Sunday, 3 January 2016

I Wanted To Write

I wanted to write today. No particular reason, but I just had this sudden urge, an overbearing impulse, to pour from my heart and unload the thoughts from my mind that buzz inside of me 24/7. 

I guess you could say I'm feeling all sentimental and emotional because it's a new year and that. 

As I write this I'm sitting on my sofa wearing my tatty leggings and slouchy cotton jumper surrounded by family. My Nan and Grandad have recently moved next door to be closer and it's such a comforting and happy feeling to know that they are happier and safer.

A few overriding feelings from this year would be developing friendships I would never have imagined and feeling feelings I didn't think could be felt. Wow that was so cheesy. My friends say I need to be checked into rehab but I just call it swimming to new depths in life hahahaha. It's good to be deep right? As long as you keep your head above the water, and that's what 2016 is all about, trying to gain a new calm and composed outlook on life. If there's one thing that I've gained from 2015 it's that you really can't let other people get in the way of your own happiness. What I mean by that is that it's good to care about others and I really believe in always being kind, but you have to remember to be kind to yourself too. That starts with removing negativity and feeling comfortable to just do whatever feels right and not worrying about what others think about you. I think there's nothing worse then letting other people plant opinions inside of your head that you don't agree with, and one thing I need to work on is remembering to not let those things get to me. I don't believe in conflict or arguing back, it's just not my thing. I always feel so guilty at the smallest of things and I never want to inflict sadness on people so I prefer to just not even enter the danger territory of conflict atall. What I do need to start practicing though is remembering to not let the annoying, painful, infuriating moments get to me. I need to remember to just breathe and smile. That's probably so difficult as you can't just turn emotions off, I don't think that's necessarily right either, but I'm just going to try and establish a more steady, breezy approach to life. That's all 2015 has been so far, just faking it till I make it and I hope in 2016 I'll be one step closer to making it.


Wednesday, 2 September 2015

AN OILY WEEK.

So it's been an absolute scorcher this week!!!

I haven't been able to get any sunbathing in which I am so upset about. Luckily, I  recently purchased the St Tropez Self Tan Luxe Facial oil and I am loving it! This product promises to provide a natural looking streak-free tan that lasts for up to 5 days.

The formula is super lightweight, non-greasy and quick-drying. I would never usually put tan on my face as I like to look after my skin and keep it clean, but this oil is sold as NON PORE BLOCKING so I had to give it a try!

Oils are amazing for the skin. For ages I have been worried about using a facial oil as I have oily skin myself and worried I would end up with a big shiny spotty face but I have to say they make a really nice change from a regular moisturiser.

Facial oils are lipophilic, or fat loving, they pass though the lipid layer of the skin faster, preventing water loss and plumping skin with moisture more effectively.  They also help the skin to absorb better, so by applying a little oil before any other products you are opening your skin up to drinking up any benefits of your other products!

 Last week I made an extra effort to head down to the gym, as I had a bit of a naughty week and a half where a lot of chocolate and pastries were consumed. YUM! I always say, everything in moderation, and it's actually quite nice to get back in to a healthy routine. I went back to doing regular gym, normally about 45 mins cardio and some abs... and I  even stepped it up and gear and went to an INSANITY class. OH. MY. GOODNESS. It was no Zumba let's put it that way!!!

 Insanity is interval training at it's best. 

You work out really hard in 3 - 5 minute blocks, have around 30 seconds rest then go back at it with even more attack. There were lots of burpees, squatting, planking etc. It's so fast paced and I can really see how people get incredible results. I may have had to simplify a couple of the moves as I won't lie I was close to throwing up....

Along with gymming, I have been drinking Apple Cider Vinegar - From The Mother morning and night to give my body a natural detox.

Apple Cider Vinegar is AH MA ZING. It's super cheap, can be purchased anywhere and has multiple uses! I love using it on my skin as a natural toner. It kills bacteria so is great for evenening out skin tone and keeping spots at bay. I particulary love to drink a table spoon with a glass of water, as there is research to show that it helps lower cholesterol, burns fat, and even reduces risks of illness.

