Bourjois Air Mat Foundation Review

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I’ve been using this foundation for a little over 4 months so I’ve had a lot of time to test this out!  All my oily skinned guurls get ready to be amazed!  Obviously my new favourite, this is such a beautiful foundation.  Lets get into it.

So, as Bourjois describe it, it has a matte and smooth finish, 24hr hold…it’s non-drying, lightweight formula lets skin breathe throughout the day and provides high coverage for a flawless finish.  It’s enriched with mattifying micronized powders which eliminate shine with no mask effect.  I agree with 90% of these statements so that’s pretty damn good for a brand’s description.

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Priced at €13.99, you get 30mls per product so that’s pretty standard. The colour is definitely yellow-toned, but for me it goes perfectly with tan that i’ve been wearing most of the time lately so it’s all good (the colour I’m using at the moment is 02 Vanilla).  I find it does tend to go a bit darker, slightly oxidising on the skin, so beware of that and keep an eye out before you set/put on bronzer/contour, etc.  I’m definitely going to purchase a lighter shade to see how well that works.  The best part of this foundation however is how amazing it feels on the skin for the coverage that it gives.  I would say it’s a medium-high coverage as it doesn’t cover my acne scars so this girl still be using concealer but it’s pretty darn good. Within seconds of applying it feels so so light, and like ACTUAL SKIN.  Which is something I’m never used to because most that i’ve used in the past, because of how much acne/scarring I have to cover, usually feel very heavy.  Sooo I’m super happy with that.

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More great things! It’s definitely buildable and doesn’t go cakey if you want to apply a second layer.  When it does dry it gives a healthy matte finish, rather than a powdery one which is so lovely.  I find my skin takes a bit longer to get oily compared to other foundations, and when I do reapply powder if needed, it reacts well to that too.

I love that because you squeeze out the product and it’s not a pump, you can really control how much of it you use which is so good, you’re not wasting any product and constantly finding yourself repurchasing it.  Which I have done …. but not because I’m wasting it because I’m actually using it everyday!  The rest of the packaging is ok, looks fairly cheap but it’s functional which is more important right? I mean it is only €13.99, this aint no mac product yo.

Overall, it’s been a godsend, totally great for oily skin and affordable.  If you’re from Ireland, you can find it in Boots/Superdrug, or anywhere else with a Bourjois Makeup stand.

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

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Namaste,

Amy xx

Getting Fitter with Lucy Wyndham-Read #LWRHIITIN4

I first discovered Lucy’s videos through the SacconeJolys channel on youtube and was completely inspired by Anna Saccone’s body transformation.  Much like me, she didn’t want to particularly lose weight but wanted to feel stronger and fitter.  Lucy used to be in the Army and is a qualified personal trainer, among many other things, with over 20 years experience in the Health & Fitness industry.  When I was a teenager I used to run a lot …  Then I grew bigger boobs and started drinking, as you do, and just completely lost interest in it all.  When I was in boarding school I used to go for a 15 minute run … purely for my mental health.  Then college happened, more unhealthy living, and here I am a year after graduating.

As some of you may know I went through a tough breakup last October (Read about it here… ‘A Bit More Personal…’, and shortly after this I decided to try some of Lucy’s videos on top of my daily yoga routine. I really enjoyed the choice of workouts on her channel, how quick they were and how motivated she made me feel.  I did one of these every week.  In January, I followed YogaCamp with YogaWithAdriene and felt fitter physically, but most of the change was mental (Read about this here..‘How Yoga Camp with ‘Yoga With Adriene’ Changed Me).

After January I found a new drive and motivation to do things for myself, things that I enjoy. And I decided I wanted to feel stronger physically, to match some changes I had made mentally. I started doing a few targeted workouts each day, arms, abs, thighs…. My legs were my main focus, they completely lacked strength and any muscle at all really. At this point, I probably did 3 workouts a week.  THEN LWRHIITIN4 HAPPENED!

