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20.10.17

SIGNS YOU SHOULD QUIT YOUR JOB

Back in February this year, I made a decision that was a long time coming, which was to quit my job. All in all, I had been working there for about two and a half years and particularly for the last twelve to eighteen months, I really felt like I needed to leave. There were many factors that were influencing my decision to leave a place that was just not a good fit for me whatsoever. Now I’m still a full time student and therefore (until recently) I’ve only ever had part time jobs and I don’t have a mortgage, so it’s probably not as difficult for someone like me to make such a decision – however I (as much as the next person) like financial stability and independence. Irrespective of that, there are still universal signs when it comes to realizing the sings that you should leave your job, whether it be full time or part time.

| Y O U   D R E A D   G O I N G   I N

We all have days when all you want to do is pull a sicky and stay in bed every now and again, but if you consistently hate the thought of going in everyday, this is a huge sign. In my previous job, we had to book in our availability a week ahead and before I would even hand in my availability, I already didn’t want to go in for the shifts I was about to book myself in for. You shouldn’t feel like you have to be in a job or position where you want to cancel or call in sick on a regular basis. You should be in a job that you enjoy and at best don’t mind going into everyday.

| Y O U   W A N T   S O M E T H I N G   D I F F E R E N T

When it comes to actually making decisions, I’m a very decisive person, however my downfall is that I get bored pretty quickly. My first job was very repetitive – it was working in a call centre conducting market research and as you can imagine, asking the same questions on such a regular basis can get extremely boring. My next job actually overlapped with my first, and due to them both being zero hour contracts, meant that I could do both without overworking myself and still being able to do my college work. Having said that, my second job was very different to my first and now I’m onto my third job (as well as that I still have my second which is in retail) and this too is very different. I personally like a change in environment, challenges and expectations. I’m still young, but I can only imagine what it would be like to have worked in the same career field for the past 30 years.

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| Y O U ' R E   N O T   H A P P Y

Regardless of everything else I have mentioned – happiness, in my opinion is the most important factor. When I decided to leave my job in market research, I my monthly income decreased by a significant amount – I’m talking about three-quarters but the day after I quit my job, I honestly felt like a weight had been lifted off my shoulders and I woke up so incredibly happy, not to mention that I haven’t suffered with migraines since leaving – touch wood! Ultimately, if you are not happy in a job for whatever reason, albeit the stress or the job itself etc. your happiness and wellbeing trumps everything. We spend so much time at work that you cannot afford for it to be in a place that does not make you happy.

I know it’s not always that easy – I’ll be the first person to tell you how hard it is to find a job, let alone a job that you love and enjoy. Everyone has various different financial responsibilities and it’s definitely easier said than done, but at the same time life’s too short to have to go to a job day in, day out that you severely do not enjoy and not all money is good money. Mental health and happiness is just as important, if not more than a big pay cheque at the end of every month.

- W H A T   Y O U   P U T   U P   W I T H, Y O U   E N D   U P   W I T H -

17.10.17

BLUSHER FOR THE NON-BLUSHER | PIXI SHEER CHEEK GEL

When it comes to makeup, I’m not so much of a blusher person, I’m definitely more of a contour and highlight kind of girl. Up until recently, I have really neglected blusher for various different reasons, however the main one being that many of them are too pigmented and therefore don’t look right on my dark skintone.  On the odd occasion, there are days where I feel like contour and highlight aren’t cutting it and that I need a little bit of blusher to tie the look together, which is where the *Pixi Sheer Cheek Gel’s come into play.

| Pixi say the “sheer gel blush creates a natural looking and long lasting cheek flush to brighten & beautify your complexion in an instant.” |

These blushers are very light in consistency and have a sheer tint of pigment, which prevents them from being too overpowering and maintains a natural look. Although it may look like there’s not a lot of product, a little goes a long way and you need the smallest bit. I love the versatility in the application as you can apply it with a brush, and when I do apply it with a brush, I use a duo fiber brush, however my favourite way too apply this blusher is with my fingers as it just applies so nicely. Due to the fact that these are gel blushers, the longevity isn’t one of the best, but when it does start to wear off, it fades away nicely and not at all patchy.

In all honesty, I am a packaging fiend, as I’m a sucker for some good packaging, ranging all the way from the box to the packaging of the product itself. The packaging of these actual blushers doesn’t leave a lot to be desired and it’s a very ‘what you see if what you get’ sort of packaging. It consists of a pale green box, which is very typical of all Pixi products, and the actual product is housed in a squeezy tube, which makes it travel, and makeup bag friendly.

