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Life Update: Settling In

Note: I drafted this post weeks and weeks ago but have only just edited the photos so by the time I post this, it’s not a recent experience that I’m referring to however I still wanted to get this up! Enjoy.

It’s a Saturday and I’m officially doing nothing. It’s approaching the afternoon period and I’m still in my lounge wear and hoodie but that’s okay – I live for these moments and sometimes, it’s just nice to be super comfy. The summer has finally calmed down and I don’t mind so much because summer just aggravates my skin and my eczema can start to play up too. This cooler weather suits me just fine.

I may or may not do my makeup later but for now, I’m enjoying having my skin bare as on most weeks, I wear makeup to work. I’ve been loving it actually. I thought I would hate morning routine but it’s now become one of my favourite things. What shall I wear today? It’s fun to play a bit of dress-up to work even if just casual wear because of the open dress code (provided that it’s not offensive).

I have nothing planned for today. I may or may not do my makeup later depending on how I feel. Or I could just do very minimal makeup – who knows. I do know however that I have missed blogging and already this morning, I’ve caught up with a few blogs. I will pace myself and plan ahead for my next batch of posts because I have a few ideas in mind. September is approaching (!!) which is fitting too.

Last week, I went on a spontaneous trip to a local museum with a close friend of mine. It was raining heavily so needless to say, it was a perfect day for it. We viewed a Japanese exhibit as well as some local pieces located upstairs. We had coffee. We then proceeded to do some shopping where my friend offered to buy me earrings as a late birthday present. I can’t wait to pair them with an outfit next week. Shortly after, we went to a local delicatessen shop which made us hungry so we went for nice food. (If you’re based in the UK, Ask Italian is brilliant.)

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And my job you ask? It’s still going well. I’m more settled in and have a bit more responsibility now as this week was the first in task allocation. I am due for my next one-to-one meeting at some point, however I did receive positive and constructive feedback yesterday which made me happy. Basically, I’m going in the right direction and that’s all that matters. I asked for a feedback sheet and will be working on my next goals to improve. This makes my mind feel good and me feel balanced as a person. I am facing my life head-on and as I hold my head up high, I can feel my confidence start to build. For the first time, I feel whole as a person. My heart feels whole. I am happy and everyone has commented on how much happier I look so that must stand for something.

Funny story time! I was sitting at my desk and I just so happen to sit next to my workmate who I have really bonded with in the last month. I was noticing how dirty the windows of our building were looking and I said this to my workmate. 10 minutes later, I look to one side of the window and think it’s raining heavily to which I tell my workmate. She’s like, “No it’s not”. I look across the other side and sure enough, no droplets – it was actually the window cleaners! This was supposedly the time I summoned the window cleaners. 😂😅 Man, that was a strange moment. We are still laughing about this now.


How has your week been anyway? Any funny stories or general life updates that you can share with me?

I’ve done a lot of clothes shopping this week so let me know if you would like a fashion haul post or more of an OOTD post!

Lastly, I’m sorry for being MIA. I got a new iPhone since my birthday and only just recently discovered how to transfer my photos over…haha! 

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New Products I’m Currently Trying

How’s it going all? It’s a rainy weekend which means it’s an indoors type of day where I get to catch up on blogging!

I have been shopping quite a bit – probably a little too much for my own good but it’s been super fun. I’ve more or less racked up a new wardrobe however for today, I want to discuss some new products that I’ve been trying out lately that are “new” to me. I am terrible when it comes to actually being on-trend. I generally buy products on the whim or products that has been on my list for a while and well, here they are in all their glory…or not. You shall see.

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New in Bodycare

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I’ll start with my first disappointing piece because from memory, it is the oldest from my “new collection of things”. It is the Avene Mineral Fluid SPF50+. I bought this over a month ago – actually on my first week when I had just started my new job. Although I needed a new sunscreen, it was a completely random purchase because I had not heard of it before and you know what? I wish I had done my research. This stuff leaves a white cast and it is difficult to blend into the skin. It takes a lot of effort to rub in seamlessly. I have only managed to use this a handful of times and that’s strictly under foundation but I haven’t touched it in recent weeks. Not sure I will soon either.

Another old purchase is the Kiehl’s Creme de Corps although it was only last week when I officially started using this. Oh boy. This stuff is luxurious looking. Without looking at the ingredients list, you just know that there are good things in this bottle. I don’t use this everyday simply because I want to savour it, nor do I use this for my whole body but it’s definitely a must-try. Beautiful.

