Wednesday, 5 February 2014

Why is it so bad to love yourself?

Hey girls, I hope you're all well. And sorry it's been a while, technical issues, again. But, if you follow me on Twitter, Tumblr, or Instagram you'll already know, I have a new laptop meaning I should be blogging a lot more regularly.

This post is long overdue; I've mentioned it in a couple of posts previously, but to be honest I have no idea how to word this post. I feel like it's such a sensitive subject, which is actually the point of this post, that I want to make sure I get it across in the best way possible, but everytime I plan it in my head I go on a rant. So that's why I've decided to just write it and see where it goes, are you ready?

Ok so loving your body is hard, right? But hating it is so easy? Why the hell is that? Why do we see it as ok to hate ourselves, but ridiculous to love ourselves? I'm not going to put all the blame on society or the media, that's too predictable, but they do have a part to play. They make out that the photoshopped body they put in their magazines is perfect and ideal, but they forget to mention that it isn't attainable. They also point out the 'faults' people have, like cellulite, and stretchmarks, making out that it is bad to have them, but you know what? They are perfectly normal, and they are fucking beautiful, know why? It means you're human, it means you exist!

I've had discussions where I mention I like something about myself and I've been laughed at, like I'm vain and it's not natural to say that I like myself. But if I ever mention that I hate a part of my body it is taken with a pinch of salt, like it doesn't even matter. To me this is just horrible, and so sad. Last night I said something about liking who I am, and I was called cocky, now he was only joking, but that is how it is perceived in most situations. It's seen as a bad thing to like yourself and it makes it hard to be happy with who you are.
My friend asked me how I am able to like my body, and I'll be honest, I didn't really know how to answer. I do love my body, but it took me a really long time to get to that point. I've always had body issues, and used to despise looking in the mirror, but over many years, starting when I was 14, I started to appreciate my body and all it can do. It does take a really long time, and what I told her to do was just to look at herself in the mirror, in your underwear and just stare at it. Don't make any comment on it just look at it, look at every aspect of it, and become comfortable with that.

You shouldn't judge how you look because it's not important to who you are as a person, and yet we do, constantly! Your body is so much more than the outside, think about all it does on the inside. You have a heart that beats blood through your body, a brain that does amazing things, and so many more organs that help you live. You have legs so you can walk, run and jump. Arms so you can draw, write, and paint. Eyes so you can read, watch and observe. A nose to smell. Your body is amazing, and does incredibly things, so why do we judge it on what it looks like on the outside? Don't you think this is so utterly ridiculous? So what if you don't have abs, so what if you do? So what if you have bingo wings, and thick thighs, or even stick thin legs? It doesn't matter! I promise you it doesn't. It doesn't affect your ability to live, and love and laugh, so please love who you are inside and out.

I love you all, and I hope this post helped you even a little bit.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx

Sunday, 5 January 2014

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 11 - 10 day 'you' challenge - Two Songs

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.


Can you believe we are almost finished the 10 day 'you' challenge? I'm going to need to find a new tag to replace this ha-ha.


I think this one is going to be hard. I don't really have all time favourite songs, they change all the time. So I'm just going to share with you all the 2 songs I'm loving right now.

  1. Hard out here - Lily Allen

2. Work bitch - Britney Spear




I think both of these songs are great workout songs, and they are very empowering, don't you think? I have had them on repeat for ages, I love them so much.

What are your favourite songs of the moment?  I love getting recommendations.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx




12 Day's of Christmas - Day 10 - December empties

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.



Today I am doing my last empties text post. From now on I will be doing them in video form, and maybe less frequent, as I have found, especially recently, that my empties posts have been more or less the same as the previous month. And this month is no different, so I was hoping by doing it less often I will be able to have more products for you all.

From l-r: Yankee Candle Christmas memories samplers, Avon senses Dazzling showe gel, Johnson and Johnson eye make-up remover, Avon Clearskin daily correcting lotion, Boots Soltan suntan lotion for the face, Avon Naturals body whip in cherry blossom.

My thoughts on each product:

Yankee Candles - All of these candles smelt amazing. They were really warm and comforting. My favourites were mulled wine, Christmas eve, and Sparkling Cinnamon.

Avon senses Dazzling shower gel - Oh My Word this smells amazing! It smells just like Christmas, and it lingers on your skin. I have gone through one shower gel and one and a half hand washes. I really hope they come back out with this next year, because it really is delicious!

