Thursday, 23 April 2015

Top 10 beauty tips

I have always loved beauty products. I loved them before I even considered Sprucenews and I still love them now. Probably even more in fact. I think over the years as I have built up my makeup collection and tried out new looks and styles, I have realised that I have a variety of tips and tricks that I use within my beauty regime. Of course this means I am going to share them with you today.. So here are my TOP 10 BEAUTY TIPS!

Freeze your Eyeliner - Does your eye-liner constantly crumble while putting it on? Try leaving it in the freezer for 15 minutes prior to applying your makeup. It should glide along your lash line seamlessly after that.

Shave with conditioner - If you're out of shaving cream, lather your legs with conditioner instead of soap. Conditioner will not only soften the hair on your legs making it easier to shave but it will also leave your skin feeling extra silky.

Don't neglect your elbows - It's easy to forget the small parts of your body that need protection and care. Your elbows are one of them, if you suffer from dry skin on your elbows try using Bio-Oil. Massage into your elbows daily and you should see a difference in your skin in around two days. 

Toothpaste on your spots - You've heard it before, don't pop your spots! if you suffer from acne or you often get a pimple or two  try applying a bit of toothpaste to your pimples before bed and washing it off with warm water when you wake up in the morning. They say that toothpaste draws impurities out of clogged pores and dries the skin which shrinks the pimple. Opt for organic toothpastes rather than gel toothpastes which don't work as well.                                                                                                                          
No makeup remover? Try lotion instead - If you have run out of makeup remover, use your body lotion to get rid of makeup. It works especially well on tough products such as mascara and eye-liner.                                                                                                                    
Uses for old mascara wands - Don't throw away your old mascara wands, it's still got a few uses left. Clean it and use it as a brow brush instead.      
Don't pump your mascara - Never pump your mascara (i.e. moving the wand up and down in the tube really quickly) because it will only allow air into the tube which will cause your mascara to dry (and ultimately shorten its lifespan).        
Clean your makeup brushes - Make sure you clean your makeup brushes regularly to avoid a build-up of makeup residue and bacteria. You can purchase makeup brush cleaner from a drug or beauty store, or you can simply use shampoo and conditioner to clean your brushes as you would your own hair. Clean brushes guarantee a super smooth and even makeup application every time. 
Towel dry the right way - Don't rub your hair dry with your towel; it will cause your hair to frizz. Instead, before getting out of the shower gently squeeze excess water from your hair. Then, wrap your hair in a towel and pat it dry to absorb any remaining moisture.    
Top coat is a must - Add a top coat to freshly painted nails, and then again once they are dry. This makes your nail polish less likely to chip and will ensure it lasts longer.

What's your favourite beauty tip? Let me know in the comment box below 

Tuesday, 21 April 2015

How to build confidence

My self-esteem was once so low that my boyfriends mum gave me a book on how to build my confidence. Now, it wasn't the book that kicked me out of that frame of mind, it was someone acknowledging that I needed to do something about it. Which was something I just couldn't see myself. 

I have always been a confident person. I am happy and bubbly most of the time and usually I find it easy to bounce back and get on with things. For some reason this particular time I felt it was so difficult to over-come what I was going through. 

I will be forever grateful to Corrie for her help and support during that time of my life. There are so many things that can happen to you that can knock your confidence. For me, it was moving away from home to be with Gary. Not that the decision to move in with him was what knocked my confidence, I will never regret moving to be with him as our relationship wouldn't be what it is today. Moving away from home to a new place where I had no friends, I had no job and nothing was mine. It felt strange. So different from being at university where I went home every term and was surrounded by friends. 

Maybe it was acknowledging that I now had to make grown-up decisions, or maybe I was just homesick, I do not know. Here I felt quite isolated and lonely. I quickly fell into the darkness of low self-esteem and that's what caused arguments. That's when Corrie came to me and handed me the book. I knew then that I needed to get my life back. I made a choice and I needed to make it work for me, instead of feeling sorry for myself. 

I am not going to say it was easy, because it wasn't. I lost touch with some of the girls I use to call 'friends' after realising what they were really like. But I have kept in-touch with the important people in my life. I have a wonderful family both in Birmingham and here in Berkshire. 

I eventually found a job which kick-started my progressing career and I have made some wonderful friends here as well. Me and Gary have built such a wonderful life for ourselves. We have our own home and things are going from strength to strength.

I am not telling you this because I want to rub it in that my life has gotten better, I am trying to tell you that it will get better. You have to want to do something about it. Those changes do not happen over-night! It takes time, work and positivity. Try and surround yourself with positive people. People you know you can turn to for support. And most of all know who your friends are because you need people you can count on, not people who knock you down. 

I hope this post offers you some enlightenment, and you find your confidence again!

Wednesday, 15 April 2015

Vintage & Retro

There is just something about vintage shops that really intrigue me. I like the idea of revamping old clothes and shoes and reselling them. it's thrifty and good for the environment. Not that I am one with nature or anything, but the concept of one man's trash is another man's treasure is appealing. 

You all know of my love for eBay, and I am not shy to admit it. If I can find something I like for a bargain price how could I say no? I think I have picked up this trait from my dad who has a huge love for car-boot sales. His thrifty ways have been passed on to me it seems. 

