I never really need an excuse for a lunchtime browse of Superdrug or Boots, add a wedding into the mix and I have a few new bits that won’t be far from my washbag for a little while.
Birth of Venus
This Jelly facemask leaves my skin feeling soft, moisturised and just amazing. It lasts six months, doesn’t need to be chilled, and you only need the smallest pinch to cover your whole face. I was gifted a tub of this at a Lush event a few weeks back, and I’ve used it about once a week (including the night before Hannah’s wedding).
This came in a Glossybox a couple months back, and I really like what it does to a braided hair style. This really adds some grip and hold to a style, without stickiness like hairsprays. I only use this on dirty hair, it’s impossible to brush this out without doing damage to my hair in the process so I wash it put instead.
I knew after the makeup trial I wanted a dupe for the lipstick I would be wearing at Hannah’s wedding day, mainly because I found the delilah version so drying. A wondeful lady in my local Superdrug helped me swatch lip products for about 10 minutes to find a close match, and I adore this colour. It’s not drying, long lasting and lightly staining, wears nicely and has been in my handbag ever day since the wedding.
Mitchum Advanced Control Anti Perspirant & Deodorant
With a full day of bridesmaid duties in a maxi dress, I knew I needed a heavy duty deodorant. Fleur De Force frequently sings the praises of the Mitchum Deodorants, so I grabbed one to try out. And it’s now easily my favourite deodorant /antiperspirant . It was incredibly effective, both at the wedding and during the week whilst running around with my cousins.
Roughly this time last year, I was at a garden party celebrating the engagement of one of my best friends. All the girls had grouped together discussing hen dos in the most vague way possible and whilst describing budgets I discreetly shared with the other bridesmaids “I’m not sure if I’ll still have a job in a few months…”
I was struggling, trying desperately hard to make a success of my new role which was an incredible opportunity as a recent graduate. Fast forward a year; The hen do has passed, and I’m running through the list in my head of things I need to pack for next week.
In the twelve months since I voiced my worries to relative strangers so many small things have changed in my life. I have joined the gym and started Slimming World, I have a small savings account, passed my driving test and; I have a new job.
Moving to a new job really helped me take control of my life.
Those months of really struggling to do well taught me that you can’t achieve everything just because you doggedly want to. Some goals needed to be retired, so others can be focused on. Dreading getting out of bed, the increasing knot of anxiety when someone comes to your desk, and quiet tears appearing on your journey home as you worry that the work you’ve done isn’t good enough are not acceptable ways to live.
Teasing your colleagues, and being mocked for your inability to capture anyones name first time on a phonecall are. Knowing at the end of the day you have really achieved something, and that you are part of a team that enjoy working with you and care about each other, is.
I am not a mental health blogger. At best I am a beauty and fashion blogger with a perchance for books, but the importance of looming after your own mental health has been so heavily on my mind. My previous work situation was something I had no experience with, and really learnt from. That change spurred me to change other aspects of my life, and those changes have made me so much happier.
I’ve seen enough slogan Tees on my instagram and blog feed over the last few months to have fuelled a mini obsession. Cue discovering this amazing little top in the River Island Sale.
Stripped, with a shirting style peplum and French script appliquéd across the bust in a lovely velvet material. Honestly, this is the only thing I look forward to on those cold damp days the British Summer time seems to be peppered with.
Paired with my current wardrobe staple; slit ankle Next Jeans and gorgeous grey suede-esk Puma trainers this outfit is about comfort, and expressing your own sense of style.
At £10 it was an absolute bargain. Now to wait until Joanie Clothing reduce thier Brunch Club shirt as I can’t quite justify £18 + £4 p&p (though Brunch brings me much joy).
Top – River Island (sold out online £10) Jeans – Next (not available online, approx £25 ) Trainers – Sports Direct (£32)
On a side note, Hutong Cafe’s coffee is so incredible I apparently couldn’t put it down for a single photo when Nicole was kinda enough to shoot these!