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So Lucy decided to upload a video every single day in April to her youtube channel consisting of a 4 minute workout.  I was pleasantly surprised that after the first day I felt I could do so much more that just the 4 minutes, which is probably attributed to using her videos in the previous few months.  They got progressively harder, each week, with one rest day per week. Getting into that daily routine helped me so much and after the first few days, I would do the hiit workout, then an arm workout, and either abs or thighs after that. I couldn’t believe how much fitter I got and how I ACTUALLY ENJOYED being worked to the limit! Something I used to hate! But as she always says ‘When it challenges us, is when it changes/tones us.’ So I felt her words going through my head every time something felt difficult. Now I crave that, I feel odd if I don’t work out for one day. I’m so happy with the outcome.  Physically, I look and feel more toned all over! Arms, abs, thighs, calves… even my chest! These days, I do her daily video workout, 2 arm workouts, 180 rep abs (my favourite – 180 Rep Ab Workout – the five best moves for a curvy waistline) and a thigh routine. I think back to the time when 1 arm workout was all I could handle for the day.  So even though you might not believe it, 4 minutes really is all it takes to get fitter. The picture above, and the 3 below are screenshots of each week of the challenge so you can get a taste of what they look like before you start!  Each exercise is only 20 seconds.

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I have a serious amount of love and respect for this woman.  She is strong, and beautiful, and so so caring towards her followers.  We can avail of a personal trainer all for free.  Also beware of some serious fitness wear envy…she always has the best outifts! She wants you to be happy and get fit and strong, and that is apparent in her videos and the amount of effort she puts in.  So much so, that she has a new challenge for May, Lucy’s 100 reps a day…. that I’ve already started! A new challenge is so good for motivation.  Her tagline ’Fall in love with fitness’ could not be a more real description for what she does for people…

I’ll leave a link to her lwrhiitin4 here –4 Minute HIIT Workout Challenge – and no matter what month you’re in, the videos will always be there and you can start from Week 1 Day 1. Also, anyone who is doing lucy’s 100 reps a day challenge tweet me so we can all encourage eachother to be the best version’s of ourselves! LUCY’S SQUAD, OUT! *mic drop*

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Mini Boohoo Haul

Back at it again with the regular posts, go me!  Made a cheeky boohoo purchase last week to up the mood, nothing like a bit of retail therapy! Hope you enjoy :*

Drew textured Zip A Line Mini Skirt

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It’s not very typical of me to add some colour to my wardrobe, but I thought this was the perfect piece to do it with.  It’s a beautiful lilac colour which is very toned down and goes with all the rest of the monotone things in my collection.  Perfect fit, and has a lovely thin fabric which hangs nicely on the body.  The zip at the back is very concealed adding to the simplicity of the piece.  It has a lovely texture as well which is very subtle.  I got this in size 12, lilac, and paid €10 for it!  Loooove this!

Fran Petite Cross Over Crepe Woven Skater Dress

 

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I have soo many skater dresses but nothing in black so I feel like this was necessary!  I was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the fabric because it was only €8, it’s very thick which is great.  I love the crossover detail which made this piece a bit different to other things I have, but of course the model had smaller boobies than me and not too sure if I like how much cleavage it shows.  It also means I can’t really wear a bra with this, which makes them seem a bit more out of control!  Definitely doesn’t make me feel too confident.  Another thing I wasn’t too pleased about was on the inside of the cross over fabric in the front has some extra unnecessary fabric which tends to slip out when I move, so I’ll have to try and iron this flat and see if that helps.  You can see this in the pictures as well.  I got this in a size 10, black.

Violet Moon Hair Clip

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Not entirely sure why I got this, one of those impulse buys!  But it was only €4 so can’t really go wrong.  Got it in gold, which I’ve been wearing a lot of lately jewellery wise so thought it might be a nice addition to a look.  I also never wear clips in my hair so thought I’d try it out.  It’s nice, not obsessed with it but it’s different.  I wish the moon was orientated differently cause it always seems to be in the wrong place.  What can you do!

