Monday, 23 November 2015

Good Days and Bad Days

Hi everyone! I apologise that this blog is a day late, I had some Internet problems yesterday evening which meant that I couldn't post this.

However it is here now!

I've not really done a post focused or mentioning mental health in a while and I feel like I wish to speak of it again after quite an interesting contrast of days.
I visited one of my friends the other day who I'd not had a catchup with in ages and I really enjoyed it and it was so lovely seeing her and I generally felt so happy afterwards and enjoyed it but one thing which did deter me was the overwhelming amount of anxious feelings I had.

And then yesterday, I visited another friend who I'd not seen in a while and I was expecting to feel nervous as Mother Nature was giving me some 'lovely' cramps prior to the reunion and on one of the two buses I took (not that she lived like in a different city or anything I just had to take two)
But it was really weird because I had pretty much 0 anxious feelings throughout that whole time seeing her, even when I was travelling on the second bus and not knowing 100% where I was getting off as last time I'd gone to her house she'd been there and basically took me.
This time I got lost and wasn't sure where I was going which you'd think would set a bit of anxiety off but it didn't?
I'm not going to lie I did have like slight anxious thoughts but I didn't have the tipping of my stomach or the butterflies or anything which normally sets me off into a bad place.

It just leads me to say that it is true about having good days and bad days. Some days you will be able to do things and some days you will struggle. It can be quite irritating as if you agree to something in a good day where you've done and accomplished something and then struggle with whatever you've agreed to on the day, but it can be extremely uplifting when you do manage to do something.

I know sometimes I push and push to make myself do something anyway, if I know it will mean a lot to someone. That doesn't mean it's easy because it's not, I just have to somehow keep myself going.
Like the time All Time Low did a signing and my best friend has loved them for ages and she asked me to go with her and I knew I could not disappoint. However I was extremely ill that day, with an awful cold that in the first half of the day, left me with difficulty standing without feeling dizzy. And I knew I had to stand in a queue or however long for the signing. Because I felt ill, I was feeling very very anxious the whole day.
I had anxious feelings over the signing itself because I'd never been to one before and I knew there would be busy crowds and especially with how I'd been feeling earlier on in the day I had no idea how I was going to do it.

Still to this day, I don't really know how I managed to do it.
I was standing in the queue panicking but still stayed there and went and it was great, even though my throat was so sore by that point!

I think the reason I managed to do it was because I knew how much it meant to my friend and it would have honestly broken her if she'd not been able to go. That's the only thing I can think of as to how I did it because I still can't even believe I stayed considering how much of a state I was in with my cold and anxiousness. I tried not to let it show either as you can't really be in a negative mood when you're with your best friend about to meet her favourite band can you? And honestly, I really like All Time Low too, they were lovely and they even performed a few tracks too and it was pretty fantastic really!

And in terms of the last couple of days for me, I don't quite know how they were so different? But hey, I am quite happy with how I handled it.

So to sum this blog post up, I guess I'll say that it is okay to have good days and bad days, that is part of things. Do your best in whatever you are going through and always remember to take care of yourself. I think through the bad days you have to keep your focus that there will be other opportunities for good days and try and keep your spirits up. Have a hot chocolate, have a relaxing bath, listen to your favourite songs, do whatever you know will boost your mood in a positive way!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxx

Monday, 16 November 2015

Zoella Beauty Wonder Hand Review

Hey everyone!

Today I'm going to be reviewing Wonder Hand, the hand cream from Zoe Sugg aka Zoella's updated beauty range.

I didn't really know what to expect with the actual product, but I did fall in love very quickly.

I've mentioned before how much of a fan I am of the original Zoella Beauty collection scent, it is BEAUTIFUL. This handcream has the same scent which makes it smell beautiful too, the scent is surprisingly long lasting. It's not as strong to begin with as some other hand creams are, but I did watch Zoe's video where she talked about it and she said she deliberately hadn't made it too strong and overpowering. Saying that, the scent does last a while! Longer than I somewhat thought it would!

It also states it is enriched with Vitamin E, Shea Butter and Aloe Vera which is to leave the hands feeling silky and it certainly does make them feel very moisturised and silky after use.

It is extremely fast drying and not greasy, which is always a bonus as the worst thing after using a hand cream is having ridiculously greasy hands following application. This was not a problem for me which was a bonus!

In fact the only thing I don't like about Wonder Hand, is the lid. It is an octagon shape, meaning it is pointy which isn't the most comfortable lid to remove. But honestly, that is the only thing I dislike about the product, although I'd also maybe change the price to £3 too (it costs £5).

It is a great product indeed and a fab addition to Zoe's beauty range!

Do you own Wonder Hand? Let me know what you think!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxx

Wednesday, 11 November 2015

Bubble Bath For Sensitive Skin

Hey everyone!

Today's post is going to be a post focused on a bubble bath that I am a huge fan of. As someone who enjoys bubbles in the tub, I feel that this is a great product for not only that, but creating a very calm and relaxing chilled out bath experience!

First things first, it is ideal for sensitive skin, which I myself have, I have to be careful on what I use in case it irritates, I mainly began using this as it was targeted for sensitive skin. It was a few years ago I had quite a bad reaction and I used this afterwards to ensure I was looking after my skin.

One of the things I love about this is that you don't even need a lot to get loads of bubbles, but you can definitely go all out if you want to.

