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Key Life Changes for a Happier You...

20 September 2018



A successful life can be characterised by many attributes, which is why we all have unique goals in life.
Regardless of those exact targets, though, heightened happiness is the ultimate dream. While you may
think that it requires wholesale and difficult challenges, it’s not necessarily true. In reality, the key is to
make smart and sensible changes.
 
Focus on the five aspects below, and you should see a noticeable difference in next to no time.




#1. Body Image
 
There’s no escaping the fact that looking good makes you feel good. It influences the response you
gain from other people and, crucially, impacts the perceptions of yourself. Nutrition, exercise, and
sleep patterns all play a role. However, feeling better about your self image is largely about mindset.
You can’t please everyone but, as long as you can put a smile on your own face, that does not matter.
Find a way to be confident in your skin and every aspect of your life will be improved. This is something
I've definitely be working on this year and my mindset has shifted in an increasingly positive way!
 
#2. Financial Management
 
Keeping your finances in good health isn’t always easy, particularly if you’re a student or a recent grad.
However, you needn’t be debt free or earning millions to feel under control. Bad credit loans and other
tools can help you consolidate problems while reducing financial waste will leave you in a better place
too. Even if the progress is slow, moving in the right direction is all that matters. Once you’ve removed
that stress, there’s no doubt that your mental health will improve.
 
#3. Relationships
 
Human interactions are a central part of any person’s happiness; surrounding yourself with the right
people can make a massive impact, not least because positivity begets positivity. Perhaps more
crucially, you need to spot the signs of bad relationships and friendships. Cutting those ties can be
difficult, but it can be highly rewarding. You should also prioritise the people that truly matter rather
than focusing on your social media followings. Real bonds mean everything and again, can improve
your mental health state and mindset. This is definitely my favourite aspect of life to focus on - we need
these loving people in our lives for a long time so focus on them instead of a number on a screen.




#4. Breaks
 
The pressure to accomplish great things is huge, especially for millennials. Therefore, it’s pivotal that
you learn to take a step back from time to time. Exploring the world is a great way to broaden the
mind while a chance to relax on the beach can recharge the batteries. Above all else, the magical
memories that are created while you’re away will last a lifetime to provide a constant source of smiles.
In all seriousness, these moments are far more rewarding than buying a big TV and this is something
that has recently over the years resonated with me. I would much rather walk away with an experience
than a materialistic item. Don't get me wrong, I love my clothes; however, I'd rather tick something
new and exciting from my bucketlist!
 
#5. Direction
 
Human nature dictates that we want to evolve as people and become better with time. Therefore, it’s
vital that you have ambitions and actively work towards them. This sense of drive and determination
creates the direction needed to achieve great things in life. It doesn’t mean that the road ahead will be
smooth, but at least you’ll be on the right track. When added to the positivity that comes from reaching
various milestones along the way, the need to focus on this element is clear. Ambition is such an
attractive quality to me - if you have that drive and determination for a goal then that's something to be
admired for!

What are your top tips for becoming a happier you?! Do
you agree with any of the points above?    


Lots of love

Heading to Uni Whilst Minimising Debts

11 September 2018



We’ve reached the time of year when students, like myself, start heading away to study at university, or
head back to their courses after a break. Now, with rising tuition fees, many of us merely accept that
pursuing higher education is going to be an expensive venture. However, there are different ways that
you can minimise costs and although you are theoretically 'in debt', the majority of students only pay
a small percentage of that back throughout the rest of their lives. Here are a few steps that you might
want to consider taking to minimise your expenses and debts!



Look Out for Scholarships and Grants

Every year, universities tend to run scholarship and grant schemes for their students; whether you are
heading into your first year of studies or have already commenced your studies and are heading into
your second, third, or fourth year, it’s always a good idea to look at what’s on offer. If you find that there
is a scheme or scholarship where you meet the requirements (perhaps in terms of grades,
extracurricular achievements, or inclusion measures), then it’s always worth inquiring and seeking out
more information. You could apply and be granted some sort of award or have your tuition fees
reduced. Luckily, I managed to get a grant based on my parent's yearly income and my boyfriend
managed to get an enormous bursary for winning "Physicist of the Year" in sixth form.

Choose Your Credit Agreements Wisely

The majority of students will take out some sort of credit agreement during their studies. Whether this
is an overdraft, credit cards, or a loan, chances are that you will need to take on some alternative
funding to get you through your studies at some point or another. The trick to making a success of
your credit agreements is to choose them wisely. Chances are that you haven’t had much chance to
build up a credit rating properly yet, as you’re likely to have only recently finished compulsory education,
and you may still live at home. However, you should still familiarise yourself with concepts such as
interest rates. Always opt for the credit agreement with the lowest interest rate, as it means you will be
charged less for the service of borrowing money from a professional lender. If you don’t have a good
enough credit history to take out the credit agreement that you desire, you can also consider guarantor
loans. This means that someone guarantees to meet your payments if you can’t, but gives you the
opportunity to build your credit score and gain trust yourself.


