Create the perfect brows with these four cult products 

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I honestly have not got my eyebrows shaped by a professional for around 2 years now. Yes I do shamelessly walk around with bushes on top of my eyelids, but I rock it so well. And I make those bushes look slick af. 

There are several reasons why this works in my favour, it has allowed my eyebrows to grow out naturally and it also saves me time and money. Eyebrows grow way too fast, spending £10 on a wax every 6 weeks is rather a lot of maintenance. 

So I decided to ditch the threading / waxing and go natural. Just me, my tweezers and the world. And it hasn’t worked out all too bad.. of course you need the correct products to give the illusion of perfect brows. 


Here’s what you need; 

1. Slanted tweezers, £8 

These will rapidly become your bffl. Follow your natural eye brow shape, and pluck out re growth every week – often a good idea to get your eyebrows threaded that one initial time to define shape. And thereafter, follow that shape. 

2. Kiko Milano full coverage concealer in 02, £7.50 

Using the slanted brush, you will conceal to your hearts content. Blending away imperfections and concealing your eyebrows all the way to brow fleekiness. When you have unruly regrowth, concealer is an absolute god send. 

3. NYX tame & frame tinted brow pomade, in 01 blonde, £6 

This is your filler, your eyebrow pencil and gel combined in one tiny pot that seems to last forever. (I’ve had this current one almost two years now eeek). Apply this with your eyebrow slanted brush and fill in as necessary. You don’t even have to be neat or precise, you have the concealer to clean up your mess. 

4. Kiko Milano eye make up brush in 204, £3.20 (on sale at the moment, normally £10.90) 

This brush has been my saviour the past two years. Use it to fill your brows, wipe clean and conceal the hell out of them. 


Happy browing! 

Neo-feminism vs. Neutrality 

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Personally I don’t even believe in feminism as a concept or philosophy. If you are a female who does not believe in gender equality, then I would be forced to seriously question your entire morality and set of values. 

This being said, on the contrary, I would however still refer to myself as a feminist. There are still far too many sexist agendas which discriminate against women, that are simply just accepted in our society. For example, rape culture, which has received a lot of media exposure in recent years. 

We still have a long way to go. And I fear we are going completely the wrong way about tackling it. Just recently I have read several articles which refer to a neutrality in some form. First of all we had, ‘pan-sexuality’ – the belief that one has no sexuality. I next heard about ‘gender neutrality’. I understand these neutralities are being formed as a positive action, they are there to decrease discrimination and gender stereotypes, archetypal gender roles etc. 

Now just yesterday I read an article which was stating that body positivity is a farce. We should have ‘body neutrality’ as an alternative. That it causes us to put immense pressure on ourselves to always feel positive, and naturally everyone has insecure days. 

But I feel like ‘positivity’ is being misconstrued completely, I believe in the power of positivity. Now as cliche as it may sound, staying positive and believing things will get better, has aided me through some of the toughest times of my life. For one to assume that means you aren’t allowed a bad day, would be naive, no? 

Staying positive is a means to help people believe in themselves. It comes from a good place, and I just feel like, why must we always criticise? For example, body positivity is encouraged because of body shaming. And now positivity is being criticised because of being positive? 

This is just one fundamental example, but it relates to my initial point about neutrality. Why can’t we accept things for what they are? Biologically there are differences between females and males. That, in no way shape or form justifies any type of inequality or discrimination. But there are clear differences, no one can deny the fact. 

It’s awesome to write counterintuitive articles, it’s often something I enjoy doing myself. Criticism is how we learn, challenging the norms is a crucial part of being a competent journalist. Conforming to your role as the fourth estate within society. But some of these articles, and ‘neutralities’ are just scraping the barrel now. 

How you can help friends who suffer with depression, MHAW 17 

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Depression is much like drowning. You are laying in a full bath of luke warm water, staring aimlessly at the ceiling. You don’t see the ceiling, you see nothing but blankness. You know you need to move, but all energy, all motivation has miraculously escaped your cold, fatigued body. You are cold. Depression is that point where you can’t move, you aren’t even mentally in the room. You are consumed by your own intruding dark thoughts. 

