Beauty · Health · Skincare · Uncategorized

Favourite Skincare Products

Afternoon everyone, just done a round of washing and and thought I’d do a quick post…. Don’t ask me why I felt the need to disclose that I’ve just done a round of washing, I don’t know. Pride? Am I……….adulting?

Anyway, just thought I’d start this before I go to the gym and I’ll finish this once I’m back because I haven’t taken any photos of the stuff I use….which I realised is like 3 products…..cr*p…..Someone tell me why I’m doing this post, please.

Whatever, as Anne Robinson says, I’ve started so I’ll finish.

This is my skin…no, it’s not perfect but it’s mine so that’s all that matters…and please excuse the 4o’clock shadow, haven’t threaded le ‘stache yet..or my eyebrows…this is going well so far, two thumbs up.

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(Realised my wet hair looked like a shaggy dog on a rainy day so took a few more pics once it dried off at the gym)

Products:

  1. Exfoliating gloves. £1 – Primark.

People say you shouldn’t exfoliate your face often and they’re probably right…but I clearly don’t listen, I use this every time I shower.

2. Original Source Shower Gel. £1 (on offer) – Superdrug

(Apologies for the poor photo. Forgot to take a pic of this until now…had to use flash….whilst watching The Flash…..FLASHCEPTION!!)

To be completely honest I use whatever I can get my hands on. Again, why am I doing this post?

3. Johnson’s Baby- Intense Moisture Cream. £2 – Superdrug

Ok, this one is actually really useful for you to know about. Since I started using this my skin has been waaaay softer than it normally is….soft as a baby’s behind in fact….which makes sense because this is probably what the cream is for

4. Carmex. £2.69- Superdrug

I mainly use this for my lips but sometimes the sides of my nose get really dry, especially if it’s super cold or windy so I just stick a bit of this on each side and it works a treat. Cherry or strawberry are my go to flavours.

Hope you guys enjoyed my somewhat useless post…..If you have any skin tips or tricks please feel free to share them…. also, does anyone else exfoliate every day or is it just me?

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Beauty · Health · Lifestyle · The Self · Uncategorized

How Ugly Are You?

Good evening all…Incase you did not know (which you probably didn’t), I started blogging a while back but took a break because….well life. I was going through my posts on my old blog and came across this…I still think it’s so relevant so I’m going to recycle that post here…

 

Ok this is going to be brief because what I’m about to put below is all I want you take out of this post…no “laadeedaa this is what I bought today/ this is what I wore” …No. Please girls/boys/men/women/EVERYONE remember this always ❤

 

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(AND THE SAME GOES FOR MEN!!!)

– Don’t diminish your worth based on what you think society wants/likes
– Stop focussing on your “flaws”
– Stop comparing yourself to other people
– Love yourself
– Respect yourself
– Know yourself; don’t try and be who you think everyone wants you to be, you are the way you are for a reason. Embrace it.

Darling, you are enough, and don’t let anyone tell you or make you feel otherwise.

YOU. ARE. ENOUGH.

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Movies · Reviews

Review-Movie Edition: The Greatest Showman

Let me start by saying this. I’m an action girl at heart. My favourite genre has pretty much always been action and I’ve spent years obsessing over all things Marvel and DC so when I first heard about this musical, I wasn’t that interested. That is, until I saw Zendaya in a pink wig.

So I went to watch this with my friend the other day and here’s my honest thoughts….

I love this film. Absolutely love everything about it.

The acting on every part was absolutely perfect. Not too much, not too little, just enough for you to feel something for every character, and to feel invested in this narrative. Hugh Jackman is a man of many talents and yet again he proved that to be right. His relationship with onscreen love Michelle Williams was believable and real. Their relationship was liken to that of a fairytale but after the “happy ever after”, where sh*t gets real and the cracks start to form. Seeing them go through their hurdles and how they had to find each other again was beautiful.

The overall casting was also great, I fell in love, (well, deep like, let’s not go too far) with all the characters. Especially the little girls, whoever cast them did a good job because they’re both adorable and goofy at the same time.

