Body Moisturising Mists: The Time-Saving Beauty Products You Need!


Although it's nice to take time out for your beauty routine, pop on a face mask and lather on a nourishing body butter, I for one never actually get round to doing this. I often think, 'I'm going to run myself a nice Lush bath this weekend and finally use the plethora of gorgeous beauty products I've collected', and before I know it, three weeks have passed and I still haven't booked in that pamper time. Life just gets too busy, ya know!? Putting beauty time aside to 'treat yo'self'' is not only beneficial for your mind but also your skin in the practical sense; your skin feels cleansed and more radiant after a face mask, for example. I stick to my skincare routine religiously, but one thing I often think I don't have time for is moisturising my body...until I found these handy spray moisturisers existed. This ingenious beauty creation has slotted into my beauty routine perfectly and allows your body to be moisturised in seconds- perfect for those who forget or don't have time for a full-on pamper in the evenings!




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The Perfect Staycation Adventure: Things To Do In The New Forest


A couple of weeks ago, Stewart and I went to the New Forest for a little adventure. We had a week booked off at work and thought a few days away somewhere in the UK would make for a lovely little break. We didn't quite know where we wanted to go or what we wanted to do at first, but after my Nan told me tales of how she, my Grandad, Dad and Uncle camped in the New Forest in the early 70s and reminisced about how simple yet stunning the holidays were (along with telling some funny stories revolving around my Grandad), I knew I wanted to follow in their footsteps and go there myself. We chose to stay in the same village, Brockenhurst; perhaps for more sentimental reasons, but also because it's such a good location with connections to various parts of the New Forest. There are so many things to do in the New Forest that makes it the perfect mini-break for families, friends and couples.




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Creating Eyebrows For Hair Loss With Microblading Beauty


You may have seen on my Instagram that I've recently had my eyebrows re-microbladed. I initially had them done with Sian Dellar in London back in January 2016 (you can read my post about it here), and by around February/March 2017 they had started to fade quite a lot. I had the general outline which still made life so much easier when it came to quickly filling in my brows, but the definition and colour just wasn't there. This is completely normal- semi-permanent makeup like this needs topping up every 12-18 months. I started to look into getting my brows topped up when the lovely Lalita from Microblading Beauty got in touch. She had followed my blog for a little while and I was a big fan of her microblading work...so an appointment was booked! This post will be a bit of review, a bit of talking through the process of getting your eyebrows microbladed- especially if you suffer from forms of hair loss like trichotillomania-, and, of course, a little bit of showing off my new brows!




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Why Benefit's Roller Lash Is My Favourite Mascara For Trichotillomania Lashes


Apart from one small gap, my eyelashes have finally grown through! Not only that, but they've grown to a length where I can actually wear mascara. If you are a hair loss or trichotillomania sufferer reading this, you'll understand just how amazing that feeling is. As I haven't had eyelashes for quite some time (I kept pulling them out as soon as they'd poke through) some of my favourite mascaras had gone quite dry and were past their beauty sell-by date- including my ultimate favourite, Roller Lash by Benefit. To celebrate finally having eyelashes and give myself a little pat on the back for keeping trich relatively under control for now, I treated myself to another little Roller Lash mascara to really make the most of the flutter I've got going on. If you've got short lashes (naturally or through trich), here's why I would recommend you try this holy grail product.





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Gorgeous Scents and Even Better Products: New Hall Lavender Skincare


I'm a bit of a creature of habit with my skincare, having a small portfolio of products I know work well for me on a daily basis and others reserved for specific functions, like a mask I can rely on to help with dry skin flare ups. For the past couple of months I've been testing out these two skincare products from New Hall Lavender; a company based in Henfield, West Sussex, around half an hour from my Brighton home. All of their products are made from lavender which is grown and distilled in their garden at New Hall, giving the botanical treats the most gorgeous scent. However, these products are so much more than that relaxing, lavender fragrance (which is my ultimate favourite) and the start-up business have created a really high quality range that I have fallen in love with.



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The Bargain Makeup Brushes From eBay (That Are Totally Instagrammable)


Some things in life are just too pretty to resist. As soon as I saw Roxanne from The Beauty Kingdom post a picture of these gorgeous makeup brushes on her Instagram account, I knew I just had to have some. She kindly forwarded me the link and before I knew it I had ordered some for myself! Although I know many people buy beauty products from eBay and have got some complete bargains, I've never gotten in on the act myself. In fact, I think these brushes were my first ever eBay beauty purchase...shocking! Amazingly, these only cost £5.89 for a set of 8 make-up brushes- for this price, I assumed the quality wouldn't be that great and just thought they would make great blog photo props, but I actually quite like them!



