Wednesday, 14 January 2015

Sephora Micellar Water review

Micellar waters are the lazy girl's best friend, which is one of the reasons why they have become staples of many beauty routines. They are as easy and quick to use as cleansing wipes, but they don't have the bad reputation of the latter.

A few years ago I did a stint as a skincare buyer for a department store and learned an awful lot about how our skin works and what is important to take good care of it. Above everything, I learned that cleansing is the single most important thing you can do. Yet, I still went to bed with a full face of make up at least three times a week (I am blushing admitting that!). Now I am in my mid thirties I have definitely seen the benefits of having a beauty routine, but for me to stick to it, it needs to be simple. And allow me a few shortcuts. Micellar waters are one of them.

We all know what is the world's micellar water extraordinaire. Make up artists swear by the magical powers of Bioderma, effective enough to get rid of waterproof mascara yet very gentle on the most sensitive of skins. However, whenever there is a product that everyone covets, the rest of the brands in the beauty world aren't too far behind coming up with their own versions. The shelves at the chemists (or drugstore) are full of them, from La Roche Posay and Avene (great for sensitive skin, but not so great with eye make up) to L'Oreal and Garnier (I really had a problem with the scent of L'Oreal's water).

Monday, 12 January 2015

How to create a gallery wall

Gallery walls are all the rage at the moment, and there is good reason why. They are a great way to add some individuality to our homes. Not one of them is the same. You can mix and match styles of prints you like, photographs from your travels, witty quotes,... the possibilities are endless. They make us feel that bit more creative.

However, a gallery wall can be daunting as well. I moved into my new home a year ago exactly, and I only just put my pictures up twenty minutes ago. Why did it take me so long? Well, part of it is that I give everything a lot of thought - too much, possibly. When I moved in there was a lot to do, as I moved from a one bedroom tiny cottage to a two bedroom house that is considerably bigger. I had to think about curtains, furniture for my second bedroom, painting the walls, and a very long etcetera. After six weeks I was exhausted and I took a break from all things home, and my walls became neglected. My gallery wall is above my sofa, so I rarely see it when I am sitting down reading or watching tv, so I grew used to it.

However, I have been proactively looking at artwork online since the summer, but it was so confusing. Should I start from the composition and shapes or choose the artwork that I liked? In the end, I did a bit of both. 

1. Start from one or two prints you love and work around them
I bought the beautiful origami animals print from Then I saw the "Don't worry, be yonce" print on Etsy as a downloadable image and I bought it straight away. 

2. Decide what composition you would like
From there I started playing in my head with different compositions. If you're stuck for ideas, Pinterest will be your best friend. Have a play and change it as much as you need to. This is how mine started.

Thursday, 1 January 2015

How to keep your New Year's Resolutions

Happy New Year!

I love this time of the year, even more than I do Christmas (shhhhh, don't tell anybody!). It always marks a fresh new beginning. It doesn't matter how bad the previous year has been, there is hope that the new one will be better. It is a time to reflect and count our blessings, to make resolutions and be the best version of ourselves that we can be. Resolutions can sometimes be hard to stick to, but they don't have to be. Here are some tricks to make yours more achievable.

1. Think about what you want to be, not what you're not.
Sometimes resolutions can feel like a burden or punishment. They remind us of all the things we are not and make us feel not good enough, giving up even before we have started. Try to think about what you enjoy, what you want to be.

This year I have written a list of things I would like to do in 2015, one of which is to be able to run 10k. I'm starting slow and have broken it into manageable mini goals. I'm aiming at running three times a week (I've done twice a week before, so I know it's achievable) to manage 5k in 6 weeks. Then I'll join Parkrun on Saturdays to get me motivated and meeting new people. 

That is specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time bound. Well, you may want to be a bit flexible and skip the time-bound... Or maybe that is what will motivate you more. We are all different after all, but focus on achievable and realistic. Remember that you don't have to be great to start but you have to start to be great. It doesn't matter if you've never run, there is always a first time!

3. Be gentle on yourself
Do you want to eat more healthily? That's fabulous, but don't beat yourself up if you don't drink green juices and eat kale every day. Remember that for it to be sustainable, it's better to start slow and build up so it doesn't feel too overwhelming. And if you have an indulging day, enjoy it, don't ruin it by feeling guilty about it!

4. Give yourself the luxury of time
This is to really think about what you would like what you remember next year for, to reflect on what makes you happy, what motivates you... Write a list, make a mind map,... Whatever works for you, but spend some time and you will find that they will be more meaningful and you will want to stick to them.

Good luck and may this be a healthy and happy year for you! X
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