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Christmas Gift Guide 2018 | Part 1

11 November 2018


Christmas is coming! The festivities have already begun for me and I've finished about 60% of my Christmas shopping already. It's my favourite time of year - spending time with my family is so precious to me and getting to share some wonderful memories with loved ones to look back on is great. It's even better now that I video my Christmas (and the build up) on my vlog channel (you can watch last year's vlogmas here). Getting to relive all the funny, emotional and exciting moments is something that warms my heart, and getting to share those memories with the world is equally as exciting!

Shopping for gifts is one of my favourite past times. It's something I obviously don't do often but when it comes to Christmas, I always go ALL OUT. Despite being a student, I do what it takes to get the cutest and most thoughtful gifts for my family/friends/boyfriend because nothing beats that feeling of joy on your loved ones faces as they open something from you. Thus, my 2018 gift guides on the blog have begun and here is the first instalment containing a variety of gift ideas for your partners, parents, great aunts and more!




ADEXE LONDON

This stunning watch company is something you MUST check out if you know someone looking for a sleek new timepiece or as a more luxurious gift idea. Adexe have just released this beautiful new packaging - bright, block colours giving the brand a designer feel. I adore the presentation of the watches; they are all held in one of these 'designer-esque' boxes, positioned boldly inside with all the information you need packed into a sleeve in the lid. There is also a second strap gifted to the right of the watch - I absolutely love the brown and black watch straps they have to offer, enabling easy style with your everyday outfits. If you are considering purchasing one of these beauties, don't hesitate to use my code SCARLETSLIPPERS15 for 15% off any watch.

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OH MY GOLD LDN

One of my favourite collaborations that I've gotten on board with recently is with Oh My Gold LDN. This unique brand helps provide the perfect personalised gift and can deliver ridiculously fast. All you have to do it upload your desired image to their website and they will formulate the most beautiful, foiled print that can be shipped to your door. My favourite foil colour was the rose gold, as it fits perfectly with my room decor but you can also choose other colours including: champagne, gold, purple, holographic and more. Not only can you send it personal images, you can browse the website for pre-made designs/quote that you think may be ideal for you wall at home or an inspiring quote to gift a friend this Christmas. I love how innovative this idea this and super affordable if you're on a budget this festive season.

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CASEAPP

For those of you who have been following my blog for a while now, you will know my love for this brand. Caseapp are a brand that provides cases for all of your favourite technologies - personalised macbook skins to phone cases, caseapp allows you to choose from a variety of pre-made designs or create your own personalised phone case on their site. I believe Caseapp is a great stocking filler - especially when you personalise it to the individual. I've adored making cases before with my own photos; however, I also enjoy the endless range of designs Caseapp offer. Thus, I chose the cute and quirky pastel yellow cacti case - the perfect gift for my younger cousin and something I know she will fall in love with this Christmas. I also chose this simple, yet season fitting autumnal case for my mum - she loves pinks and purples, so think the simplicity of the design mixed with her favourite colours will be right up her street! Make sure to use my code SCARLETSLIPPERS20 for 20% off your buys!




MEN'S SOCIETY

If you are struggling to find something to buy the men in your life this Christmas, head over to Men's Society. This innovative brand have crafted some incredible little gift sets that feature a range of presents relating to a hobby/interest. My boyfriend and I have planned a skiing holiday for next Winter; therefore, I opted for the 'Ski Survival Kit' containing a lip oil, after sun, mini hip flask and a sunglasses cord. This little kits hold a range of practical, necessary things that we may have forgotten when packing for our trip. Other incredible kits that Men's Society offer on their site are: Sportsman Recovery Kit (for the sporty men), Beard Grooming Kit (for the hairy men), Gin Accessory and Tasting Kit (for the alcohol loving men), Vinyl Record Cleaning Kit (for the musical men) and many more! These gift packages are ideal for us women/men that struggle to buy for the males in our life. I always find it difficult to buy for my dad in particular so I'll definitely be referring to this site every time I need a new gift idea, not just this Christmas!