Buy Textbooks Secondhand

University textbooks are notoriously expensive. Publishers know that students require them to
complete their courses and tend to take advantage of this fact by upping their prices. However, you
don’t necessarily need to purchase all of your books brand new. Instead, look for copies on online
auction sites, or ask people in the year above on your course if they’re interested in selling you their
used copies. This can save you a small fortune. Personally, I just utilised my university library
throughout the whole year and only bought a couple books when really necessary - e.g. a book that it
going to last me the entire three year course rather for just a single module in one semester.

Make the Most of Your Student Discount

The majority of businesses and companies offer student discount in an attempt to encourage students
to spend money with them. While you don’t want to get drawn into every deal going, you can use your
student discount wisely. If you are buying something, always make sure to ask whether the seller
accepts student discount, even if student rates aren’t advertised! They may still be on offer and small
business owners may do discretionary discounts. You should also ask whether certain services offer
concession rates that extend to students. Many gyms offer student rate memberships, as well as
theatres, cinemas, and other establishments can offer special prices for students. Making the most of
your student discount can really save you a significant sum of money in the long run!



Consider Own Brand Food Shopping

The majority of students simply purchase the same brands and products that they were used to finding
in their cupboards at home, but you can save some serious money and make your outgoings stretch
further by opting for unbranded or own brand products in the supermarket. A lot of the time, you won’t
actually be able to tell the difference between the products, but your bill at the end of your shop will
come to a much smaller figure.


Of course, there are certain parts of pursuing a higher education that will inevitably leave you in debt.
It is possible to take active steps to minimise the overall amount of money that you spend during your
studies and owe by the end of your studies.

What are your top tips for budgeting and minimising costs? Are you heading back to uni this September/October?

Lots of love

NEW FAVOURITES FALSIES

9 September 2018



False eyelashes have always been a huge part of my beauty interest and world. I've had to wear false lashes throughout my life because of performing on stage - both dancing and acting. If you didn't know, the majority of the time, actors and dancers who are performing on a professional stage in front of a large audience, you have to apply quite a heavy face of makeup in order to not look washed out when under the spotlights and to intensity your features so they don't get lost. I've been dancing since the age of 3 and acting since I was 7; I definitely didn't start wearing falsies at 3 years of age but I started to wear them from my early teens onwards when I started performing more. Therefore, I've become quite quick at applying a false lash over my years and can quite proudly say that I've mastered it. However, I definitely cannot apply them on others...that's a whole different story!

Anyway, I thought I'd come on the blog to share with you my new favourite false lash brand, as well as the amazing eyelash glue that they sell too. I'm a huge snob when it comes to lashes and find it very difficult to fall in love with a pair. A lot of the lashes out there feel very heavy, too dramatic or have a poorly formulated eyelash glue that only enables the lash to hold for a couple of hours. Thus, when I find a brand as good as this one, I want to share it with you all! Let's goooooo...



Esqido 'X&O' Unisyn Lashes


Whenever I'm on the hunt for a new pair of lashes, I always look for black, thin wispies that could pass as natural lashes. I love the natural look at the minute and thought that the X&O style from the Unisyn collection would be right up street. The lashes arrived in high quality packaging with rose gold foil detailing - super aesthetically pleasing. Alongside the lashes, Esqido kindly sent over a tube of their Companion Lash Glue (which I'll be talking about later on in this post...). Retailing at $22, these are a lot pricier than my other lashes but you can definitely tell the difference. I've worn this pair of lashes roughly 10 times now and I'm obsessed...the old lashes I used to purchase only lasted a couple of nights before they became too tacky/ruined by the constant layers of lash glue. If you are looking for lashes with longevity, definitely check out this collection from Esqido!




The Lash Glue

Alongside the pair of lashes Esqido sent over, they kindly popped in some of their Companion Eyelash Glue. For an impressive retail price of $10, this eyelash glue is available from the Esqido site. Encased in a frosted white tube, classy black font and a golden lid, there is 5.5ml of product and the formula is latex-free, hypoallergenic and paraben free. The tacky nature of the formula allows for gentle and quick application - I wore lashes with this adhesive for 5 hours one evening and never had to top them up once (not even in the corners of my eyes!!) If you are yet to try this, I would 100%
recommend giving it a go if you are a gal like me that struggles to keep her lashes on perfectly for over an hour!

Purchase the lash glue here

What is your favourite false lash brand? Would you like to try Esquido Lashes?

Lots of love


GIFT IDEAS FOR THE MEN IN YOUR LIFE

29 August 2018





Men can be notoriously difficult to shop for. While we tend to be more in tune with bits and bobs that
our female relatives, friends, and loved ones might like (because we’d probably like the very same
things), we can often find ourselves at a bit of a loss when it comes to our male counterparts. Thus,
I've collated a number, and range, of quirky, affordable, luxurious and practical gift ideas to get the ball
rolling in the right direction!

