Tuesday, 12 December 2017

Barry M Crown Jewels Eyeshadow Palette

It's been a while since I've posted a beauty/make up related post and I thought it was about time I did! so today I'm talking about the Barry M crown jewels eyeshadow palette I saw this on Superdrugs instagram and I knew I had to have it!. The colours are vibrant, they stand out and you have 10 so lots to choose from.

The colours are very pigmented so you don't need a lot on your blush but you've got to blend them well. The eyeshadows are all shimmer so if you're not a fan then this palette isn't for you, I for one prefer shimmer but I do use matte colours occasionally. Also these colours are great for a daytime look and they make the perfect party look if you're going to a nice event. 

The cost of this palette is just £6.49 so it's very affordable if you're on a budget and the packaging is pretty.It also fits in my make up bag which is handy if you're travelling and it's magnetic so it stays shut properly. You can pick this up in Boots or Superdrug.

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Tuesday, 28 November 2017

Numbers Don't Matter

Lately Instagram has been diabolical for likes etc which is annoying but then this blog post idea came to me and I realised numbers don't actually matter. I'm currently writing this while watching the first Paddington film so cute! anyway I've had my blog since 2013 and I don't have a huge following and nor do I have many followers on twitter/Instagram. My point is numbers don't matter as along as you enjoy blogging and writing content,then numbers shouldn't matter they're a bonus!.

I've come to realise that numbers don't matter and I blog because I enjoy writing content, planning posts and sharing my thoughts online. I have written  many posts from beauty, life updates and I've also shared my struggles and experiences with my disability Fragile X.

When you think about how many followers we all have, we don't know them,well I don't really know mine and I've not made friends. There's many spam accounts on Instagram and I only follow accounts that are of interest to me, because we can't follow everyone and it would be silly to follow for the sake of it. Twitter is kind of the same I only follow people who are of interest and most people do the follow,unfollow malarkey.

It really doesn't matter if you have 10 followers, or 100 or more as long what you do makes you happy numbers are just a bonus. We all need to stop worrying about numbers,followers, who follows who,who doesn't etc just keep doing what makes you happy!,

I'm glad I started a blog because it's helped me, as well as others since I've written about Fragile X and other things too. My blog is still my hobby and one I'm glad I have! best thing I started.One day I'd like to grow my blog and turn it into something but for now it's still my favourite hobby.

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Tuesday, 21 November 2017

7 Years Volunteering

Wow I really can't believe I'm sat writing this post on 7 years at volunteering! I can't quite believe I'm still there after this long! how did that happen?!?. I'm glad I'm still there because I always have a laugh and I've met some good people.

While I hadn't been going on my normal 2 days since being at B&M I hardly saw anyone but now I'm back to my 2 days a week until I find a full time job. It's made a huge difference to me and I honestly don't know where I'd be if I hadn't started back in 2010. I know for a fact I'm not the same girl when I started I thought I'd be there for a few months. Though even that might not have made much difference to my confidence and I might not be where I am today.

I've met so many people who are friends now and we always have a laugh together. Some are still there, some aren't who I don't really see now or talk to but I guess that's life as you meet so many people. I've said this in my previous posts but I really don't know where I'd be if I hadn't started here would I even have a job now? So I'm grateful for the people who have helped me become the girl I am today, because without them who knows where I'd be.

Anyway I think I've waffled on enough now!

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Friday, 10 November 2017

5 Ways To Staying Productive

1.Write a to do list with the most important things at the top, then add everything else and work your way down.

2. If you work from home then work from a desk as you're more likely to get things done. If you go out to work then it's also important to get things done so ask your manager or whoever is in charge what you've got to do for your shift.

3.Get up earlier, eat a good breakfast such as porridge or eggs, wash, get dressed etc and then start your day.

4.Put on some music to tidy/clean/ it'll help you get things done and you can have a dance at the same time!.

5.Keep away from distractions especially social media as this can cause you to stop working/doing things-you won't miss anything promise!.

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Wednesday, 25 October 2017

What I've Achieved

I wasn't feeling great last week because I was worrying I was behind on life with achieving certain things such as finding a better job. I then saw a quote on twitter about remembering what you've achieved so I thought I'd write a post on it. I hope this helps others who are feeling blah about things.

I do struggle with things sometimes such as asking for help and I did have a hard time at school it wasn't good. Though I think since college, having a couple of Xmas jobs and volunteering and being at B&M has made a difference. While I might not be where I want to be things aren't bad and I know they will get better soon.

'Struggling to feel like you're not successful enough? pause and reflect on everything you've achieved so far. Be proud of yourself' -Quote by A branch of Holly saw on twitter.

1.Volunteering for 6 years has helped me gain confidence, meet new people and become less shy. I am glad I started because I do wonder where id be if I hadn't. It's made a huge difference to me and I am grateful for the opportunity.

