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Why I’m going to be insanely selfish this year 

opinion piece

‘Successful women are selfish’ 

Discuss. 

No, this isn’t an exam don’t worry. I don’t really like that quotation, or my title to be fair. They both contain implications that we as females are selfish on superficial levels, when in fact, I am only referring to on a professional and careerial level. 

When a man is ruthless he is adored as a great business man. But when a women is just as ruthless she is called selfish? 

It’s not selfish at all. It’s a natural progression that one feels at a certain stage in their life when they need to put their own wants first. 

Why I am going to be shamelessly selfish this year 

The end of 2016 marked the end of an era for me. I finished my degree, and with zero guidance and a paradigm of confusion; I entered the real world. So for 2017 my fundamental aim is to gain as much industry experience as possible (my degree was in journalism). And be in a ‘good’ place by the end of the year.

I have to apply myself intensely so that I can be in a better position. BUT applying myself hard does come with some consequential factors. For example, I am still working my other temp job as a service advisor / marketing assistant at a garage; which by the way is severely demanding. 6 days a week, around 58 hours per week. It is a stressful role, and on top of that I am upkeeping a blog – freelance writing and attending interviews. 

Ultimately this year I need to put myself first. I need to save as much money as possible – an internship means unpaid or low paid work potentially. This means that other factors of my life may suffer. I am going to struggle financially, I’m not fortunate to have rich parents who can support me. Which means I will have to undertake a weekend job (hence no social life) just to pay my bills. Friends whom are not benefitting me, who aren’t ambitious or driven in life I just don’t have time for. This is not ruthless or unfair – I just have a very strict agenda and I need to stay focused. 

There are times where I want to cry out of frustration. My current job is not what I want to be doing – so everyday is a downhill struggle. My email inbox is scattered full of rejection. I am rejected on a daily basis. I must have applied to at least 2000 jobs / internships. This is the most disheartened I’ve ever been in my life. To want something so badly, try as hard as you possibly can. To just hit a brick wall. 

It hurts and I want to give up, I want to give up everyday. But I continue. I continue for myself. For my future, for my career. 

So if cutting back your social life, wearing last seasons trends and shopping at the pound shop all mean you can move forward in life. Do it. Do it with pride. Put yourself and your needs first. 

If that makes me selfish then ok I am selfish. But you know what? At the end of this year when I have achieved so much more than I even expected due to my own hard work. Then I will be the one reaping the rewards. 

Selflessness is so last year girls. 

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Two major reasons why you need a lip mask for your pampering Sunday 

product review

Sunday is supposedly the day of rest, the day we get to do all those things that we neglect the rest of the busy working week. Quite often we can use Sundays to pamper ourselves. Have a lovely relaxing bath with candles, face mask on. Lip mask on? What? I hear you call, lip mask?? 

Yes. It’s a moisturising mask which you leave on your lips for up to 15 minutes, using powerful natural ingredients it rehydrates lips and leaves them looking plumper and younger. I tested out Sephoras rose water one. Of course, we don’t have Sephora in the U.K. So it’s Amazon to the rescue. 

Here’s why you need one;

1. Alternative treatment 

Although the lip masks have received mixed reviews by beauty bloggers alike, I really believe they are a staple item in our beauty routines. Why neglect our lips? Especially in the winter months where the weather can really take its toll. Plumper, younger looking lips can really enhance our overall aesthetic. After all, why is everyone obsessed with lip fillers? Exactly. If you can get similar results from natural products, it’s a win win sitch. 

2. Replenishment 

It’s a perfect excuse to have a pampering session. And what better way to feel disgustingly narcissistic than to sit back with a clear sheet over your lips, like the queen of beauty treatments. Glass of wine in hand. 

The mask contains natural ingredients guaranteed to moisturise lips, and after the 15 minute wait you moisturise excess product in. It leaves your lips feeling brand new. 

It’s important to remove dead skin cells and rehydrate your lips at least once a week, and the mask can really become part of your regime. Plus it smells divine. I’m not quite sure how I resisted the urge to not to eat it (I hadn’t eaten all day don’t judge me). 

Have a wonderful pampering Sunday everyone! 

