DIY Lip Scrub | Lemon & Honey/ Rosy Garden.

Saturday, 15 April 2017
Okay, so this DIY is definitely a major throwback for me. It was one of the first DIY posts but I made for my blog when I was 14 and I have to say that this is without a doubt the new and improved version. When I think about the point in my life I was at when I first made, this and the person I am today there is such a contrasting difference in every aspect of this post: my photographs, the effort that I put into this project and the outcome. I have definitely grown and no longer a naive 14-year-old girl, but I have to say I'm still in love with DIYs and I don't think that's something that's ever gonna stop. So without further ado, I present my first DIY.

I went into this thinking that it would be an easy DIY and that I could knock out in a few minutes. Although it is definitely simple, it took some experimenting and things might have got a bit out of control with the sugar and all the sticky substances used.

I love this lip scrub because it's just so natural as well as a great product to always just have with you and because you can find pretty much everything you need at home. There is no need to waste £12 on a small tub of lip scrub from The Body Shop or Lush; unless of course, you are absolutely in love with that product and in that case I say: go for it.

When it comes to mixing the Ingredients I  started off with the sugar but only using about 3 tablespoons for each recipe. Then added the liquid substance which made the sugar a gloppy texture and not really grainy which is what you need to really get this product to exfoliating. Then from that point adding the rest of the sugar and keep adding some more until you feel that you've got to a point where it will exfoliate your lips without really taken away from the flavour that you want. It is really that simple and the best part is that you can experiment with any flavour you like.

        Lemon & Honey
         6 tbsp sugar
         1 tsp oil
         1/2 tsp honey
         1/2 tsp lemon                                   
Rosy Garden
5 tbsp sugar
1/2 tsp rose water
1 tsp oil
1/4 tsp lipstick 

Is Laughter Ruining my Self-Esteem?

Thursday, 6 April 2017
No bird soars too high if he soars with his own wings.
I like to think of myself as a genuinely happy person. I try my hardest to smile, all the time and to give people compliments and always laugh at my friends jokes. I never really think about being happy in the same way that I think about being sad because when I'm upset the issues and events that have led to my sadness are usually very clear and often really bother me. For example, the other day I was so agitated and angry. I knew that it was because my sister had done something really dumb, that annoyed me and I had the right to be angry about it. it consumed my every thought for hours after until I just forgot. But today I got thinking I never think about why I'm happy or why I am laughing. I just do it.

It hit me, pretty hard, laughing isn't always a good thing, especially when I'm doing it. When people make fun of me or take the piss out of something I'm trying to do (or something I'm trying to achieve) I  usually just laugh it off. The truth is it's not funny, it actually really hurts my feelings and that's one of the reasons why I go through such emotional lows in my life. Why sometimes I think that I should just give up on what I'm trying to do. It embarrasses me when people joke and prod at my flaws and things they think I can't do:

"Like, oh my God you're thinking of starting a blog ha ha, that's soooooo funny!"

What's so funny about me going for something. Why do you feel the need to bring me down! All these thoughts go to my head and the anger and the self-hatred begins to bubble, but instead, I just laugh. I join in with the joke that is me. That's not okay. I shouldn't be a part of the force that is trying to hurt my self-esteem. The point is that most of the people that are doing this are people that I love the most in this world, which makes the situation just that much harder.

So starting today I'm not going to laugh about things that hurt me, instead I'm either just going to walk away from the conversation that I'm not enjoying (and figure a way to deal with it in a positive way) or I'm going to start expressing the thoughts in my head that usually don't make it out into the world. This is because my self-esteem is precious and it deserves to be fought for, not messed with. It's probably going to take a while, as breaking any bad habit does, but I'm confident that this will benefit my life in the future.

Tea Time, Talks #1: Summer Plans & Birthday

Monday, 3 April 2017
So summer is slowly approaching. Even sooner than that is my birthday. This is why I thought I would write about what I want to achieve for the coming summer and beyond. I'm a very odd person in the sense that when it's not summer, I spend literally every moment thinking about the sun and being warm. As soon as it gets hot I love to run inside and keep myself in the shade, spending all day complaining about just how hot it is. That's why this summer I'm not going to do that. I'm going to spend every day, if possible, outside in the sun. Doing things for myself, for my blog and just really getting my life started.

Starting a blog has always been a dream of mine. I did. It wasn't hard; all the fears that I had imagined they weren't there, and now I'm having the best time of my life writing about things that I love and sharing that with people even if it's only a handful. Sharing my experiences and my hobbies. Keeping this in mind, I have decided that this summer I'm going to start volunteering around my local community and basically anywhere in travelling distance.

Another one of my dreams is to start a non-profit organisation, to be charitable and to really touch people in a way that will really make a difference. I'm going to start looking at opportunities where I can work with children and with the environment, help to make London cleaner and safer for children and women and anyone who is vulnerable. I know it takes a lot to run an organisation, which is why I'm not going to push myself too hard. I know that in 20 years I'll be somewhere that I dream to be, and until then I'm going to work every single day until I get there.

Every since I was a little girl all I wanted to do was change the world and I'm going to do that. On the way, though I don't want to lose the creative side of me. The side that loves beauty, fashion and photography. Who loves to blog about nonsense and take amazing pictures. Who loves food and once wanted to be a graphic designer. I know I could have it and it might not seem possible or right, but I'm not going to let anything stand in my way.

