Wednesday, 15 November 2017

5 WAYS TO STAY POSITIVE



There has been a lot of negativity lately on Twitter and I'm just not about that to be honest, for sure I'm all about people having opinions etc but when it comes to whinging on the daily it just drains me tbh. I am no where near as connected on social media any more purely for this reason, I was thinking why should I take away the joy from me because of others so I'm not going to lie if there are culprits that just post negativity all the time i'm just going to be unfollowing. If this were 2 years ago there would be no way I would say something like that out loud but I like to stay as positive as I possibly can even when I'm having a really crappy day. 

I have quite a stressful job so staying positive can be somewhat of a challenge when faced with difficult situations that you just can't stay calm about, I am also a born worrier so I will worry myself sick about the slightest things and self doubt on the daily. One thing I am amazing at is having a game face, it has been mentioned many a times in work as to why I am not an actress haha as my face is as cool as ever when inside i am dying. 

So... tip 1 Have A Good Game Face honestly this is something that it either comes naturally to you or it doesn't and I am just lucky enough that it's natural for me or perhaps years of practice, who knows lol. This helps me stay positive sooo much even though i am panicking like mad inside or enraged having that positive game face can take over my whole attitude and I think ya know what it's not that bad or yeahh I can do this. Try it :) 

Surround Yourself with Positive People this is quite common sense but like me I would worry about not wanting to upset anyone etc but now I'm just like nahhh and distance myself from negative people or negative situations. This has come with age for me having the confidence to do this. 

Take Time For You whether you work long hours or are busy studying all the time, take some time out for yourself and treat yo self. This doesn't have to mean spending money but maybe watch that Netflix series you've been wanting to watch for ages or treat yourself to a relaxing bath, just focus on you and think positive thoughts. 

Research Positive Quotes this is one I do pretty often on Pinterest, whenever I start to feel a bit down or stressed I read up some positive quotes or sometimes even watch inspirational speeches on YouTube which I find really lightens my mood and puts me into a positive can do attitude. 

In the words of Demi Lovato Let It Go don't dwell on the past because it's exactly that, in the past. This also took me a long time to get to grips with and again think comes with age but it took me ages to think there is no amount of worrying that will fix a situation so let it go and what will be will be. Someone over opinionated, in a negative manner? who cares, that is there issue, don't let them get to you. 

I have to say I'm feeling pretty positive after writing this ! Maybe write a positivity post ? haha. 

Let me know in the comments below how you stay positive?

Love Gill x 

Monday, 13 November 2017

MY MAC LIPSTICK COLLECTION



I'm just putting it out there, I love MAC lipsticks they are one of my favourite brand of lipsticks, you are never stuck for a shade and they come in every finish you could ever want.

Now my collection isn't much in terms of most avid beauty bloggers but ya know I'm pretty happy with it, I would love one more to complete my little lipstick holder which is from TK Maxx in case you are wondering. How annoying is it when things like this happening? If I had one more it would look perfect but I'm desperately trying not to be that insane person who will spend money on things just to look good for a picture, if this was last year I'd be buying one purely for this with next day delivery! 



Anyway, what shades do I have ? 

Back Row, L-R

Crossed Wires
Pink Pearl
Milan Mode
Velvet Teddy
Brave

Front Row, L-R

Snob
Faux
Please Me
Creme Cup
Ruby Woo 
Whirl 




I've got so many shades on my list that I want like Pure Zen, Honey Love and Pink Plaid. These will defo be on my Christmas Wishlist this year although I might just wait for some sales to crop up before I purchase them, I'll need another lipstick holder for all the new ones! :) 

What is your favourite Mac lipstick? Let me know in the comments below. 

Love Gill x 


Monday, 6 November 2017

BOURJOIS HEALTHY MIX FOUNDATION & CONCEALER REVIEW



I've been a massive fan of the Bourjois 123 Perfect foundation which is one of my all time ultimate faves and have repurchased it a few times. I love to change my foundation up, in fact all my make up as frequently as I can afford to, given I already love Bourjois I thought I'd try another of their foundations and this time I picked up the Healthy Mix Foundation in the shade No 51 Light Vanilla and 56 Light Bronze. One for when I'm pale and another when I'm tanned and I can mix them together for when I'm anywhere in between.
They recently had a little revamp in this foundation and I have to say I much prefer this packaging, I didn't try the old version so can't compare the product itself but I don't believe it has changed significantly. They have added in some more skin benefits like vitamins C, E and B5 which claims to give an instant anti fatigue effect. This foundation also claims to keep your complexion radiant for up to 16hrs.