The ensemble pieces were great, amazing vocals from all the cast, and the choreography…oh darling, just watch it and you’ll see. The visuals were breathtaking, shot after shot stunned and amazed me and I’m trying to think of a flaw in this movie but I really can’t. Not all reviews will be like this don’t you worry, I’m still yet to review “Mother!”

I have never cried throughout an entire film before. NEVER. But for this film, from about 5 minutes in it was like the taps were turned on and then broken. I was in bits throughout.

This movie has made the list of my top 20 favourite films of all time (that might only last a week, time will tell).Not just because it made me cry throughout, that isn’t necessarily the sign of a great film no. It’s on the list not only because it made me feel, but more importantly. It made me believe in myself.

I’ll leave you guys with my favourite song from this movie. I still can’t listen to it without welling up.

 

 

(All images were sourced from: Google, Wantedinrome, 20th Century Fox, Variety.com, Metro, and Entertainment weekly 😀 )
Lifestyle · The Self

2018: New Year……Same Me

I know…..I know…”where have I been?” I hear no-one ask. Well….I’ve been, I’ve been breathing…eating…breathing some more..working…and eating. Did I mention eating? Ok, un-funny jokes aside, I’ve been working a ridiculous amount over the past few months; wearing myself out so I didn’t have energy for anything else, barely socialised, didn’t do anything fun, and was just an all round sack of bleh. I’m done with that now.

I’m taking a break for a few months just to realign myself. It may sound a tad douchey but it’s true. I’m trying to get to know myself outside of my current employment because that’s all I’ve known for so many years and that’s all I’ve identified with.

This year isn’t about becoming a “new me”. That suggests that I wasn’t good enough before, and negates all the experiences, thoughts, and feelings that have led me to where I am today. So no, not “new year, new me”, “new year, same me”….I’m just trying to focus on being a better version of myself and growing as much as possible. I have a few projects that i had put aside because I didn’t have enough mental or physical energy to pursue them whilst I was working, so I’m going to see them through. As for blogging. Well, I’m taking each day as it goes but expect to see a little bit more of me 🙂

Hope you all have an amazing year. Love yourselves, be kind to others, enjoy the process of life, and try to be the best versions of yourselves you can.

 

Diet · Food · Health · Lifestyle · Uncategorized

My Top 7 Tips On Losing Weight: Food Edition 

I had a really mediocre workout today.

I worked up a sweat but I know I didn’t push myself as much as I usually do, and that’s because I’m bored. My gym is boring me, and so are my routines so I didn’t want to include that in this post till I find a way to spruce things up. So instead, I’ll just talk about food and weightloss as they weren’t lying when they said weight loss is 80% food and 20% exercise.

1. Meal Prep. There’s a reason why so many fitness and nutrition ‘gurus’ say this. It’s because it’s true. Failure to prepare is preparing to eat the entire contents of the fridge. Meal prep is important for a whole bunch of reasons but these 2 are big ones for me:

– You’re more likely to eat less healthy if you’re tired. Mate, if I’ve come home from a long day at work after a heavy gym session in the morning the last thing I want to do is cook. Nope. Not today. So, what will I do? I’d either pick up anything I see in the fridge/freezer, good or bad, or I’d get a takeaway. Now don’t get me wrong, you can have a takeaway every now and again but it can start to become a habit, which won’t aid with your weight loss.