It hasn't got a huge amount of scent to it when it is in the bath but there is enough scent to feel and smell fresh afterwards. It's a very simple scent and one which I think would appeal to a lot of people as it's not too 'in your face'. I find it to be a very relaxing scent and can definitely sooth you.

It is really moisturising which is great for keeping skin soft and hydrated! Sanex are a great and reliable brand which are dedicated to making great body products.

It's relatively cheap as well which makes it even more affordable and therefore better value.

This is a great Bubble Bath for people with sensitive skin and people who generally want a simple and fresh scent following their bath.

I hope you all enjoy this post and found it useful!

Love & hugs
Claire xxxxx

Sunday, 8 November 2015

October 2015 Favourites

Hey everyone!!

Here are my October Favourites! A list of some of the things I really particularly loved during October 2015!

Zoella Beauty Blissful Mistful
I have been obsessed with this scent this month. I could have used the body lotion or hand cream, but I thought I'd choose the body mist. The scent of this is absolutely beautiful and has good staying power, despite being a body mist. The bottle is also gorgeous and photogenic.

Collection - Lasting Perfection Concealer
A little late on the bandwagon. Very very late on the bandwagon. But oh well! I knew I wanted to try a new concealer and I was torn between this and Rimmel's Wake Me Up Concealer, but I went for this. I'm so happy I did as it is honestly such a great concealer, it is certainly long-lasting and when patted down, has great results! I now understand why it was raved about for so long! Also apologies for the fact it has been in my bag and the writing has scratched off!

Rimmel Exaggerate Liquid Eyeliner
I decided to try a new liquid eyeliner and bought this one in August and have been particularly loving it lately. I feel it is gives great intensity and I am definitely a fan of it! I may do a full review on it but for now, let's just express how much I love it.

Unfortunately, I have lost my honeycomb at the moment so I can't take a photo (I promise I haven't eaten it all trust me!) and it also means I cannot finish the rest of it till I find it. I hope I find it soon! However, I'd never had honeycomb on its own until one of my best friends made me some one Christmas and it was so tasty! I decided to try some more and this is toffee flavoured which you can instantly tell, but it is so good! It's quite sticky and tough but honestly so nice!

Demi Lovato - Confident
I said I'd insert this into my Favourites again now the video is out and here it is! I think Demi looks absolutely stunning in the video and I feel it is such a powerful song and so catchy.

Flo Rida - My House 
I seem to enjoy a lot of Flo Rida's songs, I always feel like he puts out some great songs, with good beats and the right amount of catchiness! This song is no different and has been on repeat for a lot of the month!

Chris Brown - Zero
This song has a bit of an old school vibe to it, which I really like. It reminds me of 90s R&B with a modern twist and I really like it and feel it is underrated.

Ellie Goulding - On My Mind
I didn't immediately get hooked on this song but I've recently had it stuck in my head a lot and it lead to me listening to it a lot!

Eric Carmen - Hungry Eyes
I feel like I heard this song a lot during October so I felt it was very neccessary to put it into my Favourites this month.

Lily Allen - Our Time
I wasn't a huge fan of this when it was released, not sure why but I recently have grown to really love it. I am a fan of Lily's music and have been for quite a few years now and this is certainly true Lily style.

TLC - Come Get Some
I recently listened to this aging TLC track and forgot how much I loved it. It's easy to listen to and easy to love.

Little Mix ft T Boz - Red Planet
I was really loving Little Mix during October and this song in particular from their first album DNA. I love the way it's not the standard obvious girlband sort of song. It also features T Boz from TLC. It is such a good song and hopefully Little Mix perform it on their next tour.

Thank you so much for reading this blog post! Please let me know any of your October Favourites!
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Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxxxxx

Sunday, 1 November 2015

Why Isolate?

Hi everyone!

So this post was sort of a product after I'd been thinking about recent weeks.
I've ultimately felt like 2015 has been quite a challenging year for me, in many ways but I'll not reflect on it all in this post, that will be saved for later!

I've recently realised how much I isolate myself sometimes in some situations and I think some of the reasons I do this is to either protect myself or the other person from pain but also from having to explain things.
I feel like I put myself in a little bubble sometimes and even though I talk about things, I hold back out of fear and I guess out of protection?

To a certain extent, I think we all need some alone time and time to be with just our own thoughts and generally ourselves. In the words of Queen B 'Me, Myself and I'.
However I think me and indeed those who suffer with hidden conditions sometimes feel as though they are isolating themselves for either similar reasons or something else.
Obviously when you've isolated yourself, nobody else knows what is happening and the problem is literally on your shoulders alone.
And you can feel although nobody cares when in fact they do they just aren't aware of what is troubling you!
So advice I can offer you is:
* Sometimes, the answer really is just to talk to someone! Even though it's tricky and if they don't understand, try and get them to see it from your point of view and just express yourself.
* Sometimes a walk with a friend can help lots, the exercise and fresh air will do you good whilst you chat!
* Write down things that make you happy about your life and go back to them. It can help in times of trouble! Also write down anything positive that your friends or family may have said about you. It can make a difference!
* If face to face heart to hearts make you anxious, try messaging a close friend, although best not to drop f bombs over text, if it's REALLY important and urgent, face to face is best!
* If you do need some alone time, put on some music and zone out for a bit. It may make you feel much better!

Isolation can be troublesome, but often there's a listening ear right in front of you and even though it feels difficult at first, starting gently can go a long way!

I am always hear to listen and always try to show others around me that if they need me, they can talk to me.
Love & hugs
Claire xxxxxxx

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