Cameron Marl Brush Cropped Hoody

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Saving the best for last!  I’ve been looking for a plain black cropped hoody for soooo long but haven’t found one that was just plain before this so I had to get it!  I got it in size small, black, and cost me €16.  The fabric is so lovely, really thick and warm, which is probably why it always has to be washed at 30 degrees.  The cropped length is perfect for my body type, although I do find the hoody to be a bit tight on the neck and difficult to pull over your head.  Love this and so happy with the purchase!  Can’t stop wearing it 🙂

Hoped you liked this mini boohoo haul, a small order but can’t be breaking the bank these days. Y’all know how it is!  Also, let me know if you’d be interested in a quick life update to let you know what I’ve been up to!

Love and light,

Namaste,

Amy xx

How Yoga Camp with ‘Yoga With Adriene’ Changed Me

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Towards the end of last year I went through a huge change, a break-up, something I discussed in my ‘A Bit More Personal..’ post (have a read if you want to get up to date with me!).  I was struggling with self-love, and Christmas was particularly difficult for me.  New Years was even worse.  I so desperately wanted things to change.  I wanted to go into 2016 with a positive outlook, and most importantly, start doing things for myself for once.  So when I heard ‘Yoga with Adriene’s’ Adriene Mishler was starting a 30 day Yogacamp for the month of January, completely free, with a video uploaded every single day, I was sold.  I signed up, and got my first email which included the YogaCamp Calendar.  I printed it out and marvelled at all the beautiful mantras I was yet to experience.  The whole idea seemed too good to be true, and I feel the universe was helping me by bringing it to my attention.  It was exactly what I needed, and was aimed to tackle my largest problem at the time, self-love.

On January 1st, it all started.  The first video was an introduction, and then Jan 2nd the first yoga practise of the month was uploaded.  I rolled out my matt, tied my hair up, and took some deep breaths.  I cannot explain to you how, even after the first day of yogacamp, I felt a weight lifted.  I felt I was moving in the right direction.  AND GUUURL WAS I RIGHT!

Adriene is from Texas so each upload was at 6am her time, which was 12pm for me in Ireland.  I made a habit of waking up, cleaning, tending to the animals, eating breakfast, and doing a few odd jobs before the video came in.  I felt for the first time in months I was excited to get out of bed, and would become so elated knowing that 12pm was coming soon.  It truly revived a part of me that had been lost for many years, the drive…the excitement…the gratitude..the accomplishment…the self-love.  It got to a point where I was laughing at myself thinking ‘oh my friends want to go out this weekend, buuuuut what about my yogacamp?!’.  That’s another thing that was so important after the breakup, to keep friends close, and to get out the house and enjoy myself.  I couldn’t believe I wanted to stay home alone, not to eat ice cream and feel sorry for myself…but just so I could make sure I got my yogacamp fix!

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I got so used to doing it everyday, and concentrating on each day’s mantra, that I felt I was subconsciously letting myself feel everything I was trying to avoid months before.  That sounds bad, but beforehand I was constantly trying to force myself to be happy and confident, which after I while I realised was the thing holding me back and that was stopping me from moving forward.  Focussing on positive mantras, and only that, until the next day rolled around, kept things small, easier to handle, and approachable.  It wasn’t scary anymore.

On top of all that, I felt part of a community that was separate from the people I know in my life, who didn’t have opinions on what I was going through.  I found that so refreshing, part of a family that had no judgement.  Reading other people’s experiences of the very same videos I was watching, was grounding in itself.

The gratitude I feel for this woman is immense.  She came out of the blue and helped me with deep personal issues I’ve had for years.  And she gave it all out for free.  You can just tell the amount of effort that went into the mantras, the thoughtful poses for each day, the awareness of different levels people may be at, the delicacy with which she handled the intense and overwhelming idea of ‘making self-love cool again’.. all the while making you laugh with her hilarious jokes.  I’ve been doing yoga for years and have never felt so affected by a practise in my life.

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When it all came to an end there is a sadness attached, however I decided to restart it all over again.  I was hopeful that the change in self-love could only double after doing it all again for the next month.  I was right.  I feel the happiest and most at peace I’ve ever felt, I feel strong, beautiful, and capable of tackling anything that comes my way in the future.  Some of those things I never thought I’d say.  It is always a constant journey, but respect it and be patient.  So after all that, I want to say, Thank you Adriene Mishler.  You’ll probably never read this, but I’m sending love and light to you!  I am aware I’m a bit late to post this, a few months after… but I feel it was important to express this and better late than never.

