If you are new to my blog, you might not know about my history with mental health. It’s not something I like to openly talk about, but it is something that I have mentioned on here in the past especially when it comes to wellness. Last year I wrote this post about my anxiety at the time, and although things have changed, for better and worse, no two days are the same.

Mental Health as a whole is still quite a taboo subject, and although more and more people are admitting to being a sufferer (celebrities included) there is still so much that can be done to encourage people to take the steps they need. World Mental Health Day is a good start to raise awareness for people suffering in silence to get the help they deserve.

Since finishing Uni, I’ve found that a lot of people in the world of work shy away from talking about Mental Health because its seen as a difficult topic to approach: I’ve had managers who really didn’t get it, team members who knew exactly what I was going through, colleagues who spoke openly to me about it and others that had no idea. All in all I’ve had a mixed bag of experiences.

To me, anxiety really is a funny one. It can creep up on you when you least expect it, or can be there day in and day out, which can be completely overwhelming and exhausting. Sometimes things make it better, and sometimes things make it worse. It can encompass you as a whole making you feel like you can’t escape, yet make you feel so empty inside.

Like I said, it’s odd.

I’ve found that during my adult life my anxiety has been very up and down, not for any particular reason, but I almost feel as though because I have so many distractions – my job, my blog, my friends, my family, my relationship etc – I shouldn’t have the time to feel anxious, yet I still do.

These last few months I have had a really bad time with anxiety attacks through what has happened in my personal life, and that has made me feel quite trapped in a vicious cycle of up and down emotions. Maybe if you met me now, you would never think I was an anxiety sufferer; perhaps thats a good thing? but it is something that I deal with on a daily basis. Sometimes it stops me from doing things; other times it gives me the kick I need to break out of my comfort zone… but it is always lurking there.

A lot of people I know aren’t aware of the fact that I suffer from mental health issues (unless you have been reading my blog for over a year) which can sometimes make me feel as though they don’t know the real me, the full package (but that’s probably me overthinking it). I know in my day to day life I can be full of energy and raring to go, but other times I just want to stay away from everyone, which is the side a lot of people probably aren’t aware of.

I’ve heard a lot of times that life is too short to feel anxious, and in a way, I do believe that’s true especially if it stops you from living your life to the fullest. I won’t lie and say that I live every day by that rule, but I know in my heart of hearts that there are people out there who are willing to help me and listen when I need them the most, pick me up when I’m down and I find real comfort in that. Some of my closest friends suffer from anxiety, and some don’t, yet I know I could turn to any one of them for support and they would never judge.

I don’t feel as though my life will ever be free of anxiety, and that’s something that I’ve come to terms with (I’m sure a lot of people would agree) but I’m a firm believer that you should never suffer alone – life is hard enough as it is!

One thing I will say is although is there is no magic cure, and I can’t click my fingers and make it go away, don’t ever think your problems are meaningless and don’t be afraid to open up.

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Where to find help & answers;

Anxiety UK
Mind
NHS

It’s been a while since I’ve done a makeup post, hasn’t it? Well, let’s change that!

Makeup is one of those things. Most girls love it (most guys don’t get it) but it’s a big part of many girl’s lives. I love reading beauty and makeup blogs and some of my favourite bloggers fall into this category, but it’s one I find slightly harder to write than others. I would say I’m a bit of a beauty junkie – I’m by no means an expert, and most of the products I use are high-street ones, but I thought I would do this post as an update on some of my current favourites (all found in boots and all less than £10 FYI!)

1. Rimmel Scandaleyes Liquid Eyeliner – £5.49

I’ve been using up random liquid eyeliners that I have in my collection as I was a bit reluctant to buy one as I’ve never really been wowed by one. I went into boots a few weeks ago to have a bit of a nosey before I met a friend, and I found myself at the Rimmel counter. There was a good range of liquid eyeliners, but this one caught my eye as I preferred the tip of it. It was in between the thinnest and thickest ones and had a flat top instead of a tip so it’s easy to angle when you’re doing your flick.

2. Rimmel Wake Me Up Foundation – £8.99

Sticking with the Rimmel vibe, I had to mention this foundation. I’ve always been a L’oreal girl as I found their Rose Ivory is the perfect shade for my see-through skin, but I’ve noticed that with the change in temperature recently, my skin was breaking out a little bit more, so I decided to opt for something that had a bit more coverage, yet wasn’t really cakey. I tried a few on the back of my hand and went for this one… I won’t lie, the main reason was because it smells like watermelon! (How could I not?) but the coverage is really good, buildable and doesn’t feel any heavier than what I’m used to.

3. NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream (Copenhagen) – £5.49

I really don’t think you can go wrong with something that has been so highly recommended by the whole beauty blogger crowd for the last few months, especially when the price tag is only £5.49, which is a lot cheaper than some other matte lip creams on the market. I knew I would like this one as I’ve already got two more (Istanbul and Milan) but I wanted a more daytime one, so opted for the shade Copenhagen (the strange thing was, I was also wearing a Copenhagen t-shirt I got from Primark…) I love this more natural shade, and I’ve constantly got it in my handbag. It stays on for most of the day, but the application is so quick and simple that you could easily do it without a mirror, especially because the colour is quite similar to my lips.