All of this brings me to the topic of my birthday. On April 23rd, 1998 a little girl, who would once have big dreams was born and to kick star that dream instead of asking for presents I'm going to ask my friends and family to donate the money to a charity of their choice. Because every little bit helps. x

April Freebies

Saturday, 1 April 2017
I can't believe it's already April. 2017 has been going so fast and I really wish I could slow things down, take a step back and review what I did well in the past three months and some of the things I could possibly improve; and no one is perfect so there's always something to improve. Because April is my birth month I thought I would grace the Internet with some free printable's.

Now, this is my first time ever making anything like this but I've seen it around so many times and I thought maybe I'd give it a go, I mean trying new things was one of my New Year's resolutions. I worked so hard on the to printables that I am putting on my blog. One is a daily planner which I am a self definitely need and comes with some really cute colours and great sections. My favourite definitely is the 'brainstorm your feelings and thoughts' part. The second one is the motivation/goals chart for the next month (or four weeks) where you can set yourself four different goals to complete each week of the month.

So just click on the picture above, or go here. I really hope you find this useful and don't forget to drop a comment on what you would like to see me make next...

Beauty Review: Sleek Highlighting Palette Cleopatra’s Kiss

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

The Sleek makeup line has always been one of my favourite drugstore beauty products. Being someone of darker skin colour, it's often very hard to find cheap and reliable makeup with great quality. I've never really ventured past the lipsticks in contour kits when it comes to Sleek but about a week ago I brought their Highlighting Palette Cleopatra’s Kiss and I thought I'd share my opinions about this product because it has been a real game changer for drugstore highlighters.

When it comes to highlighting my main focus is on three main areas, my: cheekbone, nose and cupids bow. As someone who would consider themselves a beginner in the world of makeup, the Sleek palette suggests where each different shade should be used. This guideline is great, but I wouldn’t suggest you follow it to a tea because it would mean that you end up with quite a lot of highlight on your face. (Unless, of course, you’re into that kind of thing.)

 I haven’t personally come across any drugstore highlighter that offers two different textures (cream and powder) of highlighters in the same kit, which is defiantly a win on behalf of Sleek. However, when it comes to the brush (the one you see in the picture) I want to scream. Now when it comes to drugstore makeup brushes I have never really expected much and that goes for Sleek, but this brush actually goes below and beyond the expected quality level. So investing in a foundation or fan brush is your best option. DON'T rely on this brush. If you are a huge fan of cream highlighters you can’t go wrong with just using your fingers.

My favourite... definitely Goddess. x

5 Key Ideas to be Happy and Successful.

Monday, 27 March 2017
I know it's pretty hard to listen to a 19-year-old motivate you. Trust me, I have been working towards a goal for years now and I know a lot of teenagers in my position. People who want more from life and simply need the motivation to get started. So I present the five key ideas I follow so that I  can reach the dream life I have been imagining.

1 Visualisation. Closing your eyes and imagining exactly what you want from life, be it: one year, two years, even five years down the line is a real big motivator. If you can see what your life has the potential to be there is absolutely nothing stopping you. Seeing your future is the first step to getting there. As well as this, I find that writing down your goals, I mean in big bold writing and sticking it on your wall; waking up and seeing that every single day helps. Some people opt for vision/mood boards, but the idea still stands. See your future to be your future.

2 Don't make your goals too big and what I mean by that is don't over complicated what could be simple. Don’t set too much for yourself, you know exactly who you are and you know your limits (but then again I don't believe there is a limit). So what I'm trying to say is don't go too hard too fast you are going to burn. Everyone always wants a quick fix and that's not how life works. Slow and steady wins the race. Planning every step, know your route will get you where you want to be the fastest.

3 Surround yourself with people that believe in you and in the things that you want to achieve. This means that sometimes you won't be able to talk to your friends and your family about what you are trying to do. I know it's hard to imagine that your family, that your mother and father, your sister even, will not motivate you. I had it myself when I was starting whatever this dream is People telling me that at 18 years old it was too late. 'Try something else.' and "it's not meant to be." So I stop giving my ideas and putting all my hope into people that didn't believe in me. Into people that wouldn't every single day push me to be the best that I could be. It sucks but it's worth it because I know that they love me, they just don't understand what I'm trying to achieve and that's okay for now and you'll be okay.

4 Take a break you'll need it. Don't get me wrong when I say break, I don't mean stopping for three months to re-evaluate your entire life. I mean taking a day or even 10 minutes to stop and reward yourself mentally and physically. Let yourself know that you're doing good and if you are not doing well, finding the path back to where you want to be. Because of the end of the day, you're human just like everyone else; you cannot try and put aside your emotions because as important as your goals and your dreams are, it will mean nothing if by the end of your journey you are left completely dead on the inside. So breathe in, breathe out and keep going.

5 lastly, something even I, am working on is seeing the positive in everything that happens to you. In every situation, in every problem, in every event in your life that seems hopeless; take a minute and find what's good about it. What you have learnt from the situation. What you will do differently. Even if you're a pessimist at heart or just a plain old realist, find the good because it will give you a push even is just a little one to help you keep going. Say you go to the gym and you end up running on the treadmill for only five minutes and giving up and go home. At least you went to the gym you did at least a five minutes who knows tomorrow you will 10 and then 20 and then 30; in a blink of an eye, you'll be where you want to be. It's not difficult if you just see what's good in your life and don't focus too much on the negative. 

So remember these five things and you will be on the right road to happiness and successes.

Messing Around With A DSLR.

Thursday, 23 March 2017