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Quick & Easy Healthy Banana And Blueberry Muffins


You can probably tell from a lot of the recent baking posts that I'm quite into healthy recipes at the moment! Although my quest to lose a little bit of weight has ended (you can read my practical top tips for weight loss here), my baking habits have remained changed. Baking with lashings of butter and sugar is traditional, comforting and delicious, but it's not to say that healthy alternatives can't be equally as yummy. Swapping out a few ingredients, like butter for coconut oil, can keep the bake tasty whilst making them that little bit better for you. A lot of the healthy recipes on this site are my spin on the original- I've tried the recipe and tweaked it slightly to suit my taste. This banana and blueberry muffin recipe from www.bowlofdelicious.com didn't need changing at all. It's perfect the way it is. You can find the original recipe here, or continue reading below.




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Why I Would Always Recommend An Eyelash Serum For Trichotillomania


I have been having a think recently (I know, steady on) about beauty products that I couldn't live without. Sifting through press samples and other blog reviews has made me reflect on what I would go out and spend my money on, or repurchase at a later date. What are those products that have impacted my life so much they are integrated into my daily routine? Although my beauty and skincare routine is probably quite similar to many others, there is one step that I think is inextricably linked to my suffering from hair loss, that is the use of an eyelash / eyebrow serum. I know that many non- hair loss sufferers use these, but I think my emotional attachment to them makes them stand out as a beauty product.



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Gel Nails For £1.99? Introducing Aldi's Amazing New Nail Varnish Range


I don't know what it is about snapping up an absolute bargain, but doesn't it feel good? Knowing you've found something amazing and not had to fork out for it is hugely satisfying, and finding a beauty product that really does work but doesn't leave your purse feeling significantly lighter leaves me wanting to tell everyone about it. This is the case with these limited edition nail varnishes- from Aldi of all places! I have tried skincare from Aldi's beauty range, Lacura, before and it actually isn't half bad, so when I received an email about the launch of some Lacura gel nail varnishes I got very excited. With four shades to choose from, a gel top coat and a range of nail treatments, these are 100% worth picking up whilst you do your food shopping as they've become one of my favourite beauty products right now!




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9 Practical Tips For Losing Weight (That Actually Work)


Since the end of March, I've been on a journey to try and shift some weight. Since going to uni, I had put on about a stone in weight. I know a lot of other students experience the same...it must be something to do with living off pesto and pasta and drinking your body weight in Strongbow for three years. Although I was just over 10 stone and a size 10, I just wasn't happy with how my body looked. So, in March/ April, I thought enough was enough; I'd stop moaning about the extra podge on my stomach and actually do something about it. After two months, I reached my goal weight of 9 stone 3 pounds (my pre-uni weight); around a stone lost and I am so much happier and can actually see muscle definition and the progress I've been working so hard for through training weights at the gym since January. Although many people might say 'you didn't need to lose weight to start with' (another rant for another time), I wanted to do it for me. Everyone has different goals and views their body in different ways. This post isn't meant to be a pushy one at all. I am just happy with my results and proud of my body, and know many people are trying to lose weight so I thought I'd share how I did it and what I found worked well. So here goes...




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What You Need From Rimmel's NEW Insta Collection


Despite the algorithm changes which have made using the platform a nightmare (especially for us bloggers, anyway), it seems Instagram isn't going anywhere soon. I constantly find myself casually scrolling through endless pretty, aspirational photos which not only are lovely to look at but also inspire me to create better content. It seems that brands are cottoning on to our love for the social media platform too. We're now seeing whole makeup ranges based on our Insta-obsession and the idea of being 'selfie-ready', such as this Primark range and the new collection from Rimmel which launched last month. Rimmel have been creating oodles of new products at the moment, so here's the low-down of what you need (and what you don't) from this 'picture perfect' collection.



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Things You Need To Consider Before Getting Your Eyebrows Microbladed


January 2016- the first time I had my eyebrows tattooed (or microbladed). I had heard about eyebrow tattooing before, but had in my mind that the results looked like your regular tattoo and would be similar to two dark black permanent blocks above my eyes. Having suffered from hair loss from my eye area for pretty much all my life, I was growing sick and tired of having to adopt the same, monotonous routine every single morning in order to try and cover up the damage I had done to myself through trichotillomania (a mental health disorder in which sufferers pull out their own hair). Trying to perfectly apply false eyelashes and attempting to draw on eyebrows from scratch was not an easy feat. After much research, I took the plunge and had my eyebrows microbladed. It completely changed my life. Although I would recommend it to fellow hair loss sufferers, there are still many things you need to consider before deciding whether it is the right move for you, so here are a few snippets to mull over if you are thinking about having it done.