Is anyone else’s skin getting rather irritated since this heatwave happened? Because mine has and that is the sole reason why summer will never be my favourite. My hands in particular have gotten a bit dry which is unusual because I don’t normally suffer from dry hands. However gross fact: my hands can sweat quite bad in hot weather and it’s not pretty. Hence, over-washing them. Palmer’s Coconut Oil Hand Cream has saved my hands and to add to that, it smells wonderful! An example of a random purchase that became a good surprise.

Having enjoyed the hand cream so much, it seemed only right to buy the Palmer’s Coconut Oil Body Lotion too as I had just finished an Aveeno lotion. I like the original Cocoa version too but I find that the scent is too sweet and strong for me. The coconut smell of this is sweet too but I just find it more forgiving – what do you think? The formula of this is easier to rub into the skin too.

Note: I tend to not like chocolate-scented things or chocolate-flavoured things unless it is the real thing itself.

Now the last few things for bodycare…

I went quite mad in buying lotions and potions because my eczema has been set off again and I blame it on the hot weather. Eucerin is a trusty brand that I go to for that special type of lotion that protects your skin and keeps it from drying out. It’s a little pricey but I just wait for the 3 for 2 offer at Boots or otherwise. (Otherwise being: I’m desperate and need this product as a last solution to my problems.)

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Eucerin Intensive Lotion 10% w/w Cutaneous Emulsion is a re-purchase and a favourite of mine. It’s unusual because it’s odourless and rubs in as a colourless seal over the skin. I’ve talked about it before here in an old post.

Technically, I’m not trying this product out nor have I opened this new bottle. However there are two products from the brand which I want to show off.

The first is the Eucerin Ato Control Lotion. It is a non-greasy formula that rubs in lovely  – not too thick or too thin. A little goes a long way too. I have been using it for about a week or so and it has really helped in calming down flare-ups to the point of almost no-existence.

The second is the Eucerin Calming Urea Shampoo. I am really picky when it comes to shampoo but even the one I was using got too much for my hair and scalp. I decided to give this a try and whilst expensive, I really like it. It foams nicely – just enough so that there’s something and not that crazy chemical foam which makes you think “this cannot be good for my hair”. It’s a mild formula that actually cleans my hair and doesn’t irritate my scalp. I’m not sure if it’d be a re-purchase though simply because of the price.

New in Accessories

Only two products (or technically 11) in this category are new as I only just bought them recently from TK Maxx. Funny story – the systems were completely down  so all the cashiers had to resort to using a calculator, writing down every pricing on a manual paper receipt and using this very old-fashioned card swiper which I had never seen before! Needless to say, this was a long process.

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I purchased a Tangle Teezer for a few pounds cheaper than its normal pricing. I don’t necessarily need a new brush but I thought I could do with one in my work bag rather than carrying a comb. Plus I’m keen to try this out. Any thoughts from you?

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TK Maxx is the place I go to to surprise myself with products that I wouldn’t normally find anywhere else. Sometimes it’s a miss, other times it’s a hit. I came across a BH Cosmetics Sculpt and Blend 2 10 Piece Brush Set and although my brush collection has really increased this year, I had been looking to get a few more medium sized brushes so that I can carry them around to help touch up my makeup. I usually carry the same brush with me (the Real Techniques Contour Brush if you’re wondering) and I’m sure that’s unhygienic. Will try these later when I do my makeup – can’t wait!

New in Makeup

You’re probably gasping a bit and thinking “there’s more?”. There is more and even I am surprised myself. Who knew having a new job and subsequently getting paid could be so dangerous…ha!

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I’ll start with the mascaras.

If you must know in short: they were a disappointment. It’s my fault because I’ve been through this before. I know that my short lashes don’t like big, fat mascara wands but I bought into the hype regardless. It’s even worse when the wands are fluffy!

My opinion runs similar for both mascaras. It doesn’t hold the curl for me and even over my trusted mascara primer (the Etude House Mascara one that I’ve been raving about months on end) is no good. What a waste. I might just donate these to my friends as I have only used each mascara maximum twice. I give up. FYI, they are the L’Oreal Lash Paradise and the Maybelline Total Temptation mascaras.

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Moving onto better things, I have been using some new products that never get boring for me. In fact, they have moved into my everyday makeup routine. The first is the Bobbi Brown Blush in ‘Nude Peach‘*. I have become somewhat of a Bobbi Brown fiend in the past year and I just can’t fault the brand. I tried this particular shade in a counter makeover and loved it – just the flush of colour you need without being too much yet still giving you a glow. In the pan, it looks like nothing but on? Stunning.

The other huge favourite is the Bourjois Healthy Mix Pressed Powder in ‘52 Vanilla’ which I’ve hit pan on just yesterday! It’s really soft and whilst I haven’t tried that many powders in my experience, I personally prefer this to the Rimmel Stay Matte. It just never cakes on and the finish is particularly natural. I heard that this compares to Chanel’s powder which was why I bought it in the first place and whilst I can’t testify to that, it’s certainly a gem.