4. Rimmel Cream Blusher (Majestic Pink) – £5.49

I needed a new blusher ever since I smashed my Benefit one on the floor back in July and have been trying my hardest to get anything out of it. I’d never tried a cream blusher before as I wasn’t sure how they would apply on my skin, but this one is so simple, and the colour isn’t too pink (which can be lethal with my skin tone) so an overall good purchase. I’ve been using my fingers to apply this as I prefer it to a beauty blender and it means I can use as much of the product as I need to, but also build it up.

5. Rimmel Scandaleyes Mascara (Extreme Black) – £4.99 

I’ve used this mascara for years and it’s always been a favourite. So why is this in your new beauty favourites you ask? Well recently Rimmel improved the formula of this mascara (and you can definitely tell) so technically I’m classing this as a new fave! At first I was like ‘well if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it’ (except less gangsta) but the team at Rimmel have done a great job with improving this already great mascara! This mascara has been a favourite of mine for as long as I can remember, and the colour is even more black than it used to be. A definite recommendation if you’re after a new one.

I hope you have enjoyed this beauty post, and I hope to start doing more of them! xx

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Because life isn’t always as sparkly and peachy as we make it out to be.

1. The best relationships are the easy ones.

2. That goes for friendships as well. The best friends are the ones who you can rely on, whatever time of day and the ones that want see you happy and succeed; not the ones who make you feel guilty for wanting to stay in at the weekend nursing a bottle of red surrounded by blankets and your cat.

3. Water makes everything better. A hungover head, a sore tummy, hunger pangs around 11am.. and it makes your skin look fresh and glowy too. Just remember to drink enough and your body will thank you for it later.

4. No 20-something is exactly where they thought they would be 10 years ago. Just roll with the punches like everyone else.

5. This may be your ‘prime’ time to reproduce, but do you know what’s also great, getting tipsy on  a Thursday night or taking a spontaneous city break without worrying about anyone but you.

6. For all the expensive makeup products you see your favourite Youtubers and bloggers wearing, there’s always a pretty good dupe available too that won’t break the bank and leave you eating super noodles for the rest of the month.

7. Everything tastes better with avocado.

8. A lot more people suffer from mental health illnesses than you’ll realise. If you’re really down and out about nothing in particular, or feel like you just want to get away, take comfort in the fact that you’re not alone.

xx

I feel like recently I’ve become one of those people who finds it hard to take time for themselves in the week and really have some quality time to myself. I know it might not seem like a big deal at all, and in reality I like keeping busy, but there has to be something to be said for a weekend of relaxation. And as autumn draws closer, I feel like people will start to wind down a bit before the run up to Christmas.

Last month I was lucky enough to be invited to the beautiful Mottram Hall in Cheshire with Spaseekers for a day of leisure with a group of blogger girls. Being a lover of spa days in general, I of course said yes and tootled off for the day.

If you haven’t heard of Mottram Hall, it is part of the Q Hotel chain and is about 20 minutes from South Manchester, or about 35 from the centre. It’s nestled away in the beautiful little village of Mottram St. Andrew. As you drive up to it, you are welcomed with a beautiful tree lined and golf course, and a gorgeous Grade 2 listed building.

As I was pretty early (obviously) I had a little wander round the grounds as it was a really lovely sunny morning, and through the hotel. The reception, bar and one of the wedding suites were full of guests as there was also a wedding on that day, and the overall decor was a mixture of greys, silvers and light blues.

I was taken through to one of the meeting rooms, and met Sammy who was a representative from Net Booster, who had partnered with Spaseekers for the day. We had a chat over a glass of bucks fizz and waited for the other girls to arrive before been taken into a room to meet with Maria from ‘Beautiful in Colour’ who spoke to us about the types of colour we should be wearing for our skin tone and hair colour. I found out I was in between a fair and warm dominant, which meant that the colours that suited me best were navys, greys, browns and beige – nothing that I was wearing that day!

After the talk with Maria we had afternoon tea in the Carrington Grill, which was amazing. As someone who lives on sweet treats and cake, I find it hard to believe that this is only the second afternoon tea I have ever had, and as the picture shows, there was a good mixture of sweet and savoury, and it was delicious! I definitely need to go back again!

After afternoon tea we went back to the meeting room and had a makeup lesson from Chloe Johnson who showed us how to do a transitional day to evening look on one of the girls, and it was absolutely flawless. She used a mixture of high-street and higher end products, but the end result was gorgeous. Think a smokey eye with a gold tint and dewy, highlighted skin which looked amazing. I always love watching people have their makeup done, and this was no exception – Chloe was a true professional!

