Saturday, 25 August 2018

The A to Z of me - Laustworld

Laura is standing inside of a cave. She is wearing a red shirt

I have seen the A to Z idea floating around several blogs. I'm not sure who started it, I thought it would be fun to get close and personal. Get to know a little bit more about me. 
Let's jam!

Monday, 20 August 2018

Urban Decay Born to Run eyeshadow palette: Review and swatches

Urban decay born to run palette surrounded by pink flowers in the background

As you get older and as your planners become overcrowded with errands, versatility becomes your best friend. When I'm getting ready, I'd rather have one palette of eye shadows that does it all than hundreds of mediocre ones. I don't have time to search for certain colours in my draws.
Urban Decay has recently released the Born to Run palette, I could be too late to the party but I have finally managed to snatch one of these palettes in the store. In this post, I will be discussing whether this palette is worth the hype. 

Sunday, 12 August 2018

Being unproductive does not make you worthless: 10 ways to find balance in life

Notebook that says make it happen. The image also has some red tulips

As I was strolling across the infamous Paperchase haven of stationery, I come to a realisation that we obsess about being productive. This made me think about my habits as a student - I used to constantly engross myself with making long lists and punish myself if those lists were left incomplete.

Even my weeks were made into planned lists because it gave me a sense of control. I knew what to do and what to expect. On the other hand, the curse of productivity addiction screwed my mental health. This troublesome voice in my head kept calling me worthless when I was unproductive.
Wednesday, 8 August 2018

The How-to Guide: Getting a job

Man wearing a suit and holding a card that says how to guide: getting a job

The competition in the job market is real, getting a job even with a perfect education is a struggle. In 2016/2017 there have been 757000 people with undergraduate degrees under their belt and 237000 with postgraduate qualifications. When it comes to employment, you should have a clear strategy, effortless applications lacking in research are not enough.

In this ‘how to guide', I am here to guide you through common life challenges. In this post, I will share some of my knowledge to ease your journey towards becoming employed.

Saturday, 4 August 2018

July Favourites and Thoughts

Image with flowers that says july favourites and thoughts

July was the beginning of something special – the birth of this blog. So far, I have been trying my best to be active in the blogging community, support other creators and also be inspired by their work. I have particularly enjoyed these lovely bloggers this month – Ruthinrevolt, HelloBexa and Hayley Ivy. Thank you, ladies, and well done for your hard work.  

In terms of thoughts more generally, I have been thinking that my mind should be always improving. Days spent not doing something useful is kind of a waste. However, perhaps this need to be productive has stressed me out a little. It’s all about finding the right balance and being kind to myself. I kept trying to figure out who I am as well. I am living representation of self-identity crisis. My boyfriend always tells me that the answer to the question ‘who am I?’ is – ‘I am’. My August will be the month of being and discovering.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Access x Helen Anderz workshop: 5 things I have learned

Yellow image that says helen anderz x access creative
Photo credit: Access Creative
Meet- Access Creative. An artistic alternative to common college and sixth form education, for individuals aged 16-18+. The college aims to educate upcoming generations of creators, across a wide range of creative professions. Access Creative has many great courses on offer, for those with a passion for creativity. Effective skill development is assured by providing students with modern resources, enriching opportunities and support.

Access Creative has recently collaborated with a British YouTuber/blogger/musician, Helen Anderson. As an online creator-extraordinaire in the style, beauty and lifestyle world, Helen shared her knowledge about all things ‘online media’ in two educational workshops. The Access x Helen Anderz workshops took place in London and Manchester. I was given the chance to attend the workshop in London.
Thursday, 19 July 2018


Pastel coloured image that says my tinder experience tips for finding love online

In the past, online dating has been viewed as controversial method to find love. Times have changed drastically. PNAS (Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America) have conducted multiple studies on online dating. Research indicates that 35% of relationships begin on the internet or dating app. Despite the evidence, the question remains – can you really find love online? Or is it meant for one-night stand fun? I am here to provide my online dating story and give you advice when it comes to our most beloved, online dating app – Tinder.

Saturday, 14 July 2018

6 Tips for Surviving University

Pink image that says tips to survive university

This year I will graduate university in September, having worked my ass off in the process. These three years were a learning curve and through this roller-coaster experience, I have expanded my self-awareness and knowledge of the world and others. I thought it would be a great idea to share some tips and advice to all the lovely people, who are planning or waiting to study at university. 

Thursday, 12 July 2018

The dangers of framing mental health issues as an identity

Closeup of yellow flowers in a summer field

Sometimes I have too much time on my hands and it’s both a blessing and a curse. Time is finite, however for me – it triggers an irrational response of thinking. The cycle of thought is difficult to escape yet sometimes re-evaluation is needed for improved growth, awareness, and understanding. In this case, I have been pondering about the dangers of becoming ‘an issue’. Perhaps you have experienced hardships in life – so have I, so have others.

I have been guilty of creating an identity out of negativity because I could not see myself beyond those problems. I had no sense of who I am (and I still have no idea). Consequently, using my mental health issues as an adjective for ‘me’ has been the easiest option. After all, being ‘the one with the irrational mind” brings you into a family of struggling individuals, a place where you can belong.
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