Thursday, 25 May 2017

May Glossy Box Review

After a long month of waiting..... my May Glossy Box has finally arrived and I was super excited to get stuck into this months box. I always look forward to receiving these boxes as I love getting to try new products and Glossy Box gives me that perfect opportunity at such an affordable price. Bonus.

This months box included:

Active Charcoal Body Scrub
Dr.PAWPAW Original Balm
Ruby Powder Blush In Coral
Caudale Vinosource Moisturizing Sorbet
Daily Concept's Exfoliating Body Scrubber


I think my favourite thing from this months box has to be the blusher I'm a big fan of blush and I love getting new ones, but this coral colour is incredible, I have never been more in Love with a blusher. I've also given the PAW PAW Balm and Caudale moisturizing sorbet a go and I have to say these both work wonders I have had no problems with them so far and they have both left my skin feeling incredible which I was actually really impressed with. I'm yet to try the charcoal body scrub as I have to admit I'm a little bit sceptic about this but once I give it a go ill let you know my thoughts.


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Wednesday, 17 May 2017

How To De-Stress

For the last few weeks I have felt the pressure of A- Level exams build up and I've continued to bottle all my stress and worries inside of me, but I've learnt one thing stress needs to come out in order for you to feel a lot better about the situation, so I'm currently writing this the night before my A-Level Business Exam.. yep you heard me right. I have an exam tomorrow and instead of revising I'm writing this post and you know what I don't regret it. Everyone has their own ways to distract themselves and allow their mind to wonder somewhere else, this is mine.


Head Space
Over the last few months I have been using this app called "Head Space" it's absolutely incredible and I don't know where I would be without it, even if you aren't stressed its important to give your brain some time to relax and disconnect from the world. This app allows you to have a few moments of relaxation so that your brain can recharge.

Long Walks
This is one of my favourite things to do when I'm feeling stressed especially if the weather is nice, but going for a long walk on your own is one of the most therapeutic things in my opinion as it allows you to be alone with your thoughts and completely take in your surroundings which gives your mind the perfect opportunity to focus on something other than exams for once.

Do something you enjoy
When it comes to exam season we all get so sucked into revision that we often forget to step back and have some "me" time even if it's taking half an hour to watch your favourite TV show, read a book, catch up on social media, whatever it is its important that you continue to do it. Personally, I always love sitting down in my bedroom with some of my favourite chocolate and writing various blog posts even if I don't end up posting them just allowing everything to flow out of my brain in a way that brings me such joy and happiness is the perfect way of de-stressing.

Sleep
When your feeling stressed it is important that you get the right amount of sleep often people who become stressed end up to stressed to sleep, crazy I know. I've been in that situation before its super difficult and really hard to bring yourself out of the habit but its important that you do, don't forget your brain needs a little rest also. So make sure you put things in perspective is it really worth missing five nights of sleep just for one exam that you may possibly not need in ten years time?


Honestly nothing is EVER worth being so stressed about that it puts your mental health in danger, I believe that it is so simple to take a step back and de-stress so give it a go and remember one exam isn't going to determine your future, you are.

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Saturday, 13 May 2017

Urban Decay- Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection

The other day I was kindly offered to watch a live stream of the new Urban Decay Jean-Michel Basquiat Collection with https://twitter.com/ELLEfluence. Being shown the new collection in detail by an incredible Make-up artist was one of the best experiences I've ever had so thank you.

This collection is up there as one of my favs, Urban Decay always create incredible products which constantly blow my mind but this collection is honestly something else, as I was only part of the live stream I had to immediately get myself down to my local Debenhams so I could get a better view of everything and actually try it out for myself.

I have to say as soon as I first saw the live stream of this collection I immediately fell in love with it but once I saw everything in the store I didn't think it would have been possible to fall in love with the collection all over again but it certainly was, the pigmentation of every single colour was incredible and the packaging is just breath taking, it's one of those collections that you need to get your hands on ASAP because if you don't you will only regret it, trust me.