Shop the Ski Survival Kit here
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RENFORTH & GODDARD - MAN POLISH

Another great gift idea for the men you are struggling to buy for is Man Polish. Renforth and Goddard set up a movement to make the male grooming scene easily accessible and acceptable in society. They have produced this amazing brand to enlighten men and allow the men in our life to use their tanning products to make them feel confident in themselves for date nights, business meetings and other special occasions. The products range from a Neutral Moisturiser to a Strong Tinted Moisturiser - ideal for achieving the perfect tanned face for your chosen event. For a mid-range price of £18.95, these Man Polish pots hold a lot of product and will last a lengthy period of time. If you think this is something the men in your life would love, don't forget to use the code MP2019 for a 15% off discount.

Shop the Strong Moisturiser here
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JOUELLERIE

Jouellerie are a jewellery-based brand that not only sell a stunning range of costume/fancy jewellery, but a variety of fashion accessories and fragrances too. There are hundreds of rings, bracelets, necklaces and earrings to choose from - gold, silver and jewelled. You will be able to find something fitting for any woman in your life that is a jewellery lover. I adore wearing silver jewellery for special occasions but I'm a huge fan of gold jewellery to wear during the day. The vast range of styles and colours is ideal for finding your partner/mother/aunties/grandmother the perfect Christmas gift. They always have reduced prices on some stunning items so make sure to check out the latest deals to see if your favourite piece has reduced in price.

Shop the brand here

What brands have you been loving this year when Christmas shopping? Have you almost finished buying presents like me?

Lots of love

Hempz Beauty | Body Care Must-Haves!

8 November 2018




Bodycare is something that I seriously neglect when it comes to beauty. I'm a huge lover of makeup and skincare but I always seem to forget about looking after the rest of my body. Therefore, I've made a huge effort to embed these two new products from Hempz Beauty into my collection to see if they have an impact on my skin.

For anyone new to the brand, Hempz Beauty are an online shop that sell a range of body, skin and hair care products. There is a large array of items available on their website, from scrubs to moisturisers, shampoo to tanning mousse, you are likely to find something that you want to try. I was lucky enough to be sent over two products from the Milk & Honey range (a scent which I absolutely adore) and give you guys an honest review. Here is how I got on with the products after trialling them fore the past three weeks...



MILK & HONEY BODY WASH 

A huge reason why I was drawn to Hempz Beauty is because of the brand ethics - all of the products are paraban free, gluten free, THC drug free and cruelty free (no products are tested on animals!). The products are all derived from 100% organic hemp seed oil, which is an ingredient highly beneficial for the skin. Hemp seed oil is used to moisturise and cleanse the skin, alongside forming a protective layer to the skin to prevent rashes/relieve acne scarring. One of the amazing features of this body wash in particular was the moisture it injected into my skin. Not only is the smell heavenly, but the moisturising qualities is enough to send any gal, like me, who suffers with dry skin crazy! This is such a great body wash for anyone who lacks moisture, has general dry skin patches or suffers with sensitive skin - I've had absolutely no problems with rashes and have noticed the smoothing factors instantly.




HAND AND FOOT CREME

This Herbal Hand and Foot creme is also from the same 'Milk & Honey' range as the body wash. Of course, I'm obsessed with the smell as it comes from the same range; this is perfect as it allows me to smell like milk and honey whenever I go. I always forget to purchase hand and foot creme, which is bad because it should be a winter essential. I know this may sound weird, but I feel like this scent gives a homely and comforting feel whenever I pop this product on. I've continuously used this on my hands twice a day for the past couple of weeks and have been loving it. It's become a part of my routine - the smell is heavenly, my hands feel nourished/refreshed after application and it's a great addition to anyone's winter skincare regime.

Shop the Creme Here

Have you tried Hempz Beauty before? Would you be inclined to try either of these products?

Lots of love

Coping with Anxiety & Nurturing your Mental Health

6 November 2018



My mental health is something that I've struggled with over the past 5 years of my life. I can't remember life where I didn't feel overwhelmed with anxiety in intense social situations. Although I know that I don't suffer as badly as others, my anxiety hits me like a tonne of bricks every few weeks and I struggle to cope. I sometime find it hard to reach out to people when I feel this way - my family, friends and boyfriend are extremely supportive but I've always felt that I'm bringing more unnecessary stress to their lives when my anxiety is at an all time high. Over the years, I have made slow and steady progress with bringing my mind back to a safe, calm place but I definitely have had a few hiccups. I thought I'd just write this little post to share coping mechanisms, things that I'm doing right now to de-stress, lower my anxiety levels and what you could try to help overcome those little blips too.




