Tuesday, 30 June 2015

No-Makeup Week: Day 2

This is the second instalment of my 'no-makeup week' on my blog. If you didn't see my first post, I explain the reasoning behind it there so click here to find out what inspired me to try this out!

Day 2 - Work and a trip to my Grandparents' house

I will admit that today was a lot more difficult and I actually nearly gave in and reached for some concealer to cover under my eyes. I had an early start today for work and so I obviously looked very tired; I like to feel presentable and look professional when I go to work so not wearing make-up was very odd to me and I didn't realise how dependent I was on it to make me feel confident. But I just said to myself that I have to keep at this and it will become more natural to me, I just have to adjust to it.

Still nobody commented, even people who I work with every week and have probably never seen me without make-up ever before. I am taking this as a sign that make-up does not affect how people think of me, even though I would love someone to say 'wow your skin looks so clear and natural', nobody says that to me even when I do wear make-up! Going to my Grandparents' wasn't a problem as I don't feel self conscious at all with family, but going to work bare faced will definitely take some getting used to! I have to work again tomorrow so we will try that out again, but I am very happy to say I did not give in!

Monday, 29 June 2015

No-Makeup Week: Day 1

You may already know that I am a strong advocate of natural beauty as opposed to feeling under pressure to cover up your skin with make-up. (Mostly because I had a little rant about it in this post) I have always wanted to prove this opinion and hopefully inspire some other people to feel the same. When I came across this post Cosmopolitan posted on their website where  attempted to go a whole week without 
touching make-up, I felt inspired to try it out for myself. I was very surprised that she couldn't make it the whole week and gave in a few times. I am really curious to see if it is really that hard and I promise to be honest if I do happen to cave mid way through. This is just a really interesting experiment and relates to the points I was making in the previous post about whether we need make-up in order to be content in our lives and feel confident in public. 

Day 1 - Shopping in town with Mum and my sister

Day 1 went surprisingly well, I honestly didn't feel any different or more self conscious and I actually noticed how clear my skin looked as I happened to see myself in the mirror. I didn't get any comments (positive or negative) which probably means nobody noticed any difference! Skipping make-up definitely cut my 'getting ready' time in half as I always take way too long making sure everything looks perfect. I had a lovely day in the miracle that is British sunshine and my skin feels so clear and fresh as it isn't caked it make-up which would inevitably melt off throughout the day.

It is safe to say day 1 was a total success!!

Tuesday, 23 June 2015

Book Review: All I Know Now - Carrie Hope Fletcher

I have watched Carrie on YouTube for as long as I can remember, and would call myself a very proud 'Hopeful'. Even to the point of having an 'ItsWayPastMyBedtime' t-shirt! So obviously when 'All I Know Now' came out I had to read it. 

Carrie coins this book as 'the essential guide to surviving 'The Teen-Age' and Andrew Kaufman author of 'All My Friends are Superheroes' described it as 'a best friend in book form'. In short, this book is a 'how-to' manual covering many struggles facing teenagers growing up from more trivial issues such as the Internet to serious problems such as bullying and mental health. Carrie adds lots of anecdotes from her own experiences in order to reassure the reader that they are not alone! I think this is such a good idea because Carrie is someone who many teenagers look up to, so to learn that she was bullied and had issues with friends too is very comforting!

My favourite part of the whole book was a chapter called 'Not To Worry', I suffer with anxiety so I am a natural born worrier about anything and everything, but this one sentence really changed my perspective of why I worry: 

'Worrying is something that doesn't change anything about the situation ... It just makes you feel more uncomfortable and, most of the time, what you're worrying about doesn't need worrying about and turns out to be absolutely fine.'

THIS IS SO TRUE! This one tiny section of the whole book has stayed with me and I have noticed a difference in my outlook over the last week since I finished the book! Sometimes I get myself so wound up about going to work or school or travelling, but by worrying about it I just make myself feel ill or have a panic attack. If I had not worried in the first place, then the situation would have been totally fine. It boils down to the age-old saying of 'What if...?', what is the point of wondering what may happen if it is fated to happen anyway? You are going to be much more able to deal with the situation if you are calm than if you are on edge because you 'know' something must be about to happen.

You can see that this book has advice that could help people of all ages! As I first began reading it, the friendship and bullying section seems more aimed at a younger audience but as it developed into love and generally how to be a good person it could be appreciated by someone of any age, I honestly think I would have LOVED this book if I were 13 years old going up to high school, as a 17 almost 18 year old it is good to read in hindsight and interesting to hear about Carrie's life, I enjoyed reading it, but at points I did feel a bit too old.

Have you read 'All I Know Now'? If so leave me a comment about what you thought of it, or if you're intrigued and want to read it.

Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Book Review: Every Day by David Levithan

This book was given to me by a friend through Secret Santa last year and I have been dying to read it for ages so naturally it had to make it to the top of my humongous TBR list. Not to mention that the cover is so beautiful, I love how words from the book were incorporated! If I tell you that I read the whole thing in 24 hours, I think you will gather where this review is heading. I promise NO SPOILERS though, because everyone really needs to read this.

The general concept of this book and as much as I can tell you without giving anything away, is that a 16 year old boy/being (it's never clarified but I will address A as a 'he') wakes up every day in a different body and has done so for his entire life. However one day he meets a girl who he falls totally in love with and has to find her again. If that doesn't draw you in I don't know what will!

Aside from the love aspect of the book, A's life is very insightful. He covers a lot of ground in terms of equality, having adapted to so many different bodies he has come to the conclusion that we all have about 98% in common with each other but we focus on the 2% difference. This is really eye opening when you think about prejudices we automatically have without even knowing and all of those issues do focus on the 2% of things that are different in us, we don't acknowledge all the valuable parts we have in common. 

This book also covers a lot to do with mental illness, one chapter in particular really hits you in that he wakes up in the body of a girl who is graphically planning her suicide in 6 days. It is so interesting to hear Levithan's take on how depression affects the body and mind, and it is so important for subjects such as these to be a part of modern culture and not to be glossed over as they are becoming increasingly important to understand. 

This is only a small part of how powerful and honest 'Every Day' is, I put the book down after finishing it and felt like I had learnt so much in 400 pages. This isn't just a book that is enjoyable to read, it is one of the most insightful books I have ever read. It is one of those that you can read over and over again and learn something new each time. 

So this is a very positive start to summer for me; this will be going down as one of the best books I have ever read. I strongly urge everybody to give it a go as it has so many important messages that need to be understood. I love when you walk away from reading a book and feel like you will carry it's messages with you through life.

Have any of you read 'Every Day'? If so what did you think? Let me know in the comments :) 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

I am back!

The time has come, my exams are finished and now I am free to focus on my blog! 

I am working on a book review as we speak and I have lots of ideas up my sleeve! But I wanted some input too, I want to know if there is anything you would like me to do or review or just what posts you enjoy the most. I am really keen to get out of my blogging comfort zone and find a good routine for me to get in to.

Any ideas you have would be so hugely appreciated! Keep your eyes peeled for a book review early next week, it's not one you want to miss! 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

6 Month Update: New Years Resolutions / Goals 2015

As June is upon us and I am desperate to get back on my blog if only for one evening during the dreaded exam season, I have decided to review the resolutions I made at the beginning of the year in this post. This could end up as a declaration of failure but at least it will be interesting and maybe motivate me to get back on track!


  • Be more grateful: I think I am on track with this one, the app I was using (Gratitude 365) ran out after a month and I wasn't willing to pay for the full price! I haven't been writing things down as such but most nights before I go to sleep I will think about the things I have instead of the things I am worrying about and this really helps me in terms of relaxing!

  • Pass my driving test: CHECK! This one I can actually say is complete, I passed on the 16th of April!

  • Save money: I have gotten A LOT better at this, I am very disciplined now and put a certain amount away every month and I am so pleased with how it is building up. I can't wait to actually spend some of it whisking my boyfriend away for his birthday! I will always be an advocate of getting a job as soon as you possibly can, it is so rewarding to have money in the bank that you have physically earned to save up for special memories like that. 

  • Get organised: Oops. Okay well I was doing so well in January and technically I have been uploading at least one post a month since then (not counting May). I do have a half finished post on Insurgent sitting in my drafts but I'm not sure if that's even relevant any more!! This will certainly be my focus for the rest of the year. I will make up for my lack of commitment over summer!! 

  • Review requests: I have had to be much more vigilant with these as I do not have the time to read pretty much anything out of my own choice. However, I do have about 5 or 6 books lined up that have been sent to me that I can't wait to get round to reading and sharing on here. (Again, in summer!)

  • Goodreads: I have been keeping up to date with this and am actually 25% through my reading challenge! Summer will also knock this into shape, and I have been saving up loads of books on my TBR list so that should give me some lovely blog inspiration. 

So all in all not too bad!! I am actually surprised how much I have actually stuck to these! This blog is definitely getting some love as of after next Thursday (my last exam). I also have a lot of exciting things coming up in my personal life so I feel like I want to share them on here too, or at least the pictures. 

If you are still reading my blog I thank you so much for being patient with me, and if you aren't I will win you back over summer! Let me know how your new years resolutions are going in the comments or if you have any ideas for a blog post you would like to see on here! 

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