– It makes you more accountable for what you put into your mouth: If you’re a habitual ‘I’ll just pick up a quick snack from the supermarket and go’ sort of person then you’re not really engaging in what you’re eating. And it’s easier to lose track of what you’ve consumed during the day if you’re just grabbing and eating. By mealprepping you can see and plan what you will eat during the day making it less likely for you to waver, and helping you plan out what your body will need. It’s also great for portion control

2. Don’t have a cheat day, have a cheat meal. I only came to this realisation recently after talking to my friend about all the crap I ate over the weekend and I realised that because I gave myself the entire day to stuff my face with whatever I want, I’m literally taking in all the calories that I had been working so hard to be in deficit of (does that even make sense?) during the week. So basically all my hard work went down the pan. And also, I tend graze or binge a lot so by me having free reign all day, I’m going to take full advantage of that. Not only that but I’m not appreciating what I’m eating as much because I’m eating the world. So plan a nice cheat meal, sit down, and enjoy it. AAAAANNNDD, if you want to take this  step further, make a healthy cheat meal! I know, I know, please, stay with me here, there are so many healthy versions of your favourite meals that you can try, I’m going to start posting more recipes on this blog but look up “healthy pizza”, “vegan brownies”, “dairy free ice cream” (I’m not vegan by the way, these have just been really good recipes that I’ve come across). That being said, if Dominoes is calling your name come cheat day, answer it, it would be rude not to.

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(that’s a cauliflower pizza btw…not mine, found this pic on le Google, looks yum right?)

3. If you’re hungry, try and do something instead. This is because a lot of the time ‘hunger’ can actually be boredom, well that’s definitely applicable to me. So busy yourself somehow and see how you feel in 15 minutes or so. If you’re still hungry then go grab a healthy snack.

4. Drink lots of water. Yep, you’ve heard this one before blablabla. You’ve heard it a lot because it’s actually important. Here are 5 benefits to drinking water:

  • Water flushes out toxins and also reduces bloating
  • Maintains regularity of bowel movements
  • Fills you up so you are more likely to eat less (which is why you are advised to drink a glass of water before a meal)
  • Promotes healthy skin
  • Fuels muscles- you lose water whilst exercising through sweat, so refuelling your water supply also refuels your muscles which helps them get stronger

LOOK HOW HAPPY THESE STOCK IMAGE PEOPLE LOOK! WATER CLEARLY MAKES YOU HAPPY!

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This lady hasn’t quite got the hang of it yet….IT GOES IN YOUR MOUTH HUN!

5. Increase proteins, fruits and veg, decrease carbohydrates. Note, I didn’t say remove carbs, your body still requires carbohydrates so don’t eradicate them completely…Side note: I’ve got 4 Weddings playing in the background and they keep saying cake, please help me!

This is a good example of what your plate should look like

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6. Avoid fad diets. Fad diets may be good for a quick fix- maybe you need to fit into an outfit for an event, but the results are in most cases just temporary and will probably just lead to a cycle of yoyo dieting. Try not to just focus on losing weight but implementing healthy and realistic eating habits.

7. Be wary of celebrity endorsed diets/products. I don’t care that you saw Beyonce’ lose weight drinking cayenne pepper and lemon or whatever it was, Beyonce’ probably has a whole team of nutritionists and trainers behind her who helped her with that weight loss.  “Ahhh but Cheryl did the baby food diet and lost a bunch of wei….” BUT ARE YOU CHERYL THOUGH?? Everybody’s bodies are different, they look different and they work different so what may work for your favourite celebrities, may not work for you. I also think you should avoid comparing yourselves to them also, you’re allowed to see what the media allows you to see, you don’t know what they have gone through, undergone (surgically), or do to get that body. You are you, and that’s good enough, so stop trying to be them and concentrate on being the best version of yourself you can be.

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Ok I think I’m going to stop there because I could go on forever, if you want any more tips feel free to let me know

Have a great day

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Attempted Recipe: Sweet Potato Crisps (Chips)

I was browsing food videos on le Youtube and I came across this little gem, which is great because I’ve actually been trying to master the art of making  a veggie crisp. I’ve tried before with the oven but for some reason they came out soggy. So, here we go. It’s crazy complicated guys, there are three whole steps… I know, wtf right?! 

  1. Peel your sweet potato and slice it into thin slices 
     IMG_6442.JPGIMG_6443.JPG(Excuse the nails)

2. Drizzle a little olive oil and your preferred seasoning (salt, pepper, spices, whatever you want) and lay them out separately on a plate laid with (I used kitchen paper…)IMG_6445.JPGIMG_6446

3.Put them in the microwave for about 2 minutes on each side, or until they look ready

*SIDENOTE*Be careful not to keep them in for too long, or on too high a heat otherwise they will burn. 