2.Being kept on at B&M after my time with Shaw trust ended I was there from February-August I then started properly with B&M from September. I'm on weekends which wasn't my plan and only 8 hours so not the best but I know its a job. I am glad I got kept on because I was getting good feedback from them.

3.Reaching 37,000 blog views! nearly at my goal! I really can't believe I've got so many! thank you so much if you're a reader, have been here from the start or are new. I really do appreciate it and I am forever grateful, while I don't get a lot of comments or have a huge following I'm still proud of my blog.

4.Writing for the Fragile X newsletter about my experiences and struggles which has helped others like me I was so glad to be able to write for them. It was a great opportunity for me to be able to write an article I'm so proud that I was given a chance to share my experiences.

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Monday, 23 October 2017

Being a Girl Is Hard

This post idea came to me while I was eating my dinner random I know anyway I thought I would share how hard it is being a girl. Sometimes it is, well ok all the time it's not easy and us girls have to deal with so much stuff eg periods, men, weight etc. So I thought I'd how hard it is being a girl if you relate please leave a comment I always reply.

These are every girls nightmare I can't remember when I first started but they were heavy, uncomfortable and just horrible. Then I came on the pill and ever since then they've been lighter and less frequent which is good. I don't get a huge amount of pain these days but they're still uncomfortable.

Society is screwed up diets, weight loss and quick fixes are EVERYWHERE which makes us think we need to be the perfect size but there really isn't one. We don't need to lose weight because society deems us too big or too small or we can't wear that outfit because it shows lumps and bumps. It doesn't matter what the label in your clothes saids, as long as you're happy. Don't listen to anyone who puts you down about your body or your weight, you are YOU and you're fabulous!.

There is pressure to have sex these days it's everywhere magazines, online etc but there's no reason to do it if you're not ready. Don't feel the need to do it just to fit in with your friends because it doesn't matter if you're waiting. I'm waiting and sometimes it bothers me that I'll never do it or I'll never meet anyone but I guess my time will come.

This is a nightmare! along with periods! I'm sure I'm not alone with this but shaving is just annoying! but I'm glad it's autumn now so I don't have to shave my legs lol. It's still a pain in the summer though constantly remembering to shave.

Make Up
Some girls wear it, some don't and that's okay too! it doesn't matter if you're a fan or not a fan of make up. I'm a huge fan and I always feel better when I've put some on. Obvs I have makeup free days and I do go out like that because I don't care what people think.You don't have to wear make up everyday to be beautiful.

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Tuesday, 10 October 2017

Fragile X

I've had this post drafted for ages because I don't know what to call it but I really want to get it finished so here I am hoping to publish this today!. I've written many posts about having Fragile X and they've all done so well which I'm glad about. I like to know I'm helping others and it's good to know I can relate to others, I don't feel so alone as I know others are in the same boat as me. As it's Fragile X awareness day today I think it's a good time to post it.

Finding A Job.
It hasn't been easy for me to find a job when I left school I went to college and then when that ended I had to sign on and ever since then it's been hard to find a job. I think my first proper job well temp one was at Sainsbury's at Christmas in 2011, then that ended and I was unemployed until I got another Christmas job at M&S in 2015. I applied for a job as a marketing assistant in 2016 the job was dealing with probate etc, I didn't think anything of it until I got invited to an interview so off I went and got the job the same day! then the start date came around in January 2017 and it all went downhill from there. I found it hard, I didn't get any help or support and they didn't understand Fragile X. I didn't really like the people and felt left out because this other girl was there more than me and they bonded.

Fragile X Research.
I took part in Fragile x research in Edinburgh in June for a MRI scan but I didn't have it done because I panicked and felt anxious and claustrophobic. It really upset me and I felt so silly for going all that way with my mum. It bothered me afterwards because I wanted to have it done but I just couldn't. I took part in other research but still felt like I was a let down.

How I Feel Day To Day.
Sometimes I'm quiet and don't say a lot if someone or something bothers me, sometimes it's stupid but I can't help it. I also find it hard to explain what Fragile X is so I try and avoid that but I do try and tell people. I sometimes don't always look at people in the eye but I do occasionally, though I think I'm getting better at it now. I really find it hard to ask for help with things because I feel silly even asking something simple I don't know why I find it hard but I get worried and scared. When the bus doesn't show up it throws me off because then I don't know what to do and I panic I'm going to be late for work etc. I don't like lifts much I try and avoid them at all costs because I hate small spaces I panic and feel anxious. I don't even like using public toilets.

Meeting People.
I find it hard meeting people and striking up conversation because I'm shy and quiet and I find it hard to start talking. I don't like being around drunk people and I'm not keen on alcohol either I feel uncomfortable around drunks.

