Sunday, 26 November 2017

My 5 Favourite Songs - November 2017

November 26, 2017 0 Comments
I can't believe another month has been and gone but that means it's almost December which means Christmas!! (even though I've been raving about it for the past month)

Most of my song choices this month have really been based on the lyrics. I find I'm able to connect to a song more, if I have experienced something similar to what the artist is singing about.

Here are 5 songs I've been loving throughout November ...

Mi Gente - J Balvin, Willy William ft Beyonce

J Balvin and Willy William originally released this song over the summer but have released another version featuring Beyonce. Any song with Beyonce on it is perfection in my book. The song is hella catchy, even though I can't understand a word they're singing apart from "FREEZE." It's such a tune to dance to and is perfect to play on any night out/ at parties.

Perfect - Ed Sheeran


Perfect by Ed Sheeran has been out for months now but it's one of my favourite songs off his album ÷. He dropped the much anticipated music video this month and omg it's the cutest thing ever. I love this song so much and it's the perfect song for a relationship (crying at being single rn) Although this song was ruined for me recently by someone close to me, I still love it and have it on repeat.

Gorgeous - Taylor Swift

Taylor swift is back with new music and it's so different to her old sound. I love all the new songs she has released so far and was torn between whether to include Gorgeous or Ready For It? in this list. I chose Gorgeous just because I really like the beat of it plus it's something I'm sure most people can relate to - liking someone you know you don't stand a chance with.

Learn To Let Go - Kesha

I am absolutely loving Kesha's new music. She's such a strong and remarkable person which definitely shines through in both Praying and Learn To Let Go. This song is all about letting go of the demons in your past and not letting it affect your future.  Everyone should take note of the lyrics in this song especially "live and learn and never forget it" as I'm sure we're all guilty, of dwelling on something that's happened in the past.

I Miss You - Clean Bandit ft Julia Michaels

The last song I have been obsessed with this month is I Miss You. Clean Bandit have teamed up with Julia Michaels to release this absolute banger. When I first heard this I wasn't sure what to make of it but it's quickly become one of my favourite songs. It's all about breaking up with an ex and missing them even though you know you shouldn't.

Sunday, 12 November 2017

Friendship Breakups

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I'd thought I'd do something different today and share some tips on how to get over a friendship break up This happened to me recently and I don't know why we're not friends anymore but I've decided to try and get over it.

Friend break ups are the worst. In my view they're worst than relationship break ups because at the end of the day at least when a relationship ends, you have your friends there to stick by you. However when you lose a close friend it can feel really isolating.

Losing a friend you're super close to is tough especially when you feel like there's no valid reason for it happening. Sometimes you really do just drift apart whereas other times there is a valid reason for the two of you falling out. 

All this time I've been trying to pin point why me and my friend don't talk anymore but I just can't, and I'm not a physic so unless they tell me I'll never know. I also can't  help thinking about everything we did together throughout our years of friendship like did all those years of memories we made mean nothing to you? the gossips, the late night chats, the being there for each other, was it all meaningless?

A few years ago I would've overthought this situation so much but now as much as it pains me to say it I really couldn't care less. They want to ignore me fine so be it I'm not going to dish out second, third and fourth chances on someone who clearly doesn't think friendship is that important. I'd be lying if I said I don't miss them plus I've never understood how you can go from being super close to someone then acting like they don't exist.

Anyway here are my 5 tips for how to get over a friendship break up ....

Accept it

As hard as it may be the first thing you need to do is accept it. Accept the fact that you might never speak to this person again. Now you might be feeling pain but in a few months time you'll have forgotten all about them and be grateful for the lessons it taught you. 

Distract yourself

Rather than sitting and dwelling on the situation get out there and do stuff. Make some plans with your other friends, take up a new hobby or even just treat yourself to a pamper or shopping day. Keep yourself occupied and your mind busy so that you won't have time to think about them.

Don't stalk them on social media

If you're still following them on social media it can be really tempting to just look at their profiles to see what they're up to and when they last posted. My advice to you is don't, not only can this make you feel really shitty by remembering the times you had together, it is also a waste of your time and energy. If you don't want to unfriend them maybe mute them so you don't see their posts.

Reach out

If you're missing them that much and want them back in your life try reaching out to them. If you're unsure why the friendship ended send them a message asking what's going on (although don't always expect this to work believe me I've tried) It might not mean you guys become close again like you once were but at least it's a start and shows you're the bigger person. If your friendship ended on bad terms maybe don't do this straight away, give them time to cool off and reflect on the situation.

Learn from your mistakes

It's said that people come into our lives for a certain reason and to teach us things. I'd like to think that this is one of those times. They've come into your life, made memories with you then left. Think about what this has taught you and the type of person they are. Learn from it and move on with the knowledge and wisdom you now have to not make the same mistake again. 

Have any of you ever had a friendship break up?

How did you deal with it?