Johnson and Johnson eye make-up remover - As you all know, I love this eye make-up remover, and have gone through three bottles of this. I highly recommend this to you all.

Avon Clearskin daily correcting lotion - This lotion is incredible, it clears your skin so quickly, and a little goes a long way. And it isn't expensive, I think it's only £4.

Boots Soltan suntan lotion for the face - I feel like I used this up months ago, but apparently not. This is a suntan lotion, not much to say really. I use this everyday, to protect from the sun (obviously ha-ha) and it also works great as a primer. Seriously though, my make-up does not budge when this is my primer. 

Avon Naturals body whip - This is so creamy and hydrating, smells incredible and sinks in quickly. And best of all it was only 99p! If you are on a tight budget and need a good, hydrating moisturiser, then I recommend this. It is available in loads of scents, but this one is very fresh which is why I like it, you can layer it with your perfume and body spray nicely.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx



Saturday, 4 January 2014

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 9 - Three Films

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.




This is going to be easy for me, so let's get started.

  1. Dirty Dancing - "Nobody puts Baby in a corner"
  2. Mean Girls - "So Fetch"
  3. Titanic - "I'll never let go Jack"
Yes they are all super girly, but if I want to watch a movie but don't know what, it will be one of those. What are your top 3 films, leave them in the comments below.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx






12 Day's of Christmas - Day 8 - My new years resolutions

Hey girls, I hope you're all well, and HAPPY NEW YEAR! :D


I was doing so well with this series, then my computer decided not to work for days! So that was annoying, but don't worry, because there will still be 12 posts by tomorrow. And that does mean there will be a lot of posts within 2 days, but don't worry because I will link each post at the end, like I normally do so you don't miss any :)

This year, I have different sort of resolutions. Instead of them being things that can physically be seen and done, they are more about my mental self, with a few exceptions. They are kind of personal, but I think by telling you all, I can maybe inspire some of you, and also keep myself accountable.

  1. Love my body and all it can do, not just on the outside, but on the inside too. (There will be a post on this tomorrow)
  2. Do things I love and not be ashamed, or worried about being judged.
  3. Write a novel. It doesn't have to be good, just write.
  4. Complete things I have started.
  5. Challenge myself to help me move past things
  6. Be happy.
  7. Grow closer to God
  8. Document my life through journalling and pictures.
What are your new years resolutions? Let me know, and we can keep each other accountable.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx



Tuesday, 31 December 2013

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 7 - 10 day 'you' challenge - Four books

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.

Can you believe that today is the last day of 2013? This year really did fly by! It is just a blur of snow and sun for me, what about you?


I hope you've been enjoying my 10 day 'you' challenge posts, because I have another one for you all today :)


This one is going to be so hard for me to write, because I love books. Whatever book I last read tends to be my favourite book, but I do have a couple of all time favourites. 

  1. Harry Potter - Of course I was going to include this. Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix is my favourite, with Chamber of Secrets being my least favourite, but I adore the entire series.
  2. A Song of Ice and Fire - Another series there was no way I could leave out. I was introduced to the series this year, and I am so happy I was, it is amazing!
  3. Perks of being a wallflower - This is another book I read this year, and fell in love with. It is so inspirational, and just amazing and I love it so much.
  4. Entwined - This is such a fun and beautiful story. If you love fairytales, you'll love this. It is based on an actual fairytale (I can't remember which one) but it reminds me a lot of Beauty and the Beast because it is set in an enchanted castle, with an ugly beast.
What are your top 4 books? Let me know, I'm always looking for recommendations.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx



Monday, 30 December 2013

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 6 - Currently

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.


Today I am doing a currently, but instead of doing it in real time, I'm going to mention what I have been doing lately.

Listening: All of my new C.D.s I got for Christmas, including Luke Bryan, and a Disney Princess album :)
Eating: A lot of junk food, particularly cake. Well it is Christmas after all ;D
Drinking: Juice. I'm not normally a fan of juice, I much prefer water, but lately I've really been enjoying it, especially when it is in my Disney Princess cup.
Wearing: Pyjamas. With it being Christmas I haven't really been getting dressed, except to walk the dog, but I much prefer to be in my pyjamas.
Feeling: Lucky because I was very spoilt this Christmas.
Weather: Sunny, but cold. Not very Christmassy, but oh well, it's not been too bad I guess.
Wanting: To finish A Song if Ice and Fire. I love it, but I've been reading it for months, and want to read something else, but refuse to until I have read the entire series.
Needing: A new laptop. As you all know I keep having issues with my laptop, and seeing as I'm doing a course online, I should probably get a new one (and I hope to get one very soon)
Thinking: I can't wait to start Tai Chi in the new year, it is going to be so good. I really can't wait!
Enjoying: All the cake we have in the house right now. My health might not appreciate it, but my taste buds certainly do :-P

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx

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Sunday, 29 December 2013

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 5 - 10 day 'you' challenge - 5 foods

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.