*For whatever reason I could not locate this on the website – I hope it’s not discontinued?!

New in Skincare

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Truthfully I’ve simplified my skincare a lot in the past 2 months and since summer hit, my skin hasn’t been in its best form. This is part laziness and part weather-related however I shan’t complain as for the most part, my skin stabilised after a rough break-out and now the light acne scars are slowly healing.

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I have never tried MAC skincare before so my curiosity got the better of me when visiting the MAC counter. Since I needed a new cleanser at the time, I picked up the MAC Lightful C Cleanser**. I’ve used this about a month now and my general opinion of it is that it’s okay. It certainly makes my skin feel clean but I wouldn’t say it improves my skin although it doesn’t make it worse either. For what it’s worth, I’ll keep trying MAC skincare but for this particular one, I most likely won’t re-purchase.

**I can’t find this product on the website either!

Finally, we’re down to the last two products and they are both by Superdrug. I have been particularly lazy with my serum step – does anyone have any recommendations that they can bring to the table please? Anyways, I purchased the Superdrug Calm Skin Hydrating 2in1 Serum & Moisturiser because I remember the range being recommended by Jasmine Talks Beauty. It is certainly hydrating however it wouldn’t be a go-to. I would consider it worthy of travel though as the packaging is secure. Oh and I avoid using it daytime as it seems to conflict with one of my primers and ends up pilling. Re-purchase? Hm, not too soon!

The other product I grabbed was the Superdrug Calm Skin De-Stress Refreshing Facial Spritz. I wasn’t particularly sure of this product at first. The “spritz” effect is a bit strong – let’s just say it’s more like droplets on the face. I also felt like this product broke me out in the first few days although I’m not too sure on that. I may need more monitoring on this one as I don’t reach for it often (which is a sign that I’m not into it). Will feedback again later!


So that’s it for all the products I’ve been trying out which has been a lot.  I’ve been quiet on the blog and on social media but I’m hoping to catch up with it all this coming week.

What are you up to this Sunday? Have you tried any of the products mentioned above? 

Happy Sunday! 💜

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26 Life Lessons at 26

Note: my birthday was last month. Some of the sentences won’t make as much sense time-wise because I wrote them on the week of my birthday but let’s just stick to it, shall we?

My birthday surpassed a few weeks ago and to make things ironic, I am writing about some life lessons that I’ve acquired through the years. That’s right – I’m 26 this year! (Not that I can believe it myself but I don’t flinch when I say this. Side note – I still feel like I’m 21!) Some of these will be through coming-of-age, others through the university/trying to adult stage but I’m sure majority will be from the true ‘adulting’ experience.

Enjoy!

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1. Learning to Accept Compliments

I used to be that awkward child who was so modest whenever I heard any compliments towards me that I wonder if I ever believed them myself. Probably not whereas now I say thank you every time I hear one. ‘You have really good hair!’…‘Oh really?’Er…yeah, why would you doubt that?

2. Saying ‘No’

High school me was very quiet, very geeky and a bit of a pushover. I thought that I’d feel bad in saying ‘no’ to other people, probably in fear of rejection or judgement; but the older I got, the more fun and relieving it was to say it. It’s nice to know to not drag your own feet to something you’d hate doing for someone else’s benefit. Of course, be open-minded too but if it’s a genuine no, don’t be afraid to voice it.

This brings me to my next point…

3. Clubbing

Ah…that wondrous event to celebrating being legally an adult, whether it’s at 18 or 21. If you love clubbing, this is absolutely nothing against you – it just really wasn’t for me. I did it for a good few years and there was even a period of time when I did it every Monday (!). There were some nights that I really enjoyed the occasion (results night being one of them) but overall, a majority didn’t add huge value to my life. I’m not a huge drinker. In fact, one or two drinks and I’m tipsy. I hated having to dress for it and then ultimately being judged whether I was worth being pursued or not. Just no…those days are in the past for me. I think the reason I went so much was to not be seen as a social outcast but if you asked me if I truly enjoyed myself, I probably didn’t.

Note: I find raves are much cooler but generally speaking, bars are probably more my thing now.

4. Quiet Night-Ins are Totally Acceptable.

I don’t think I need to explain this one.

5. It’s Okay to Lose Friends Sometimes.
The Last Ones Standing are the True Ones.

I will probably write a separate post about this. But just know that as you get older and have left school, you will lose touch with some friends. Sometimes it’s inevitable (e.g. you only talked in school but never hung outside), other times life has become busy and has taken you all to different paths. There is also the friend that changes or maybe you changed – who knows. Just be friendly and reasonable about it but know that the friend where you can pick the conversation up again from any point is likely to be the true kind of friend (for you).