The Collection includes;

Eye Shadow Palette in Tenant - £35
Eye Shadow Palette in Gold Griot - £35
Blush Palette - £27
Eyeliner in Post Punk (lime) - £ 17
Eyeliner in vivid (blue) - £17
Eyeliner in Anatomy (red) - £17
Lipstick in Abstract (nude) -£17
Lipstick in Epigram (red) - £17
Lipstick in Exhibition (pink) - £17



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Sunday, 7 May 2017

Favourite Lipsticks

Over the last few months my love for lip products has grown, drastically. I just can't get enough of them from lipsticks to glosses to lip liners to lip crayons you name it I'm obsessed with it, I'm not actually sure were this obsession has came from but I kinda like it not gonna lie.

I've decided to go through my makeup drawers and pick out a few of my favourite Lipsticks/glosses.

Bare Minerals
I know I've mentioned this brand thousands of times before but I've never tried anything like it, their lip products became my favourite from the first try the formula is incredible and they are such long lasting lipsticks and the colour pay off is amazing, you need to give them a go.



 Smash box
These lipsticks are out of this world the pigmentation is AMAZING, I just cant get enough of them especially when I'm feeling daring and going for a bright pink or red lip, I don't even use lip liners with these because I just think there's no need for it.









Tanya Burr
I've tried a few of Tanya's Lipsticks  and I have to give it to her they are pretty dam good but my favourite has to be the plain champagne lip gloss I place this over pretty much everything as its became my go to gloss, it gives the perfect shine its super lasting and the best part is you don't even feel it on, bonus.

Urban Decay
Urban Decay are brand that I just cant get enough of, I'm always using their products because they are one of the best, I recently fell in Love with their liquid Lipstick in the shade "Kinky" now this is one of the fist liquid lipsticks I've tried and it instantly had me hooked its a gorgeous nude colour but it doesn't feel sticky or heavy on my lips.


Below is all five of my favourite lipsticks swathed so you can have a closer look.
The swatches start with Tanya Burr "Champagne Toast" now this is more clear mine has just gone nude because I constantly put it over nude lipsticks, next is Smash box "Pink Petal" followed by Urban Decay "Kinky Lip gloss, then Bare Minerals Gen Nude "Friendship" and lastly the Smash Box lipstick in "Legendary"



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Friday, 28 April 2017

My Thoughts on having "Perfect" Social Media Post's

Over the last few weeks I've came across so many different posts and tweets about how we all want to be like others and how we aim to live that so called "perfect Instagram life" and I don't think this could be any truer, however, it is our fault, we brainwash ourselves sometimes we our the only people that can change our lives so why are we feeling sorry for ourselves, I say we because I myself am one of those people, I follow hundreds of different people on all kinds of social media platforms because I enjoy seeing what they have to post but remember no one is forcing me to follow them I make that decision, so what gives me the right to sit and compare myself to them and feel sorry for myself. If the page is only going to make me hate myself why would I even waste my time following them, we choose how we view ourselves we choose everything, we are the ones in control.

Instagram and other social medias are amazing apps they allow people to show various fractions of their days but remember people choose what they want to post and what they want to post will more than likely be something positive that has happened to them or maybe it was a good makeup day who knows but they do it because they feel good about themselves and they want to share those happy moments so that they can look back and reminisce on the days at the park or the days they had that perfect insta ice-cream or the days they felt they felt comfortable and happy with how they looked, we only share what we want to share so why should you go out of your way to create the perfect picture, tweet or video, post what you want because that's what everyone else seems to be doing, who cares if you have one follower or a million as long as you are happy with your own content then no one else should even come into consideration before you hit that publish button.

I am a 17 year old and sure I don't have much life experience yet but overtime I've learnt to not judge anyone, not even people that you think are close to you, everyone has their secrets, everyone has problems, everyone has challenges that they are facing on a daily basis, its important to remember that you do not know everything, even if you think you do. Learning this was one of the best things that could have ever happened to me because it allowed me to rethink how I evaluate people and also how I see myself, comparing others instagrams to my own made me feel like crap but the sooner I realised that I'm only seeing one picture out of a 24 hour day my brain began to work differently, so should yours.