Living in a world that can be full of negativity can become tough. I struggle to cope when people comment hate on my videos, leave a nasty message on an Instagram photo or just general people judging me in public. There are moments when I'm so confident in myself and what I'm wearing that I don't give a f*ck what other people are doing to try and get me down. However, when I'm in a state where my anxiety is defeating me, I find it extremely difficult to block all the negativity out. Therefore, I've designed a little scheme to help bring myself back to the positive me - the one who doesn't give a SHIT about whether someone dislikes my outfit, the one who is only out here to please myself, the one who is completely fearless in everything I do and most importantly, the one who is always true to herself. There are many times where I feel pressure to do things for others; whether that be creating online content for people who say they watch my videos as an escape, meeting a friend because I'd arranged to do it in advance or doing a favour for someone that in essence takes a toll on my own mental health. I find it extremely difficult to let others down, which in turn has a negative effect on myself. I'm working on being a little bit selfish so that I can work on my own problems before I try to fix something else. That's not to say I don't love doing all the above - I have the biggest passion for creating videos, I love meeting my friends for fun days out and of course, love helping people in times of need, but I just need to slow my schedule down so that I have time to breathe. 



HOW I COPE WITH MY ANXIETY

When things get too much for me, the anxiety kicks in quick. Here are a few of my top tips to de-stress, look after your mental health and keep the anxiety at bay. 

1. PUT YOURSELF FIRST. This sounds like a stupid, cliche point but I doubt most of you reading this can agree that you put your mental health above everything else. Subconsciously, we push ourselves to reach goals, help our loved ones and fit in as many things in a day so that we can check them off our to-do lists. Sometimes all you need is a night off. Kick your feet up, put that to-do list away and just relax. I'm the biggest guilty culprit of this one because my 'me-time' usually involves me editing content, as I love it so much. However, I realise now that I seriously need a break from my laptop/social media because it DOES NOT count as relaxation time...I just need to listen to a podcast or read a book so that I have time to just focus on something that doesn't involve me working!

2. EXERCISE. One of the greatest tips for me right now when it comes to de-stressing, is doing a workout at the gym. It honestly relieves so much stress and tension whenever I go...it's crazy! I never thought I'd be saying that as I'm physically wearing my body out - I always thought that it would make my situation worse but it honestly makes me feel so much better. The endorphins kick in, I find myself just focusing on being healthier and working on my body and there is no uni work or social media involved. It's a wonderful time to mentally relax for me and it's doing me a whole lot of good when university work gets tough!

3. BREATHE. I'm getting good at this one..hehehe! But on a serious note, this has been great in the recent months to bring my head back to rational thoughts. When I work myself up and get into an anxious frenzy about whatever's going on at the time, my body inevitably ceases up. My heart beats so quickly and it feels like I'm about to enter one of my dreaded panic attacks; however, by just thinking about breathing and taking deep, slow breaths, I am able to think rationally again without having to mentally explode beforehand. The deep breathing allows my mind to think logically and fight against the lil nasties in my brain telling me I can't do this, when realistically I'm MORE than capable!

4. OPEN UP. For me, this isn't something I massively struggle with because I'm at the point in my life where I openly talk about my mental health to my family, friends and boyfriend. I, of course, want to break the stigma surrounding mental health and want to make people feel like they are NEVER alone. Therefore, when things are getting too much, I will reach out to someone so that they know I'm struggling. At first, I can find this difficult because I hate worrying my parents or feel like I'm adding something negative to their own troubles but your loved ones will support you no matter what. I am more than aware that my family/friends will be there and listen to anything I have to say, especially when I'm struggling with my mental health. If you open up, you will feel a lot better in yourself and relieve a lot of built up tension.

5. GOOD BODY, GOOD MIND. By this, I do NOT mean that you have to be your version of 'aesthetically pleasing' or 'body goals'... I just mean that you have to nurture your body so that you can achieve a nurtured mind. Tidy your working environment, go to bed an hour earlier, eat a nutritious meal and go for a relaxed walk in the countryside. If you treat your body right, then it will have an amazing effect on your mind. Whenever I look after my body, I can instantly see an improvement in my mental health so I'd definitely recommend if you are lacking a good night's sleep or haven't been achieving a balanced diet.