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There are 3 shades available with an RRP of £14 each - natural, flushed and rosy. The shade natural is a lovely pale pink, which would be perfect for those with a fairer complexion. Flushed is a deep berry shade, which is the one that I tend to opt for, as it looks so nice on mid-darker skin tones. Rosy is more of a dark mid-tone pink which is a good all-rounder.

Overall, I do really like the concept of these blushers and I find that they work really well for natural or no makeup-makeup looks and although it may not look like there’s a lot of product, a little goes a long way and it’ll probably last you a good while!

What’s your go-to blusher?
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11.10.17

LOUIS VUITTON TOILETRY POUCH 26

A couple years ago for my 18th birthday, I received the Louis Vuitton Toiletry Pouch 26 as an introductory piece into the world of luxury and designer pieces. From a really young age, I've been into nice things and particularly appreciated the look of a good bag or gorgeous pair of shoes on other people. I'm an avid reader of magazines such as Elle, Tatler and Harpers Bazaar which are filled to the brim with various brands and designers all over their glossy pages! I have always been a fan of Louis Vuitton and for such a milestone birthday, I wanted something that I would not only get to keep forever and pass down to my future children, but something that would introduce me into a world I've admired for years!

| THE TOILETRY POUCH
There are three sizes of the toiletry pouch - the 15, 19 and 26. The number of the bag represents the size in centimeters. You can also get this bag in different colours and materials. I have the Toiletry Pouch 26 in the monogram canvas as it looks like a classic LV piece. This piece in particular is marketed as a travel accessory to obviously put all of your toiletries in, however I (like many others) use it primarily as a clutch bag. The only time I really use this for its intended function is when I'm travelling and keep it in my handbag with all my mini toiletries as I would kick myself if it was in my suitcase and it got lost in transit.

| WEAR & TEAR
As with all the monogram pieces from Louis Vuitton, the vachetta leather has a tendency to patina over time. As I've had this bag for a couple of years, I expected the small amount of vachetta to darken in colour due to use and age, however it pretty much looks exactly as it did when I got it, which is probably due to the fact that I don't really hold it from the little tab on the side. This bag is extremely durable, it has been dropped on the floor of night clubs, had the odd drink spilt on it, and it has held up really well as there are no marks.

| WOULD I RECOMMEND?
At one point I thought it would have been better if I got the size down (19) however having seen it in person, I quickly came to realise that if I did get the 19 that I would barely get any use out of it due to it's size. If you are looking to get yourself a LV Toiletry Pouch, then I would highly suggest getting the 26 as it's perfect to use as an actual bag as well as it's intended function to carry toiletries. If you want something small to pop in your everyday handbag, then maybe go for the 15 or 19 or even check out the cosmetic pouches LV has to offer! The 26(cm) toiletry pouch costs around £260 which I think is actually pretty good and considering the amount that I have used this piece, the cost per wear is most likely very minimal. If you're looking for a classic, yet versatile and trendy piece or something to introduce you into designer pieces, I would highly recommend the Toiletry Pouch!

What's your favourite/most used bag?!

20.9.17

THE WORK/LIFE BALANCE: HOW I WORK FULL TIME, HAVE A SOCIAL LIFE & BLOG

When it comes to juggling a full time job, a social life and 'me' time, it can be a huge struggle. More often than not, the two lines get blurred and before you know it, you're having a mental breakdown - you're rushed off your feet at work, but at the same time you haven't seen your family in months. Over the past few months, I've done something that I've never done before, and that is, working a full time job. It took a lot of adjusting and I'll be the first to admit that my blog/social media and family life took a backseat. But ironically enough, just as I've gotten the hang of it, I'm going back to university and cutting down to part time - Sod's law.
| MAKE THE EFFORT
I know it can be hard, especially after a long and tiresome day at work, but if you don’t put the effort to actually go out, you never will. My friends were home from university over summer and I wanted to see them as much as possible as I felt like I hadn’t seen them in ages and this meant that I had to actually make the effort to see them. There were times where I had worked from twelve o’clock midday, to eleven thirty at night and I would drive myself straight from work to one of their houses to spend a few hours with them, despite having work at ten o’clock the following morning. There’s no doubt that it’s tiring, but at the same time, there’s nothing like spending time with your friends, whether it’s at the pub, in a park (not late at night) or just at someone’s house spending hours and hours on end, just chatting about random stuff.

