Make-up of the Day

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Mac Strobe Cream: found here
Bare Minerals Complexion Rescue: found here
Collection Lasting Perfection Concealer: found here
Zoeva 142 Concealer and Buffer Brush: found here
Benefit Hoola Bronzer: found here
Hourglass Ambient Lighting Edit: Sold out
the Bam Mary Loumanizer: found here
Real Techniques Blush Brush: found here
Real Techniques Setting Brush: found here
Real Techniques Travel Essentials: found here
Bourjois Colour Edition 24H petale de glace: found here
Urban Decay Naked 3 Palette: found here
Zoeva 240 Luxe Petit Pencil Brush: found here
Mac 217 Blending Brush: found here
Mac Kohl Liner Teddy: found here
Primark Eyelash curlers: found in store
Bourjois 1 Seconde Volume Mascara: found here
Anastasia Dipbrow Pomade Medium Brown: found here
Makeup Revolution E104: found here
Bourjois Rouge Edition Souffle de Velvet Ravie en Rose: found here

Today I decided to show you my make-up of the day. This is the sort of make-up that I would wear on a regular day, I know that some people will wear less or more make-up on an average day but this is just what works for me. It's super hot at the minute in England so I think this glowy, light make-up look is super appropriate for the current weather. I'm normally one for wearing a medium to full coverage foundation but as the weather has got warmer I've started to wear the Bare Minerals complexion rescue which is a super light glowy base with added SPF. 
So I thought that I'd start by showing you a (rather scary) bare faced photo of me. My skin has actually been behaving itself recently and I've put this down to continued wear of the Bare Minerals complexion rescue which contains skin care properties that are supposed to improve the skin with continued use. 

I started off by applying Mac strobe cream which is a brilliant multi-purpose product for those of you who love all things glow. I then followed this with the Bare Minerals complexion rescue and applied the Collection lasting perfection concealer to my under eyes and blemishes. The next step was to apply my Hourglass powder in diffused light which I applied just to my under eyes to prevent creasing. I didn't powder the rest of my face, I just swept over a generous amount of Benefit's Hoola bronzer in place of my usual harsh contour. For blush I used mood exposure also from my Hourglass Palette. 
For an all over eyeshadow base I used the colour edition 24h in petale de glace from Bourjois. For eyeshadow I decided to pull out my Naked 3 palette which I think is the perfect palette for spring. I used the shades limit and nooner in the crease and applied dust all over the lid. I then applied Mac's kohl liner in teddy on my top lash line. For mascara I used the Bourjois 1 seconde mascara which I got recently and packs a punch in the volume department. I used the Anastasia dipbrow in medium brown and an angled brush to fill in my brows, then applied the Balm Mary-Loumanizer to the high points of my face and finished with the new Bourjois rouge edition souffle de velvet in ravie en rose.

Shona xx

Let's talk about Anxiety.

Wednesday, 2 March 2016

I know that anxiety has been talked about many times on the blogosphere, but I just feel like I needed to write this post, as much for myself as you. I developed social anxiety in 2013 and started to receive treatment at this point, I’ve been told that my anxiety was fuelled by my body dysmorphic disorder, which had stemmed from years of bullying.

After three years of living with anxiety I’ve concluded that it’s like walking through life with yourself as your own worst critic, the meanest bully - you devise the worst ideas about what you could do wrong and then cast this self-doubt as a dark shadow over your day so that it taints everything that you do. I spend a large portion of my day feeling suffocated by my doubts and fears; what if I look stupid? What if I fail? It’s hard to take chances and live your life when you believe that the outcome of all your actions is going to be bad, you begin to stop doing things because you believe your anxiety. You believe that you will make yourself look stupid, that you will fail. The more that you avoid these triggering situations, the more you nourish the anxiety, anxiety feeds on fear and avoidance.

I can manage my anxiety quite well most days, but I do feel like it holds me back from living my life to the fullest and being the happiest that I can be. I hope that one day I will wake up without the suffocating feeling engulfing me.

It’s important that you don’t let the anxiety win. You don’t have to worry about taking a massive jump into the darkness, just concentrate on taking baby steps. Don’t feel pressured into taking medication or having CBT if you don’t want to, choose the treatment that you want and see what works for you. Personally, CBT didn’t work for me, but after trialling different medication I’ve found something that helps me to manage my anxiety to a certain degree.

Shona xx
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