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The amazing three skincare products that have overhauled my skin 

product review

If you are part of any online make up forums (espesh on Facebook), you will have seen the huge amount of hype surrounding dr manuka facial products. It’s like skincare has been reborn. Everyone has had an epiphany and wangs go drown in facial oils. But I have found the most amazing dupe, because why follow the crowd? 

I have suffered horribly with acne for the last 10 years, so finding good skincare products that have completely changed my skin texture has got to be the holy grail. Right now you wouldn’t even be able to tell that I’ve ever been an acne sufferer whatsoever. 


I’m not a hipster junkie obsessed with anything ‘organic’, but this dr. Organic skincare range from holland and baratt is pretty special. For about two months now I have only been using these three products (as pictured). And my skin is abso glowing!!! Shining bright like a diamond… (cheesy I know, but totes relevant) 

How to use – 
The facial scrub can be used daily, followed by the facial serum / oil 

The facial mask should be used once a week as a treat for skin, once again, followed religiously by dashings of the facial serum 

Et voila! Hello new skin. Thank me later 💅🏻 

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Illamasqua hydra veil, hydra money, hydra good? 

product review

Illamasqua is one of those brands which make their products just look so very appealing. Everything is so classy and monotone. I want it all 😍. 

So I was thrilled to receive their hydraveil primer / moisturiser / gel as a birthday gift, because at £32 a snap, I doubt I would be buying it myself. 

Is it worth the buck? 

The presentation of the product is beautiful. It’s in a bowl with its own spoon, this makes for an easy application. But illamasqua recommended scooping the product onto your hand first, and then putting onto your face with your fingers. 

It’s a gel as opposed to any traditional mousturisers which are creamy. I do like the gel concept, it’s different, and in this instance I do feel wonderfully luxuriant as if I’m putting fresh caviar onto my skin *flicks hair*. 

The consistency of the gel is initially a bit grainy, but once you rub into your skin it does become as smooth as honey (not so sticky, mind you). It did feel very refreshing upon application and it did make my skin soft. But I’m disappointed to say that it didn’t make a huge difference to my make up or appearance of skin. Like, for that price tag I would expect to be blown away by the difference. 

It does make you feel luxurious, but in terms of product effect – it’s a little lacklustre in my opinion. I get a better, or more noticeable result from products which are half the price. 

Sorry illamasqua, it may be hydraveil but it isn’t hydrabrilliant

Overall score 7/10 

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2017 – Contouring for dummies

top tips

Seeing as I spent the most part of 2016 drawing on cheekbones I don’t really have; I thought why not share my fake cheekbone techniques with you all for the new year. Because even the chubbiest of faces can look defined with the correct make up skills! 

My contour is simple. Recently I have only been using two make up products to create either a natural, or more exaggerated contour. Depending on mood and ocassion. (But still contour everyday, eff the haters) 


What you need & the technique: 

NYX wonderstick contour stick is a godsend for me. It has a light and dark side – it’s perfect for highlighting (creating) and hiding. 

You also need a highlighter – I prefer a stick one (at the moment I’m using Revlon), but liquid highlighter can give a more intense effect. If your going for that ‘highlight on fleek’ look. If you want the world and his wife to know you are wearing highlighter – and of course there’s nothing wrong with that. Hell, you aren’t going to spend £30 plus on a highlighter to hide it. 

The technique: 

Now this is slightly more complex to explain but I shall try anyway. 

So depending on which parts of your face you want to contour (for me it’s my nose which I despise, my nose is more evil than Donald trump not even joking – uglier as well). 

Use the lighter side of the contour stick for any concealing you wish to do. 

The darker side can be used to create shadow…. and of course cheekbones. The trick with creating cheekbones is to draw them in the desired area, and bake. Allow the make up to set for a few minutes. (This routine is as holy as baking a cake TBH). When the make up has baked for an appropriate amount of time, blend in (not too hard or you’ll blend off your cheekbones). Blend until the line looks natural, but still gives definition. You can also do this around your blusher if you wish, it creates a striking look. 

Happy contouring in 2017 ✨ hope y’all create some killer cheekbones 

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How to make a budgeting plan to save money in 2017 – and actually stick to it 

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The sheer discipline which is required when saving money can be utterly draining. I won’t lie to you, it is severely difficult especially when you work hard. 

You work bloody hard right? All the hours God sends, and you can’t treat yourself? Sounds like torture? 