You can also use it if you suffer with dandruff/sensitive scalps (spray half water half cider vinegar on to your scalp and wrap in a towel for an hour, then rinse) , to help skin irritations such as bug bites to stinging nettle bites and even to reduce foot odour!!

You can get it at any health food store and in most supermarkets. There are also Apple Cider Vinegar capsules which come in handy for those who can't get used to the vinegary taste of the liquid!! 

Finally, I have been loving Bio-Oil lately, smothering it EVERYWHERE! I use this stuff all over my body just like a moisturiser, and have recently started using it as part of my nightly skin care. 

At first I thought it would make me break out, but after doing some research I have found that it actually heals the skin and gets rid of spots. A little goes a long way with this, and I have been using it all over my face after removing my make up.

Bio Oil also has other incredible properties and is particularly great for healing scars, aging and uneven skin tone = WINNING FACE PRODUCT! This is definitely a product to always keep handy.

This product is a great long term investment, as it tightens and evens skin before it get's too late. Prevention is ALWAYS better than cure!!!

5 Simple Ways to Let Off Steam

Hey guys! I'm so sorry for being MIA for the past couple of months now, I guess you could say I've been prioritising other stuff and I have completely neglected my blog. I kind of fell out of love with blogging but I'm ready to fall back in love with it again as I could do with an outlet in my life right now.

Do you ever feel just "smothered with life"? For absolutely no reason whatsoever or because of futile things, you can't help but feel like you're carrying the weight of the world on your shoulders. I feel like I've been really negative lately and I hate being like that so I've made a decision to channel my negative energy into positive energy. Still, life wouldn't be life if it wasn't for stresses every now and again and that's completely okay, in fact, it can be slightly pleasing dealing with them. Here are my favourite ways to let off steam when I'm in one of these moods!

1) Music.

I am OBSESSED with music lately. I know that sounds ridiculous because it's something that's always been there and I've always liked it but I guess I've always taken it for granted (a bit like oxygen? *crying with laughter face*) I have literally been overdosing on it like medicine as it just makes me feel SO DAMN GOOD. This sounds so funny I know. I don't even have a favourite genre, anything from country music, to 80s tunes, to rock and reggae, I ain't fussy when it comes to music. There is seriously nothing more satisfying for me then picking a really empowering song and belting it from the top of my lungs, I just feel bad for my neighbours.

2) Dance.

For all the same reasons as my first point, I love bursting my favourite songs so loud and leaping round the room and dancing my stresses and worries away. My favourite kind is contemporary dance as I just get so lost in the music and I find it so invigorating, (oh my God, cringe me later!!!!) I just wish I was good at it, I envy people who can sing and dance SO MUCH. 

3) Writing.

I bought a little book for my bedside table and I've been writing songs to vent my feelings and it's actually really fun. As for blogging, I really want to give it another shot. Even if no one reads this, it helps me as I find writing so therapeutic. 

4) Take a long drive.

Something I only realised the other day when I went to pick up my Dad from the station with my sister was how much I can't wait to drive. We were listening to Taylor Swift on full blast and singing along in the dark and it was just so much fun. I love how no matter how loud you sing, no one can hear you as the car is like a little cavern for just you, your thoughts and banging tunes (and whoever else is in the car obvs). Even if you're not driving for a purpose, if things get too much in one particular place, riding away from that and returning later can make you see things a lot clearer. DISCLAIMER - I DON'T ADVISE DANGEROUS DRIVING THOUGH... BE SAFE ON THE ROADS GUYS.

5) Making.

As simple as it sounds, creating a little project for yourself is really good for taking your mind off of things and giving yourself something to get lost in. It can literally be anything, I recently made a photo collage on my wall of all my favourite people and memories and it makes me feel so happy looking up at it before I go to sleep. Being productive also makes you feel like you have more of a purpose and it's really fulfilling to finish something that has taken time and effort. 

Love Lily xxx