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Sunday, 26 June 2016

The Happiness Planner

The Happiness Planner
Sunday, 26 June 2016
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So it's Summer and that means that most people attempt to make a genuine, concerted effort to change habits that they're not happy with. We are definitely no different. In a bid to become more organised, healthy and fit we began searching the web for meal planners- y'know because we want to lose a bit of weight this year. But while we were searching, we came across this one by The Happiness Planner. Cute, right?

We've seen so much stuff online about The Happiness Planner but unfortunately, due to us being poor students, we can't quite stomach paying the £38.60 price tag right now (that's a weeks shopping!). Don't be alarmed though, the website is full of these amazing, free print outs including weekly plans, bucketlists, exercise schedules and even a motivational poster!
We've downloaded every single one and plan to use them to keep track of our diet/exercise plans. They are so handy if you're busy through the week as you can fill them out on a Sunday and the following week is planned and ready to go. They just make us feel so much more organised than usual and they let us keep track of what work we have to do, what food we have to eat and what exercise we should do.
Sunday, 19 June 2016

Homeware Wishlist!

Homeware Wishlist!
Sunday, 19 June 2016
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Before we get into it, just know that writing this post is paining me because it's reminding me how absolutely broke I am and how I can't afford to finish my room (sob sob). But last year I moved house and my room has never really been how I wanted it. It was kind of stuck in between with some old furniture from my old house and new furniture bought for the new one... let's just say it was looking very 'meh'. So with me finishing uni and moving home for good, I decided that it was time to sort my shit out and get my room looking presentable! Unfortunately, I have since run out of monetary funds (typical) but on the upside, it's has given me more time to look for bedroom inspo on Pinterest and browse homeware websites to help me decide exactly how I want my room to look in the end.
My room is quite small and all my furniture is white so I want it to look as bright and spacious as humanly possible for a room not much bigger than a wardrobe (it's not quite that small, but you know what I mean). I'm thinking mostly clean and white with some aspects of green and metallic.
Anyways, here is the list of things that I'm planning on buying... EVENTUALLY.

Plants, plants and more plantsIf you're not aware that inside plants are the new 'in thing' then, umm where have you been? I'm jumping on the band wagon and lusting after some beautiful greenery from Ikea. I'm talking cacti, succulents, bonsai trees, you name it if it's green I want it. 

Picture/feature wall
These just look really, really cool. That's all there is to it to be honest! Picture walls are a perfect way to display memories, motivational quotes and pretty pictures that are guaranteed to cheer you up when you're feeling down. It's also the perfect way to give your room a little bit of your personality!

Gold Mirror
It took me a long time to decide what mirror I wanted. I've never felt more adult in my life than when I was looking at a selection of mirrors trying to decide which one I wanted more! But since I decided I wanted metallic aspects in my room, I thought a gold mirror would look perfect above my dressing table.  

Let me know in the comments what you're lusting after!
Kayleigh xo 


Wednesday, 15 June 2016

May Favourties

May Favourties
Wednesday, 15 June 2016
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It's finally starting to feel like Summer (halle-frickin-lujah)! So to celebrate, we thought we'd do something that we haven't done at all so far this year, a favourites post!

Feel free to let us know in the comments what you've been loving this month!


Kayleigh
Mitchum Stick deodorant: I’ve heard people talk about stick deodorants for ages but never really thought much of it until recently. When I use heavily perfumed deodorant sprays I find that they irritate the skin under my arms (it probably doesn’t help that I dry-shave a lot either) so I thought that I would see if using a stick would be a bit more soothing. I’ve been using the Mitchum Deodorant Powder Fresh Stick for the past month and it has fully converted me. I am never going back to sprays. It lasts all day, doesn’t sting my skin and a little bit goes a long way! I have literally been telling anyone who will listen about how much I love it! 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish: I’ve mentioned this before in a previous favourites post (as has pretty much every single beauty blogger ever) but I had genuinely forgotten how much I love it! I got a bit lazy with removing my make up over the past month (either I was too drunk or too tired to even bother) but this month, after numerous unnecessary break outs, I decided to start looking after my skin again. This is just my all-time favourite cleanser. It’s not harsh on my skin, and it makes me feel really clean after using it. I’ve had the same bottle for quite a while so it’s definitely worth investing in.

NARS Sheer glow foundation: This had been on my wishlist for ages and I had really high expectations about it. I finally got some for Christmas (cheers mum) and it definitely did not let me down. It doesn’t feel too heavy on my skin and I feel like it sits better than any other foundation I’ve tried before – not to mention the colour match is the closest I’ve ever been able to get to my skin! It really does make my skin look fresh and glowy!