Sunday, 22 October 2017

My 5 Favourite Songs - October 2017

October 22, 2017 0 Comments
I love listening to music and spend a good 95% of my time listening to it, so I'd thought I'd start a new monthly feature on my blog. Each month I will write about 5 songs I have been loving.

Here are 5 songs I haven't stopped listening to throughout October .....

Too Much To Ask - Niall Horan

Even though I was never a massive fan of 1D Niall was always my favourite, so when he started releasing solo music I freaked out a little bit. I love the style of music Niall creates, it's so relaxed and chilled and is perfect to listen to on a lazy afternoon or when driving in the car. I've had Too Much To Ask pretty much on a constant loop since the first day I heard it, and I'm lucky enough to be seeing Niall live next March. I may just cry when he performs this song.

Havana - Camila Cabello ft Young Thug

Havana by Camila is one of the most catchiest songs out at the moment. I should dislike it because it's constantly played on the radio at work, but I just can't help singing along to it. I love how upbeat it is and it gives off serious Latin vibes.

Dusk Till Dawn - Zayn ft Sia

When I first heard Dusk Till Dawn by Zayn and Sia I wasn't a massive fan, however it kept getting played on music channels and it started to grow on me. I now find myself belting out the chorus whenever I hear it. I think this would make a cute relationship song as the lyrics mention always being there for the other person no matter what.

Too Good At Goodbyes - Sam Smith

You have no idea how happy I am that Sam Smith is back with new music. Sam Smith is one of the very few artists who manages to make you feel his emotions in every song he releases. He does this again with Too Good At Goodbyes which I can fully relate to, as I'm sure many others can as well. I particularly love the lyrics "Baby we don't stand a chance, it's sad but it's true."

Lonely Together - Avicii ft Rita Ora

When I found out that Avicii had teamed up with Rita Ora to make a song I got so excited. I love them both so much and Avicii slays every track he works on. I started listening to this track more after Rita performed it on Strictly Come Dancing and fell it love with it. It's the perfect song to get you ready for a night out and to even bust a move to in the club. Great job Avicii.

What songs have you been loving this month?

Sunday, 15 October 2017

SugarBearHair Vitamins Review

October 15, 2017 0 Comments

I'm sure most people are aware of SugarBearHair, it's hard not to be when it seems like every celebrity is endorsing them on Instagram or Facebook. 

When I first saw them I thought "vitamins that make your hair grow don't be silly" and totally discounted them until a few months ago. My hair has always been thin which can be super annoying at times, so I wanted to find something that could make it look and feel a bit thicker. An advert for SugarBearHair appeared on my Facebook news feed again and this time I read up about it and bought a month's bottle.

SugarBearHair is an American company but they ship worldwide which means you occur shipping costs and they can take a while to arrive. It took 10 days for my order to reach me here in the UK.

They recommend you take 2 of the gummy bears a day. I take mine at the same time just because I find it easier, but some people prefer to take one in the morning and one in the evening. They sell a 1 month, 3 month and 6 month pack with each bottle containing 60 gummies. The 3 month and 6 month packs also come with a free gift.

They contain:
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
Vitamin E
Vitamin B-5
Vitamin B-6
Vitamin B-12
Folic Acid
Biotin (which is apparently what makes your hair stronger)

The vitamins look exactly like described and are honestly some of the cutest vitamins I've ever come across. They are turquoise bears and have a sweet berry taste which makes taking vitamins fun. They are also suitable for vegetarians and are gluten,soy and cruelty free.

Believe it or not these vitamins have worked wonders on my hair, unfortunately I didn't take a photo of my hair before I started taking them so I can't compare it. However just by feeling my hair it feels fuller and slightly more thicker. People have also complimented me on how shiny it is too which is a bonus. My hair has always grown pretty quickly (every time I get a hair cut my hairdresser always mentions it) so in regards to them making my hair grow I didn't really notice a difference.

I've nearly finished my first bottle and have ordered another one. I am seriously impressed with what these vitamins have done so far, and am curious to see if they will keep working for me.

Sunday, 8 October 2017

Why I Took A Break From Blogging

October 08, 2017 0 Comments


Hi guys, it's been ages since I last posted on here (6 months to be precise) and I'm really sorry about that. However I'm back and with a new theme (I'm still in the process of editing it so just ignore all the non blogging drop downs) I'd just thought I'd give everyone a little update as to what I've been doing and why there haven't been any blog posts. 

Why I took a break

The main reason I took a break from my blog was because I had 0 time to write any posts or take pictures. I currently work 5 days a week so when it gets to the weekend I just want to chill out or spend time with my friends. I also felt like some weeks I was forcing myself to put a blog post up  and stressing that the pictures I took weren't good enough. Having some time away enabled me to really think about things, and decide where I want my blog to go in the future. 