Outfit Details:

Jumper - NEW LOOK
Jeans - PRIMARK
Hat - MISSY EMPIRE
Shoes - MISSGUIDED
Watch - MVMT

Do you ever notice you're pushing yourself too much? Do you find that you need to give yourself more breaks?

Lots of love

Makeup Revolution X Alice in Wonderland Halloween Party

4 November 2018


Although all of the halloween celebrations have been and gone, I don't think I could have possibly not posted about my amazing experience...prior to the end of spooky season. On the 25th of October, I was invited one of the most prominent beauty brands in my makeup bag at the minute to attend a Halloween-inspired event in London. I could not believe it when Makeup Revolution contacted me to be apart of their big night and celebrate with them in one of my favourite places in the whole of London. Not only did I get to party with an amazing brand, but I got to spend the evening with my gal (Carrie Pendle) and dance the night away. Here's a lil overview of the event incase you attended and wanted to reminisce the night with me, or you just fancied a nosey at what we got up to during the evening. Hope you enjoy my loves - this is a huge achievement for me in my blogging/social media career so I had to write about it on the blog for the memories and to share the photos!



Fortunately, my boyfriend is studying in London at the minute so Carrie and I were able to stay somewhere close to the venue without having to fork out £££ for long transport or accommodation. I was extremely thankful that Aidan let us take over and transform his personal space into a bloody dressing room...oops! Carrie and I had been super busy so hadn't even planned our outfits, let alone our makeup. This is something we just threw together last minute and I'm soooo surprised with the outcome considering the situation. We were twinning with 'Queen of Hearts'/'Joker'/Clown vibes; we wanted to incorporate the Alice in Wonderland theme somewhere so this was the best we could do on a budget! The red glitter came out, along with the dark lip, neck makeup and clown-ish features. After a few hours later, we were ready to make our way to the venue...





THE VENUE WAS AN ABSOLUTE DREAM. Makeup Revolution had hired the main room of the bloody NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM to host the most incredible Halloween party I've ever attended. I was in awe at the decoration, the whole entrance was breath-taking and I was completely overwhelmed as I stared around the room. I couldn't believe that I had been invited to something so prestigious and my heart could NOT take it. The amount of detail they went to just to fulfill the 'Alice in Wonderland' theme; from the 'drink me' labelled cocktails to the keyhole entrance, the Mad Hatter's tea party dance floor to the flamingo statues...the intricate attention to detail was incredible. After snapping some pictures of the cocktails, the room and each other, we enjoyed way too many some drinks and partied on the dance floor. Along the way, we met some lovely guys and gals, listened to Tokio Myers perform and cheered as we celebrated the achievements that Makeup Revolution/Revolution Pro have conquered over the past few years. Carrie and I spotted some familiar faces too - specifically some of whom we admire on Youtube, which was crazy! Finally, after a few too many drinks and sweating our makeup off, we headed to meet my boyfriend; Makeup Revolution finished the evening with a bang by gifting us a lovely goodie bag full of beauty products. You can check out what we received in my VLOG!






If you want to see the night in even more detail, make sure to check out the vlog HERE! You can also check out Carrie's blog, Instagram and Youtube if you fancy getting to know her too. I hope you all enjoyed this lil roundup event post - I think I want to do these more often when I attend events to show some appreciation and have an platform to share all the photos I capture throughout. Let me know if you enjoyed and I'll see you all soon!

What are you favourite Makeup Revolution products? What did you dress up as for Halloween 2018?!

Lots of love

How To Find Your Work-Life Balance while in Full Time Education

2 November 2018



If you are in full time education and would like to focus on your future life goals, chances are that you have your work cut out for you. It is not enough that you have to fund your college and university fees, but also need to ensure that you learn enough life and professional skills that will help you build your success. Most people who are attending full time college and university have a small job to help them get by, and they still need to complete their coursework and prepare for exams at the same time. I'm currently working on my social media platforms (this blog, Youtube & Instagram) to help aid my funds as a 'fun'/hobby part time job whilst I'm studying in my second year at university. When it comes to discussing the future, I always find it a scary thing to talk about. However, I've managed to find the perfect balance on how to schedule everything in perfectly - here are a few tips on how to find your work-life balance.



