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Sunday, 10 March 2019

Current Favourites and Thoughts




Makeup items, glasses and a black and white skirt


Hello again, I’m back! Can you believe it’s March already? I haven’t done a favourites post on my blog in a while, so I thought that it’s time to make a current favourites one. 

My head has also been a whole huge mess of thoughts, so I thought I would use my blog as a space of ‘venting’, maybe sharing my thoughts will help you to attune with your own thoughts and feelings. After all, the worst thing to do when you feel a bit ‘off’ is to pretend that everything is okay, am I right?


What have I been up to?


WORKING! And of course, still having my driving lessons. Oh yeah, and I also got an agonizing gum infection because of some food that got stuck in my gum (trust that to happen to me ). I’m also doing my psychology research apprenticeship and began the preliminary work for my research project – how exciting!


Current Thoughts


I have been having cycles of trying to succeed on social media (primarily Instagram), those cycles begin with a great load of motivation and end with self-despair and unhealthy social comparisons.

For this reason, I have been avoiding Instagram to escape this sort of tainted world of perfection. As much as I love expressing myself through photography, getting followers is a chore.

At the end of the day, your happiness should not be defined by how many followers you have or how many people validate you. If you learn to validate yourself for who you are, your life would change for the better – I’m still taking my baby steps towards this.

I’m also approaching my 22nd birthday, and I am already suffering from a quarter-life crisis. It consists of thoughts and feelings such as:

‘What is the point of trying?’

‘What is my purpose in life?’

‘Is there any meaning in life or is life just a rat race and then we just die?’

‘How am I contributing to the society?’

It sucks, but I know this is only temporary.


Current Favourites

Beauty 

Mac Matte Lipstick (Velvet Teddy) (£17.50) – All right, I am late to the party to the Velvet Teddy love. I thought this shade would not suit me at all, but I gave it a chance. Recently, I have been opting for a more natural look and Velvet Teddy is such a perfect shade for this. The formula is so long-lasting as well!

MAC velvet teddy lipstick

Urban Decay Eyeshadow Primer Potion (£17.50) – I got the infamous eyeshadow primer potion from Urban Decay during the Boxing Day sales, and alas my eyeshadows are now brighter than ever and last for ages without fading into oblivion!

Bourjois Healthy Mix Juicy Glow Blush Drops (£8.99) – It’s almost spring which means healthy, skin that’s alive and glowing is back in town. I never seen anyone talk about this product, I personally love it. It leaves such a healthy finish to the skin and can even be applied to lips for that monochrome look!

Style

Nike Trainers (I can’t find these online!! but it was about £50) – I needed some comfy shoes to wear for work. My job involves a lot of walking, and damn I am pleased. These shoes are so comfy! I don’t really care about the brand thing, but I heard good things about Nike quality, I wanted something to last and so far, these shoes have been wearing well!

Black Nike trainers

Midi skirts – Most of my midi skirts are in a pencil skirt style, I’m still on a hunt for a nice floaty skirt – Lucy Cole is my midi skirt style inspiration (check her blog!). I think midi skirts look brilliant. Most of mine are either from charity shops or Tkmaxx.


Me wearing a black and white polka skirt

Kate Spade glasses – I spend a significant amount of time on the computer working, and as you all know computer screens strain your poor little eyes. I got these glasses a while back, but I started to like them a lot recently.

Bloggers

Honestly, I haven’t been exploring the blogging world or reading many blog posts at the moment, so I only have one favourite blogger.

Anna Reel (The Reel Anna) – I stumbled across this wonderful blogger/youtuber, after she left a lovely comment on my blog. Her blog is aimed at personal growth and self-improvement. Anna is a psychology nerd and a fellow introvert. I think that she is contributing a lot to the blogging community. Check out her blog and her YouTube channel!




These are all my current favourites and thoughts. I guess most recently I haven’t been loving a lot of things but thinking in my head instead. If you are also stuck in a vicious cycle of negative thoughts – you are not alone. Cultivate that energy to create wonderful things, express yourself, don’t be stuck in a shell.

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11 comments:

  1. I love MAC lipsticks! My favourites are the light nudes but they don't top the MAC lipglass glosses in my opinion x


    Melanie || www.melaniewithanie.com

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    1. Oooh! I have never tried those glosses before!

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  2. Velvet Teddy is such a fab all-rounder! I barely ever suit nudes either but I absolutely love that shade. I totally agree about Instagram, some weeks I'll post once and others I'll post 5 times. It's SO hard to put yourself out there and not be disheartened and comparing yourself all the time! It's definitely a good idea to have a break sometimes, if i'm feeling low already, I can't bring myself to go on there as I usually come off feeling worse because of comparison!
    Alice Xx

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  3. Thank you so much for including me! �� I'm so glad you've resonated with my work.
    Also, I've been there before with those kinds of feelings about social media, my purpose, and life. If you ever need someone to talk it out with, my DMs are always open to you! ��

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  4. This was such an interesting post! I like to be nosey and see what other people are enjoying and learning about more products. Thank you for sharing! Lauren x

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  5. Velvet Teddy lipstick is my all time favorite!! Glad you enjoy it as well.

    lovely post.X

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  6. I feel the same strain with Instagram. Getting followers is a complete hassle!

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  7. I can totally relate with Instagram, it's so negative and I honestly find it quite alarming how many people think that and still use it heavily. Velvet Teddy is such a classic shade x

    Sophie

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  8. Hi, Laura!

    I totally agree with you when you say "the worst thing to do when you feel a bit ‘off’ is to pretend that everything is okay." So true! We need to listen to our body and mind, identify what's going on and hopefully be able to talk about it.

    Peace, Love & Happiness,

    Norma Linnet
    http://normalinnet.com

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  9. I feel in a constant state of crisis to so it's always nice to know I'm not alone! I have no idea what I'm doing with my life 😂😂 loved reading about your favourites 😊 Thank you for sharing 💜

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  10. I can completely relate with you! I'm 22 and feel that way a looooot, but I have hope that things will get better! Keep your head high. Not every bad season lasts forever! x
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    GABBY | www.gabbyabigaill.com

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