TIES

Every man should have at least a small collection of ties. Sure, they might not wear them on a day to
day basis; however, it’s always nice to have a few to choose from if a special occasion arises. Check
out the John Henric UK collection. There are prints and colours to suit all tastes and preferences. You
currently get a 15% discount off your first order when you sign up to the brand’s mailing list!

A GAMES CONSOLE

Gaming is a hobby or interest that a lot of the male species adore. My boyfriend and brother, in
particular, love to play on the XBOX in their spare time so a great gift would definitely be an XBOX
Although it may appear on the pricey side, the entertainment factor and use they will get out of it is
completely worth it. It also opens up a number of further gift ideas for the future - controllers, games,
headphones and other tech accessories.

ALCOHOL

Trends don’t tend to stick solely to fashion and facial hair nowadays. We also experience trends in
food and drink. Chances are that you’ve noticed there are a whole lot more pale ales on the market
than there used to be. Independent breweries are priding themselves on unique ales with stand out
packaging, but you don’t have to wait to head to the pub to try them out. Many offer gift packs of small
sample bottles that the man in your life can try out from the comfort of his own home! Just make sure
that the individual you’re gifting actually drinks alcohol before purchasing this product.

AFTERSHAVE

If you’re feeling a little unsure and don’t want to get too experimental, aftershave is always a safe bet.
Your loved one probably already has a firm favourite, and chances are that their supply is running low
since they were last gifted a bottle. Find out what their signature scent is and invest in a bottle. This
is bound to go down well - or if you are feeling adventurous, choose a scent that you think they'll
enjoy and hopefully you will find them a new gem.


These are just a few different ideas that you could consider. There are, of course, plenty of other
options out there. I'd say all of the gifts mentioned above are relatively safe ideas that are highly likely
to be received with a smile! Let me know in the comments below what you bought your dad, brother,
boyfriend or partner for their last birthday or Christmas? I'd love to hear some new ideas myself!

What do you buy the special men in your life? Do you have
any other ideas to share?

Lots of love

How To Feel Better About Your Self Image



If you’re wanting to feel better about your self image, you’re certainly not alone.  In today's society,
image has never been important due to the selfie-focused culture we live in, particularly for young
women. Everyone wants to feel good about their self image, not just to impress a number of followers
but to feel good in themselves and confident. The interesting things when it comes to your self-image
is that it is just that; it’s how you choose to view yourself. There is no ugly or beautiful - it’s all subjective,
as beauty is very much in the eye of the beholder, your beauty, 'or lack of', is dependent on who is
looking at you.




This is definitely something I've learnt as I've grown into a young adult and learnt about from my own
flaws, but it’s reassuring, as it means you can’t please everyone. If you notice,
the people that do try to live up to a certain image often end up losing their connection with themselves
in the process and get caught up trying to please everyone but themselves. This has definitely
happened to myself in the past - although this sounds super deep, I honestly used to do everything to
please others but it's time for you to be SELFISH and do things for you. Wear what you want to wear,
be whoever you want to be and flaunt your imperfections.


If you set out on a journey to manicure your appearance into something you feel other people want,
you are setting yourself up for a life of low self-esteem and anxiety; your sense of self esteem will be
reliant on other people’s opinion of you, when in fact, the most important opinion is your own. Feeling
good within yourself is the most important thing. When people do feel good about themselves, they
sometimes act like thirsty people in a desert; desperate for attention and validation of their beauty,
which ironically, is a very unattractive personality trait.





There are certain things you can do, on the outside, to make yourself feel better about your image. For
instance, I've always wanted my nose pierced but stopped myself due to other's opinions on whether it
would look good or not; therefore, visit places like Piercing Mania to change up your look, join a gym
and tone areas you want to work on, or see a fantastic hair stylist… but unless you tend to the inside
first, you’ll constantly be hunting for something external to fill in an internal hole, which doesn’t tend to
work. It can be comforting to know that people of all genders and backgrounds have times when
they don’t like what they see in the mirror or are worried about what others think about their image;
this can often come out after a break-up or when beginning to date again.

Unfortunately, we live in a world where commercially it makes sense for beauty companies to poke our
pain spots when it comes to these insecurities, creating an emotional void in people that don’t look a
particular way then suggesting it can be filled with a particular product; the practice in marketing is known
as “hurt them heal them”, which can be a very effective way to sell product - however, not very
conducive to the self-esteem of people.




Whilst you might have been expecting a list of three things you can do on the outside to
feel better about your appearance, the reality is that this is an inside job - meaning you have to manage
your emotions and shift some of your thinking about your self-image.  It can be helpful to remember that
most people feel exactly the same as you, nobody is perfect, and beauty is completely subjective.


The most important person, when it comes to judging your image, is you - yet unfortunately, we are often
our own harshest critics.


Lots of love


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