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Pre-Workout Treat: Chocolate and Peanut Protein Energy Balls


Although the diet for me has ended as I've reached my goal weight (woohoo!), I'm still being quite conscious of what I eat and want to make up the calories that I'm not used to having in a 'good' way. Of course, I can't resist a chocolate-related treat from time to time! I recently tried baking with protein powder again, after giving it a break having not found a recipe that was a real stand-out favourite in my household. It's so difficult! Perhaps it's the whey protein that we have, but there's something about it that completely changes the consistency and texture of the bake, and not in a good way. Anyway, these chocolate and peanut protein balls turned out AMAZING, and I think that's predominantly because they're no-bake! I think we've finally found a protein recipe that's going to be a staple!



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Eylure's NEW Enchanted False Eyelash Range


I'm pretty sure that Eylure have previously done a limited edition 'Enchanted' range, but, regardless, a new one has been launched (or at least new styles). Originally boasting 7 unique styles, I got hold of a new addition to the range, a style called 'Lily'. The romantically girly-named collection is a gorgeous variety of soft, feminine lashes, from half strips for the most subtle feline looks to natural-looking sets that would add just a touch of volume and length to your own lashes. (Eylure also do an Enchanted 'After Dark' range which offers more dramatic styles). For me, 'Lily' looked like a great addition to my false lash collection; they weren't too long but offered enough volume and texture to give me what I want in order to cover my hair loss. Whilst overall I do really like these lashes, they were surprisingly not up to Eylure's usual amazing standard.




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Luxury Hair Care with the Harley Street Hair Clinic


When it comes to hair care, I've never really splashed out. I tend to stick to the high street brands that are probably full of parabens and silicone, but that's all my student budget has ever really stretched to and the habit has simply stuck (does this make me a bad beauty blogger? Probably). I've never had a problem with using brands such as Aussie and Garnier, and to be perfectly honest, have never given much thought to their impact on my hair (instead, using styling products to create any volume and sleekness rather than thinking about how my shampoo and conditioner could help the process). After receiving a luxury hair care package from the Harley Street Hair Clinic, it was time to see whether spending that extra bit of dosh really could make a difference to my hair. 



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Holiday-Ready Nails with Rimmel's NEW Super Gel Shades


If I could pick three beauty-related things which make me feel sassy and confident it would be winged liner (that goes right first time), a bangin' red lipstick and freshly painted nails. Although I have a very and habit of picking and biting my nails, when I muster the strength to grow them to a decent length, I love taking time to give myself a little manicure, painting my nails and making them look pretty. There's something about perfectly painted, un-chipped nail polish that just makes you feel like you have your life together, isn't there? The latest polishes to grace my nails has been this new range from Rimmel, the colours within which just scream summer.




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Beauty Must-Haves For Your Summer Holidays


So, as of today, I can say 'I AM GOING ON HOLIDAY THIS WEEK!'. Late Saturday night we'll be traipsing to the airport to catch a flight to Crete for a week of sun, beaches and all inclusive food/ drink. Honestly, what more could a girl want? When we booked the holiday in March, it seemed ages away, but (as it always does) time has seriously crept up on us and this weekend I realised I needed to start thinking about what I was going to pack (and also whether my summery clothes still fit me, cue bank holiday shopping trip!). When it comes to beauty, I am usually fully stocked up and always buy bits and bobs whenever they are on offer, so luckily I have most things I need already. I thought many of you will have summer holidays approaching, so thought I'd share some of the beauty items which are going to be must-haves in my suitcase.




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NEW Smashbox Be Legendary & Always on Matte Liquid Lipsticks


A couple of weeks ago (I think it was a couple of weeks...I lose track of time these days!), I was invited to Boots in Brighton for an evening of testing and trying out some new launches by Smashbox. It's a brand I haven't had much experience with in the past, having only really tried a mascara of theirs and a primer. The new Be Legendary range is full of totally on-trend liquid lipsticks, covering both plain colours and a gorgeous collection of metallics, which were all designed by their lip editor-in-chief, Vlada Haggerty (otherwise known as VladaMUA on Instagram, famous for her incredible lip art). Smashbox and Vlada are a lip match made in heaven which has produced some stunning products that are not only high quality in finish, but also available in some pretty cool shades.