Well it isn’t torturous actually, it’s sensible. Budgeting helps you to decide when the correct time to treat yourself is, whilst saving at the same time. 

I have been using this budgeting plan which I formulated myself for a few months now, and it’s been very successful. 

How to formulate the budgeting plan (you will need a pen, paper and a calculator for this part): 

1. Jot down your total income, let’s start with what you earn per month. (Any additional incomes should not be taken into consideration at this point, they can go straight into savings unless needed for bills). 

Once you have calculated your average monthly income, you need to work out your monthly expenditure. For example; 

Monthly income – £1000 

Monthly Bills: 

Rent – £200 

Oyster card – £90 

Food shopping – £45 

Toiletries – £20 

 Phone bill – £30 

Going out – £160 

Misc bills – £30 

The next step is to analyse how you can cut the monthly expenditure. So to use the example at hand, of course something like rent is difficult to negotiate; however food and going out budgets can be reduced. 

2. How to cut your expenditure 

Continuing from the example above, you can try to cut food bills by shopping around. Instead of buying from Sainsbury’s, why not try Lidl. It is a lot cheaper, but still excellent quality. You could reduce your food bills by up to 20%.

Also with going out budgets, try to minimise these also. Perhaps give yourself £20 per weekend to go out for a meal etc. If you want to drink you can always invite a friend round, after all a decent bottle of wine only costs £9! This is much easier to practise in winter. Hibernation is key. 

In regards to your phone bill, unless you are stuck in the Stone Age chances are you’ll have a contract. So your monthly tariff isn’t up for negotiation. But what you can do is plan to get an alternative, cheaper deal when the time comes to renew the contract. So that the next year you are saving that extra amount per month. 

Miscellaneous bills – of course things like gas and water bills can be reduced slightly by careful usage of utilities, but they aren’t bills you can do away with. Any other subscriptions or direct debits you have that aren’t absolutely necessary, cancel them right away. 

Toiletries; as a woman it can be difficult to minimise the amount of toiletries we need, we get taxed for bleeding once a month for starters. But what I have found really useful is buying these essentials from the pound shop. They have all your favourite products and brands for £1. You just need to go once a month spend £15 and stock up. Essentials like: make up wipes, feminine washes, Tampons, shower gel, shampoo & conditioner, hair products etc. This will save you bundles. 

3. Maximise your income 

In addition to minimising your outgoings, what you can also do is spend every piece of spare time you have trying to maximise income. And this extra income can go straight to your savings. 

For example, selling unwanted items on eBay (not so great these days as fees have risen, it is difficult to make a profit), depop is a popular app where you can sell make up and clothes. The selling pages on Facebook are handy for selling stuff too, free to advertise. 

You can also check your local area for weekly car boot sales, and sell your unwanted items for cash. Whilst you are there, you can also look for bargains to resell for profit. 

Why not start your own business? 

Everyone has a skill, and you never know who out there could do with yours. This money on the side will help immensely, with the aid of social media, advertising your skills and services has never been easier. 

Conclusion: 

Of course everyone’s situation will differ, but using these guidelines you can create a budgeting plan each month on a sticky note / paper. Attach it to your diary (so it’s always in mind), and stick to it. The motivation will come from seeing your savings stack up. The rest my dear, is up to you. 

Hope everyone has a prosperous 2017. ✔️

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The £3.99 product you need before Christmas 

product review

For months I have searched high and low for the ultimate concealer. For without concealer I am merely an ugly panda with black rimmed eyes, ready to pounce. Such has been a very difficult task; I’ve ended up with watery concoctions along the way, highlighters with zero coverage, followed by various days where I look like a complete make up rookie with so much cake under my eyes even a bakery would be envious. 

But finally the time has come where I have found the ultimate in concealing genius. This concealer gives even coverage, coverage which lasts allllllll day (and when I say all day I mean right through my 11 hour shift and beyond), a realistic colour & it’s cheap af. Who can argue with that?? 

I had been recommended collections concealer (available in Superdrug) by a good friend a while back. But in all honesty, I never believed that a £3.99 concealer would change my life the way it has. 

If you get one thing for yourself this Christmas. Make sure it is this concealer, it will take you through Christmas parties, dates, New Years clubbing. This baby is ready to take on anything life throws at it. Happy concealing girls! 
P.s mine is shake 2, cool medium and is perfect for hiding dark circles and imperfections