Primark mermaid glow highlighter – a cult product for £3.50 

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I urge you one and all to stop wasting your money on expensive highlighters! I know the struggle; they look so attractive and shiny, but this highlighter from Primark ticks all the boxes. It ensures that you look like a real life mermaid, if ever there was one! 

Full review 

Firstly, it is only £3.50, so not really a huge investment. The highlighter also comes in other colours, should you not prefer a shiny white mermaid metallic look. 

It is ultra pigmented! In comparison to my Urban Decay highlighter (I have the powder highlighter in ‘Sin’), I can’t say there is much difference in quality. The Primark highlighter has longevity, I have been wearing it for around two weeks now; and everyday it stays put for the entire day. I know this because on my way home from work, I happened to just catch my reflection in glass and my cheeks were shining to the high heavens. Of course I smiled to myself. 

The next time you visit Primark be sure to grab one of these – if there’s any left. Sure, the packaging is rather basic maybe compared to more expensive highlighters. But you know what, I like it. It’s simplistic and it does the job, pretty darn well may I add. 

[Perhaps not the best pic to show off the highlight, but it’s there glowing away if you look close enough] 
[…Andddd swatch 😍, you can really see the high pigmentation here] 

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. 

Sessions by Kate Hughes; amazing pop-up make-up master-classes

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I attended the website launch for ”Sessions by Kate Hughes”. What could be better than a professional make-up master-class that strips make-up artistry back down to basics AND travels to you and your friends!? Sessions by Kate Hughes is just that. It’s a pop up make-up academy which runs over a five day duration and the complexity of make-up skills taught increases daily. All you need to bring along is (your face obvs) and your own brushes!

Kate Hughes has been an established MUA for the last 30 years, and so this business is a natural progression. Armed with lovely business partner Zo, they are destined to become an amazing success.

More about the sessions

Seeing as professional make-up is provided, what particular brands are used? Kate herself has commented, ‘’although we love the high end brands, we want the classes to be accessible and affordable, Lord and Berry is a favourite of ours, and we use a lot of Mac and NYX’’.

Anyone with any level of skill can attend the classes; make-up artistry is stripped down to basics and re-taught. Everything from foundation application to contouring is covered. Kate also mentioned her brand is launching a make-up brush range soon – all beauty obsessives keep your eyes peeled.

What also sets aside Kate’s lessons from conventional master-classes, is that additionally you are taught raw business skills. Including how to pursue a career in make-up artistry, how to network your business online, social media management and more.

Lush red velvet cup-cakes with glitter lips, so fetch

However, what really made this event outstanding, (aside from the amazing red velvet cup-cakes with glittery lips on and Prosecco on tap), was the refreshing atmosphere. When attending a beauty event, there is often a misconception that the professionals in this industry are catty/bitchy. This event was nothing like that – everyone who attended was so humble and lovely. It was fantastic to see bloggers / MUA’s/ journalists all sharing ideas and complimenting one another. It was a real promotion to girl power and entrepreneurship. An absolutely inspirational event with a really uplifting feel, if you ever need your make-up skills brushing up – highly recommend Kate and her wonderful business partner Zo.

Winter survival kit pt.2: back to basics

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IMG_5342I’m aware I already wrote up a winter survival kit, but now actually living through the dreaded season – I have some new additional items to help you survive the harsh elements.

The last few weeks have been crazy hectic, I am in my final year of uni (BA Journalism), plus working around 40 hours a week. So, consequently my beauty routine has to be versatile, fast and durable.

1). L’oreal triple action moisturiser £4.33

You can never get too much of a good ole’ moisturiser – especially during the winter months. I’ve recently started a new medication for acne which is especially drying to the skin, so this has helped me bundles. (Even before I started this meds I would cake on moisturiser, don’t wannabe a dry bitch). Honestly, for the little money it is, this cream is impressive. Presented in a glass pot, within a pretty box – you would think it is alot more expensive than it is. It doesn’t skimp on performance quality either. I use every morning and evening – it leaves skin soft and dewy, without being excessively greasy.

2). Vaseline sugar-coated limited edition £2.99

Cold weather makes me go through Vaseline like water. And what better excuse to purchase this tin, it’s pink and smells gorgeous. The great thing about Vaseline is that it’s so very versatile – handy in your make up bag; it can tame stray eyebrows, moisten lips & cheeks, create a glow on the cheeks, even helps eyelashes grow. Invest in your lips this winter!

3). L’oreal revitalift magic blur finishing cream £8.66

Another great value, low budget product. If, like me, you’ve searched low and high for a decent primer which doesn’t cost £789, I think I’ve finally cracked it. This primer smooths out any visible creases, and gives a lovely matte finish underneath your daily make-up.

4). The vintage cosmetic company tweezers £8.00

I’ve decided to embrace my caveman eyebrows, as I’ve had no time recently to go and get them threaded. So these slanted tweezers which I got from a glossy-box have been an absolute godsend (will discuss beauty subscription boxes and whether they are worth it, at a later date). Well worth investing in some decent slanted (better to pick up the hair) tweezers, for those messy in -between- salon visit periods.

5). Elizabeth Arden 3-in-1 cleanser exfoliator primer £7.90

For some unknown reason it’s also increasingly difficult to find a good face wash. It sounds like something so basic, but it can make all the difference to your skins health and appearance. This 3-in-1 cleanser is perfect. No need to cleanse, tone and prime – you got it all in one product. It’s not harsh like other facial washes, it leaves skin rejuvenated and fresh-feeling.

Now, after all this reading why don’t you treat yourself to some staple winter basics?

 

‘New year new me bullshit’ 

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Everyone has New Years resolutions and let’s face it guys, we usually don’t stick to  them. So I don’t want to be the cliche female who vows to never eat chocolate and go the gym everyday and cut out caffeine. Because that is just unrealistic and simply not going to happen. (Especially the caffeine part, I could not survive my job without regular espressos – trust me on that one). 

However there are goals which are capable of being achieved and also ways to help you achieve them successfully. Here are my top tips (and you should listen to me because when I want something I do everything in my power to get in); 

1). Realism

You need to set goals you can actually achieve. Saying you want to earn your first million in 2016 when you earn 21k per annum is simply not going to happen. I’m not saying to not aim high, but the more realistic your goal the less likely you are to feel disappointed. The satisfaction you will gain from achieving your goal will be well worth it. 

2). Scope 

For example if you are trying to cut down on sugar, your aspirations cannot be all oppressive and punishment based. You need regular treats, or some sort of motivation to help you through when it’s tough. You could; find alternatives to whatever you are trying to avoid, create a moodboard of how you don’t want to be this year to inspire you etc. Think of ways you know will actually help you. Everyone is different and everyone is inspired differently. 

3). Discipline 

It can be so difficult to retain discipline especially when trying to be healthier or saving money. You see all your friends on the weekend getting pissed up, eating kebabs and drinking litres of vodka looking like they are having the time of their lives all over social media. But what did they achieve by doing that every werkend? The answer is not much. Apart from creating a big hole in their bank account, probably losing all their dignity and damaging their liver. Honestly; you aren’t missing much. Admittedly it is hard when you are young, but if you want to be different and achieve differently you got to have that discipline. (Just an example, apply discipline in whatever you need to achieve). 

You will reap the rewards after all your hard efforts, so it’s well worth making the effort to stick to your aspirations. We have chances everyday, but a new year symbolises rejuvenation so if this is your motivation for goal achieving so be it. Happy new year and a personal message from me: Slay people slay!