BONUS STEP: Take them out and shove them in your mouth. You’re welcome

I was going to take a nice photo of them in a bowl but I pretty much ate most of them so here’s what’s left

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(I will work on my presentation, “promise”)

You can do this with kale, normal potato, plantain, carrot, and a whole bunch of other veggies, just make sure they are as ry as possible before you start the process. 

P.s. They’re gone, I was literally making this as I was typing and now they’ve gone, I ate them all….so maybe make this in small batches and use it as a cinema snack, or random snack, because if you have no self control like me, this won’t end well. 

x

 

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Living Life In Reverse

When I started this blog I didn’t want to saturate it with long posts about life, I have my other blog for that. This was supposed to be about me trying to openly document my journey of attempting to take more pride in my appearance, brush my hair every now and again, experiment more with fashion and travel, and make fun recipes. Yet somehow, somehow I’m always compelled to write about the slightly less exciting aspects of life, it is what it is I guess.

*WARNING: THIS POST MAY BE LONG, THOSE WHO DON’T LIKE LENGTHY POSTS ARE ADVISED TO SCROLL STRAIGHT TO THE END…OR READ ALONG, YOU NEVER KNOW, YOU MIGHT LIKE IT*

I quit my job yesterday.

Well I didn’t literally quit yesterday, but I worked my last shift there. Why did I quit? I’ll try and explain this in the most simple way because as I’ve previously mentioned, waffling is a skill of mine.

I quit because I want to be a child again.

Sounds weird but that’s the explanation that resinates most within me.

I want to live my life in reverse.

Let me elaborate. BTW If this post seems kind of choppy it’s probably because I keep pausing to eat my pasta and then pickup my train of thought again, apologies, I’m hungry.

So, I’ve been working since I was 16, for many years, I won’t divulge how many but let’s just say it’s been a long time. I’ve travelled a bit, gone to a handful of festivals, and made some beautiful memories. Yet I still feel unaccomplished. By this I’m not referring to my career either, which is still a work in progress, I mean unaccomplished in life. In my experiences, in collecting beautiful and varied memories from the different places I’ve travelled, things I’ve done, and people I’ve met along the way. Please do not get me wrong, I am so grateful to be alive today because not everyone woke up this morning, this is not a woe is me post, this is me openly expressing my solution to the void I have been feeling because if something is not satisfying you and you have the power to change it, then do just that. In continuation of my last point, I feel like most of my childhood/”teen-hood” was either spent in education, or at work and I started to feel claustrophobic and trapped in the cycle of working to survive, exchanging hours of my life to pay bills, travelling to work to pay to travel to work. That was my life for many years and that pretty much took over my identity. I used to draw, I started to learn Farsi, I rollerbladed and played volleyball, but these pastimes slowly diminished. All my interests took a backseat because I was too tired from work. My blog was sparse and the little content it had was sporadic posts here and there in order to touch base with my passion. And then they stopped. And so did my life. I put my life on hold because I had responsibilities to deal with, I had to be an “adult”, and now I want more.

So I quit my full time job and now I’m going to write, I’m going to sit in the bath for an hour and sing till my fingers look like prunes, I’m going to take long walks through the same places I used to rush through during my commute, I’m going to socialise, I’m going to travel, I’m going to have fun and try to find that spark that almost faded completely. I’m still going to work on the side because if I’m being honest, right now I can’t afford not to; but I wont let it consume me the way I allowed it to all these years.

I’m claiming back my youth and I’m living my life in reverse.

If any of you guys feel trapped, try and find a way to get out, or find a simple pleasure that makes it all bearable for you because life is short my dears and the recent tragedies are a huge reminder of that. Life is short so enjoy it. Don’t exist, live.

Here’s a short film I saw which I feel can be relatable in this context.