What have I been doing

Throughout these 6 months I have made so many amazing memories with my friends particularly over the Summer. I went to London for a week and did so many incredible things, as well as attending Capital's Summertime Ball in June, V Festival in August and celebrating my 20th in July (officially no longer a teenager boo)  I've also been working hard on my health by trying to eat more healthily and exercise more. I'd like to say I haven't been spending as much time on social media but that's a huge lie. However whilst doing all of these amazing things, I couldn't help thinking that I should be writing about them on my blog but then I realised, that I don't have to document absolutely everything that I do. I should live in the moment and cherish the memories.

Why I decided now is the right time to return to blogging

After a lot of thinking I feel like now is the perfect time to return to blogging. Autumn is one of my favourite times of year and I get so much inspiration from it. There's lots of events happening in the next few months such as Halloween, Bonfire night and not to mention Christmas which should give me lots of exciting things to blog about. I have also decided to try and do some shorter blog posts as well as long ones, as I feel this was the main reason for me falling out of love with my blog. I have also decided to post once a week rather than twice like I planned to do, as my schedule just doesn't allow it. I think I'm going to stick to posting Sundays at 4pm but this may change.

I hope to have my next post up next weekend but in the meantime check out my other social media accounts and if you have your own blog share it in the comments below.

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Sunday, 23 April 2017

Lush Easter Haul

April 23, 2017 0 Comments

It's no secret that I love all things Lush, so whenever they release a seasonal range I have to buy it all or at least most of it to try out. 

Here's what I picked up from their Easter range (along with a few kitchen exclusive items as well)

Golden Egg
The first thing I picked up was the absolute classic bath bomb/melt Golden Egg. It's covered in so much glitter you'll need to be near a sink to wash your hands even after just picking it up, but who doesn't love glitter? It shares it scent with Honey I Washed The Kids (which I adore) and includes cocoa butter to help keep your skin soft. Like I mentioned it does have a lot of glitter on it, so if you don't like your bath getting messy you might want to give this one a miss.

Lava Lamp Egg
This year Lush have released 3 of their bath bombs in double size for Easter. The first one is Lava Lamp. It contains cocoa butter and orange oil and is one of my favourites to use when I'm in need of a pamper, because it leaves my skin feeling soft for days. However the smaller version of lava lamp does leave behind some oils on the side of the bath which can be a pain to clean, so I'm intrigued to see if this will do the same.

The second bath bomb Lush have sized up is one of my all time favourites Intergalactic. They've called it Integgaltic for Easter which fits so perfectly but that's the only thing that's changed. It contains peppermint and grapefruit oil just like the original and leaves your bath a sparkly blue colour. This bath bomb will give you a soak that is truly out of this world.

The Experimenter Egg
The third bath bomb Lush sized up for Easter was The Experimenter which is another one of my favourites. Just like the original it contains 4 different colours, on one side there is pink and blue and on the other side there is white and orange. These colours then put on an epic show in your bath (it's like an actual rainbow) however they do all go a grey colour when you get in, which makes me so sad. One thing I particularly love about this bath bomb is the fact the scent stays throughout your whole bathing experience and it leaves your skin feeling super moisturised. 

Which Came First? (Spots And Stripes)
Lush have changed the design on their Which Came First? bath bombs this year, and I think they're perfect for Spring. The stripes design looks just like a sunshine and both designs are bright and vibrant. They share the same scent of grapefruit and lemon which makes for an uplifting citrus bath. I am yet to use these, however I have heard they are fast fizzers and they have a surprise in the middle which I am excited about.

Chick N Mix
Lush have done it again. They have released this new bath bomb for Easter 2017 which is just the cutest thing ever. This little guy is called Chick N Mix and is basically a chick in an egg (which just screams spring) I love that it's already divided because it means you can use it for multiple baths instead of just one if you wish (I'm undecided how I'm going to use mine yet) Chick N Mix has quite a woody/smoky scent and is not like anything I've smelt in a bath product before. It features bergamot and tonka which creates the perfect balance of zingy and calm. Out of all the products I purchased this is definitely my favourite.

The first bath bomb I got from the Lush Kitchen was Metamorphosis. The thing that drew me to this particular bath bomb was the colour and pattern on it. Lush describe this as a "symphony of darkness and light" because when placed in the bath a melody of bright colours are released. It features cinnamon and black pepper which is quite an unusual combination but nonetheless I am excited to use this and see the effect it creates in my bath. I have read some other reviews of this product and some people say the overall effect is quite underwhelming, and that it stains your bath but I'll just have to wait and see.

Sacred Lotus
The final product I purchased was also from the Lush Kitchen and is called Sacred Lotus. First of all it's 10/10 on the cuteness scale, and because I ordered it online it got sent in a plastic sphere so actually arrived in one piece. It has gorgeous floral scents and reminds me of something I've smelt before but can't quite put my finger on. Lush describe it as turning your bath a peach colour and that you'll be transported to a floral paradise. I think I'm going to save this bath bomb for a special occasion because I know once I use it I'll want to purchase it again, but it's currently sold out and with Lush you can never tell if they'll bring a product back.