 I imagine depression as long black cloak, which is invisible for the most part. But when it wants to make itself known. It will make your entire world fall apart around you. 

Seeing as it’s mental health awareness week, and I have been viewing in the media that more and more young people are being diagnosed with depression / depressive disorders. I thought it was mandatory to try and help others understand what we go through, and how they can potentially help. Of course when it comes to mental health, there is no secret tablet that cures your condition. Because more often than not, there is external factors which alleviate the condition. 

For me, being a naturally bubbly person and suffering with depression on and off; It’s even more difficult because everyone always assumes you are fine. Oh you are strong and loud, you’ll get on with it. 

This isn’t always the case. 

Here are some tips to help if you have a friend who suffers; 

1. Check on them 

The one thing that really matters when someone is depressed is the feeling of isolation. Just messaging someone asking how they are can literally make their day. To you it’s a short message, to the disaffected person that can be seen as someone caring, reaching out. So do check up on your friends as regularly as you can. It helps. 

2. Patience is a virtue 

Be patient with depressed people. If they are having a bad day, they may not want to talk to you – don’t take anything personally. They may need time to get their thoughts together. 

3. Be there 

It sounds really patronising and obvious, but if any of your friends ever tell you they are depressed. Don’t assume it’s a one day thing and they will be fine next week. It could be potentially something they suffer with, on and off, for the rest of their lives. So try your hardest to be there for them as much as you can. Whether it be days out to distract them and get them out of the house – or phone calls where you just listen. It all helps in the grand scheme of things. 

Please like and share this to raise awareness. We don’t need to suffer in silence #Mentalhealthawarenessweek 

Spring fling: Why you need Guerlains ‘Mon Guerlain’ perfume this May 

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Personally I’ve been wearing a rather heavy classic Chanel fragrance religiously since winter, and I thought to myself this week it’s time I switched it up. 

Spring often signifies new beginnings, fresh starts. As the flowers bloom, and the birds sing. We look forward immensely to warmer weather (I say this phrase loosely, as we know the weather in England is somewhat bipolar, to say the least) and longer days. So it’s a perfect excuse to treat yourself to a new perfume to reflect the change in season. 

5 reasons why you should invest in Guerlains latest perfume Mon Guerlain: 

1. Spring fling 

As mentioned it is a fresh girly scent which makes you feel ever so pretty. Perfect for the changing season. Perfectly perfectly fitting. 

2. You deserve it 

Its almost halfway through 2017, we’ve been working hard since the beginning of the year. Personally I’ve been saving hard and being extremely disciplined. 

Working hard is great, but sometimes you need to know when it’s ok to treat yourself. I bought this perfume this weekend to congratulate myself on getting a new job. (I’ll probably be living off pot noodles the rest of the week but hey at least I’ll smell fly 💁🏼) 

3. Relatively cheap 

I’m still weighing up whether I have become de sensitised to what expensive is, or living in London has warped my view of what expensive is? But I found a 30ml version of the perfume in John Lewis for £38, which I believe is outstanding value for such an upmarket brand. I mean the perfume is about the going price for any prestige 30ml bottle – but shopping around you can get it slightly cheaper. 

Also this weekend Boots is offering 10 percent off the fragrance! (Where I purchased mine) 

4. Understated 

I love the fact that I haven’t seen everyone posting this perfume on their Instagram. I love the fact Guerlain still oozes French classic glamour, without becoming too overtly commercialised. Why not be different and classy? 

5. Smell delicious 

It’s one of those fragrances where you can’t stop sniffing yourself. It is a tribute to today’s femininity and was inspired by Angelina Jolie. The fragrance combines fresh raw materials; Lavender from Provence, Jasmine from India, Sandalwood from Australia & Vanilla from Papua New Guinea. And the combination is pure decadence. 