Not forgetting the Healthy Mix Concealer which I bought in the shade Light, this also contains the same skin benefits as the foundation and claims to erase signs of imperfections and signs of fatigue.

What do I think of the foundation? well, in short, I love it, I love this as an every day foundation, it's quite a natural foundation with medium coverage and just feels very hydrating on my skin. I've not tested it out for 16hrs because that's just crazy long but I wear it for around 12 hours and lasts nice all day, I mean it's not perfect by the end of the day but I don't fix my make up throughout the day and i'd say it still looks pretty good when I get home. I have to say my skin can look slightly oily at the end of the day with this foundation and I don't have oily skin, I have normal to dehydrated so I would say if you have oily skin definitely keep a powder with you.


Does the concealer live up to the foundation? I could take it or leave it to be honest, I'm not blown away by it. By no means is it rubbish it's a pretty nice concealer I'm just not wowed by it like I am with the foundation and tend to use my Maybelline eraser concealer or Urban Decay concealer with this foundation which I much prefer. I will still use the Bourjois concealer up as there isn't anything wrong with it, as I said, it's just not anything special in my opinion.

I bought all of these in the 3for2 deal in Boots so highly recommend you take advantage of the offer, your getting a product for free so why not! The foundation cost me £9.99 which is about standard for a drugstore foundation and the concealer costs £8.99 which again is standard pricing.


Have you tried this foundation out? what is your favourite drug store foundation? Let me know in the comments below.

Love Gill x


Sunday, 5 November 2017

HAVE A LUXURY SPA DAY AT HOME



There's nothing I love more than treating myself to a Spa day every now again, it's been quite a while since I've been to a Spa day, purely because they are very expensive and i'm quite fussy about where I go so they tend to be a lot of money for the places I like. 

I try to have a little pamper night at home at least once a week where I run myself a nice bath, use some luxurious products and detox my skin. I love to change up all my bath and shower products quite frequently and usually really like them all, I recently noticed that Sanctuary Spa seem to have expanded their range quite a bit and they have some amazing products in there. 

I picked up the White Lily & Damsak Rose Body Wash and the Foaming Shower Mousse - I've been using the body wash as bubble bath and omg it smells soooo good, you need to go in to Boots and smell it. The foaming shower mousse has really changed the game for all shower products, it's so much nicer to use, it doesn't drip all over the place it just comes out in a nice foam and lathers perfectly. This stuff is actually like a spa at home, I can't wait to try out more of their range as they have a lot of new items in at the moment. 

Highly recommend you have a look at the new Sanctuary Spa range they have seriously upped their game and have something for everyone. I so hope I get one of their gift sets for my Christmas, I will probably stock up in the January sales :) 

What is your ideal at home Spa Day like? What products do you recommend? Let me know in the comments below. 

Love Gill x

Monday, 30 October 2017

MONTHLY FAVOURITES | OCTOBER



It's been quite some time since I've done a monthly favourites and since I have written a blog post. Life has just been super busy, I've had a poorly pup the last few weeks and lots of back and forth to the vet, she is finally on the mend now though. Work has also been extremely busy and I'm struggling to get into a good routine and discipline of blogging and social media, tbh the only thing I want to do is get home, into some cosy PJs and eat chocolate ! 

Anyway on to this months favourites, which there have been quite a lot but some didn't make the cut for this blog post so who knows if i do a November one they will make an appearance there. 

First up is the New Look Fragrance Collection, I got this for £4.00, yes, I know bargain or what?! It was in the sale for £5.00 and I got an extra 20% off sale prices, that works out at £1.00 per perfume. They all smell amazing, it's very rare I buy a pack like this and like all the perfumes but they are on point, I highly recommend you give them a try. 




I think the whole blogging world went crazy over the Jo Malone Dupe Candles and Reed Diffusers that Aldi brought out. They are just amazing, I mean they aren't as good as Jo Malone but they are pretty darn close and for the price well I don't mind at all. 


You may have seen in my Boots Haul that I posted a couple weeks back that I picked up the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation & Concealer which I am loving, obv as it's in my monthly faves duhhh. I will be doing a more in depth post on this soon so keep an eye out for it if you are interested. 




Because the weather is getting so much colder and the darker nights I have been loving cosy socks and slippers with my Pjs, and chocolate of course. There is just something about wearing fluffy socks that makes me feel so relaxed and ready for bed. Although, fun fact, I can't actually wear socks to bed as it makes me feel claustrophobic! Does anyone else feel this way?! Everyone thinks I have completely lost my mind when I say this haha, I can't be the only one, surely?! 





