Stepping out of my comfort zone

In past posts I’ve briefly talked about my anxiety and how I try to deal with it on a regular basis. Of course everybody has their down days every now and again however my anxiety stops me from doing so many things and I turn down a lot of opportunities/days out due to the constant worry of having a panic attack.

 Stepping outside of my comfort zone is something that I believe I have needed to do for a very long time to help myself become a more independent person. Overtime I feel overwhelmed by fear that I feel like there’s no room for excitement or adventure in my comfort zone.
With that in mind, I have felt it’s about time I start stretching the limits just a little bit by taking baby steps into escaping that constant fear of stepping out of my comfort zone whilst also building confidence on the way.

Don’t be afraid to be yourself: One of the biggest things that hold me back is the fear of what other people think of me. I lived my life for a good few years trying to impress everyone (even those that I didn’t really like too much) in the result of wanting to be liked for myself. I’m not ashamed to admit that I used to agree on a lot of things that I didn’t actually agree on for the pure fact that I was too afraid of expressing how I truly felt just in case someone didn’t like my opinion. That is not the way to live. Everyone has different personalities and different opinions which is what makes us so special and unique. It’s okay to be silly and inappropriate at times and it’s defiantly okay for you to express your own feelings and be who you are. You’re not going to get along with every person you meet and that’s fine. Shatter your concern for what people think of you because you’re allowed to be less than perfect.

See failure as a learning curve: I don’t take many risks due to the fear of failing something, so instead I’d rather just not try in the first place which I know is the completely wrong attitude. I remember reading the quote “Ever tried, ever failed. No matter, try again. Fail again, fail better” I need to start accepting that failures are a part of life and if I don’t fail something then I’m never going to learn for the next time I want to try again. Don’t let failure discourage you, pick yourself back up, learn from it and try again.

Say “yes” more often: Even if you think you’re not ready or if you’re not sure on something, just say yes anyway. Going back on the point of taking risks, saying yes may open up many opportunities for you and if it doesn’t succeed then that’s okay. You might find yourself enjoying something that you never got the chance to do before. Just remember that in the end, you could regret all the chances that you didn’t take.
Do something that scares you: I’ve talked about being a nervous traveller in a recent post; I have a huge fear of transport especially flying. Last year, I faced my fear and went on a plane to Amsterdam and even though it was a short 45 minute journey – I still did it and felt amazing afterwards that I was able to accomplish a major fear of mine. Managing that journey without having massive amounts of anxiety has made me realise that next time I can go that little bit further and be okay with it mentally.
Do you feel stuck inside of your comfort zone? I’d love to know your ways on how you push yourself out of it!

Recent Beauty Bits with Bourjois

After hearing that Bourjois had a 3 for 2 offer on in Boots about a week ago, I couldn’t resist and just had to pick up some things (even though I’m meant to be saving for my holiday. Oops!). I have always been a huge lover of Bourjois as they were one of the first brands I ever tried when I started getting into makeup properly. I’m super happy with these recent purchases so obviously it would be rude not to share, say hello to my new Bourjois bits…

Healthy Mix Foundation (£9.99): No matter how many foundations I like to try out, there will always be that one foundation I always go back to no matter what and this is definitely ‘that foundation’. I remember a few years back I would re-purchase this product over and over again because I just love it so much. I haven’t used this for a good few months or so and I was in desperate need of a new foundation when I went shopping therefore I picked it up (again) and remembered all the reasons why I loved this. Although, I’m pretty sure they’ve changed the formula of this since I last used it as I found it gave a healthy glow to my skin which I don’t remember it being this dewy before however never the less, I still frickin’ love this product. 

Radiance Reveal Concealer (£7.99): I got introduced to this back when my best friend Taylor (tmaemakeup) did my makeup one day for her portfolio. She used this to highlight and brighten underneath my eyes and my life changed forever (lol bit of an exaggeration) but seriously, this product is insane. For someone who has super dry under eyes like myself, this product works wonders to help keep my eyes hydrated whilst also giving me a brightened under eye which lasts for the whole day. For years, I’ve been using the Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer as I’m so pale that the fair shade worked perfect for my skin however this Bourjois concealer is now my holy grail and I’ll definitely will be leaning more towards this for future re-purchases. (With the 3 for 2 offer, I ended up getting this one FREE as it was the cheapest. Bonus!) 

Rouge Edition Velvet Lipstick: Beau Brun (£8.99): I can’t go into Boots and not buy a lipstick. I’m an absolute lipstick hoarder so it wouldn’t be normal for me. Not going to lie but I literally spent 15 minutes trying to figure out which shade I wanted to get as there was too much choice and I just wanted them all. I’m pretty sure the boyfriend didn’t enjoy this part, bless him. I ended up going with ‘Beau Brun’ – a gorgeous pinky/nude shade, perfect for the warmer months. I already own one of these velvet lipsticks in another colour therefore I knew what the formula was going to be like already but in case you guys don’t know, there super creamy and soft when first applied to the lips and then they dry down into a liquid lipstick however they don’t dry out my lips fully which is what I like most about it. They’re non-transferable yet they are super easy to remove with makeup remover at the end of the day, which means you won’t need to scrub your lips to oblivion just to remove the product.

