Monday, 19 March 2018

The Beauty Cheat Sheet (Psst...We’ll Keep This As Our Little Secret!)

Keeping up appearances is something with all do, but nobody wants to spend their whole life in front of the mirror. So, every girl should look to embrace a few simple tips to unlock their beauty and confidence with minimal time and effort.
We all have to find routines that suit our personal needs and requirements. With these four tricks up, you’ll have no need to worry about your looks ever again.   
Let’s jump straight in.
1- The No Make Up Look
There are many occasions where going for full glam with stand out make up is fine. On the other hand, there are several common daily situations where subtlety is key.   
With the help of my previous post on the no make up make up look, you’ll be set for success. Not only will you look beautiful, but you’ll do so while retaining that natural vibe.
Enhancing your natural glow in this manner is sure to boost your confidence levels too. After all, looking good makes us feel great.

2- Extending Your Confidence
Beautiful hair is something that every girl aspires to have. Unfortunately, it’s often necessary to make short-term sacrifices before unlocking long-term rewards. But that needn’t stand in your way of a great look.
Most women have tried extensions at some stage, but it truly is a case of quality being key. Real hair extensions like those at Foxy Locks are for the best. Settling for less can negatively impact your genuine hair as well as the short-term appearance.
While you won’t always need the extensions, having them ready for those crucial moments can be one of the best weapons in a girl’s arsenal.  
3- Professional Treatments
As much as we all regularly worry about our looks, there’s no doubt that you are beautiful as you are. Therefore, cosmetic treatments like Botox and liposuction aren’t exactly needed. But you shouldn’t ignore all professional help.
You only get one set of teeth - well two, but one that you get to keep. Correcting aesthetic damage with services like Natural Smiles can be the key to unlocking that winning grin. And this will give you an incentive to smile too.
Even if it’s just whitening the teeth, expert support can make a world of difference to your look and your life.
4- Figure Boosting Fashion Choices
While there’s no need to look like the Photoshopped magazine models, most of us would like to lose a few pounds or tone up. Working towards those goals is great, but instant rewards are even better. Smarter fashion choices can provide a huge transformation.
Finding bras that boost your bust is a great starting point. Meanwhile, knowing how to use stripes or certain colours to maintain a slimmer figure works wonders. Do not underestimate its impact.
Another simple trick is to wear heels or focus on your posture. Those extra inches will boost your figure greatly, it really is that simple.
So, now you’re ready to unleash your beauty every single day. Just remember not tell anyone your secrets.   
What secrets?... exactly!

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Sunday, 18 March 2018

"It's everything you ever want, it's everything you ever need"


If you've guessed what this post is about from the title then...I like you! If not, don't worry because I'm here to educate you on the masterpiece that is The Greatest Showman.

This post is actually coming pretty late because I have been obsessing over this film for a good few months now, and I don't know why it has taken me so long to grab my laptop and start writing but here we finally are.

For those of you who don't know about this film you can watch the trailer here. The Greatest Showman focuses on the life on PT Barnum, a man with nothing who creates a worldwide spectacle. When I heard about it, I didn't actually know what the film was about, I was just sold on the fact it was a musical with Zac Efron in (like can you blame me?). But I ended up listening to the soundtrack before seeing the film and instantly fell in love with every song, I'm not even joking when I say I've listened to it at least once everyday since December. But nothing can compare to actually seeing it for the first time, within a minute into the film I knew I was going to be obsessed, it was such a whirlwind of emotions which I'm still quite not over.

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It is such a feel good movie and I left the cinema with a rush of determination to change my life, no dreams too big right? The second time I saw it, I went to a sing-a-long version and it was actually quite a special thing...a room full of strangers all connecting over their love for this film and singing a long didn't feel weird at all, although I did feel kind of sad when it was all over. I'm currently trying to convince my family to go and see it before it leaves the cinema, not only because I want to see it again but because I know they'd love it and its hard to explain my love for something to people who don't quite understand.

As I mentioned previously, Zac Efron was a big reason for me wanting to see this film. I grew up loving High School Musical, and I'm not even ashamed to say I still do! But the fact he was doing another musical was just the best thing I had heard in a while and his performance was so great, if he could keep doing musicals then I'd be happy 24/7. I've also got to mention how great Hugh Jackman was, he really had me hooked and he brought all the emotions from start to finish.

Every song on the soundtrack is wonderful its own way but there are 4 songs that are my overall favourites which are; The Greatest Show, The Other Side, This Is Me and Rewrite The Stars. These are the songs that I really connected with and thought were quite big moments within the film. This Is Me especially, the scene with this song in really pulled on my heart strings when I first saw it, its the moment when the people who have spent their life hiding away accept their differences and proudly embrace them which I love so much! "I am brave, I am bruised, I am who I'm meant to be, this is me" are definitely words to live by, stop worrying about what people think and just do!

If you haven't seen The Greatest Showman, what are you doing? Go and see it as soon as you can, because I promise you...once you have you'll be wondering why it took you so long! If you have seen it, I'd love to know your thoughts, your favourite parts/songs!

Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this post and will come back for my next one!

Thursday, 15 March 2018

Inspirational Women


I recently came across two different tweets that pushed me into writing this post on inspirational women (well women who inspire me shall I say), whether that be a real life person or their fictional counterpart.

The first tweet was from B.J. Novak, who in a single tweet managed to show how far Mindy Kaling has come in her career which brought me so much happiness when I read it because even though it is something I think and feel, having visual proof is always so satisfying. The second tweet I saw which was also a big part of me writing this was a video of a journalist giving Reese Witherspoon her dissertation that was written all about Legally Blonde, and you can just see how much it means to her and Reese which just made me super happy.