If you are struggling with self-love, or are curious about sticking to yoga practise for 30 days, I cannot recommend this enough.  If that’s not your cup of tea, she has a vast amount of other videos on her channel which I’ll link below.  HAPPY YOGA-ING AND REMEMBER TO LOVE YOURSELF!

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Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Current Shoe Loves

Been loving these 3 pairs of shoes these past few weeks, all very different, but thought I’d share my latest obsessions with you today!  Hope you enjoy :*

Adidas Originals Superstar Shoes

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Sooo classic!  Definitely a bit late to this trend but have loved them for years.  Pretty much been obsessed since Run DMC’s video for Walk this Way.  I mean we all know them from that, don’t we?  80’s hollaaah!  Anyway, I picked these up last Christmas in Office in Dublin for €90.  I wouldn’t usually spend so much on a pair of trainers but you can only really get the originals of these … or it just wouldn’t be the same.  They are so comfortable and go with every outfit.  Love the vibes they add to any look.  Got them in classic core white with black, the adidas logo at the back is in black with white, logo at the front is black with gold, and it has ‘superstar’ written on the sides in beautiful gold lettering.  The classic black stripes on the sides and the shell pattern on the front of the shoe are definitely what makes them so recognisable.  Love these so much and think they would be a great staple for anyone’s style!  However … living in the country in Ireland it is so hard to keep white trainers white!

White ‘Spice Girl’ Platforms

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These are just so fun.  I picked them up a few weeks ago in Primark / Penneys in Limerick City for only €9, so worth it.  Been obsessed with platforms ever since the Spice Girls (namely Baby Spice) of course but think the trend is coming back recently as I’ve seen the style a lot on social media.  I love how simple these are, just plain white (again.. so hard to keep clean), and are quite high for a platform so may not be an everyday look for everyone, however I still wear them most days!  Surprisingly comfortable and easy to walk in, I love the extra height they give because I cannot wear heels to save my life.  They make my legs look longer and more toned than they actually are which is great.  Love wearing these with black leggings and a black hoody.  Keepin’ it monotonal y’know.

Blue Velvet & Black Platforms

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These are so beautiful I cannot believe they were only €1 in Primark / Penneys in Limerick City.  Could not leave the shop without getting these, such a great price!  Love the blue velvet which is so different and adds an interesting to touch to any outfit.  They are much shorter than the white platforms which makes them more wearable.  I love the black and blue contrast as well which you don’t see that often.  I love wearing these with an all black outfit and a dark blue denim jacket.  Retrooo Viiibes!

Hope you liked this post and got a bit of an insight to my shoe style lately, maybe it’ll gave you some inspiration!  See you next week for another post,

Love and light,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Urban Decay x Gwen Stefani Palette Review

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First off, what a beautiful Palette. I was so excited to get this for Christmas, I mean….just look at it.
Just like a magpie I am drawn to anything shiny or sparkly…  and this packaging just screams glamour and luxury…with a hint of Gwen Stefani Punk, mixed with antique gold accents and of course, the classic black and white retro style she does so well. Everything about this reminds me of her…obviously, she made it!  But i’m glad she stuck to her own personal style.

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After trying this out every single day for about the last month I’ve had plenty of time to test each shade and make up my mind about them.  All of them have great staying power and have been tested in drunken, sweaty nights out …so Gwen has your back ladies. It has a huge gorgeous mirror big enough to please anyone, and a golden quote in it – “Magic’s in the Makeup” – from her No Doubt days. There are 15 1.4g shades, an amazing 12 of these are new to Urban Decay, and 3 come from UD’s Shadow Collection. Priced at €46, and Limited Edition, this is one of my most prized possessions already! I’ll go through each shade down below and I hope this helps anyone who may be in two minds about picking this up before it’s off the shelves. HOLLA AT ME GWEN!