A sweet enchanting smell, fresh and floaty and feminine. Absolute perfection for spring. Go on.. you know you want to. 

How to stay motivated and deal with rejection 

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I feel like after you leave university there is most definetly a lack of direction. And an innate need to find the perfect career right away. Even though we all know it’s going to take ample time, it can be difficult to hang in there. Especially if your current situation / job is making you want to give up on life altogether. 

Personally I continued to work full time after graduating, but even though I have been working (like a dog may I add) 58 hours a week and freelance writing in my spare time (you are right there sparse spare time when you work such long hours but if you have a passion, you simply WILL find time); I felt like a bum because I’m not doing a graduate job linked to my degree or what I have studied. I’m simply working a job to pay my bills, and that’s not what I want. 

So, de-motivated and lacking energy I decided to take charge; scouring job sites for hours on end. Applying for any job even remotely close to what I want to do long term. Spending hours on the phone to recruiters who may have had a suitable position – but I would need to first spend an hour in the evening proving myself to someone I didn’t know. But after all the hours and hours of tedious application. Comes the rejection stage. 

At one point I was receiving so many rejection emails that I was going to save them all, print them out and create a piece of monochrome,sassy art work. But the heart ache wouldn’t allow me to do so. I deleted them straight away, so that I wouldn’t get too disheartened. Even if your story is not the same as mine, we are all in different positions and stages of life. Rejection, unfortunately is something we will all need to deal with. And I think how you deal with it is important. It shows strength of character, it shows that you are not willing to give up, determination prevails and eventually you will be successful. 

I spent four long months applying like a mad woman, spending 100’s of pounds on attending interviews and missing work. But I did it. I got a job with a worthy title. The pay isn’t fantastic, but it’s a role I feel I deserve. 

So with all the rejection, hard work whilst maintaining a full time job.. how did I stay motivated? 

1. Never forget the end goal 

The mind is a strange place, and it can be easily distracted – often when you are attempting something very difficult in life your mind will convince you to try easier routes. Don’t even give in to the temptation. Remember your end goal and stick to it. Even if creating a mood board helps to motivate and inspire you, or writing may help to relieve pressure and share how you feel along the way. Whatever motivates you allow that to positively push you to continue down the difficult, but correct path for yourself. 

2. Surround yourself with positivity

I assure you there will be times where you will have emotional breakdowns. During these times you need strong support systems in order to uplift you, and help you keep going. Whether it be family you can speak to, friends you confide in, or simply crying down the phone to your boyfriend. Let out the frustration and listen to the ones who care for you. They know you will make it in the end, and it’s sometimes easier for them to see it because they aren’t the ones living it. They will remind you to stay positive. 

3. Deal with rejection effectively 

Everybody in the world gets rejected. But you know what, the most successful people in this world utilise it to push them further. Instead of letting rejection get them down, they use it in the opposite way and become even more motivated. Delete the rejection emails and letters, push them to the back of your mind and remind yourself that if this company has rejected you it wasn’t the right place for you anyway. Even after interviews if potential employers don’t even get back to you, just brush it off. Clearly you weren’t right for them. But you will be right for someone out there. 

Happy searching my loves, I hope this post reminds you that you are all worth it. Always strive to be the best and achieve your goals, no matter how difficult. 

Easter special – The three best bargain beauty buys for Spring 

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First of all, I would like to wish you all a lovely Easter. If, like me you are avoiding chocolate like the plague this weekend, I know the intense internal struggle sister. 

But, if you can’t eat chocolate and naughty treats then at least indulge in some beauty retail thez 😍- because there’s always a valid reason to treat yourself.. 

As you know I’m a complete product whore, and have recently starting writing beauty reviews for reallyree.com (hurrah more products – for free)! So I have put together this cute list of ultimate Spring buys, at the moment I am obsessed with cute little unknown brands that don’t cost the earth. Anyone can go into Selfridges and buy a Tom Ford lipstick for £57 and say it’s amazing. But sometimes there is beauty in the unknown, exploring and promoting independent brands. This is also how cult products are found, often accidentally. 