| USE YOUR TIME
This is something that can be quite tricky, if you work in a job that is particularly physically draining, as I’m sure all you want to do in your free time is lay in bed watching catch-up TV until you next need to be up for work. This is the thing that really f*cked me up when I started working full time which consequentially led to my blog taking a back seat. I would just stay in bed all day on my day off (apart from a quick trip to the nail shop) and I wouldn’t do anything else really. After a couple of months, I actually started to use my days off to catch up on blogging and actually doing things. For example, the day that I’m writing this is my day off work and I have about another five or so posts to write after this in addition to social media and emails to do (albeit, I’m in my bed, but at least I’m doing something productive). I’m now at a point where if I don’t do anything productive on my days off, I feel like I’ve wasted a day – so use your time wisely!


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| SAY NO
I know that I previously said, to make the effort, but don’t be afraid to actually say no. If you have limited time anyway, you don’t want to waste it doing something you couldn’t give a flying monkey’s about. I’m actually that person who up until recently said no to a lot of motives. Pretty much anywhere that I couldn’t drive to, didn’t like the food or just in general wasn’t interested in or couldn’t be bothered to go to, I wouldn’t go to. A few of my friends are vegan, so they like going to vegan hot spots, which are mainly situated around central London and me being a meat eater, I’d happily spend £5 in KFC on some popcorn chicken and chips, rather than trekking into central London to pay an insane amount for some vegan chicken – which I’ve heard is actually very good and tastes exactly like chicken, but it would cost me more money to pay for travel than if I were to quickly walk or drive to KFC.

| ORGANISE YOUR TIME
If you work a 9-5 this is probably a little bit easier, as you already know your work schedule, but if like me you only find out your work schedule a few days in advance, it’s a little trickier. I try and organize my time as best as I can with the help of my trustee Filofax. By organizing your time, you will get the most out of it and therefore be more productive and not feel like you’ve wasted a sh*t tonne of time. it’s all about balance and it means that you can spend more time doing what you want. Everyone’s different and has different priorities, for example my priorities are my blog and seeing my friends/family, but someone else may be to spend every waking moment going shopping. I’ve just found that organizing my time has reduced the amount of time I waste and allowed me to do more of what I want to do.

How do you get the work/life balance right?

13.9.17

P.M. SKINCARE ROUTINE

When it comes to my evening routine, I’m pretty short with it, only carrying out the three main (and in my opinion, the most important) steps with regards to skincare. Most of the time, I’ve come back from a long day at work or out doing things, and the last thing I want to do is spend ages putting countless products on my face. The three steps that my evening routine consists of are cleanse, tone and moisturise. I used to carry out a strenuous evening skincare routine, however realistically, when you come in at stupid o’clock in at night/early hours of the morning, carrying out a tiresome routine after a tiresome day is just not going to happen.

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| CLEANSE
If I’ve had a full face of makeup on, I usually go in with one of the Nivea Micellar Wipes as this gets rid of the majority of my makeup. I’ve tried many makeup wipes in the past and these are one of the gentlest makeup wipes that also don’t take forever and a day to remove my makeup. There is a stigma in the beauty community when it comes to using makeup wipes to remove makeup, but I personally don’t see anything wrong with it, if you properly cleanse your skin afterwards. I have currently been alternating between a few facial cleansers – my absolute default and go-to cleanser is The Body Shop Seaweed Cleanser. It’s a nice gentle cleanser and I love how it lathes up on the skin. The seaweed element really helps to wake me up in the mornings and make my skin feel refreshed. The other cleanser I’ve been using is the *Pixi Glow Mud Cleanser, another really nice cleanser which works well at cleansing my skin and removing the impurities from my makeup and just pollution in general.

| TONE
On the topic of toner, over the past few months, I have really enjoyed using the Pixi Glow Tonic. It has glycolic acid in it and having used it for well over a month now, I can see the difference it has had in brightening my skin, in particular my neck, which has always been darker than my face. I using this toner as it really prepares my skin for the next step in my skincare routine, whether it’s my morning or evening routine.

| MOISTURISE
Although I have somewhat dehydrated skin, when I’m having a good skin day, then I like to use a really light moisturiser. Recently I have been opting for the L’Oreal Hydra Genius, which is a hydrating gel cream with a light consistency and in all honesty, this product really reminds me of the Clinique Moisture Surge, which is an old favourite of mine. When my skin needs all the moisture and hydration it can get, my beloved E45 cream is my absolute go-to. It’s one of the most hydrating products and it works well for a multitude of skincare problems.

What are your favourite skincare products?
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