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BLONDE

An absolutely gorgeous highlight colour and the brightest shade in the palette, a pale beige with a very fine shimmer to it.

BATHWATER

A beautiful pale beige again, with fine shimmer in golden pearl, perfect for a wash over the lids for ‘No Makeup’ Makeup days.

SKIMP

In my opinion the second highlight colour in the palette, a pale nude with a very fine shimmer, with a slight pink undertone.

STEADY

A gorgeous copper/rose shimmery shade with a metallic gold pigment. Perfect for blue eyes.

PUNK

One of my favourite shades in this palette, it’s a dark, ‘punky’ reddish brown shade that is completely matte and blends deliciously.

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BABY

This is such a beautiful metallic rose shade, that has a chunkier shimmer than shades mentioned above.

ANAHEIM

This shade is definitely going to be the most used! The perfect crease or base colour, a matte light brown/taupe, which is incredibly soft and easy to blend.

STARK

One of my least used shades of the palette so far, I think my light skin tone means it doesn’t really show up at all, as you can see in the swatch, but it’s a soft matte nude eyeshadow with a pink undertone. Perfect as a primer for other colours to be used on top, or for a ‘no-colour’ look.

ZONE

Very like Anaheim but slightly darker, it’s a medium matte brown colour perfect for the crease, and extremely blendable.

SERIOUS

A great smokey eye colour, it’s a dark grey with pearl shimmer, the swatch doesn’t do it justice!

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POP

Such a fun shade! A coral with chunky/sparkly gold and pink shimmer perfect for sprucing up any matte eye look. I don’t think the swatch is as ‘real-to-life’ as it should be.

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Surprisingly I’ve used this a lot, even though I don’t typically use pink on my eyes that much. It’s a blue-toned pink with fine shimmer, but I was a bit disappointed with the colour payoff as i felt it wasn’t as ‘pink’ as it should have been!

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Not the biggest fan of blue eyeshadow, because of my blue eyes I usually find it to be a bit much, but this actually works really well. Definitely for a heavier eye look because it is so dark, it’s a metallic royal blue-pink with fine shimmer.

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A bright yellow gold metallic shade that I love so much, it’s so buttery and blends fantastically!

BLACKOUT

A colour every palette should have! Definitely one of my most used. The ULTIMATELY perfect matte black, jet black eyeshadow. Perfect for dark smokey eyes. I like to spray a bit of fix plus from Mac Cosmetics on an angled brush, and it acts as the perfect black eyeliner.

 

Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this,

Namaste,

Amy xx

Accept Yourself..

 

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This seems like such a simple issue, one that doesn’t take much thought.  I believe it’s much larger than that.  It’s intense and overwhelming and difficult and time consuming.

In the last year I have felt that I am sure of who I am, what kind of person I want to be.  Going through a large change recently has kind of flipped this idea upside down and left me wondering and thinking about who I am.  I am starting to understand and recognise myself.  In a way I am confident and feel relaxed in myself and my personality.  I haven’t always let my ‘full-self’ out in social situations, and in the past I have tried to force myself into coming out of my shell, which in fact have proved to be the entirely wrong way of doing so.  But hey, we can only learn from our mistakes!

I’m now at peace.. when I am sad, happy, relaxed, uncomfortable, excited, etc.  I have learned to accept all of myself, in all of the emotions (I am a very emotional person!). Although I say that, I am aware it is a journey and I can never fully reach that ‘enlightenment’ within myself. But all that said, I know myself. I am happy with how I act towards people, I (for the most part) don’t care what people’s opinions of me are, because I know me….I know I wouldn’t ever deliberately hurt anyone or cause harm or be unjust. I am my own worst critic, and that’s ok, because it’s how I grow as a person.

WHERE IS THIS GOING! Finding it so hard to express these thoughts in words as it’s not a physical thing that you can put a title on, like anger or sadness or happiness. It’s something that isn’t really tangible. So I’m trying my best!