Today I am sharing my top 5 favourite foods


  1. Chocolate. What girl can resist chocolate, right? 
  2. Pizza - I adore pizza, but I'm not a fan of toppings so I tend to go for margarita. However Morrison's do a delicious goats cheese and spinach pizza, which I highly recommend.
  3. Curly fries - Also sweet potato fries, both of which are perfect with my pizza.
  4. Fruit - All sorts of fruit really, I'm not fussy.
  5. Popcorn - I love the Metcalfe sweet and salty popcorn a lot right now. It's weird to begin with, but then when you get past that, it is amazing.
What are your favourite foods?

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx



Saturday, 28 December 2013

12 Day's of Christmas - Day 4 - Clear up your skin in a week.

Hey girls, I hope you're all well.


I have not been kind to my skin lately. I've been skipping washes, a lot lately, which has been causing a lot of breakouts. But I have worked out a great way to clear it up quickly. Of course this depends on how bad your skin is. If you have a lot of acne/cystic acne, then this probably won't for for you, but if, like me, you only have a couple of spots here and there, then this will work great. Well at least it does for me.

Things I do anyway, no matter what:

  • Use the clean side of a pillow every night. By this I mean I will turn the pillow over every night, and every other night I will use a different pillow. I sleep alone so I have four pillows, meaning eight nights of clean pillows, but if you share a bed you can always put a clean towel on your pillow every night. This prevents bacteria that has transferred from your face the night before to transfer back the next night.
  • Use a clean face cloth and towel every day. I only use the face cloth and towels for one day, in the morning and at night. It's always best to use clean things if you want to clean your skin. You can get face cloths pretty cheap, I think you can get a pack of eight for a pound in Primark, and you just do a wash once a week and you're set.
  • Clean your make-up brushes every week. Make-up build up on your brushes causes germs to collect, and you're putting that on your face every day. Cleaning your brushes at least once a week will prevent this. I have a post on how I clean my brushes if you are interested, but however you do it, just do it, trust me.
Now how I clear up my skin after being lazy:

Obviously the most important thing to do is to get back on track with your skin care routine. Wash every single morning and night with your cleanser, tone, and moisturise! But just doing that will mean it will take more time to clear up, so here is what I do.

  • Use a face mask twice a week. Below are the two I've been using lately which are amazing! Especially the Planet Spa by Avon one. They both deeply cleanse, and work to get rid of spots without drying out your skin. Whenever I use the Planet Spa one, I notice a difference within 24 hours, so I would highly recommend ordering it from your Avon Representative. The mud therapy one is from Superdrug, and does the same thing as the Planet Spa, however I don't notice a difference as quickly, but it definitely works. Both are pretty cheap and are green, which I love because it makes me feel like I'm in a movie :-P



  • You're also going to want to use a spot treatment, and the best one is Tea Tree oil. It is super cheap, and can be found anywhere. I put this on after my toner, but before my moisturiser whenever I have a spot, a fading spot, or I can feel one coming up, so pretty much everyday. In the winter I get dry skin, so I apply some E45 after my moisturiser, to hydrate it again, however, the greasiness can stop the spots from fading as quickly, so I apply more Tea Tree oil on top of the E45.
  • Go without make-up for the week. Make-up clogs your pores, and if you're not removing it properly can cause acne. You need to leave your skin to breathe and heal, so going a week without make-up will allow that to happen, and your skin will clear up much quicker.
  • Exfoliate the night after a face mask. This might seem a bit excessive to exfoliate after a face mask which gets deep into your pours, but I really find that it works to get rid of the top layer of the dead skin, and let the new skin shine. I exfoliate three times a week, but when I'm doing this I find that doing it the night after a face mask is better; at least for my skin
And that is all I do. It might not seem like a lot, but it really works! As long as you are cleansing twice a day and doing these extra things, you'll have clear skin in no time.

Have a beautiful day

Dream beautiful dreams; live beautiful lives

xx