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Classic & Classy: Leighton Denny Nail Varnishes


I own a lot of nail varnishes. In fact, I have so many nail varnishes I have to keep them in their own case (and that's after a clear out!). There's something so complete about having freshly painted nails; it makes you feel extra confident and like you 100% have your life together, plus it's even better if the colour matches your outfit (double sass points for you if you do this). Although my collection is quite vast, displaying a large array of brands, colours and nail art trends that have been and gone, I only wear a select few on a regular basis. Back in the day, I'd grab anything bright, fun and daring, however now, the only ones I really turn to are the classic shades that are known for timeless glamour. Perhaps it's working in an office where wacky nail art isn't really accepted, or maybe it's my personal style and taste developing over time, but these Leighton Denny shades are ticking all the right boxes at the moment!



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Be Selfish, Do What's Best For YOU


So, it's been a while since I've written a more rambly mental health based post, predominantly because I've been lacking inspiration and things to talk about. However, today's post is something that is very close to my heart right now. This last week or so, my depression has come back, and come back with a complete and utter vengeance. I usually go through periodic bouts of it, normally near summer time (for some strange reason...I thought summer was supposed to be fun and happy?!), but last year, the regular wave of utter sadness and despair that I've felt for the past 8 years of my life seemed to pass by without affecting me at all. As such, I was lulled into the false sense of hope that I was actually getting better and perhaps 2015 saw the last of my depressive episodes, but oh no, it couldn't be that easy could it.




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Best of British: The English Soap Company


Soaps have never really featured in my bathroom, often finding them a bit old fashioned and drying. Recently my opinion of them was changed by these exotic products from Sabai Soaps which incorporated the scents of Thailand into the rectangular bars. These fragrances were vibrant and strong, and although I adore them, they are perhaps not everyone's cup of tea. Speaking of tea, the English Soap Company is a brand I've seen over Instagram via other bloggers, and I recently had the chance to test out some of their tea-themed soaps. Is there anything more British?! The beautifully fragranced soaps have most certainly won me over and have continued to show me that soaps can actually be quite luxurious.




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NEW: Kiss Lash Couture Faux Mink Eyelashes


It only seems like recently that I posted a review of some Kiss lashes but here we are again with a brand new collection. To be fair, Kiss are joint number one on my list of favourite false eyelash brands (alongside Eylure), and my love for them is both well-justified and nostalgic as their Iconic lashes were the first pair of falsies that ever made me feel confident with trichotillomania (way back, aged 15!). Their lashes are always so comfortable to wear and often display a combination of all the things I look for in order to cover my own lack of eyelashes. From the perfect length, a super-natural multi-angle feature as seen in their new Blooming Lash range, to the subtle overlapping of lashes near the base to hide any gaps, their lashes are often the first ones I reach for if I need a little confidence boost. Although their new faux mink collection isn't as natural-looking as some others I've featured in the past, these are still gorgeous lashes that make the perfect pair to apply for a night out.




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The Best Low-Maintenance Hair Style: Balayage at Shine Hair, Brighton


Last week, I made good use of a day off work by taking a much-needed visit to the hairdressers. The semi-permanent colour in my hair had very much faded, leaving a mish-mash of shades which just looked a bit naff. Coupled with my split ends that desperately needed chopping off, I popped into town to Shine Hair & Beauty in the centre of Brighton town to have a little bit of a pamper. My hair was done by the lovely Courtney, a developing stylist at the Aveda salon, and I opted for a balayage. I  have had this done before but the colour didn't go very blonde and was very warm toned but it's such a low maintenance hair style that I thought I'd try it again. Courtney was absolutely incredible and gave me exactly what I wanted; a lovely blonde colour, natural and subtle look and a style that is so easy to keep up.




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Low Calorie Chocolate Fudge Brownies: The Perfect Sweet Treat


If you regularly read the recipes on this blog you will quickly notice that not only do I love baking, but I'm a bit of a chocoholic (understatement of the year). There are a good few brownie recipes in these archives, all from Slimming World friendly bites, naughty gooey bakes and healthy alternative using sweet potato which I think derives from a Deliciously Ella concoction. I've been training at the gym since January this year and have loved seeing the change in my body shape, however thought that it was time to lose a few pounds to help the definition come through (plus my weight had crept up ever so slightly and I want to get back 'into shape'). Strict dieting and restricting your calories is tough, but when you have a sweet tooth and love snacking things get even tougher! I found this recipe on Amy's Healthy Baking and, after a couple of tries, seem to have it perfected. 108 calories per brownie and they're not full of 'crap'... they're the perfect little treat!