To try to sum it all up, you are who you are. You don’t need your personality or feelings to be validated by anyone else. At the end of the day, you are with yourself for the rest of your life, so, in my opinion, it’s better to spend time getting to know yourself before you can understand anyone else.  Be your own best friend.  Enjoy spending time with yourself. Accept who you are.  Although I am only at the start of this journey, it has already changed my perspective of not only myself, but the people around me. When you start to sort out your internal problems the external ones start to become easier to handle.  We have a lifetime to figure this out, but taking the first step is a crucial part of the process.

Namaste,

Amy xx

A Bit More Personal…

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Recently I’ve been going through a massive change in my life. I have come out of a nearly 6 year relationship.  Being only 21, I’ve been with this person though very crucial years of my life where you find yourself, you realise who you are, and you spend a lot of time thinking about what direction you want to take in life.  To say that it has been incredibly difficult doesn’t quite capture this feeling.   The pain that I feel can’t be described in words.  This post is going to be very personal, and quite different to anything I’ve written before.  So if this is not something you want to spend time reading, click away now!

In a way what I’m feeling is grief.  I am mourning the loss of a friend, a lover, their family, a lifestyle and all the fuzzy feelings that come with it.  They say that grief comes in 5 stages; denial & isolation, anger, bargaining, depression, and acceptance.  I don’t feel that these stages are exact, they flow into each other, and I think every single day it’s different.  Denial & isolation definitely came first, it felt like I was in a dream world and nothing was real, that was before the large rush of feelings that came to greet me.  For the last two weeks I have been angry, angry at the other person for certain changes they could have made that may have made it work, angry at their actions following the break up.  It somehow felt easier to move on when anger was felt towards them, it justified it in my mind and made it feel more ‘right’.  Although I respect my process at this time and am trying to have patience, the feelings of anger were a bit extreme.  You can’t change a person, and I really feel I understand that now.  They are going through their own journey, as am I.  I have also recognised the bargaining stage, where I felt that I had chosen the wrong thing, I was being foolish and all of these ‘if only’s’ came flooding through my mind 24/7.  I also blamed myself. During this period I cried a lot, and found it very difficult to sleep.  I had to keep telling myself this happened for a reason.  Right now I feel like I am in the ‘depression’ stage, because i don’t really feel I’ve fully accepted the situation yet.

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One of the hardest things about this big change is the waves it comes in.  Some days I will almost feel ecstatic, happy and ready to face the world single and alone.  Some days I will feel so low and wake up to find myself heading straight into a big crying session.  This makes it so hard because I’m never sure how I will feel the next day.  I am aware I have to have patience and it may even take me years to feel okay with everything.  I am desperate to get away from Ireland, and travel so that the constant reminders of fun times together won’t come into my mind as much. I wonder if this is a false sense of security in travelling, that I’m always looking for something to stop me feeling all the feelings!

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In times like these true friends really show themselves, and I’ve had support from two fantastic friends.  Who have been wary of my situation and have helped me by talking for days on end on a couch aided by some vino. Tears were dropped, laughs at my situation were had, and support has been shown.  However great this is, whenever I return home I feel alone instantly, and sad again.  This is normal, but still not easy.  On another note, the friend’s group I once had is no more, to avoid contact with my ex I don’t go out like I used to, or not with the same people.  Hello anger.  I am angry that this person gets to have that group around him to distract him and I am left to face everything alone.  But all things are relative and I can’t say what he is feeling.  KEEP IT TOGETHER WOMAN!

Time will heal me, and perspective will help me. Change is always hard, and when that involves a person you spent so much loving time with, and now they are gone, I think it’s even harder. *Think positive thoughts and don’t cry* 

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Yes I am aware this is a rambling mess of feelings and probably quite ridiculous to read, for that I apologise. However I want this blog to take a different turn, I want to be more real and honest. And this is just the period I am at right now.  Respect the process.  There is so much more I could say but this post would be far too long. A relevant quote to end this post should be nice and make it seem more put together and less all over the place!