So lets get into it.

Mindy Kaling

I was 16 when I first started watching The Mindy Project and this was the first time I had ever heard of Mindy, it also came at such a perfect time in my life. I count this as the first time my life went a bit crap, it was the end of school/start of 6th form and I had just lost all my friends for some reason that is still unknown to me. Luckily I met my current best friends who drastically changed my life for the better, but at this time I still felt like the odd one out in their group and having this show was a big help to not go insanely crazy. I'm not one to throw around the word fate but I think I may just have to for Mindy/this show as a month before I heard about this show I was in LA and took a random picture of FOX studios and only when looking back on it a few months later I noticed the big The Mindy Project billboard in full view.

After the massive success of the show Mindy brought out two books, which made me love her even more! She talks about her life growing up, how she got into the industry/her struggles within the industry and her time on The Office. The Office was a show I had always heard of but had never bothered to watch until I read Mindy's book because even if I didn't like it (which if course I did) I would be getting to watch Mindy in not only one of her first acting roles but one of her first writing jobs, and it made me super happy every time I saw 'written by Mindy Kaling' on the credits, from reading where she started to seeing that just made me emotional. Hence the reason B.J's tweet was a big thing. Now I look back, I can't ever imagine my life without Mindy Kaling, she has brought a lot of joy and tears (Mindy and Danny forever!) to my life, but I cannot wait to see where her career goes from now, I'm excited to watch A Wrinkle In Time!

Reese Witherspoon

Reese is an amazing women but for now I shall get all my love for Elle Woods out before I explode. Legally Blonde is a film that I've actually only recently seen (probably only in the past couple of years) which is INSANE because it is a film that everybody needs to see at least once...I remember watching it and making my mum watch it after because it was just THAT good. Growing up my mum had always taught us that 'you don't need a man' not in like a forever way, men can be dad and brother are my personal spider catchers (as well as being two of my bestfriends) but in a don't ever think you can't live without one. I know many many people who don't think like this and I have witnessed first hand the horror in their face when they find out I've never been in a relationship because to them that's all their life is which is quite sad, like Elle at the beginning of the movie; she thought her be all end all was to be Warner's wife but really she was capable of so much more, she defied all the odds and ignored everyone who doubted her and got that Harvard law degree once she realised she was so much more than someone's wife.

I don't know if Reese knew how many people Elle Woods would inspire when she signed up to the role but I'm so glad she did. She's such a genuinely lovely person and unlike some actors is proud of their early roles that brought success, like on the 15th anniversary of the film she snapchatted herself trying on costumes from the film because she knew thats what people would love to see (and yes it was amazing) which is why the video I mention at the start is so fab, she is so touched and you can really see that in her face.

America Ferrara 

Ugly Betty was one of the earliest TV shows I remember being obsessed with and a big part of that was because Betty Suarez was just so relatable. The show as a whole, as cheesy as it sounds, shaped me as a person. The show and the characters were amazing, it dealt with so many important subjects in such a way that was enjoyable to watch but also educated you at the same time. At one point in my life not only did I have to wear glasses I also had braces, and at the age of 13 that wasn't exactly cool. This was around the time Ugly Betty was in its last season, so instead of being embarrassed of what I looked like I thought to myself that 'hey I'm just like Betty' and because I had already seen her grow so much from being that poncho wearing girl in the first episode it made me feel so much better of how I looked.

America Ferrara as a person though is just beyond amazing. Not only is she still acting she is also directing and proving how much of a star she really is. She is also a massive advocate for many issues that not only does she use her power in the industry to get the word out about things she will also help in any way she possibly can proving how much of an amazing woman she is. I think she's a very underrated person and deserves all the love in the world.

Giovanna Fletcher

Being a big Mcfly fan, I obviously know Giovanna through Tom but I am here to tell you today that she is SO much more than just his wife. My earliest memory of Gi is reading an article about her and Tom and all I could think about was how lucky she was to be with him and little did I know a few years later we would be here, me singing every praise under the sun to her. If you didn't know, Gi is an author...and such a great one! I've been in utter awe at every book I've read of hers (I'm two books behind...I'm slacking I know) but I love a good love story and she just has this way of adding a twist to them which gets you hooked so bad you cant put it down.

Another thing that makes her so inspiring, is just how real she is, like don't get me wrong all the other women in this are also real, but I've seen Gi in no make up and pjs more than I have myself...and I love that. She doesn't pretend to be something that shes not and I love how vlogging has become her thing because watching her with Buzz and Buddy is always the highlight of my day.

Demi Lovato

Camp Rock was the moment I truly fell in love with Demi, but my earliest memory of her was on a very short Disney Channel show called As The Bell Rings, which was set at a high school and everything happened at a window.  She had been in the public eye since she was very young and her rise to fame through Camp Rock bought addiction to drugs and alcohol which combined with mental health issues such as self harm/eating disorders almost broke her. I remember the day I found out she was going to rehab, I was 14 and honestly so shocked...this was someone who I idolised and I didn't know that any of this was going on in her life, it was so sad reading all the articles learning that the singer I loved so much felt the complete opposite about herself, I've stayed such a massive fan through it all and I'm so glad she got the help when she did because she came back stronger than ever.

She is such an inspiration for how strong she is and how far she has come from those low moments, today actually marks 6 years of her sobriety which I'm so incredibly proud of because within those 6 years she has done so much to help people whether she knew she was doing it or not. After almost 10 years I will finally get to see her perform live in June and I am so beyond excited!

(obviously gotta give my mum a shout out for being my inspiration because she won't be happy if I don't mention her haha)

I hope you enjoyed this post and I'd love to know who inspires you and why!

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