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COMING SOON: Gobsmacked Lipsticks (The New Brand You NEED To Know About)


Back when I started this blog, I was obsessed with lipsticks. Anything bright and bold was adored, and I loved the way a sassy colour on my lips could make me feel instantly confident. Pinks and reds were my main choice, however, fast forward a few years and (although I do love a red lip from time to time- who doesn't!?) it's mainly understated nude tones that I wear more in my day to day life, if I wear any at all! When Sophie Ebeling, founder of Gobsmacked, emailed me regarding her new lipstick brand I was so intrigued. I'm very fussy about the quality of lipsticks that I wear- anything other than nourishing, long-lasting, true-to-colour and comfortable and it's chucked aside. On my first try of this stunning new product I knew this was going to be a brand to watch.




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NEW Rimmel Volume Shake Mascara Review


You may have seen pictures and some reviews recently of another new Rimmel launch. The folk at Rimmel have been very busy indeed recently- you may remember that they also launched these shake brow powders not long ago, and it seems they're keeping with the shaky theme. This Volume Shake mascara is quite an innovative product, the main feature being quite a heavy tube which sits within the mascara. The sole purpose of this addition is to shake things up- quite literally, as when the formula seems to be drying up, a quick shake of the mascara will refresh the product and keep it as good as new. Although I haven't had the mascara long enough to test if this actually works, I do have a few things to say about the mascara in general.



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The Alfa Italia Detangling Hair Brush That's Become A Staple Beauty Item


There are certain beauty tools that, although aren't necessarily the most glamourous thing to discuss, are essential to our everyday routines. Whether that be an amazing toothbrush, the blending tool you can't live without or the hair brush that leaves your hair feeling amazing, there are some things that are just worth mentioning. What's great about this Alfa Italia brush is not only is it practical and seamlessly been integrated into my beauty routine but it looks gorgeous too. My photos don't really do it, or the colour, justice (the reflective coating is so tricky to capture without my gormless face being shown staring back!), but the rose gold de-tangling brush is just such a fab alternative to the Tangle Teezer that everybody knows and loves.




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How To Make: Mini Tortilla Wrap Pizzas


I love experimenting with recipes- although (as you can probably tell from this site), it's usually baking. However, once in  a while I will try a new savoury recipe. Although not many make it on to this site (apart from stand-out creations like these puff pastry twists), some things are just too clever/ convenient/ tasty not to share. These mini tortilla wrap pizzas are one of those things. Whenever we have meals like fajitas, there is always a wrap or two left over and we never know what to do with them. After googling some recipes, I found this ingenious way to use up these spare wraps that would otherwise be thrown away or go off. These yummy pizzas make for a super quick and easy lunch and are so incredibly more-ish. Plus they are great as party food snacks that will leave your guests happy without creating cooking stress for you!



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No7 'Lash Impact' Lash Serum Reviewed


I have quite a strict skin care routine. Cleansing, applying serum then moisturising is just part of my evening- but there is one extra step that I never fail to add. Applying lash serum is something I have done religiously over the past few years. Going through periods of time having no lashes at all after a trichotillomania splurge means I'm always desperate for them to grow back and will do anything to speed up the process. Lash serums are almost a motivator for me as I look forward to them growing back. Not only that, they help to repair some of the damage I have done to my poor lashes over the years; when they do reappear, they are often weak, short and flimsy. Using a serum is my daily way of saying sorry to my lashes and trying to inject some health back into them. The only problem is that the serum I swear by (RapidLash) is quite pricey- the cheapest I can find it for is £30-odd for a little tube. So when No7 launched their own affordable version in December last year, I knew I had to try it out.




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Love At First Use: Sleek's Highlight Palette in 'Solstice'


You may have seen photos of this gorgeous product over my social media or had a glimpse of it's beautifulness in my post about some beauty bits I received for my birthday. I've taken a very short (week) break from blogging just to regain my mojo for writing and all the inevitable admin that comes with the hobby, but I couldn't resist opening my laptop and writing about this palette which I have fallen so head over heels for. Although I've tried liquid and stick form highlighters, I never get the look I want from them- I've always preferred powder formulas. When my usual highlight powder block ran out, I knew exactly what I wanted to try next. I've seen photos of Sleek's 'Solstice' highlight palette all over Instagram (probably because it is so photogenic) and completely adore the range of shades available. So, when my birthday came around, this was first on my wishlist!




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Review: Dr Pawpaw's Multi Purpose Soothing Balms


If there's one thing I love, it's a good multi-functional beauty product. Not only do they give you an extra 10 minutes in bed, but can save oodles of space in your make-up bag (not to mention saving you money!). Dr Pawpaw is one of these products that have many uses; the balm can help temporarily soothe dry patches of skin, provide some glossy moisture to lips, be used as a makeshift cuticle oil and also provide a hint of tint to cheeks (and this isn't the end to its uses!). Their multi purpose soothing balms are something I have heard a lot about but never tried out for myself. Although they aren't a product I find myself constantly turning to, I have found they are a good beauty item to keep in your handbag for when emergency chapped lips strike.




