10 October 2016

World Mental Health Day

Today is World Mental Health Day. The day recognises and raises awareness of the many issues and affects of mental health, so as something I care about very much, I wanted to share a little about my experience. I'm often exhausted by the endless emotions my mind entails and so to open up about this for anyone to read is a pretty scary thing. I don't want to go in to detail - there are some things I'm not ready to share, but just know, if you're reading this and suffering with a mental health issue, you're not alone. Right now, there's still a stigma attached to the two six letter words 'mental health' - we need to change this. It's hard, but talking and sharing is the one way to help others do the same.

At 23, my life changed in a way I never thought possible and within moments, ocd, anxiety and panic quickly consumed my life, draining away every ounce of confidence and self belief I had. I questioned what have I done for this to happen, why me and how can I make it stop? This cycle was on repeat, I had no way of switching off. I no longer knew silence, my mind wouldn't allow that. Intrusive thoughts kept my mind questioning what if? I couldn't rationalise the thoughts in my head and I began to question who I was. I didn't see myself as ill, just totally confused and looking back I should have spoken sooner, but learning to deal with a mental health issue is really a process, and that's okay. 

The one thing I do know is suffering in silence won't help. Talking about it is going to be difficult, uncomfortable, but it will help and there is always someone there to listen. Although it's hard to remember this on a bad day, I know I am strong and brave and I won't let my issues win. If you're suffering, find your bravery, because it's there, even if you don't feel it. Finally, if you've not experienced a mental health issue, you may not understand, but you can't ignore it. The stats speak for themselves and if we don't act now, by 2030, depression will the leading illness globally.


15 September 2016

Caudalie Beauty Elixir

The Caudalie Beauty Elixir is a cult beauty product and i'm 100% a fangirl - so much so, it's proudly taken a place in my top five skincare products! It's a must-have for me and something I buy time after time, so when my last bottle ran out, I really didn't need an excuse to buy the limited edition Jason Wu bottle which is all kinds of pretty!

The beauty elixir is multi-purpose, it can be used as a toner, to set make-up or to give your skin a burst of radiance and I pretty much use it for all three. It's blend of ingredients are bursting with goodness for your skin, including myrrh, rosemary, lemon balm, rose and of course the brands signature, grape pulp extract. The mist instantly refreshes your skin and the uplifting peppermint scent (another key ingredient) is something I personally love.

The product is suitable for all skin types and can be used day or night too. For a luxury skincare brand, a 30ml bottle is only £11.50 which I think is really reasonable (although if like me you go into Space NK and buy it, you'll most likely get distracted by other things and end up spending more!) Have you tried this cult beauty fave?


11 September 2016

Mango Knot Cross Body Bag

I have pretty much been obsessed with knot details all year. I don't know what it is but they look so effortlessly chic and when it comes to accessories I cant help myself, so when I saw this Mango bag, I checked out in a matter of seconds.

Firstly can we talk about price. The bag looks so expensive and it's under £30 (I know!) When it arrived I was so impressed as it's just as much of a babe up close. The faux leather is a double take for the real thing and it's simple cross body shape and polished silver chain strap are finished to perfection. 

I honestly can't wait to wear it (i'm saving it for my trip to New York) it will literally go with everything i'm planning to take and it's basically two bags in one as you can tuck the strap in and use as an oversized clutch. Mango also do a grey version of this little beauty and i'm very tempted ...


8 September 2016

The Lust List | September

Lipstick | Mules | T-Shirt | Face Mist | Bag | Earrings | Pot

Trying to put together my lust list for September was no easy task … in other words, right now I pretty much want everything the new season has to offer. Also, I say lust list loosely (I may have purchased a few of these things already) … I blame it on September. First up is this Guerlain lipstick, it's the prettiest shade of nude and perfect for AW don't you agree? The moment I spotted the Kurt Geiger mules I was obsessed, they had to be mine and now i'm in love with a pair of mules and I don't care who knows it. Nude has to be one of the most chic colours to wear and this little t-shirt is so cute with the embroidered quote and it's under £15! Next up is one of my all time fave beauty products, I'll be posting a review soon so keep an eye out. I don't know about you but I can't resist a black leather shoulder bag. I have far too many but this one is a beauty and would look great with the tee. Stars are everywhere at the moment and i'm swooning over this pair of stud earrings to effortlessly wear the trend. Lastly, I couldn't resist this little leopard print pot to hold my make-up brushes, it's just what I've been looking for, don't you just love it when that happens?

What have you been lusting after this month?

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