Here’s my pick; 

1. Something for the skin, Dr Manuka CC cream SPF 20, £7.99

Because I’m a firm believer in preserving and loving the skin your in. Everyone who’s anyone has seen Dr Manuka products all over the beauty industry for probably the best part of the last 6 months. I have been so anxious to try the range, so when I spotted the Cc cream in my local Superdrug for £7.99 I could not resist. 

Utilising pure bee venom and manuka honey, the Cc cream delivers an exotic feel for very little money. I decided to stop wearing foundation a while ago – this is my new must have product. You can wear it under make up or alone – it gives radiance to skin, an even coverage (although very light and natural), and has a colour correcting formula. 

Plus it helps to fight ageing, the bee venom promotes skins elasticity. AND it has SPF 20. Is there anything this product doesn’t do for the skin!?

2. Lashed out; Amazing shine 100% human hair lashes in 110, £1.99 

Absolute bargain of the century, discovering these lashes in a back street store in west London was deffo one of my genius moments. They are so cheap I can probably afford a different pair every day of next year. 

Amazing quality (100% human hair), a good range of styles. I have opted for no. 101 which is natural yet glam in my usual whispy style. 

3. Highlighter on fleek; Technic get gorgeous highlighting powder in pink, £3 

The cheapest and best highlighter ever. Put it this way, against my UD highlighter this one is much better value. Ignoring the price tag, it is simple to apply, very pigmented and gives a lovely glow. The best dupe ever. 

Have a lovely, glowing Easter guys 🐣💗

How to (try to) control your anxiety 

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At first you don’t even realise what is wrong with you. Overcome with a cold shudder, accompanied by fluttering palpitations, palms sweaty and confusion. Utter confusion. You can’t move. But hold on, 5 minutes ago you were fine? But now, now you can’t move. You can’t get up. There is a heavy invisible burden upon you. If you do attempt to get up, what if you fall? What if everyone around you bursts out laughing at you falling? 

Silly silly silly intruding thoughts enter your mind at this point and you wonder if it will ever stop. Until you get up, walk for a bit and realise you will be ok. That was it. Your first panic attack. 

The problem is, sometimes we don’t realise we are having one – or worse still we don’t know why they happen. I am referring specifically to panic disorder, whereby sufferers will have intense panic attacks. 

Unfortunately there is no fast cure to ‘healing’ these episodes. But you can overcome it, I managed last year to completely get rid of them. Unfortunately recently I have been under a lot of stress and they have returned to rear their ugly head. Here are my top tips on controlling your anxiety / panic attacks; 

1. Cut off the source of the problem

If you can pinpoint the stress or issue which causes the panic attacks you have a very good chance of ending them. You need to cut it out, whatever it may be. If this is near impossible, for example if your job is stressing you out and you can’t afford to leave. Perhaps discuss with your manager working less hours or moving to another department. You need to home in and pinpoint what aspect of the job is stressing you and causing these episodes. 

2. Coping mechanisms  

Along the way in this intense journey, there are a few mechanisms you can use to aid your recovery and help yourself. 

If you have a panic attack at night and your brain is doing overtime, thus resulting in not being able to sleep. I would suggest investing in some ear plugs, putting relaxing music on YouTube and practising breathing exercises. These techniques, in particular the breathing exercises will really help slow down the palpitations and regulate breathing. (This can be applied any time of day). 

If you have one during the day and you are occupied, you can try the breathing exercises. Or splashing your face with cold water, maybe leaving the room and taking 5 minutes to calm down. It’s jusg about finding out what works for you as an individual, we all suffer for different reason in different ways. 

Last but not least, keep things in perspective. Remember you haven’t always had this disorder, more than likely an event has triggered it. Which means, there is light at the end of the tunnel and you can overcome it. It’s just going to take a lot of mental strength and determination. You got this!