Get Organised

One of the main tips people who have 'been in your shoes' will tell you, is that you need to
start organising your life. This doesn’t only mean that you have to meet your deadlines, but also not
wasting time on trying to find things in your house, arriving late, or simply forgetting things. If you don’t
have a personal diary that you keep with you, you have several options to replace this old method of
keeping on top of your projects. We all keep our phones close, and there are several free apps that will
help you manage your time and your to-do list without efforts. Set up reminders and utilise your notes
section. I'm personally a huge fan of using an academic diary to keep me on track but whenever I'm out
and about, I jot down things on my phone to ensure I don't forget anything I urgently need to complete/
do!

Find Time for Your Friends

All work and no play will lead to burning out, and that is the last thing you want to happen to you during
your education. It might be a good idea to sit down with your friends and find a day of the week when
you can catch up regularly for a couple of hours. I am lucky enough to live with my best friends so it's
nice that we can just chill in the lounge, watch a few films and nibble on some snacks once we are
finished with our academic work for the day. If you meet up with your pals, this will inevitably help you
relax and take a step back from your busy life, and recharge your batteries. You could even plan to go
for trips for college students that will help you see the world in a new perspective and find your
desired interest, while looking out for future career opportunities.  

Stay In Touch with Your Family


No matter how busy you are, it is important that you stay in touch with your family and make sure that
you have their full support; even if your parents don’t tell you every day, they are rooting for you and
would do anything to help you succeed. Whenever you have a free weekend, make sure that you visit
and let them know about how your life is progressing. Talking about college and university life with
people who are not your classmates will help you put this period of your life in a new perspective. Also,
facetime or Skype is always a great way to contact your loved ones - you may live abroad or a long
way from your family so don't feel like you have to visit them regularly on the weekends if you can't
afford it.



Take a Break Every Now and Then


This is something I definitely need to take my own advice on. When you are overwhelmed with
projects, assignments, catching up on notes and studying, it is easy to forget about taking a break.
Even if it is just a visit to the next town on the train with your friends, or a break from your screens,
your time spent reflecting on your life will be beneficial when it comes to your studies and your future
career choices. If you usually work too hard, and feel the stress creeping in, sign up for a yoga class
or join the gym, volunteer at a homeless shelter or a children’s home, and take a step back from your
daily routine. My personal favourite at the minute is the gym - I always feel so accomplished and
de-stressed during and after going. Don't get me wrong, I sometimes lack motivation to get there but
once I've forced myself into my gym attire, the tension is gone in no time!

Manage Your Lifestyle

For most people, a lifestyle just forms on its own, and you have no influence on what you have to do
each day. However, you can tailor your lifestyle to your needs, budgets, and personal preferences. You
will need to find better ways of managing your time, your money, and your resources. If you are
spending too much time in traffic trying to get from college to work and then home, and your fuel bills
are burning a hole in your pocket, you might want to team up with some friends and colleagues to
travel together or take the train instead, so you can free up time and reduce stress in your life.


Stay Healthy


If you are trying to manage a busy schedule, an illness can knock your work-life balance out of rhythm,
and you will have a lot to catch up with. This recently happened to me and put me in a massive
fluster! This is why you should also focus on staying healthy, no matter what. Take vitamin supplements
and deal with minor colds and illnesses as soon as possible. If you are too busy to look after your
health, you might be missing work and important lectures, and will find it hard to catch up with both of
them. Reduce your stress levels, take natural supplements, and make sure that you are able to
exercise at least twice a week.

Get Help


Sometimes we stress out too much over coursework, and are too afraid to ask for help. If you are not able to fully understand the topic, you might think that you are alone and you will be judged based on your lack of understanding. The truth is that all colleges and universities are committed to your success, as the better grades you get the more future students they can attract. You are likely to find free college and university courses that help you take better notes, write your essays faster, and improve your research skills. These courses can help you improve your work-life balance and your education outcomes, too.

Make Sure Your Job Works Around Your Projects

If you are one of those college students who has a job, you need to make sure that your work doesn’t compromise your results. Ask for a flexible rota, and ensure that you are able to take time off when you are busy completing your coursework or taking exams. While you might need the money now, you also have to focus on your future goals.


Most young adults in full time education struggle managing their work-life balance. Stay healthy and organised, and ensure that your work doesn’t compromise your course results. Learn to look after your mental and physical health and you will succeed in this life mission. Let's do this together!

What do you do to maintain that healthy work-life balance? Do you do anything similar to myself?

Lots of love

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