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Applying False Lashes: To Tweeze or Not To Tweeze?


For the past 8 years, I've been wearing false eyelashes to cover up signs of the fact that I have no real ones of my own. Trichotillomania has left me bald for pretty much all of my life, so when I discovered false lashes, it gave me a glimpse of hope that I could perhaps, for the first time, look normal again. As with all new beauty techniques, it takes a long time to perfect a skill- and after all this time I'm still far from being a pro at applying the falsies! However, practise makes perfect, as they say, and over time you will try new things and new ways of applying which will eventually lead to you finding styles and methods you are most comfortable with. In all beauty tutorials, the gurus always use tweezers to apply their lashes. This was a foreign concept for me, as I grew comfortable with applying them with my fingers. So which method really is better for applying them to bald lids?




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INSTA GIRL: Primark Beauty Just Got Instagrammable


Primark isn't your usual place to go beauty shopping. It's great for picking up a bargainous outfit, but when it comes to make-up, it's not the first place you think of. However, I have tried a few bits and pieces over the years and have come to love some of it (namely their false nails, false eyelashes- which are surprisingly good- and nail varnish remover pots). Although they have their standard PS Love beauty range, Primark have just released a new collection which is oh so instagrammable...the Insta Girl range. Although I'm unsure about the concept for this (I for one hate the Instagram / blogger cliches that the range capitalises on), the makeup pieces that it has produced are pretty darn cute.




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Birthday Beauty Treats


Thursday 9th March marked my 23rd birthday. I don't want this post to come across as braggy in any way, like a 'look at all of these wonderful gifts, I'm so spoilt' type of post. However, I received a few beauty-related gifts that I am so excited about, and whilst I throw myself into trying each and every one of them out, I wanted to give you guys an insight into what will probably be making its way onto this site in more detail soon. Kind of like a 'these are super pretty, here's a glimpse into what's to come' post, rather than a brag as to how many gifts I received. Anyway, my friends and family clearly know me far too well, as most things I got were beauty items that I've been lusting over for a while. Here are a few things the beauty addict in me is jumping up and down about...





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Neutrogena CC Cream: The Lightweight Base That's Perfect For Everyday Wear


When I moved house back in December, I had a huge clear out of all of the rubbish I have accumulated in Brighton over the past four years. Old uni fancy dress wear was chucked, outdated accessories left behind, and an overhaul of my make-up collection ensued. Having a make-up addiction, a mum that hands everything down and a beauty blogger cousin means that my collection of beauty goodies can get quite large and needs clearing out regularly; most things don't see light as I stick to my tried and tested favourites, meaning I often miss some absolute gems that are hidden in my stash. One of these gems is the Neutrogena Visibly Clear CC Cream. I would not think of this brand if I wanted a base product, as it's definitely a company better known for their face washes! However, my judgement was wrong and I've now been wearing this almost every day for the past month!




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Kiss Blooming Lash Collection: A Review For Trichotillomania


Having had no eyelashes for pretty much all of my life, I like to think that by now I'm a bit of a connoisseur of false lashes. Although I have given up wearing them on a day to day basis (let's face it, in an office no-one cares if you have eyelashes or not), I still think they are a great way of not only covering up signs of hair loss but also preventing pulling; if you go to pull your eyelashes you'll end up taking the whole false lash strip off so it works quite well as a deterrent! One of the first brands I dabbled in when I initially discovered the beauty of false lashes was Kiss. Their lashes transformed how I saw trichotillomania and how the disorder made me feel- for the first time I actually felt like a normal human being with natural-looking eyelashes. Their (relatively) new 'Blooming Lash' collection could be another life-changing range for those with hair loss. Here's why...




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Easy But Delicious: Lemon and Blueberry Cupcakes


Aside from the set back from Storm Doris last week, the sun seems to be finally making an appearance, it is actually light when I wake up and get home from work and the temperature seems to be warming up slightly. Does this mean spring is finally creeping upon us?! I've been stocking up on daffodils to brighten the home (although it still seems to early) and starting to get into the spring mood, including the things I'm cooking. Although hearty, stodgy bakes are great comfort foods for those cold weekends when you're stuck indoors, I think you can't go wrong with citrus-flavoured cakes when we edge into the brighter seasons. I tried this twist on an old, zingy lemon recipe (found here) recently by chucking in some blueberries- I think this is my way of trying to trick myself into thinking it could be slightly healthy. Obviously, lemon and blueberries are a well-known match made in heaven, so this is a fool-proof recipe that will work every time.




