house. Bad.
  3. Take a long breath, and remember if someone is pissing you off, you don’t need to tell them there and then. Add some time and space.
  4. Don’t feel you have to be so open with people. You can just not answer people if you want. Or tell them you don’t want to discuss certain things with them. You are responsible for what you think and feel, but you don’t have to share it with the world.

Tell me, what’s your ‘thing’ you work on daily? And if you are brave, please tell me in the comments, I’d love to help you.

T xx

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I Bought an Apple Watch Series 1 in 2018!

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This week I am talking about my Apple Watch that I closed my eyes and hit buy on Boxing Day. Oh boy am I eating noodles for the next few months!

So an Apple Watch, really any smart watch is really a luxury. You really don’t NEED one. Its almost an upgraded version of a beeper, except mine tells me to stand up all the time which over the festive period is annoying as you want to be in your bed watching Friends.

I bought one off Music Magpie secondhand in Acceptable Condition, and its pretty much perfect. It only didn’t come with a charger and it didn’t have brand new straps with it but its in great shape. I followed a similar route when I bought my iPhone (link to blog at end of blog) in that I didn’t go for the latest, I went for one in my budget and one that does what I want it to do.

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After wearing it for a few days, and getting used to it it’s very interesting. In a world of constant beeps of phones, loudness in cities, and everything else, I did wonder if my anxiety would come into play with me being tapped on and beeped at all the time. As it turns out, my phone is now more annoying. My watch has a good range of apps that have moved over from the phone so I get notifications about emails etc but Facebook and Twitter updates are just very simple and I can’t go into the app from my phone so it means if it doesn’t matter straight away, its fine. I do like bells and whistles on my phone but I think I might take a more sedate approach with it to live a quieter life.

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The other great thing about this is the Activity app. I chose my settings for Exercise, Move, and Stand goals for the day and then saw how it went over a day. I also have a Pedometer app on it also trying break that holy 10,000 steps mark (which over the festive period is very hard to achieve at least for this woman) and seeing what I actually do over a day.

At work, because I am a shop girl and am on my feet all day, its very easy to get over 10,000 steps, with one day going over 20,000 as I went running errands after work also. I also managed to close out my Move and Exercise rings as well, showing that I really do have an active job and while I veg out on my days off, it really isn’t as bad as I thought!

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I also love find super weird that you can answer calls with it, rendering you the dream of people in the 80’s. I tried this with my husband in the same house and it was really weird. I’m not sold on it, but you never know, around the house it could be alright. I hate being that person with headphones on and phone up in the air in public so I can imagine what me talking into my watch will look like.

I also find interesting paying with my watch. I LOVE this on my phone, and its very bad as I’m obsessed with paying with my phone now instead of my cash or cards, which means my wallet is now useless. However paying with your Apple Watch is very weird and I am not sure I will make it a part of every day but it is cool to try out. Mostly as the cashiers look at you like you are a little bit nuts.

You can find a lot of apps on the phone that migrate with you, and even some great games on there too. With the companion app on your iPhone, you can set clock faces (hello Minnie Mouse!) and also tweak your settings, apps, and customise everything about it. It has a dedicated app store also, so you can see what you can put on your watch to aid you everyday. I don’t tend to have too much on to be honest, just stuff like the weather, messages, email, and all the fitness stuff.

You can store music on it also, and hook it up to bluetooth speakers or headphones. You can also use the iTunes remote on there to DJ at your parties or gatherings. I haven’t done this too much yet but can see that in the summertime when the weather is fine you can reach right up and touch the – sorry. Got into a Shaggy song there.

Straps are a big deal too. You can have fancy pants straps with pearls and jewels, or you can dial it back to a silicone no nonsense watch. I obvs am eying up a gold glitter strap and a hot pink silicone strap as I am me, but there are so many options besides Apple’s options on Ebay too, just worth a search!

At work I don’t have my phone on the floor at all so the watch is good as I would like to just use it as a watch sometimes and don’t have time to check every notification that comes in over the day. However on my days off it means that when I am in the zone, I can see whats important and should be addressed re an important email.

If you are looking to get one of these, definitely try out a few. Some are more Sport focused, some are definitely more luxury, but if you are wading in, head over to a website like Music Magpie to see whats on offer and if you can get a good condition one. Often people just upgrade like crazy so you may end up getting a watch that wasn’t worn or used that often for a great price. And as for the reason for getting one? It doesn’t matter.

Have you got one? Tell me the apps you use!

T xx

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Bright Tools – The Brightness Plan

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Over the last few years I have come to the realisation that I want more out of life. I want to have a job that I really enjoy, an outside life that has friends and fun, and I want to be a part of the community and raise awareness for causes that are close to my heart – such as Mental Health.

I recently had to be signed off work as I was burnt out with work and life. I had taken on so much over the year that I did really enjoy, however was neglecting myself and my mental health, as well as my friends. I wasn’t enjoying anything anymore and was feeling pretty down.

So I sat down on my days off and wrote a list of things I liked and things I didn’t like. This can be a bit daunting at first, but considering one of my first dislikes was peppers, it got very easy from there. I put down that I didn’t like a long commute, and that I wanted the option to walk to work. I wanted to have a part time job or a job that allows me to get a dog. I wanted my house to be done, and not be a constant tip. I wanted time for my friends, and more weekends than retail usually allows. I wanted to spend Christmas not stressing about Boxing Day. I wanted to work in Social Media, whether in a job or my own business, and most of all, I wanted to cement myself further in the community by setting up a page or a group to bring people together to make people happy and be open about mental health.

Looking back over it, these things things are moving along well. I can walk to work at my part time job. I am now project managing my home and taking ownership for it. I now have more weekends and weekend days off than ever before, I didn’t work Boxing Day, and I now work for the Edinburgh Bloggers Conference for the last year, helping with social media and putting on events. This has taken a huge amount of grafting, but it goes back to that list I made. Putting it down on paper and getting to the heart of what I wanted my life to look like over the next year had a profound effect on my mentality and goals. I still have a long way to go but I have made a great start. And for a laugh, here is my list.

Love:

  • Sun
  • Rain
  • Social Media
  • Stationary
  • Walking
  • Yoga
  • Blogging
  • Photography
  • Animals

Hate:

  • Clutter
  • Work overload
  • Being in debt
  • House in disarray
  • Not having good mental health

Oh, and peppers of course.

I have a free printable for you also if you sign up to my mailing list which will help you put pen to paper and get your thoughts out there. And the best part is, you can print more and more and more if you want and for different things! Here is the link to sign up!

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Have a good weekend!

T xx

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