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Life Update

I haven't done a life update for a little while but I thought I would sit down and write one today about what's going on, job hunting and how I feel.

I'm feeling ok right now but I am a bit down about my job but I guess it's good that I still have a job but it's also not enough hours and it's weekends which sucks :( I'm looking for another job but it's just as hard when you have one, I still don't really know what I want to do.

I have in my mind that I want a job within walking distance and Monday to Friday that's probably impossible! but here's hoping!. I'm doing a lot of job hunting and hoping something comes along soon because I can't work 2 days a week it's so stupid. I wish I got told this before I started or got told I was being kept on. I had to find out for myself and I felt let down by shaw trust (I still do now) I'm not even sure if I'm still getting support from them now?. No one communicates with me and it's so frustrating having to find things out for myself.

Another thing about working weekends is I can't plan ANYTHING on those 2 days because of work I have a date I can't do but I can't have it urghhh I hate working just weekends I don't understand why I can't have days in the week instead. They've now taken on xmas staff but I could've had some of those hours oh well fingers crossed something better comes along.

I'm still volunteering but to be honest it's not the same anymore and I'm getting bored :/ I like the people I work with but it's changed a lot. I don't really buy anything anymore either because people aren't donating anything good. So many people have gone, new ones are there (which is good!) I like meeting new people but it has changed.

I know things aren't all bad right now but I do hope a better job comes along soon.

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Monday, 2 October 2017

Social Media

This is an honest post about social media I hope it doesn't come across as rude or anything I'm just sharing my thoughts. I'm sure I'm not only one who feels the same.

I don't have a lot of followers on social media, but then again what counts as a lot? 25? 50? 75? anyway I took part in one of them twitter follow trains and overnight I gained 300 followers but today it got me thinking did people only follow because they took part?, or do they follow because my blog interested them? I don't know the actual answer but it did get me thinking do people only follow to gain more followers?

These follow trains aren't really a good idea because 9 times out of 10 people don't follow back or they do and then a couple of days later unfollow A-you can't follow everyone and B-not everyone's of interest which is fine but people make a big deal.

There was this one blogger who followed me until I asked her a question about blogging and she blocked me I still don't know why?. If that happens to you I wouldn't worry about it people make no sense and it's one less follower to worry about.

I have started unfollowing a few people because I don't have any interest in them and nor do I read their blog (tell me I'm not the only one!). It might sound mean but it's the truth why follow people who don't share the same interests? I bet none of the people who took part in the follow train have even read my blog and just follow to build their numbers up.

Instagram is similar again I only follow accounts that are of interest but I do get a lot of spam accounts and ones that I have no interest in but again we can't follow everyone. Numbers aren't really that important if you enjoy blogging etc then stop worrying about numbers! Ok I admit I wish I had more followers but I'm not going to let it bug me because blogging is my passion.

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Wednesday, 27 September 2017

Autumn Essentials

Now that it's September that means one thing autumn! I don't really have a favourite season but I do like autumn for cosy days and hot chocolate. It's also the time I get to wear my all time favourite fox dress I got a couple of years ago and it means boot weather too!. Today's post is my essentials for autumn, what are yours? leave a comment below I always reply.

Cosy grey slippers to keep my feet warm these ones are from Primark of course! and only £4.
Perfect for movie days and cosy nights.

Everyone knows I'm a huge Lush fan so it's only right to include one in this post.
This one is an all time favourite the rosejam bubble roon. There's nothing nicer than a relaxing Lush bath.

Gel nails I love getting autumn colours now. I love burnt orange, mustard, dark green and burgundy.
Homemade soup need I say more this one is butternut squash. 

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Tuesday, 5 September 2017

My Favourite Bloggers/YouTubers

Brogan Tate (brogantatexo)
She makes weekly& travel vlogs and the occasional beauty ones I found her channel in 2015 and I've been so hooked ever since!. She's so down to earth, and always so positive and an all round fab YouTuber who I'd love to meet one . https://www.youtube.com/user/brogantatexo/featured

Tamsin Graham
Tamsin is a smaller YouTuber and she's recently started making videos again. I'm super glad as I enjoyed watching her but when she stopped vlogmas last year I was kind of gutted but it's good to have her back making weekly vlogs. It would be good to meet her one day as she seems so genuine and positive. https://www.youtube.com/user/xtamsin/featured

Grace Victory
Grace talks more about the important subjects that rarely get talked about which is what this society needs. She's all about body positivity and self love and I'm so happy I found her channel and blog. I recently bought her book no filter and read it in about 3 days it was so good. I'd love to meet Grace some day as well it would be great to get advice and just have a chat. https://www.youtube.com/user/UglyFaceOfBeauty/featured

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