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My Favourite Places To Buy Affordable, Cosy Homeware


Since officially moving in with Stewart a couple of months ago, I've become obsessed with decorating our flat with lovely things. Having only previously had pre-furnished student accommodation, there wasn't too much I could really do to make give the houses those warm, personal touches and make it truly feel like 'my own'. Since getting our flat, we've been able to start from scratch, buying our own furniture which reflects our personal tastes and those finishing decorative touches you can only really get once you're settled. We keep adding little things bit by bit and we are slowly getting there- it definitely feels like 'ours' now, but we still have further to go in really putting our stamp on the place. As we continue this home-decorating journey, I thought I'd share some of my favourite places to by those cosy homeware pieces on a budget- let's face it, after the cost of moving, those decorations need to be as money-saving as possible!




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NEW From Rimmel: Brow Shake Filling Powder Review


You may have seen the latest launch from Rimmel all over social media recently. Their new range of powders claim to be the latest innovation in brow make-up, offering a 3-in-1 service that allegedly gives you 'brows like Cara'. Now, Ms Delevingne is famous for her thick brows, possibly single-handedly kick-starting our obsession with having the perfect brows, so that is a bold claim! Available in four shades, the clever little pots of powder blend in with your natural hairs to help sculpt, fill and define. Whilst this sounds great and I'm sure work wonders for those with hairs for the powder to blend with, how do they fare for people with no brows?




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Eyebrow Microblading For Trichotillomania: One Year On


There are two beauty-related moments in my life that have completely changed my 19 year relationship with trichotillomania. The first was the discovery of false eyelashes aged 15; the second was having my eyebrows tattooed in January 2016 by Sian Dellar. It sounds sad, but these beauty epiphanies have completely changed my life for the better. Those of you who have trichotillomania might understand this; those moments that make you feel as though there is light within the murkiness of the disorder, that provides a glimpse of hope, that makes your life with hair loss tons easier. For me, microblading was one of these profound moments. I finally had brows. Not only that, but they were brows that looked completely natural and that I didn't have to worry about. One year down the line, they are still there (although much more faded) and as I look to my top up appointment, I've been thinking about the impact this procedure has had on my life.



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A Sweet Healthy Snack For Gym Lovers: Protein Flapjacks


For a while now, I've been experimenting with differing recipes using protein powder. I absolutely adore baking (as you might have guessed), but with a gym-obsessed boyfriend with a sweet-tooth who moans about the amount of sugar and fat I'm tempting him with, I decided to try and find alternative 'healthier' recipes. Switching up ingredients for healthier versions is fine, but when it comes to baking with protein powder, everything just goes wrong. There's something about it which just makes the texture take a turn for the worse, not to mention the taste of chocolate flavoured powders within baking! After having a search around online, I found this recipe which I have made the tiniest tweaks to. The results? Finally a baking recipe including protein powder which doesn't make me look like the world's worst chef! With Valentine's Day coming up, I put a romantic twist on these and cut them into heart shapes (heads up- these make a great thoughtful little gift for any gym-loving partners in your life!), but any other time of the year, just cut into squares and enjoy.





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Treat Yo'Self! 5 Affordable Gifts To Buy Yourself This Valentine's Day


Whether you are looking forward to it, dreading it or couldn't care less, there's no avoiding the fact that Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Corny cards are on shelves, roses are being fully stocked and beauty launches are aligning themselves with the most romantic day of the year. Although I love the thought of putting some time aside for your loved one and having the excuse to have a proper date night (you can check out my top date ideas here), Valentine's Day itself is a bit of a commercial gimmick. That said, I can't help buying into this trend; the pretty, pink, sweet beauty ranges are right up my street and too irresistible to walk by. So, why not use it as an excuse to show yourself some love. You're amazing and we all need treats every now and again! Here's my pick of the lovely Valentine's themed beauty launches that are all under £6; there's no reason not to treat yourself with these!




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Favourites: Some Amazing Lip Balms To Soothe Dry Lips


Although we're now in February and positively thinking that winter is nearly over, it seems as though it is still getting colder by the day! I'm currently wearing my thickest winter coat, big cosy scarf and gloves whenever I decide to venture outdoors; add to this the dreary rain and you've got yourself a recipe for awful British, cold weather. Whilst some of you may see this bleak temperature as an opportunity to snuggle up under a blanket with a mug of hot chocolate (cream and marshmallows on mine, thanks), I personally can't wait until it starts getting lighter, sunnier and warmer- not least because of the havoc this chilly weather is causing my skin! Not only do I need to reach for the extra nourishing night creams, but my lips get so sore, red and dry with the slightest drop in temperature. If you're anything like me, cold months call for heavy duty lip balms, so here are a few of my favourites.



