Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Is Blogging & Social Media Bad For Your Mental Health?

This post is a little bit different. I've been reluctant to write it as I'm planning to conduct research into this for my PhD when the time is right, but as that's happening no time soon and my post on the goods and the bads of social media is one of my most popular, I thought some of you might be interested in reading about some of the theory my idea.

I promise it's more exciting than that intro. Honestly. Stay with me.

instagram phone display social media

Research has suggested that writing about your emotions and experiences can make you feel better, improve your mental wellbeing and all that kind of stuff. It's kind of general knowledge now (one of the things I love about psychology - people don't realise how much psychology informs the general knowledge of everything!).

People keep diaries and writing about negative experiences/emotions as part of therapy or counselling is pretty commonplace. It turns experiences that may be hard to think about or talk about into more "organised" thoughts that might be easier to understand and deal with. There's pretty good evidence to support this, even though it's not clear why it works.

Monday, 22 August 2016

Things to do in Edinburgh | Off The Beaten Track

Edinburgh is my all time favourite city, and I love it more and more each time I visit. Luckily I get to visit fairly often, as Martin is a native Edinburghian (??? no?). That also means I get to see the non-touristy side, as he shows me some of the hidden gems and his favourite things to do in Edinburgh. Which in turn become my favourite things to do!

A little google search of "things to do in Edinburgh" will inundate you with suggestions to see the castle, St Giles Cathedral, Holyrood and Princes Street gardens. Which is cool and you defo should make sure you see them.

WHAT ABOUT OTHER THINGS THOUGH? Once you've had your fill of the castle and you want a bite to eat or to sit down and chill with a cuppa, where do you go? Edinburgh isn't exactly renowned for being the cheapest of places, and it can be so tempting to stay in the confines of Princes Street and the Old Town. But fear not - add these little faves of mine onto your iternary and don't break the bank while seeing something a lil' bit different.

Friday, 19 August 2016

GOSH Lumi Drops | 4 Ways & Review

Over the last couple of weeks, I've picked up a few pieces from one of my favourite affordable, cruelty free brands, GOSH. Most I've been pretty impressed with! The most versatile (and exciting) of my new toys is definitely the Lumi Drops Illuminating Highlighter in Shade 002 Vanilla.

I took them with me on my recent trip to Edinburgh and used them most days. I'm definitely a cream/liquid highlighter fan in summer. I don't find they give as intense a highlight as my favourite powders but it gives a really natural look. Like you're genuinely glowing with no help from make up.

~~Cue Lumi Drops.

Ways to wear gosh lumi drops, review, diy metallic lipstick

There are 4 ways I've been enjoying wearing this which I'll talk through in a sec. Before I get there, though; a general review and important info -

Monday, 15 August 2016

Why I Say "No Thanks" To "Positivity Only Please"

I feel that I am a generally positive person IRL - I'm smiley, I make people laugh and I generally try to live my life in a positive way by not holding grudges, being kind to everyone I meet and not getting bogged down by anxiety and sad thing (of which there are A LOT in todays world, like, have you seen the news?).

But I'm no cupcake fairy sparkle unicorn. I have opinions on everything, and I like to tell everyone my opinion on things. Because I am a dick. I love to start discussions and have debates on "negative" topics, because they're the ones that need to be discussed.

My family don't really get this (no hate, fam. I love you). I'll discuss the systematic racism of the entertainment industry, the (in my view) irrational fear of immigrants and Muslims and my slightly elitist view of university system. These things divide opinion and conversations surrounding these issues are intrisincally negative. And arguments are started where people get upset. But that's why they are important and interesting to talk about. 

Friday, 12 August 2016

Henryka Jewellery Review

I love jewellery - I never blog about it for some reason, even though I have some fab little bits. I love everything from cute novelty earrings to pretty dainty rings. When Henryka offered to send me some pieces to review, I didn't know how I would ever choose. Henryka specialise in amber and silver, nature inspired jewellery, and that leads to a pretty massive array of different pieces. I think everyone would be able to find something perfect for them.

The website has SO. MUCH. CHOICE. 
I was a bit overwhelmed at first, it's like going into a restaurant with a menu the size of The Lord of The Rings complete collection. I knew I wanted earrings, though, so that narrowed down the choice. Once I saw the absolutely gorgeous Silver Small Bird Feather Studs (£22)*, that was it and I fell in love. 

Wednesday, 10 August 2016

Why Your Twenties are the Worst

When your 14, life feels so very difficult. You find yourself wishing away the years, yearning for the time you're 21. When you're a grown up. You can do whatever you want. No one tells you what to do - no nagging, no bed time, no one telling you what to eat and when. You'll have your own money that you can spend on whatever you want. Life goals.

 Homework is the worst and it just feels like you're always being examined, and assessed and tested. There's so much pressure - you've got your GCSEs coming up. If you don't do well in them, how will you do your A Levels? You need A Levels to get to Uni, so you can't bugger them up. And without a degree how will you get an amazing job? Life is so stressful. Life will be so much easier when you're an adult.

cardiff bay flag bunting

Friday, 5 August 2016

Benefit Gimme Brow vs Essence Make Me Brow | Cruelty Free Dupe?

cruelty free dupe benefit gimme brow essence

Brow products from the high street/drugstore aren't amazing. As a general rule.
We all know the high end brands dominate. And unfortunately, there also aren't a great deal of cruelty free options on the British high street. The American drugstore seems to have far more options. Sucks to be me.

AND everyone knows the reigning queens of brows are ABH and Benefit, especially with their extensive new launch. Of course it's hard not to be envious when you see every blogger and her dog raving about the new products, but I'm on a mission to scope out the dupes and hidden gems. To make our life a little bit easier. 'Cos I love ya.

Now I'm not claiming to have found this - just a little disclaimer. People have been comparing the two since Essence came to light (I think they're a relatively new brand?). But seeing as I own the two, it was silly not to compare.