4 tips to inject some positivity into your life

Sunday, 8 February 2015

I'm happy to admit that I'm not the most positive person. It would be safe to say that I am the epitome of a worrier. In the past I've been diagnosed with GAD (generalised anxiety disorder) and even now it's still something that I battle with, it's something that never truly goes away.

This year one of my big goals was to really try to be more positive, which in turn I hope will result in me being happier. That's not to say I'm unhappy as such, but I'd definitely like to have a more positive mindset. I thought I'd share a few things that I've been trying recently that I feel have really helped. Hopefully they might help you too!

750 Words 
Such a brilliant little website. 750 words allows you to brain dump your thoughts on a private space on the internet that can only be accessed by you. I've only just started doing this but it's amazing how you can organise your thoughts better once you get it all written down. The beauty of 750 words is that you can just totally free type. It doesn't matter if what you're writing doesn't flow, is full of spelling errors etc. I honestly can't recommend it enough. Give it a go after reading this post and let me know what you think. I promise that your mind will feel slightly less cluttered once you've poured all your thoughts out.

Gratitude Jar/Notebook 
I pinned the idea of a gratitude jar a few years ago, but have never actually got around to doing it myself. The idea is that you write down things you're grateful for throughout the year on a piece of paper and pop it into the jar. Then, at the end of the year, or whenever you need a pick me up, you can look back over the things you've written. The other option is to get yourself a notebook (anything to buy some pretty new stationary!) and simply keep a gratitude list. Try to write down three things a day on a fresh page then simply look back at what you wrote when you're feeling a bit low.

Take Time Out 
The obvious one here, but an important one none the less. When was the last time you sat down and did nothing? And I mean absolutely nothing? Ten minutes a day sitting quietly simply listening to the noises going on around you can really help relax your mind. I'm not going to lie and say I do it every day - more often than not I do forget, but I see real benefits when I do remember. Going forward I'm going to set a reminder on my phone so I don't forget to take some time out.

I've been reading a lot on the concept of minimalism and have adopted some of the principles in my day to day life. I'm still learning, but one of the first things I did was start to declutter the flat. I've always been good at this anyway, but having a big old clear out seems to make me feel so much better. Tidy house, tidy mind and all that jazz. Here are some brilliant tips I found on the website Becoming Minimalist that should help you get started.

I'd love to know what tips and tricks you use to be more positive. Let me know if you try out any of the above by leaving a comment below.

Current Hair Care Loves

Saturday, 7 February 2015

Schwarzkopf Liquid Oil Conditioner Spray // £9.80 // HERE
I first used this when I stole a half empty bottle off my Mum. It's essentially a hair oil, but in a lightweight mist formula. I couldn't believe how soft it left my hair feeling - far softer than any other hair oil I'd previously used, plus it didn't weigh my hair down like some oils can. It's also an absolute steal compared to normal hair oils.

Vidal Sassoon Infra Radiance Hairdryer* // £49.99 // HERE
This thing is an absolute machine. It's made me realise how shoddy my other hairdryer was. It's managed to cut down my drying time (seriously, how boring is it to dry hair) by about a third which is seriously impressive. The other thing I noticed is how lightweight it is. Some hair dryers can be clunky old things. I definitely get less arm ache with this one (I appreciate how 'first world problems' that sounds).

Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask // £24.75 // HERE
I honestly couldn't manage without a weekly intensive hair mask, especially since I had my hair balayaged in November. The bleach on the tips has made my hair incredibly dry so I do all I can to infuse some moisture in them, or at the very least, get them looking and feeling better. The Mococcan Oil Intense Hydrating Mask is lovely and does a good job of making my tips a little more manageable. As with all hair masks, this one works better the longer you leave it on. The old shower cap and warm head towel should do the job.

Tre Semme 7 Day Straight // £6.99 // HERE
I use this every other week as it just seems to keep everything a lot smoother and cuts down on the amount of frizz I have. A fair few pumps smoothed through the lengths of my hair then blow dried and straightened means that my hair is easier to manage for the next few washes which is a big thumbs up in my books!

What hair care products are you loving at the moment?

Currently In My Makeup Bag

Wednesday, 4 February 2015

Browsing through my Instagram pics I found this picture from a few weeks ago that I took of my current makeup bag. It's not really changed since then as I've been really enjoying what I've been using so I thought I'd share my thoughts!

Dior Glow Maximiser Primer // £28.50 // HERE
I recently did a review of this which you can read here. Essentially it adds a touch of radiance to your skin when used under foundation. It's pearlescent formula is beautiful and there's not a hint of glitter in sight!

Tarte 12 Hour Amazonian Clay Blusher 'True Love' // £26 // HERE
This is a very bright, very pink blusher so only a teeny tiny amount is needed. The colour pay off and the pigment is brilliant and it does wonders to perk up a dull complexion.

Bare Minerals Original Foundation // £17.50 // HERE
I've found I really can't be bothered with the whole full coverage, liquid foundation routine in the morning, especially as it's so dark at the moment when I get up. A quick swirl, tap and buff of the original formula from Bare Minerals and I'm good to go!

Chanel Oleseaux De Nuit Eye Shadow Palette // £42 // HERE
This was one of my favourite Christmas presents! It comes with 5 beautiful shades, most of which I used often. I particularly love the third shade in drawn on as a line on my upper lashes using my trusty Louise Young LY25 brush.

Smashbox Photo Op Eye Brightening Mascara // £19 // HERE
Another product I've reviewed recently (read the full review here). I really, really like this mascara. It gives lovely natural lashes with lots of curl and length.

B. Defined Eyebrow Kit // £9.99 // HERE
This handy little compact has been a staple in my make up bag now for a few months. I have shade 'light' which comes with two light/dark blonde colours which match up to my hair colour perfectly. I don't tend to use the wax in the kit all that much as I've found the powders are incredibly long lasting as they are.

Wet N Wild Silk Finish Lipstick 'Nouveau Pink' // $1 // Duane Reade
I love a pop of pink, especially on the lips. This is a lipstick I picked up this time last year in New York for $1 - it's safe to say I've got my money out of it! It's a silky, creamy formula enriched with aloe vera and vitamin E. The colour payoff is incredible and I've found it to be really moisturising.

MAC Eye Shadow 'Brule' // £13 // HERE
Another staple in my make up bag as I always run out of the lightest shade in most of my palettes. This is a great base and has a lovely soft, creamy like texture.

What's in your makeup bag at the moment?