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NEW FROM NO7! The Lift & Luminate Triple Action Range


Ever since I got to the age when I started discovering make-up and the world of beauty, I've grown up with Boots No7 skin care. My Mum was completely obsessed with it and used the infamous Protect & Perfect range from the brand religiously up until about a year or so ago when she branched out and started dabbling in other names. Growing up with this No7 influence, I first used (and still use) their Essential Moisture day and night creams for whenever my skin needed a hit of hydration and completed adored it. No7 have built their reputation around offering the cutting edge of skin care technology for half the price you would get elsewhere, and that is exactly why many of their products have become staples in beauty routines everywhere. Their Lift & Luminate Triple Action serum is one of these; what's even better is that the best-selling formula has now been extended into the full range which launched 18th January. Previously just Lift & Luminate, meet the revamped Lift & Luminate Triple Action range.




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7 Romantic Date Ideas In Brighton For All Budgets

Whether you are looking forward to it or hiding from it, there is no denying that Valentine's Day is slowly creeping up on us. Even before Christmas was over, the red and pink romantic messages were shoved onto the shelves of every card shop. I'm a firm believer that Valentine's Day has just become a huge commercial opportunity rather than actually being about romance, so putting some time aside for your beau and spending some quality moments with them is, in my opinion, one hundred times better than buying a bunch of flowers and a box of chocolates (although don't get me wrong, I do love both of those things...). If, like me, you're based in Brighton, I've come up with a list of date ideas that are appropriate for all budgets, whether you've been with someone a while, on a first date, or on a friend date!




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Shadow Switch by Beauty Essentials: The Handy Tool Every Make-Up Lover NEEDS!


You come across things in the beauty world every now and then when you think 'why had I not heard of this before?!'. These products are the ones that instantly become staples in your beauty collection, things that your make-up routine could now not live without. This could be your holy grail foundation, the art of contouring, the way you blend your make-up, or a tool which just makes application a whole lot easier. Recently, I've been trying out Beauty Essentials' Shadow Switch, a dry brush cleaner that will revolutionise any make-up lover's routine, especially those who adore eyeshadow!




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It's Not Negativity, It's Reality


I created this blog as a way to help others who also suffer from trichotillomania. To help them see that they are not alone in their struggle, to create a place for open discussion about the disorder, a space to ask questions without judgement and as a way to offer the beauty advice I have accumulated over the years which can help cover or ease the disorder. On the whole, I want it to be a positive space on the internet that will help the progression of understanding the illness and help break down the stigma and ignorance of others. But that's the big aim. The small, everyday aim is centred around the person who may regularly read this site or stumble across it when searching for articles on trichotillomania. The ones who read this to find comfort in that there is someone out there like them- bald eyelids, struggling with the judgement of others, the fear of people knowing what you do. And whilst I try to keep this as a helpful, motivating site, it isn't sustainable. If I write about trichotillomania in a way which the everyday sufferer can relate, this cannot be wholly positive. Because it isn't a positive disorder- it is soul destroying.




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Christmas Review: Soap & Glory BeautyFull House Gift Set


Each year, my Mum seems to treat me to some Soap & Glory make-up bits and bobs for Christmas. Although some love their huge bath and body promotion that is on just before Christmas, I actually way prefer their make-up. I don't know if my Mum intended it, but it seems to have become a Christmas tradition now, ha! As you might be aware (from the amount I rave about it), I absolutely adore their brow pencil and also really rate their SuperCat eyeliner (both of which I also received for Christmas, thanks Mum!). But alongside these, I love trying out other bits and bobs from their make-up range. This year I received their BeautyFull House which provided me with some more exciting pieces to try out.




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Introducing Sabai Soaps: Vegan, Organic and Deliciously Exotic Scents


One thing that I have never really used is soap. Not in an 'I never wash' way (obviously), but I've always found them incredibly drying on my skin, opting for a moisturising shower lotion or nourishing cleansing cream instead to stop my skin feeling tight and dehydrated. The only way I would use them would be if I treated myself to one of Lush's glorious designs (although, let's face it, I only, ever go in there for bath bombs). When Sabai Soaps got in touch me asking me to review their artisan natural soaps, I thought this could be the perfect opportunity to see if I could replace my shower gels and creams once and for all.



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