I was in London not too long ago and found myself in Shoreditch. It's potentially one of the coolest places to hang out and excellent for vintage hunters. I don't profess to buy many vintage pieces, but I like to browse to see if I could find anything worth purchasing. 

London is very big on the retro scene. You can honestly find a vintage shop situated across the city. Whether it's something that reminds you of the 90's or it's a piece that will take you back to the 20's. They pretty much cover the bases. 

Some of the stores I use to visit have now closed down which is a shame, but I thought I would share with you my top vintage shops that you can go and visit when you're in London:


Are you interested in Vintage fashion? What are your favourite vintage shops? 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

Thoughts on jealousy

Have you ever Googled the meaning of jealousy? 
'Jealousy is an emotion, and the word typically refers to the negative thoughts and feelings of insecurity, fear, and anxiety over an anticipated loss of something of great personal value, particularly in reference to a human connection.'
I would be a liar if I said I have never felt jealous or been envious of people. It's a horrible emotion but I raise my hands and admit that I have been jealous in the past. I would say that it's a weakness, but it's part of who I am. As much as I don't like that side of me, I accept it and try to better myself. 

My understanding of my own jealousy is that it comes from personal insecurities. My parents come from a working class background and they have had to fight and struggle to give me and my family the best they can (which is something I will always be grateful for). I have always found that I have been eager to please, and I have always tried to push myself to be better. I think my jealousy has stemmed from this. 

Don't get me wrong, I do not blame my parents. They have raised me extremely well by surrounding me with love and affection. They have tried hard to provide me with the life they never had. My ambition and determination has made me want more. More than what I had when I was younger, more so that I can provide my own children with the luxury of having a comfortable lifestyle without a worry of money. 

And that's exactly it.. although material things should never come into it, it has always been about material things. Most of my friends come from wealthy backgrounds where their parents could afford to buy them the newest trainers and handbags and mobile phones. I was so envious of them. I wanted my parents to be able to do the same for me. I come from a large family, 4 brothers 1 sister so you can imagine that there was a lot of hand me down clothes and shoes. We rarely had anything new because in my household, if one of us has something the rest of us had it too. It was unrealistic and my parents couldn't afford those luxuries. (Not that I considered any of this when I was younger) This is why as soon as I turned 16 I found myself a part-time job to pay for all the things I wanted. 

Jealousy can come in all forms. I was in such a bad relationship when I was 18 and that also made me insecure in future relationships. Feeling betrayed and hurt can have that effect on someone. Whether it was jealousy of my friends that were in secure happy relationships or whether it was me comparing myself to other beautiful women.. oh I am too fat... she's so much prettier than I am.. honestly I have never felt some much self hate then I did back then. 

You might be thinking why are you telling us these stories?! Well the truth is, I wanted to offer my advice on jealousy and help you get past your own insecurities through my experiences. 

I have had this discussion so many times. I have spoken to my good friends about it and you know they were just as jealous of me at the time. They were jealous for completely different reasons of course. The wanted the family love I had, they felt their parents only bought them the best things because they were never around. They wanted the loving relationship I had with my parents and my siblings. This isn't something that can be bought, it was real and although I didn't get the best of the best, I got the best of them. Which I realise now that I am older was plenty. 

When it comes to my own self-hate, this is something I had to work on. I had to realise my own worth and what I deserved. I picked the wrong men for starters. I went for men that had no respect for anyone and didn't understand the meaning of a relationship. I found my confidence again and realised that you're only as beautiful as you feel. By taking care of yourself and believing in yourself will you truly feel confident and happy. 

Now of course, I am with Gary. I am not going to say he is perfect because no-one is, but he is perfect for me. He builds me up and believes in me. That's the type of relationship we all deserve. 

I have no reason to feel envious because I am thankful for what I have. If you want more, then fight for it, earn it and work your ass off to get it. The only reason you don't have it right now is because you don't believe in yourself enough. Never feel jealous of another person, because yes they may be amazing.. but so are you. 

So whether you're feeling jealous over a guy, a friend, some other girl/boy, money, family, work or whatever else.. take time to consider what the root cause is. Look at your own life and work on that. Don't waste your time being jealous, it's a pointless emotion that only causes pain and not happiness. 

If you're feeling jealous about something and feel you need to chat about it, leave a comment in box below... maybe I can help. 

Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Changing jobs

We all change career at one point or another. It's a way to progress and personally develop within the industry of your choice. I think it's very rare that people stay in their first job for the remainder of their work life, but that's not to say there aren't those rare few that do. For example, Gary's dad.. he stayed with his company from the age of 16 until he retired last year. That's definitely someone who had job satisfaction which is what we all aspire for. Am I right? 

The reason for this post is that I have moved jobs a few times in my career, with the end goal always being progression with aspirations of reaching that pinnacle position or should I say the top. I wanted to share this post because I am still in the midst of where I see myself in the next few years. I am still working my way up and figuring out how to get there. Like everything, it's a learning curve.

It can be hard to 1) find a job you like 2) get the interview for that job and 3) hand in your notice at your current position. 

I thought it would be nice to offer my advice to you all regarding these three things. 
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