10 January 2016

10 ideas for a happier,healthier 2016

1. Unsubscribe for all those junk marketing emails that clog up your inbox. It feels SO good not to have a mass of emails you never read.
2. Learn to cook something new. It's so rewarding to learn a new dish, maybe it will become your signature?
3. Get in touch with someone you lost contact with. Your best friend at school or maybe a family member you haven't spoken to in a while. Let someone know you're thinking about them. 
4. Go travelling. Explore a new country. If your budget doesn't allow you to why not visit a near by city? A change of scenery is always a good thing.
5. Make a playlist of all the songs that bring a smile to your face. Mine includes ELO - Mr Blue Sky and The Monkees - I'm a Believer; instant toe-tappers.
6. Treat yo self. It's often we put others before ourselves but today I want you to be a bit selfish and treat yourself to something you have been lusting after. 
7. Learn a new skill. With Google and YouTube there is no excuse not to learn something new. Teach yourself photography, a new language or maybe floristry. Never stop learning.
8. Tell someone you love them. Just because. 
9. Do something that scares you. Whether it's driving on the motorway, rock climbing or public speaking. Go out of your comfort zone and achieve something you never thought you would. You can do it and you will.
10. Do more of what makes you happy (unless it's illegal). 

Here's to a happier, healthier 2016! 

29 November 2015

Wear Less Makeup With These Skincare Oomphers

Gone are the days of me using face wipes and going sans moisturiser. My skincare routine has now matured. I love the idea of playing scientist in your bathroom; mixing and layering your favourite products. I'll research ingredients and read reviews before adding anything new to my routine. Below are a few skincare items I'll reach for when I want my skin to looks its best (everyday pls).

I love anything that promises to perk up my dull, lacklustre complexion. This gel-texture moisturiser from The Body Shop smoothes over skin beautifully. It absorbs quickly; mattifying the skin whilst giving you a subtle glow. The citrus scent also helps to perk me up during the dark mornings.This is the perfect base for makeup as it really helps to plump up and hydrate your complexion.

A delicious, indulgent evening treat for me is to use this little gem. Temple Spa is a brand I don't think gets enough love in the blogging world. I absolutely love the thick texture of this. I'll slather on a generous layer all over my face and leave on for 15 minutes. It's packed with incredible ingredients such as aubergine, cucumber and liquorice.The soothing formula is great for calming any redness and firming up your complexion. The results are immediate and it doesn't leave a greasy residue.

Serums are a daily part of my skincare routine. You know my love for products that aim to add radiance and this does just that. The Manuka Doctor Radiance Serum instantly illuminates skin without giving you an alien sheen.This includes natural ingredients such as Manuka Honey which does wonders for my skin as well as my breakfast.

Which product do you reach for to enhance your complexion without covering it? 

25 October 2015

How To Make The Most Of That Extra Hour

The autumnal nip is well and truly in the air.The more the temperature drops the more I find myself layering up my skincare as well as my knitwear. During the colder months I have to invest more TLC into my beauty routine to boost dehydrated skin. When hydration levels are low an extra few minutes spent pampering your skin can make a huge difference. Here are my top moisturisation tips to get you through the winter and help you make the most of that precious hour.

5 mins
Turn your bathroom into a spa-throom by lighting some cute tea lights or a beautifully scented candle. The low light gives the brain a message to relax.
5 mins
Before jumping in the shower take a few minutes to vigorously sweep a body brush up the arms, legs and back towards the heart. This stimulates lymphatic circulation, which helps to eliminate toxins effectively.
10 mins
A facial massage is my favourite way to relax. If you haven't tried it before, you're missing out. A 10 minute massage is all you need to see instant results. Use a facial oil for a hit of hydration.
10 mins 
Exfoliating gently removes dead skin cells from the surface, allowing moisturisers to function effectively. Give skin the superior care it deserves with Dove Gentle Exfoliating Body Wash which leaves skin feeling softer and smoother after just one wash. This feels like a heavenly treat compared with my usual body wash choice.
10 mins
Apply moisturiser to skin whilst damp as it helps your skin retain its moisture. Let it soak in for a few
minutes, then towel off the excess.
10 mins
If your feet are dryer than the Sahara invest in a thick, creamy foot cream to keep them baby soft. Slather your feet in a rich moisturiser and follow by putting on a thick pair of socks. The next morning your tootsies will feel noticeably softer.
10 mins
Before bed take some time to look after your hands as the cold weather can play havoc with them. Gently massage in a cuticle oil to keep dry skin away. Pair this with a thick hand moisturiser and your mitts will feel seriously loved.

Which tip is your favourite? Will you be making the most of the extra hour with some TLC? Don't forget clocks go back October 25th!

12 October 2015

To blog or not to blog?

If you're a reader of my blog or follow me on social media you may have notice things have been quite recently. It was a conscious decision to take a step back from blogging but I never addressed the matter because I didn't really know what to say.

I've been blogging for nearly five years now and lately I've not been enjoying it as much. You know when you get to that stage of not loving something anymore? Although I'm proud of my blog and the opportunities it has given me, I'm unsure of the what direction to take next. I'm struggling to create different, interesting posts. I don't just want to be another beauty blogger reviewing the same products everyone else is. But, at the same time I don't want to quit. Blogging is my escapism. Somewhere I can express my creativity and admiration for beauty. 

I still love reading blogs. It's my favourite thing to do on a lazy Sunday afternoon. Although you may not be hearing from me as frequently as you have in the past, I'm going to make an effort to make what I publish more suited towards what I'd want to read and not just what everyone else is doing.

If you're feeling the same way about your blog or another passion of yours just know it's ok to feel this way. People change, we grow and we want different things.

17 September 2015

Share Your #mybodyphilosophy and Win A Years Supply of Bio-Oil!

We see edited images of bodies everyday; most of which are unattainable and unrealistic. These kind of photos have a negative effect on us and make us feel like we aren't good enough. Young adults are especially influenced by this and has a huge impact on their self confidence. In my teens I often worried and scrutinised my appearance; altering my looks to be more like the cover girls on my favourite magazine and less like me. I would avoid swimming lessons as I was too body conscious and always made excuses to get out of PE. according to a recent survey by Bio-Oil, I wasn't alone. Out of 3000 women a quarter said they had been bullied about their looks making 1 in 5 feel ugly and 1 in 10 self harm. As well as this, 41% of women said they believed they would be happier if they have more body confidence. Looking back now, I know I should have worried less about my body image and focused on more important things. Even today I'm still hung up on my insecurities and I believe if I had more support during those influential school years things would have been different.

Cult beauty brand Bio-Oil have teamed up with body confidence charity, Body Gossip to inspire a life time of body confidence through a road show of performances in schools. Bio-Oil are calling out for your body philosophy to help boost self esteem and body confidence. Your body philosophy may be something you wish you had known when you were younger or some wisdom your mother passed onto you. A few quotes I love are 'real girls are not perfect, perfect girls are not real.' 'Embrace your imperfections, it's what makes you unique!' And also, 'Take care of your body as it is the only place you can live.'

To help inspire others and be in a chance of winning a years supply of Bio-Oil simply share your body philosophy below. Body philosophies shared will become valuable content for the campaign and used to inspire a generation of young people to love their bodies.
Good luck!

Giveaway T&C
- Must be a follower of Make Me Up via Bloglovin' or Instagram. Leave your username in the comment.
- Open to UK residents only.
- Giveaway runs from 17/09/2015 - 26/09/2015
- One winner chosen at random will win a years supply of Bio-Oil.
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