Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Favourites: September 2014

I wasn't entirely sure whether I could manage a favourites post for September as if you know my latest personal update post I'm not doing so well at this moment. Despite this I did strangely start the month very differently and because of this, and because I so desperately need everything distraction going I decided to cobble together said products for an early September faves post.
1. MAC Archie's Girls Veronica 'Mall Madness' Lip Gloss

I really loved the MAC Archie's Girls collection and I have been saving this little beauty for autumn and winter. It's from the Veronica side of the collection and called 'Mall Madness'. The shade is a gorgeous warm pinky-plum, so it's absolutely gorgeous for an autumn make up look. I really love this one just with very simple make up because whilst subtle it really gives a gorgeous pop of colour. I'll be so sad when this runs out so don't worry I'll be on the hunt for a good dupe!
2. Organic Olive Secrets Hair Conditioner

When my Mum and Dad went to Rhodes this summer they very sweetly came home with a bundle of gorgeous Greek natural beauty products as they know I adore this sort of stuff. I'm not sure if this is available outside Greece (unless this is their website?!) but again, I'm going to be sad when this runs out because it's so lovely. It's a gorgeous thick conditioner and leaves my long, very neglected hair of late lovely, soft and shiny. This is very comparable to other wonderful deep conditioners, but the reason it made my favourites is because I haven't used one so good in a while. 
3. MAC 'Pink Sprinkles' Blush

The MAC Simpsons collection almost totally passed me by, but when I was in Liverpool I managed to pick up the very last 'Pink Sprinkles' blusher as shamefully I didn't need anything but I really, really wanted something (you know how it is guys!). It's a pretty full-on-pink but it's not so super pink you look like a doll! 
4. Nicole by OPI 'Southern Charm' Nail Polish by Carrie Underwood

I have talked so, so much about these gorgeous Nicole by OPI nail polishes because I think they are simply wonderful! Cheaper than the original OPI polishes with an amazing colour collection and for me, exactly the same results. I'm so in love with the Carrie Underwood collection and lately I've worn 'Southern Charm' such a lot because it's a classic barely there nude that lasts such a long time because it's so fair.
5. Soap and Glory 'Rich and Foamous' Body Wash

I've had a mountain of LUSH shower gels for such a long time that when they ran out, I didn't know what brand to turn to! However whilst pursuing the aisles of Boots I figured Soap & Glory would be a good start and I spied this beauty. It has such a gorgeous warm almond, vanilla scent that it's perfect for autumn and winter. My skins feels very soft using it and the scents last a good amount of time too.
6. Urban Decay 'De-Slick' Make Up Setting Spray

Before recently I never thought I needed a make up setting spray but recently I see so many beauty gurus use them, especially the lovely Shaaanxo. My skin is perfectly described as sensitive/combination with oily patches on my t-zone so because of this I thought I would try the Urban Decay 'De-Slick' and it's amazing- it has transformed my make up routine and I absolutely love it. It makes even eyeshadow look more vibrant and your face shine free for hours and hours and hours.
7. Too Faced Chocolate Eye Shadow Palette

I highlighted this in my little Liverpool haul, and a review is well in the works, but before this, I thought it would be fun to include it in my September favourites because I've been testing it out. And in a nutshell I really, really love this gorgeous collections of nudes with a glorious sweet scent of chocolate. I'll save my other thoughts for my review, but just so you know, tis a good un! 
8. Alexa Chung 'It' Book

I was really fortunate to be given a copy of Alexa Chung's 'It' to read this month and I really enjoyed looking through it. I've always loved Alexa's style, and the book was actually so much different to how I imagined, in a charming way. To read my whole review click here.
9. Beauxoxo Velvet Bow Headbands

So in happier times, earlier this month I went to Liverpool for a photo shoot for Beauxoxo to photo shoot my brand new velvet bow headbands (click here to see the behind the scenes fun). I'm so happy with the result and the reaction from you all has overwhelmed me; in a wonderful way! You can pick from 16 stunning jewel velvet bows and I really hope you love them as much as I do making them! To shop the collection click here.

10. Frida Sundemo 'Neon'

I feel like I have spent a lot of September sharing the love for the incredible Frida Sundemo and well, Swedish music in general! Her song 'Neon' is one that I have been playing again and again. It's so soothing, so gentle and just stunning. If you'd like to hear more about Frida's amazing music you can read my Music Monday post all about her.

I hope this post makes some sense. Please let me know what you loved in September.