Have you tried anything from Bourjois? What’s your favourite products? 

Must Have Carry-On Travel Essentials

With my holiday only being 11 days away, I think it’s safe to say that am very excited yet super nervous at the same time. I am such a nervous flyer. Well, I’m an anxious traveler in general. In my mind I believe that my comfort on a flight begins with how you pack your carry-on bag, I need to make sure I pack everything which will keep me feeling content and comfortable for the flight (and hopefully pass the time a bit quicker).

The Basics
Travel Bag: I currently use a plain black rucksack which I got for £10 in Primark and it has done me wonders. It’s the perfect size and I manage to fit quite a lot of stuff in there. I love how it has front pockets and also two more compartments inside for even more extra storage. I use this as my main travel bag and also my staying over bag for when I’m round a friend/family house for the evenings.

Travel Wallet: The boyfriend and I picked one of these up from eBay last year before we headed off to Amsterdam. I believe it cost around £5/£6 which I thought was very reasonable considering the ones we looked at were more on the £12 side of things. It fits all of our boarding passes, passports, ID cards and travel money inside, leaving plenty more room for any other extra cards and details you want to take along with you.

What I bring to keep comfortable
Flip Flops: If I’m going away on a summer holiday, I always love to either wear flip flops for the whole journey or bring a pair with me in my bag so I can change into them halfway through ready to face the hot weather when I get to the other side.

Sunglasses: There’s nothing worse than getting off the plane to bright, sunny weather and not having any sunglasses for protection therefore you end up squinting the whole way to your hotel/villa. I like to think ahead and bring a pair with me so that I can chuck them of once we’ve gotten off the plane.

Travel Pillow: I get neck aches whenever I sit down for a long amount of time. My brother bought a travel pillow recently and it’s the most comfy thing ever and I’m definitely going to be bringing it on the flight with me. We have an early morning flight therefore I will most probably end up having a little nap on the plane with this pillow as my support.

Lip Balm and Hand Cream: During flights, I always get super dry lips and hands therefore bringing lip balm & hand cream along with me is essential.

How I keep entertained
iPad: With the recently new download Netflix feature, I am definitely going to be catching up with some shows on my iPad to make the time go a bit faster.

Headphones: I don’t know what I would do without my headphones on a flight. I’ve always had problems with my ears where I’ve had to go to the doctors numerous amount of times, therefore headphones do me the world of good. There’s nothing worse than having blocked ears for days whilst you’re trying to enjoy your holiday.

Books: I have always loved reading ever since I was little. Getting stuck into a book is a good way to pass the time. I’m currently reading 13 Reasons Why after watching the show on Netflix and I’m loving it so far, it’s defiantly the book that I’m bringing on holiday with me.

Snacks: Of course you’re bound to get a bit peckish on the plane therefore I like to stock up with some snacks to help keep me content. (I get a bit ‘hangry’ otherwise lol).

What is on your ‘must have carry-on essentials’ list when it comes down to travelling?

Keeping Skin Hydrated with L'Oreal Hydra Genius

Choosing the correct skincare products for myself can sometimes be a difficult task. Like most people, my skin changes throughout the year however I have always had sensitive skin and most products I’ve found tend to break me out or lead to some kind of reaction. I have been in desperate need of a new moisturiser as my skin is on the dry side at the moment especially on my cheeks and with the hot weather that we’ve had, I want my skin to look as healthy and as glowy as it possibly can. Thank god for L'Oreal's new Hydra Genius line.

I believe this range comes in three different versions based on skin types: Normal to Dry skin, Normal to Combination skin and Dry & Sensitive skin. The first thing I noticed and fell in love with was the packaging, it comes in an elegant blue glass bottle which makes the product look a lot more expensive than what it actually is. The glass contains 70ml of product and at the moment it’s on offer for £6.65 in Boots but originally retails for £9.99.

The main ingredient is Glycerin with added in Hyaluronic Acid. What is Hyaluronic Acid? It’s a gel-like water holding molecule that our skin already produces. Hyaluronic Acid improves skin hydration, stimulates production of collagen in skin, maintains skin elasticity, works as an antioxidant and has anti-inflammatory activity (it can also hold 1000 times its weight in water). Another ingredient is Pure Aloe Vera which is renowned for its moisturising properties and rich in essential minerals, it helps to sooth the skin whilst maintaining the skins water reserves.

The texture of this product is unlike any other moisturiser I’ve used in the past. It’s somewhere between a lotion and a gel yet it’s super lightweight on the skin and takes just a few seconds to fully absorb into my skin without leaving any sort of greasy or sticky texture behind. I can instantly see results after using this product. My skin feels softer and fresh, I also suffer with a bit of textured skin around my chin and the lower parts of my cheeks, I find that this has started to improve throughout the past couple of days and it’s without a doubt due to this product. My makeup goes on a lot smoother and I always seem to have a radiant glow to my skin after applying the Hydra Genius. I have a feeling this product is going to be something I constantly re-purchase in the future.