If everyone was the same the world would be pretty dam boring, so post whatever the hell you want good or bad there is no such thing as perfection as long as you are happy then nothing else matters.
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Wednesday, 26 April 2017

Revision Tips

The end of April is near which means that exam month is nearly here:( When I was younger May and June use to be my favourite months in school as we never did much but that all changed the moment I entered 4th year I'm now lower 6th and the hatred is still there, I have three A Level Exams in May and if I'm honest I haven't even thought about studying yet, stupid I know.



So I thought that today I would create a revision tips post not only for myself but also for anyone else who  is in need of it, its about time that I get myself organised and ready to smash these exams and if your reading this your more than likely in the same position.

1. Create a revision timetable- I know this sounds like such a waste of time but its honestly so effective and it helped me so much through my GCSES, its important that you know the subjects that you are going to study on that particular day so that you remain organised and are more likely to follow through with it, having a time table  makes everything a lot easier as you know that you have separated everything out and each subject is getting your time throughout the week.

2.Take regular breaks- I learned this the hard way I never use to take breaks and it became an information overload and I completely forgot everything, you don't want to become stressed and constantly sitting in front of notebooks so make sure that you only study for at least 40 minutes and take a 5-10 minute break every time.

3.Get plenty of sleep- Revision can be a very long process and it can take up a lot of time which results in people feeling sleepy, its important during the exam period that you get an adequate amount of sleep so that you keep your energy levels up and can actually take the information that you are learning in.

4.Remember to eat and drink - I understand that this actually sounds very silly but its really important, many people that I know often forget to stay hydrated and eat food as they become so engrossed in their study sessions this is really bad for you so it is vital that you avoid doing this.

5.Leave your phone in a different room- This is really important as phones are the biggest distraction when it comes to studying, I'm particularly guilty of this myself, if you want to study properly you need to have zero distractions, so make sure you get rid of your phone.

That's my five tips for revision, I would need to listen to them myself if I'm honest, but trust me it will make a difference. Good Luck revising everyone xxx

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Saturday, 22 April 2017

My First Summer Outfit Post

At the moment I am currently off for my Easter break and to my advantage the weather has been incredible, this has made being off a lot more exciting. The other day I decided to go for walk with a few of my friends, purely because it was not worth sitting in, I believe hat getting lost is all part of the adventure and this is certainly what happened we found ourselves in the perfect summer environment surrounded by nothing but trees. I loved it, a lot. However, I wanted to write my first outfit post for you guys as I was really in love with it.




Jeans
I actually purchased these jeans at the start of the month and they were featured in my "Top 3 New  Buys" post which you can check out here http://www.lifeascaitlin.co.uk/2017/04/my-top-3-new-buys.html . These jeans are absolutely gorgeous and I am so in love with them, I feel like they are perfect for the summer nights and they match with pretty much anything which is an added bonus. The jeans cost £30 but they came from New Look so I know they will last me forever, totally with it.

Top
I have had this top for a good few months now and every time I wear it I feel like I'm seeing it for the first time, its such a casual yet effective top which can be worn along with many things, but the colour and the style is what draws me to it this was also purchased in New Look and it cost £10, amazing.

Shoes
I received these shoes as a Christmas present as I had been constantly asking to them prior to Christmas but I still love them, they are super comfortable and they look amazing, I have worn these pretty much everyday since Christmas and they still look brand new, impressive I know.  However, the pictures above do them no justice as I did climb through muck, oops.  These shoes were around £65 but I really trust Nike and know that there shoes are always long lasting and amazing quality.

Jacket
My Jacket came from Primark Last August, I immediately loved it, denim jackets are one of my favourite things to wear throughout the year as they look good with pretty much everything so when I saw this pink coloured one I was in my element, I just had to have it.  My black belt also came from Primark.


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