Friday, 13 May 2016

I've Finally Started A Makeup Geek Palette

So I've finally caved and started a makeup geek palette. I've had a wishlist full of mug eye shadows on beautybay for so long that I finally made an order and I'm SO happy I did! These shadows are the only ones I reach for now, they're so buttery and pigmented and SO cheap!

Top Row:
Peach Smoothie
This is the easiest, most buildable matte which I love to use in the crease as a transition shade.
Creme Brulee
This is a lovely peachy matte brown which I reach for everyday and is definitely a must have.
Cocoa Bear
There is a reason why everyone goes crazy over this shade. It's a warm matte brown with a red undertone which is just amazing when you need to deepen the crease.
Glamorous
This is my absolute favourite shadow I got. It's the perfect shimmery bronze gold which looks great packed onto the lid with creme brulee, cocoa bear and homecoming buffed into the crease.
Cosmopolitan
This shade is exactly like MAC's expensive pink, only more buttery and pigmented. It looks lovely all over the lid and I can't wait to wear it more in the summer.

Second Row:
Homecoming
As I said before this looks great blended into glamorous. It's also my favourite all over lid shade for when I just want an easy wash of colour.
Prom Night
Warm shimmery taupe which makes a great everyday shade.
Twilight
This shade is so different from anything I own, it's a muted shimmery purple that on the lid looks lovely with unexpected and drama queen blended in the crease.
Unexpected
A lovely matte pale pink brown which is perfect blended in the crease.
Sensuous
This shade was a bit of a risk for me. It's a purple with flecks of silver running through it and I'm starting to really love it.
Drama Queen
 A deeper shimmery purple which goes well in the outer v blended out.

Third Row:
Bitten
Matte deep maroon red which goes well with Burlesque.
Burlesque
A metallic burgundy with warm muted undertones.
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Sunday, 1 May 2016

Taking Two Steps Forward

There's only so much optimism and happiness you can object into a difficult situation. Sometimes just as you manage to take 2 steps forward, a hundred more things happen and they push you 10 steps back.
The most important thing that I want to get across in this post is that you don't need to rush. If it takes you 5 days or 5 months to take 2 steps forward it's okay. Trust me, it took me at least 2 months to find my feet again let alone take any steps forward. What you're going through could be really really tiny or really really big, it doesn't matter. You will get there in your own time. Don't let anyone phase you. You take as much time as you want.
Don't worry if everyone around you is running ahead and you're not. Even if it feels like everyone you know is having the happiest months of their life, it's okay for you to be having the most difficult months of yours. No matter how much you want to run and catch up with them, don't try to rush things that need time. It will all fall into place eventually but first you've got to deal with whatever is stopping you from taking those 2 steps forward. You have to focus on yourself because at the end of the day as long as you have enough strength for tomorrow, you're doing good.

Looking back now, I'm in such a better place and that's down to me. I've taken the last couple of months to work on me and its definitely helped. Don't get me wrong, I'm still wobbly. I'll be absolutely fine one minute but as soon as someone says "do you think about it often?" I'll be a complete crying mess again but that's okay. What's important is that I built up enough strength to take those first 2 steps by myself. I didn't let anyone phase me, push me back down or make me stressed. I took my own time and it may be 4 months later but I'm now slowly getting there.

I will say though, you should do whatever it takes to get back up on your feet. Whether it's finding new music and enjoying it (for me, I found Florence + The Machine and now I'M OBSESSED), cutting ties from anyone the brings you down, writing, a relaxing bubble bath or getting stuck in a good book. I've found it's all the small things that help.
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