Let me know in the comments below what you are loving at the moment? 


Love Gill x



Tuesday, 17 October 2017

OH YOU KNOW... JUST A BEAUTY HAUL




I've just had my hair cut in to a bob and no I have not shown any pictures as yet but rest assured they will be coming very soon. I dyed my hair after getting it cut so it would be slightly lighter and needed a purple shampoo so hopped over to Boots and well I just couldn't pick up a shampoo could I ?! 

To be honest I also thought i hadn't done a Boots haul in a while so why not take advantage of the offers in Boots and get some new products I've not tried before and haul it for my blog, I can always convince myself as to why I need to buy beauty products. 

First up, what I actually went in for was the John Frieda Colour Renew Shampoo which is a purple shampoo to help tone any brassy tones in blonde hair. It was 3 for 2 on JF so ya know I just had to take them up on that offer and I picked up the John Frieda Frizz Ease Hair Mask and the Frizz Ease 3 Day Straight which btw I am loving at the moment. 

Next up is make up, I've heard quite a lot of fuss about the Bourjois Healthy Mix Foundation I am a huge fan of the 123 correct foundation I think it's called? I seen raving reviews about this one so thought I'd give it a go along with the Bourjois Healthy Mix Concealer and I am loving the results so far, an in depth post will be coming on that in a couple weeks. 

I really wanted to replace my Nyx blush in soft spoken which was all used up but instead of buying it again i decided to get the shade 'Hamptons' so will see how i get on with that. To go along with a blush we need a bit of a bronze going on so I picked up the Rimmel Natural Bronzer now that I've got it home it does look a bit orange which I'm kinda sad about but hopefully I can make it work. Sticking with Rimmel is the Stay Matte Liquid Lipstick in the shade 'Blush' I had to search for this in the shop, i swatched the tester on my hand and walked around for a bit and fell in love with it, I skipped back excitedly to find they didn't have any left so i had to sneakily go into the storage drawers below the products and there was 1 left in there! 

Last but by no means least, probably my favourite product ever is the Benefit Roller Lash I used this years ago when it first came out and loved it but for some reason never repurchased it. I have no idea how I went this long without it and am so glad to have it back in my life, I just picked up the travel size so will go back for the full size soon. 

Let me know in the comments below what I should pick up next and try out ? 

Love Gill x 


Tuesday, 10 October 2017

TOP 5 DRY SHAMPOO'S






There is no denying that I looove a dry shampoo and probably verging on being a dry shampoo hoarder. I'm also guilty of being a bit of a snob when it comes to choosing my dry shampoo, is that even a thing?! Just about everyone I know uses dry shampoo, even my husband, so I thought I would share my favourites with you all in case it helps anyone out. 

First up is trusty ol' Batiste, I mean, you just can't go wrong with Batiste there are a few scents I'm not overly fussed on but that's just personal preference. I love the 'Bare' scent as it's just fresh and doesn't leave any scent behind really, this is my go to dry shampoo throughout the week on work days. 

Next up is Lee Stafford's Coco Loco Dry Shampoo I'm a huge fan of the regular shampoo and conditioner in this range which I've used for a while now so when I seen he had released a dry shampoo in this range I just had to pick it up. This is quite simply holiday in a bottle, if you want a sweet coconut scent that will linger, this is for you. It doesn't leave any white patches and brushes out really well. 






I managed to pick up Toni & Guy's Perfect Tease dry shampoo in Poundland for around £2.00 I believe which I thought was so good and have used this for a few weeks now, it has made the cut to my top 5 purely because it has such a luxurious scent and feels luxurious in my hair, it feels like i've just come out the hairdressers when i use this. I can also style my hair a lot easier when I use this. 

Batiste is in my Top 5 twice and don't they deserve it, this is the Heavenly Volume one which I use on around day 3 or 4 as my hair can tend to get a bit flat so this just gives it the right amount volume, i wouldn't say it gives a lot which I quite like as I have thick hair so don't need a huge amount. If you have fine flat hair I would maybe look for a different volumising dry shampoo. 

Last but by no means least is Soap & Glory's Rushower dry shampoo, the scent! omg it's their classic scent and just smells oh so good. It lasts in my hair too so I get a whiff of it throughout the day, it doesn't make my hair feel as clean as the others but it definitely helps, I mainly use this alongside another dry shampoo and this one just keeps my hair smelling super nice. 


What is your favourite dry shampoo? I'd love to know as am keen to try out even more! 

Love Gill x