“The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance” – Alan Watts

This was a very scary post to write so please be kind! I want anyone reading this to know that change is natural, although difficult, and we never know what the future will bring.  If anyone wants to chat or discuss change, feel free to comment below or tweet me @amylauren_b 🙂

Namaste,

Amy xx

13 Uses for Coconut Oil

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To say that coconut oil has changed my life forever is an understatement! I originally started experimenting with it for my skin to see if it helped with my acne, scarring and redness issues.  I would use it as a makeup remover and an all-over oil and noticed results straight away.  It hasn’t gotten rid of my acne or reduced my scars dramatically, but I have noticed that it feels more nourished and soft, evens my skin tone, and with the anti-bacterial properties it has, it definitely helps with the ‘spread’ of active acne.  Following this,  I was overwhelmed with the amount of other ways it can be used…. And let’s just say, it’s nothing short of AMAZING.  

Coconut oil is a stable substance, and is solid at room temperature meaning it doesn’t react with the air and can last in a jar on your shelf forever and not get mouldy. It’s antibacterial as I said before, antimicrobial, an antioxidant, anti-fungal, and anti-everything-nasty. It’s also not made from any animal products meaning it’s vegan and you can feel good about using and buying as much of it as you can! So below is a breakdown of some of the things you can use coconut oil for…

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1. After-Shave Oil

I have very sensitive skin that does not normally react well to shaving, but for the moment, it’s my chosen method for hair removal.  Even with a brand-new razor, three blades, and all that fancy good stuff, my skin still hates it.  So covering those shaved areas with coconut oil after I get out of the bath significantly helps with irritation, bumps, razor burns, cuts etc.  I also use it as a shaving oil when in the bath too, because I know my skin likes it and won’t react badly. :

2. Sunburn/Heat Rash

When I was on holiday in Turkey a few months ago I was very careful with my skin in terms of getting burnt. I had a high factor on for the whole two weeks but every now and again I’d get a little patch of burnt skin, to which I applied coconut oil. The irritation, for one, was reduced so quickly, and it healed faster than it normally would. After leaving it on all night, it would be pretty much gone the next morning. The intense moisturising properties of coconut oil meant my skin never got dry and flaky.  It also helped with heat rash I got sometimes, reducing redness and itchiness, and I find it helps with any other sort of rash as well.

3. Oil Pulling

This is  something I never fully got into, but I want to be persistent and keep it up.  Oil pulling is where you take a teaspoon of coconut oil in the morning, put it in your mouth and swish it around for 20 minutes, then spit it out.  It’s supposed to pull all toxins out of your mouth, including bad bacteria, and not only improve your dental health, but also your health overall.  Be sure not to swallow the oil afterwards, because that kinda defeats the purpose of the whole process!

4. Moisturiser/Lip Balm

It’s incredible moisturising properties help with chapped lips, which I am prone to all year round, but especially in winter.  The vitamins C and E present in coconut oil are great for regeneration and renewing your skin cells. I also apply it all over my body after I get out of the shower, and once it’s all soaked in your skin feels delicious!

5. Exfoliator

When you mix some coconut oil with some salt it makes a fantastic exfoliator.  I use it all over my body just before I get into the shower.  The salt has enough grit to get rid of the dead skin cells but it also dissolves as you go, so it’s not too harsh, and is great for sensitive skin.

6. Leave-in Conditioner/Hair Mask

If your hair is feeling a bit on the dry side, maybe after getting it dyed, coconut oil can be used as a great hair mask or leave-in conditioner for dry ends.  Naturally your hair will look like an oil slick so I do this once a month at night, leave it to soak in and then wash it out in the morning.  It leaves my hair feeling soft, shiny and healthy.

7. Natural Sweetener

One great tip, if you want to start cutting down on refined sugar or unnatural sweeteners, is to substitute it for coconut oil.  One teaspoon in coffee or any hot drink adds a sweet taste and a guilt-free, sweet kick, although it’s not for everyone, it’s worth a try!

8. Cooking oil

I’ve been completely converted to using coconut oil instead of butter or olive oil when cooking.  You can barely notice the taste and can assure that the type of fat you’re ingesting is in fact a healthy one!

