Wednesday, 20 May 2015

What do you like to do that makes you happy?

This is so important. 

It's easy to feel guilty sometimes - 'I should be doing my essay', 'I should really do something productive' - but actually sometimes you need to chill out and take a breather, even just for five or ten minutes. Yes, you should make sure you do that essay or apply for jobs do some housework, but if that's all you do, the stress just mounts up and then it can seem like one thing after the other, all. the. time. So I say don't be so hard on yourself and you take the time to do the things you enjoy today. For me, that's looking at Instagram or Pinterest or catching up with Made in Chelsea or Game of Thrones. Or even just something as simple as having a tea or coffee break. And a biscuit. Or two... It doesn't matter. But it's ok to do those things if it makes you happier. 

Just make sure you do that dreaded literature review at some point,  Helena. ;)

April Favourites!

Well I am quite frankly stunned at how fast this year is going... (according to my tutor, I am supposed to submit my Masters dissertation in a month... this is totally not going to happen).

Anyway, let's rewind back to April and I'll talk about some of the things I've been loving! :) 

The first thing that I have been loving recently is the Johnson's Face Care Daily Essentials Hydrating 24 Hour Day Cream with SPF 15. 

As far as I am aware this is available in two types, normal skin and dry skin. I bought the one for normal skin - I have very VERY sensitive skin, (like I've had bad eczema all my life) and so I have to watch what I put on my face, but when I looked at the back it says 'Dermatologically tested, suitable for sensitive skin' so I thought I'd give it a go!

And what do you know! It is a GODSEND. It doesn't make your skin feel tight, and I love that it has added SPF 15 in it as I think it's so important to protect your skin from the sun, especially at this time of year when it's starting to get really quite bright and sunny out :) Make up seems to go on really nicely after applying this as well!

The next item I've been loving is the Real Techniques Blush Brush. I love Real Techniques brushes - I also have the stippling brush which is great for blending foundation :)

Now I haven't actually been using this as a blusher brush as it's quite a large brush, so I've actually been using it to blend my foundation when I'm going for a less heavy foundation base, and also to sweep powder over the top of my foundation/blusher/bronzer etc to be less shiny! :)
It's such a soft brush and I would highly recommend this one! 

Also this last month I have finally opened the Made in Chelsea MIC:FIT DVD which I (ahem) got for Christmas... 

It's SO much better than I anticipated - the workouts are actually easy to follow (even for me, who is not really into Pilates or anything like that - but there are four 20 minute workouts and they are all slightly different: 

Tabata Wake Up Call - a fat burning intense workout which burns calories
Toned in Time for St. Tropez - A beach body workout where you use just your own body weight for resistance
HIIT the Kings Road - High Intensity Interval Training
Chelsea Morning Power Stretch - A combination of Yoga and Pilates  to help you de-stress and refresh. Helps to tone your whole body. 

The first time I did it I managed to do two of the workouts - I think it was Toned in time for St.Tropez and the Tabata Wake Up Call. I was KNACKERED but I persevered and I felt so good afterwards!

Another thing of mine which I have been using sooo much this month is my (ahem) not childish at all Disney Store Olaf Cup! I know I'm in my early twenties, but this was a must. My sister bought one and I saw it and instead of pinching hers I decided I would invest in one as I hoped it would encourage me to drink more water. It's definitely working. I mean come on it's SO cute. It has liquid and glitter and bits of Olaf in it and it comes with the straw so it's really convenient. I think it was £8 which I think is a fair price! Gotta love Frozen! 

Food wise is a bit of a cheaty one because this is not just an April favourite, but it's the Maryland Cookies. These remind me of being little and sneaking biscuits out of the biscuit tin! They're amazing with a nice cup of tea too :) I'm not joking I could eat a packet of these a day...

Definitely haven't just had another cookie after writing that...

My last April favourite is the track Ed Sheeran -  I see Fire (Kygo Remix) which you can listen to here :)
 It completely transforms the original song (which I also LOVE) but this is a really chilled out vibe and reminds me of beaches and stuff... very summery! 

I hope you enjoyed this post! Please leave me a comment below as I am just starting blogging and would love to know what would be of interest! 

Helena <3

Bra issues.

I bought this gorgeous cami style top in the New Look sale today. It's a size 8 and I would usually buy a 10 in tops but it was so pretty I just had to get it. 

I think it's such a beautiful pink pastel colour and will be perfect fro Spring/Summer but one problem: I just have no idea what to do about, yep, the bra situation. 

HOW are you supposed to wear a bra with this top? How does anyone go bra-less?! I haven't got the smallest boobs in the world, but anyone that I know would say they would be ridiculously uncomfortable wearing a top like this without a bra of some sort. Another problem is, being a usual size 10, if I wear a bra with this size 8 cami top then it sort of bunches over it in the boob department and this is just not ideal.

I'm definitely going to have to go strapless, but some how sort out the bunching-material problem that's currently occurring. *sigh*

Anyway yeah, I bought a nice top.

Welcome to my blog!

My name is Helena, I'm 22 years old and I am a Contemporary Arts Consultancy Masters student!

I've decided to use this blog to document the notable moments happening in my life right now, whether they be funny, not so funny, reflective or just anything I've found remotely interesting that's happened that day... 

Prepare for lots of photos/posts of cats and coffee. 

Lots of love from Helena X