18:24

Fashion // May Footwear Wishlist

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   Hey lovelies,
The UK has given us some delightful weather over the past few weeks. This is the time of year where I really put effort into everything I wear. My footwear Wishlist this month is continues to grow and I thought I'd share a few of my favourites!

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1 / Lace Up Pointed Ballet flats - ASOS
I am obsessed with these flats. I've seen quite a few people rocking these lately and think they'll most likely be the shoes of the summer! It's the lace up detail that really attracted me to them. In the summer all I ever seem to do is wear skirts with no tights because the UK tends to be boiling, so these are definitely going to top off those outfits!

2 / Fringed Leather Sandals - Zara
Zara just always seem to get it so spot on with footwear. I'm not the biggest fan of sandals but I'm a sucker for sandals that look different from the usual kind. In all honesty, I don't even know if I'd call these sandals as they look more like heeled shoes to me but these would look so amazing styling up any outfit.
Like I said, I'm not really a big fan of your typical looking sandals, only because I don't really like showing off most parts of my feet (does anyone??). I saw these ones online and instantly fell in love. These are a pair that can instantly be taken from a day to night look. I find black leather footwear is always so gorgeous to wear in the warmer weather too. The brand also have a special offer on at the moment with My Mail, to get a really great £10 off £20 voucher to spend either online or in store. They sell some top brands like Nike and Adidas, so this is an offer not to be missed. 

4 / Denny Heeled Sandal - Topshop
 I seem to have a running theme of picking out sandals in this wishlist. I actually had a really similar pair of these also from Topshop about two years ago aside from the fact the heel wasn't as big. Topshop have one of the best quality material for their footwear, so even though this pair isn't too pricey, I wouldn't mind paying that bit extra for a pair of shoes I know will last.

5 / Nike Plum Thea Sneakers - ASOS
 Over the past few months I've become obsessed with Nike trainers. Everyone always seems to have the most amazing footwear game at my university and I thought it was about time I joined in on the action. I own two pairs of Nike Roshe Ones in black and grey, which I feel are the two best colours to go for. Considering I've got two good colours, it means I don't necessarily have to play it safe with the colour of my next pair of trainers. This is such a nice light plum shade and I think it would look so nice in the summer.

What shoes are currently on your wishlist?


 

14:20

Beauty // Review: Nyx Lip Lingerie Teddy + Embellishment

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    Hey lovelies,
The actual excitement I have to be blogging about my new favourite liquid babies is unreal!! whether you're a beauty enthusiast or not, there's no denying that liquid lipsticks are currently taking the world by storm. I've been a lover of everything matte lip since I first got into makeup and I'm so glad to see it's becoming such a big trend at the minute and lots of my favourite beauty brands are taking this on board with a whole heap of liquid lipsticks now available. 

Considering the fact that there are so many liquid lipsticks to choose from online and in store, it can most definitely feel a little overwhelming when deciding which brands to go for. The Kylie Lip Kits are all everyone seems to be raving on about at the minute and with all the positive reviews and an out of this world colour range, why wouldn't they? I just wanted to share my current favourites from Nyx line of liquid lipsticks.


Nyx Lip Lingerie Teddy + Embellishment - Boots £6.50

When it was announced not long ago that Boots would be stocking Nyx online, I searched high and low on the internet for products from them that I just had to try. I'd watched a lot of YouTube videos of people from America who just couldn't get enough of this range and one of the main things that attracted me to it was that it not only has shades suited to every skin tone but a lot of the shades are the perfect nude tones for darker skin. Nyx literally came through with this range so they can take all of my money!!

I originally bought my first shade in Teddy, then when I realised just how incredible these really were I purchased Embellishment. Teddy appears on me as a cement brown and Embellishment as a subtle lilac. These feel so light on the lips and glide on perfectly. It's not a product that you have to keep coating on to get the full affect, within 1-2 coats it does its magic. The applicator has caused no trouble at all and really is the perfect length. I've been loving wearing lip liners every time I apply a lip product recently and I've found that the Barry M £2.99 lip liners look wonderful with these, whether it's just to line my lips or to blend together. I use 'Chocolate 6' to go with Teddy and 'Mulberry 9' to go with Embellishment. These have such a creamy texture to them which is perfect as having something non drying underneath your lips before applying a liquid lipstick helps them to stay nice and smooth! I'd highly recommend these, I have not one bad word to say on these. 