Estee Lauder lipstick in Kendall’s shade: This is a really beautiful shade. It’s like an orangey-red and isn’t really something I would usually go for as I prefer deep reds, but it is gorgeous. I wore it out one night and got so many compliments on it. I feel like it’s probably a shade that would suit most, if not all, skin colours and the consistency is really nice too! It’s just ideal tbh.

Abby
Velvetines - Lime Crime: I had wanted to try these liquid lipsticks for a long long time, but the thought of having to pay ridiculous amounts for shipping has always put me off. However, over Christmas Lime Crime had free worldwide shipping on all products (it's like they knew my pain!) and so of course I couldn't resist!! I bought 4 shades: Cashmere (greige), Bleached (peachy nude), Shroom (90's brown) and Salem (dark brown). Lime Crime have such a wide range of colours in their Velvetines collection, I'm talking black, mustard, olive... but I wanted to keep it safe, at least until I knew how to work with the product and what it was like. The verdict? LOVE LOVE LOVE! Yes they are a bit drying, but what liquid lip isn't? The colour pay off of these lipsticks are amazing and the packing is beautiful! At £14 a pop I think these lipsticks are incredible, the shipping however - not so much. 

Jo Malone - English Pear & Fresia Cologne: This perfume does things for me, great things. This perfume - excuse the obvious - has notes of pear, white freeisa, rose, amber, patchouli and wood. It's like nothing I've ever smelt before. Whenever I wear this fragrance it just makes me feel pretty and girly, and I think that's rare in a perfume. To me this is a fragrance that I will never stop buying, yes there are other perfumes that I like but for me, this is it. This is my fragrance, and I don't ever see that changing. At over £40 for 30ml it's not a perfume I douse myself in, but I won't be saving it for best - as my mum always says, if you're in love with something why save it? 


Empire:We’ve only just started watching this so we’re a little bit behind but we’re already hooked! It’s kind of different to anything that we usually watch which is always nice. It’s basically a hip-hop version of Shakespeare’s King Lear – sounds weird but its soo good! Also Taraji P. Henson is such a badass. 
Sunday, 12 June 2016

MAJOR LIFE ADVICE!

MAJOR LIFE ADVICE!
Sunday, 12 June 2016
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We don't often post things like this because we're definitely not the right people to be giving out life advice BUT this is definitely something that we know a bit about. A lot of you (probably) are either teenagers/young adults and it's coming to a time when you have to decide what you want to do as a career. It's possibly one of the most stressful times of your life, or at least it was for me, so I thought I'd tell you a bit about my experience...

So rewind to 3 years ago and I was in my final year at school (sixth form) and I absolutely hated it. I hated going in to school. I didn't really find any lessons interesting and I wasn't overly passionate about anything, at least not enough to say "this is what I want to do for the rest of my life". It seemed like everyone around me had their shit together and I was only interested in getting drunk and taking daytime naps (sad but true), but I ended up applying to go to University anyway. The truth is, I didn't apply because I actually wanted to work towards a career. The main reason I applied was because I thought that it would buy me some more time, that hopefully by the time the 3 years was up I would have some kind of EUREKA moment and suddenly know what I wanted to do with my life. I was so worried about being left behind by all the people that already had solid career plans that I just applied to a random course in a panic and ended up going to university.
What I realised when I got there though, is that hardly anyone knows what they want to do for the rest of their lives! And why should we! We're supposed to already have a plan for the rest of our lives when we're 17 years old?! But realistically, who actually does?! Every single person I've spoken to at university has no idea what they want to get out of it at the end, which was somewhat comforting to me because at least I wasn't the only one. But my advice to anyone that asks or is interested (and I have told people this countless times in real life) is to not go to university until you completely know what you want to do. I know it's a stressful situation to be put in at the end of school, to try and think about what you want to do, but just because you don't go to university straight away (or at all) doesn't make you a lesser person. Everyone has at least one thing that they are good at, it's just that some people find their 'thing' before others. If I hadn't panicked and had spent more time thinking about the things I enjoy doing and the things that I'm good at, I definitely wouldn't have applied straight away. I always hear people talking about teenage/young adult suicide rates and I genuinely think that the pressure that we're under regarding our future career is in some way related (among other things of course) because it's so hard when you have absolutely no idea what you want to do or what way your life is going.
So now, my 3 years are up and I'm due to graduate in July. Luckily, I have realised what I wanted to do with my life but unfortunately my degree has absolutely nothing to do with it and it took me until about 3 months ago to decide. Don't get me wrong, my time at uni has been such an amazing experience, the people I've met and the memories I've made are irreplaceable but I just hope that this post makes someone feel a bit better if they're having the same dilemmas. I think it's rare to find someone that knows what they want for the rest of their life when they're seventeen years old. So I guess what I'm saying is DON'T PANIC! Take some time out and it will come to you, just don't rush in to anything.
If only one person reads this and it makes them realise that the things they're going through are felt by more people than they think, it's been worthwhile!