After the makeup lesson, the hotel manager gave us a guided tour of the hotel and the grounds. As I mentioned before, there was a wedding on that day, so one of the suites was made up for it and it looked beautiful. We were also shown the spa, pool, golf course and club house, all of which were lovely and made me really want to be a member of somewhere this posh over the local leisure centre any day!

After the tour and a couple more cakes that were left over from the afternoon tea, me and four of the others girls went to the pool for a jacuzzi and sauna. Outside they had a decked area with two thermal rooms called the Brechalbath and Stonebath, which were the only two in the country. The one that we opted for smelt of wood chips and wasn’t overly warm which you would expect from a regular sauna, but it gradually increases your body temperature. We stayed in there for about 20 minutes just chatting as it turns out that the four of us were in a similar line of work.

After the sauna, it was time to go home back to reality. The theme of the day with unwinding with Spaseekers, and that I definitely did. It was lovely to be around like-minded girls who were just there to learn and relax with one another and I came away from the day feeling really tranquil and in good spirits. A few months ago I would never have gone to a blogging event by myself, especially when there was no one there who I knew either, so this was an accomplishment in itself, and it might not seem like a big deal, but I’m really proud of myself for doing it.

This whole experience gave me a fresh perspective of how important it is to take time away from our busy schedules and just sit back and relax. Whether thats in a spa, having a walk with your family or chilling at home for the night: You need to take time out for yourself.

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This year we have had a pretty dismal summer; a mixture of clammy twenty-something days stuck in an office with maybe squeezing in the odd beer garden trip, but overall, there’s been nothing to write home about or yano, write a blog about.

I can’t say I’m a massive fan of summer. Being rather pale, with thighs on the larger side, means I usually shy away from having my legs out. Reluctantly though, sometimes you have no choice *sigh* and I have to sit with a cardigan over my legs for about 3 months. But then, well, Autumn comes along, and it is completely, 100% acceptable, to wear 100 denier tights without even giving it a second thought.

September and October have to be a couple of my favourite months in the year. You get the feeling that the longer, winter nights are drawing in, yet the late summer sunshine really makes an appearance, and it still manages to be quite warm outside. This year especially, I have really noticed how much better the weather has been since the ‘official’ summer is over, and how beautiful the Autumn sunshine really is bouncing off the beautiful reds and golds that you can’t help but be mesmerised by.

Below are my favourite things about Autumn, which is fast becoming one of my favourite seasons…

1. It is acceptable to layer clothes. Recently, I have noticed that the skinny black jeans + jumper combo is a real winner. H&M have some great jumpers in at the moment, which aren’t too thick, aren’t too thin, and look great on their own, or paired with a shirt – but be warned, it takes approximately 5 years for H&M to delivery anything, so my advice would be to get them in store…

2. Hot drink season. Coffee shops seem to introduce some really amazing flavours for this time of year. Honeycomb hot chocolate? Hazelnut latte? Praline Mocha? Oh I don’t mind if I do! Arteries shiver in horror… 

3. Dressing up for Halloween. Yes this may have been THE night to be seen when you were coming into your own at 6th form, and the night not to be missed in your freshers year, but there really is something fun about dressing up with all your friends. *Cue group pictures with guys dressed as tetris pieces*

4. Autumnal nail varnishes & berry lips. This trend has definitely been on every beauty blogger’s radar and instagram for the last few weeks, but autumnal colours just really suit this time of year (I’m talking your reds, your greens, your navys…) I invested in a berry lipstick last year, but I can’t say it’s seen much action as of yet, but this is my year for experimenting with makeup. You heard it here first people, BRING IT ON!

5. Dark nights. Once it starts getting dark around 8pm, it seems so much more acceptable to stay in the house with no plans to leave whatsoever. I am a massive fan of cosy nights in, which seem so much better once the autumn months arrive. And it helps you to save money too… Bonus!

6. Bonfire night. Call me a child, but there is something really magical about seeing the sky light up with so many different colours, trailing through muddy fields in wellies, and the smell of slightly burnt BBQed sausages. And writing your name with sparklers. Obvs.

7. Dusting off the slow cooker. I’ll admit, I never used or even owned a slow cooker until me and my boyfriend moved out last year, but there is something very comforting about coming home, knowing that your tea is already made, and it makes the house smell amazing.

8. Being able to eat any meal with mash.

9. Sundays. Going to the pub for a roast dinner instead of a fruity cider and being able to get dessert and not be judged. AND being able to sit inside instead of pretending its warm enough to only wear shorts. Oh its 10 degrees? I hadn’t noticed my legs look like corned beef about to fall off lalala

10. Velvet and faux fur can happily make a comeback to our closets making us look like the elegant 20 somethings we most definitely are. Welcome back you beauties.

11. Blankets, blankets and more blankets. Blankets on the sofa. Blankets in the bedroom. Blankets in the kitchen (I kid, I kid) but you get the drift. I really like blankets.

12. Laughing at people who think they can be sober for a whole month. Give it a rest you guys, and go and run a 10k like a normal person.

I hope everyone is loving autumn as much as I am x