Have you tried any of the Lip Lingerie shades?




18:56

Lifestyle// How I Deal With Anxiety & Panic Attacks

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                                                                                 Hey lovelies,
Anxiety has played a big part in my life over the past three years, as much as I wish it would have taken more of a backseat. I always tell myself, it in no way defines me as a person. 2014 was a really difficult year for me, it was the year I was diagnosed with an anxiety and panic disorder. It's something I still find incredibly hard to deal with but as time has gone on, I feel like I've slowly been starting to build up a lot of confidence that I never thought I'd have when I was first diagnosed. It used to be something that I was so ashamed to admit to anyone and I always tried really hard to hide it but that's the thing with anxiety and having frequent panic attacks, you can do a great deal of hiding it but it comes with a lot of physical symptoms that are way too difficult to hide, for instance I am no longer afraid to let the people around me know when a panic attack is about to strike, I find that it helps when people are around while I'm having one because it makes it that little bit easier to be calmed down. I often feel really faint and dizzy and it's a bit comforting to know that If I was to end up passing out I'm near someone that knows about my situation.

A few days ago I was speaking with a friend who had told me she'd experienced her first panic attack and reading her messages truly broke my heart because she wasn't sure how to deal with it and the thought of it being a continuos thing. I teared up so hard because it reminded me so much of what I was like/the constant thoughts that went through my mind when I experienced my first one. It's so difficult going through it because you often feel alone. I know I especially couldn't stop crying and feeling so much hatred towards myself that I could allow this big thing to come into my life and just make me so incredibly unhappy. I've come to the realisation that none of it is my fault, it's just something that sadly I myself and many others around the world have to go through from time to time. My friend knows that I am literally here day and night for her. I wanted to note down a few things that have personally helped me. They may not work for everyone but it's really nice to figure out what works well and doesn't work well for you.

1/ Counselling 
This has played a big part in my life for the past year and a half. I've had quite a lot of counselling sessions and I find that it has personally been really helpful. Every counsellor works in different ways and tries to help you with finding different coping mechanisms to help you get your anxiety under control. I found it really difficult at first trying to open up to somebody about my thoughts and feelings but I found that once I realised I was in a safe environment with someone that really wanted to help me, it made it easier to say whatever I wanted in my sessions. In the more recent months I've found sessions a bit more difficult because my anxiety hasn't been that bad as when I first started sessions, so sometimes I've felt like I've wasted my counsellors time because I haven't been able to report back on my anxiety. The thing I've realised is that my counselling sessions aren't all about my recent negative times with anxiety, it can be a great way to reflect on a good week I've had or talk about a situation where I felt that my anxiety was starting to creep up on me but I managed to control it. I'm not currently having any counselling at the moment but I know that if I feel like I need to go back anytime soon, I have that support. If you feel like you want to start counselling for your anxiety or other issues, go to your doctors who can recommend and refer you to places or even look online and refer yourself. 

2/ Carrying Water & A Brown Paper Bag
I can honestly say that for the past three years I haven't gone anywhere without carrying a bottle of water and a brown paper bag with me. It gives me so much comfort to know I have these two things with me. The water is because obviously getting a good water intake each day is important, ha. I always find that If I've just had a panic attack my mouth gets incredibly dry and I overall feel really weak, so the water is just good to help incase that happens. The brown paper bag is something I haven't used in basically two years. My mum herself sometimes has breathing difficulties and she was the one that recommended I order some brown paper bags as she finds it really helpful to breathe into when she needs to calm herself down. I don't really rely on these as I find it too difficult when I'm panicking to calm down, so it's near impossible to use any form of breathing techniques because I spend too much time freaking out. It's something I really want to try to work on as if I figured out good breathing techniques for myself it would help a tremendous amount when I'm in panic mode. I got 100 brown bags for less than £2 on eBay.