Feel free to let us know in the comments what your plans are/your experiences with university or work.

Kayleigh xo
Sunday, 5 June 2016

2 Weeks In Paradise: República Dominicana

2 Weeks In Paradise: República Dominicana
Sunday, 5 June 2016
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I am very fortunate to say that I spent the past 2 weeks in The Dominican Republic with my boyfriend, and let me tell you... it was absolutely stunning. The weather was beautiful, the food was delicious and the people were so welcoming and friendly. Despite my initial belief that this Caribbean island was going to blasting Bob Marley at every available opportunity and that the people would be rocking massive dreads (Rasta man!) - don't worry, I realise how stereotypical I sound - I was completely wrong. And so it was much to my surprise when I found out that it's Spanish based country. In the same way, whilst on a day trip to Saona Island, we learnt that 65% of the Dominican Republic is a nature reserve, which explained the untouched beauty of the country itself. I really could talk about it all day, but I'll shut up now and let a few pictures do the talking.  


It was weird, I found myself lying by the pool, swimming in the crystal clear ocean or just sat on the balcony and I would just find myself speechless, I was in disbelief that a place so beautiful could exist. Thinking back now, I almost question myself - was the sea that blue? Was the food really that fresh? But it was, it was paradise on Earth. I admit, I'm finding myself in the midst of holiday blues, and they always hit me hard. The other day at work I was walking down the corridor and suddenly my eyes starting watering and an intense feeling of sadness came over me. It's almost like, you spend 2 weeks in a perfect bubble and then you're thrown back into reality. I had the most amazing holiday and I'm so grateful that I was able to experience what I did. It was a beautiful adventure and I hope one day I'll be able to return.
 
 Abby x


Saturday, 4 June 2016

Spotlight: Neal's Yard Organic Remedies

Spotlight: Neal's Yard Organic Remedies
Saturday, 4 June 2016
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So a few months ago my mum told me about this company 'Neal's Yard' and I had never heard of them before. I had a look through a catalogue of theirs that she had and noticed that some of the prices were a bit too high at £65 and the likes (a little bit expensive when you're a poor student like me). Straight away I was put off because I swear by companies like The Body Shop and Liz Earle so I thought, why should I switch up my skincare when I'm already happy with it? Long story short, I  was having an absolute mare with my skin and decided to give them a go and purchase the Purifying Facial Polish for oily & combination skin. Instantly I regretted not checking them out earlier. My skin can get really oily especially around my nose and forehead earlier and it was beginning to drive me insane, but this stuff genuinely does help! I found that my skin wasn't getting oily until much later in the day and it just felt so much cleaner and fresh. Despite my initial hesitations I would definitely recommend this! I literally use it every morning in the same way that you would use a regular face wash and I can really see the benefits. It works basically as an exfoliating face wash to balance oil and decongests excess dirt. This product is actually one of their less expensive at only £16 but even if that seems a bit too much, I look at it as an investment!

As well as this, my mum has been using the Neal's Yard Frankincense collection, specifically the Frankincense Intense Concentrate, the Rejuvenating Frankincense Toner and the Rejuvenating Frankincense Refining Cleanser. I can't speak for myself as I haven't used any of these personally but when I told her was I thinking about doing a post about the facial polish she begged me to include a bit about these because she absolutely swears by them. All of the Frankincense collection is age defying and helps to make skin appear more plump and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Now my mum is a little bit of an anti-aging cream connoisseur as she is OBSESSED with creams that supposedly rid your face of wrinkles, and she says that this has made her skin feel and look more hydrated than any of the drugstore products she has used in the past. At 51 years of age her skin literally looks glowing (not being biased I swear) and she has had so many compliments from friends. 

Overall from what I've seen, I would definitely recommend the brand! Their products just seem so luxurious on your skin and it's well worth the money when you see a visible difference in your skin.

Kayleigh xo
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