9. Stretch marks/Lady Parts

If it’s that time of the month the boobies can become sensitive and sore, and sometimes a bit dry.  Coconut oil is a great treatment for this uncomfortable problem. On top of this, everyone gets stretch marks, and I find it really helps with moisturising the skin in those areas to make it tactile and less prone to this problem because the skin isn’t dehydrated.  Because my skin is so sensitive, and I have a lot of allergies, using pads at that time of the month it can get very sore and irritated down there for me as well.  I’ve never found something that has reduced the irritation so fast and so easily. A must have solution for an awkward problem!

10. Skincare treatment

About 4 days a week, after my skincare routine, I’ll cover my face in coconut oil and leave it to soak in overnight.  The next morning my skin tone is more even, redness reduced, and my acne isn’t as dry and sore.  I don’t do this every night simply because I want my skin to breathe a bit and as great as coconut oil is, I think anyone’s skin can use a break from any products so it can reboot and restore itself – trust your body’s natural process!

11. Nails

THE single best oil for your nails. Hands down! After polish or just every morning and night, coconut oil does wonders for your nails.  No more dry hang nails or splitting nails…you have to try this!

12. Makeup Remover

The best makeup remover I have ever tried.  At the end of the day I lather my face in coconut oil and rub gently all around.  It doesn’t irritate my eyes, and it breaks down all makeup so easily, so it also makes it a very fast process, which we all hate doing when it’s the end of the day and all you want to do is lie in bed and watch Netflix.  It even dissolves waterproof mascara, which most other makeup removers have a lot of trouble with, in my experience!

13. Massage oil

If you’re lucky enough to have someone to give you a massage at home it works as a great massage oil.  And better yet, at the end, your skin is so thankful for how nourishing it is!

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This is a rather long post, I could literally go on and on about coconut oil and its endless benefits! I think you get the idea 😉 Thanks for taking the time out of your day to read this, and I hope you learned something new!

Love and Light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx

How I Inspire Myself

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I think the word Inspire can mean many different things to all kinds of people.  It’s something that can fuel so much in your life.  The people you meet, the stories you hear, the places you visit.  Even that inspirational feeling can be manifested from your own mind.  For me, inspiration can come from any experience I have. Believing in yourself is difficult, but I feel it’s something that has given me the drive to push myself forward.

Even this post was inspired by a recent achievement in my life.  Two days ago I was awarded a B.Sc. Environmental Science, and being only 21, having done a 4 year course in something I am so passionate about was a very overwhelming feeling.  I pushed myself so hard, but at the same time I had a lot of patience in myself during that time.  When I was 17, just starting university, I definitely didn’t have much of an insight into what this venture would actually mean to me. Who does at 17 right? Nevertheless, the amount I have learned about myself, life, and other people amazes me.  It makes me excited for the future.  However, reminding me to cherish the present. During school all I wanted was to be out of school, when I started University all I wanted was to be finished my degree, and here I am.  Unemployed and wishing I had a job. The grass isn’t greener on the other side.  It’s a huge lesson i’m only just coming to terms with.  Don’t wish your life away.  Right now, this is when you are living.  Life takes us on many journeys, down different paths, and it all shapes who we are as people.

It is so important to inspire yourself.  Find what your passion is, be it many different things such as myself, or one thing that is special to you, and enjoy it with all your heart. Be patient with yourself to find what you love, and go for it. Inspire yourself, discover what you enjoy, and push yourself to do it. Try to not be scared of the next chapter in life. It is okay to fail, something I have really struggled with, but through these failures we can learn so much.  Embrace your mistakes.  Cherish your insecurities.  Live in the power of now.  Spread positivity, and love with every part of your being.

If you are finding it difficult, looking to others can really help with inspiration.  There are so many people in this world, and I think that everyone comes across someone who really makes an impact.  However small it may be.  Take this and apply it to your own life.  It doesn’t have to be something grand or amazing or huge, as long as it makes you happy and you feel proud of yourself, it’s worth it.

I know this post contains a lot of rambling, and may not excite those who read it, but I feel this needed to be here. For myself, and also for anyone who needs inspiration. Thank you so much for taking the time to read this,

Love and Light always,

Namaste,

Amy xx