Monday, 29 September 2014

How to Not Get Distracted and How To Keep Your Momentum Going

Because it's a Monday I thought this post would be perfect because it's all about staying motivated, and especially online. As let's face it, how many of you struggle to not get distracted when you work online? Because the truth is that most of us not only work online, but we also spend our leisure time online too. I know sometimes if I am lucky enough to have a day scheduled for blogging, and I'm looking up blogs or something to link to, then one blog leads to another and so it goes on! And maybe you just intended to send one tweet which turns into spending 15 minutes refreshing your timeline....we've ALL been there! But do not fear, because I think I may have found a distraction for your procrastination.

I recently discovered an app called 'Momentum' which works with Google Chrome. How it works is that every time you go to open a new tab a special page pops ups that has your daily to-do list (that you entered that day), the time, a greeting personalised with your name, the current weather to your exact location and also an inspirational quote along the bottom which I love. You can also enter your to-do list in the bottom right corner and that will pop up too. This is going to be ideal for those do a lot of internet work as their work and don't want to get distracted, and it's also going to be ideal if you're trying to write an essay or whatever it may be.

It's early days of me using this app, however I'm hoping I get a lot more use out of Momentum, and I hope you do too! To download it click here. But just remember that as far as I know it's just for Google Chrome.

How do you not get distracted online? If this something that would interest you?


Sunday, 28 September 2014

A Sad Personal Update

This time last week one of my dearest friends was getting married and I was a bridesmaid. It was such a happy day and I was feeling so content to see her so happy in her new, beautiful chapter of her life.

Fast forward to this Sunday and I am sat in front of my laptop holding back emotions and tears because my Nana passed away early Friday morning after a huge stroke the night before. Many of my close friends will know that my Nana has always been such an incredibly strong lady, so, so healthy for her 88 years (we always joked how on earth a lady in her 80s was far healthier than her grand-daughter!!) but in the last 18 months she had suffered a few minor strokes and this caused a huge change to her in so many ways. My Nana hated being ill; her greatest joy in life was to participate in activities most adults loathe which has always made me smile such as gardening, cleaning etc! She loathed hospitals and she loathed being cared for. After her mini strokes she refused to take any medicines and this has been hard on my family as the role reversals had to change and we had to care for her and yet ever since I was little she had cared for me, and that was her happiest of times.

However her passing was still horrendous and devastating for me as whilst you know that someone who is not being treated for something will ultimately become ill again you're truly never prepared for it: ever. But it brings me great comfort that ultimately she did not suffer at the end and I am so thankful for that. I cared for both my Nana and Grandpa because she promised me that we would never ever send her to a home and I promised her with all my heart that as she cared for me I would too care for her, and I really am deeply comforted that they both led extremely happy years in our family home and both did not suffer too much.

I don't think I can bear to pour my heart out further because words and I don't and will never agree, so I will leave my thoughts here and my grief will be through my art as this is the only way I can express myself. But I do want to leave you all with a thought that has run through my mind for the last few days. My Nana was such a sensitive, kind, beautiful soul who was a highly skilled flower arranger, embroider and adored fashion as much as I do, but she never believed in herself and this always devastated me. Each day I tried so hard to make her believe me although I know she never did. So please let me just tell you this: You’re worth it, you're worthy of it all. I'm always reminded of something Nelson Mandela said: May your choices reflect your hopes, not your fears. And I know my Grandpa too instilled this believe in me. That is truly my wish for you all.

Thank you so much for all the kindest words I have received on Twitter as I spoke about this briefly there. Your kindest words have provided such warmth and comfort to me at this horrendous time and I'm so blessed to have an incredible network around me.

At this moment I need to be surrounded by my family. With that being said, I don't wish to see this post too long on the front page of my blog as it is far too painful for me, so I will be scheduling posts I have been working on previously.

Thanking you again so very, very much for your love and support.


Monday, 22 September 2014

20 Years of FRIENDS Favourite Moments

Casually strolling through Twitter I realised that today is the 20th anniversary of FRIENDS. This is crazy, ridiculous! I have fondly grown up watching FRIENDS and I cannot believe it was 20 years ago that it all started. I just love how universally this is such a special show to so many and I can't wait to re-watch all the episodes, just because! It was hard, but I selected 10 of my most loved moments. But please, please share with me your favourites below too.

1. Ross's Sandwich
Ready for some rather wonderful gif action? ;)