6. Think About Yourself

We’re getting a bit deep – I know. (I’ll add the more fun ones towards the end.) Years ago, someone asked me if I was selfless or selfish. I think selfless can be the real desirable answer here but still to this day, I think the answer is neither black or white. I still think about this question now and again.  Just know that it’s okay to be a bit selfish sometimes – that’s how you achieve your goals! But of course, be fair to others and to yourself too.

7. Be Unapologetically Yourself

This links in with all my previous points so far. Don’t be afraid to be different or feel the need to sacrifice the meaning of you for someone else. You are better than that!

8. Always Change and Adapt

The world is constantly changing and so should you. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people say that someone is “just the way they are”, and therefore don’t need to commit to change like change is the devil. Go to the gym. (Ha I need to do this…) Take some new classes or online courses. Join a club. Travel and meet new people.

9. Don’t Wait for the First Move, Make the First Move

If you’re always waiting for something or someone, chances are, you’re never gonna get it. Make the first move and at least you have a better chance.

10. Taking a Plan B isn’t All That Bad

My end of training was on Friday and this week, I’m formally starting my job (although still on probation and with lots of help around so it’s not so daunting). This is the happiest that I have been in a long time and I feel that a massive weight has been lifted off my chest – something that I didn’t know was there until I felt like this. I think we can be so stubbornly set in our ways as humans at times – especially if we majored in something or decided from a long time ago what we “want to be”. The truth is, there is no real answer. I don’t think anyone really knows what they want to be but you know what? Try at something different, it won’t kill you.

11. You Will Love the People You Meet as You Get Older – Never Stop Meeting New People!

I went to quite a rough high school although actually, my experience was good overall and I wouldn’t change it. I will say though, that after high school was when I started to meet people who were on the same wavelength as me…no airheads or anyone ruining someone’s experience. It was also a time when I started to feel more comfortable in my own skin and I wondered if meeting the right people impacted that or if it’s just an age thing? Either way, meeting new people is always so exciting and even now in my job I’m meeting new people all the time!

12. You Never Stop Learning Even After School

This probably sounds cheesy but it’s so true. In a team-building game at work where in our groups we made our own team badges, I actually illustrated this. Perhaps a cliché but I am an eternal learner at heart and it’s the thing that keeps me going everyday.

13. Being a Morning Person Isn’t So Bad

My average waking-up time in the morning is now 6.30am-7am. Anything later is considered a lie-in for me and I actually cannot sleep in anymore – my new body clock will not allow it. Maybe it will be different in winter though – we’ll see.

I NEVER used to be a morning person at all however this has somehow gotten easier as I’ve gotten older. I was neutral a couple of weeks ago but now I’m definitely a morning person and it’s bizarre for me but I’m living for it.

14. Breakfast is the Best Meal

Again, not something that I used to do at all. I didn’t start eating breakfast properly until I went to university I’d say just so I could concentrate in the lecture rooms or just prepare myself for what would be a long day. Now that I’m waking earlier, it’s a must that I eat breakfast. It just gives me good vibes, y’know?

15. Sleeping is a Luxury in Adulthood

I’ve been sleeping on average 6-7 hours per night (probably more 6) and I actually don’t feel too bad – maybe because I have a set routine for everything now? I no longer procrastinate as much as I previously did simply because I value my time more now and that includes making time to sleep otherwise I wouldn’t have any! Once my head falls to the pillow, I’m out which makes sleeping such an efficient task for me now.

16. Introductions Get Easier

I’ve naturally always been a quiet and timid person. I was that kid that hid behind her mum’s legs when she tried to introduce me to someone. 😂 And then as I got a bit older, into my teens, I remember blushing really easily or getting embarrassed really easily because I was so shy. My cheeks would actually burn I kid you not. Attention on me? Oh shit. Taking all that into account, I have greatly improved in this field bit by bit and although I’m still quiet, still shy, for me – the “me” at this moment is the most outgoing I’ve ever been. Introductions have gotten easier and less awkward too.

17. Dear Introverts – You Will Find Your Confidence

So I mentioned that Friday was my last day of training before I officially start the job. We all got handed certificates for completing induction and just for fun, we each got up as our names got called out to receive it and shake our trainer’s hand. 😂 Little did I know that I would get an additional certificate for ‘top trainee‘ which I was quite taken aback by but so happy to receive. God knows that I’m not a talker but I passed both my role plays first time (it’s quite normal to re-do them again as long as you pass) and my confidence has just been peaking. I’m putting this as my personal goal for the rest of the year – just to shine in confidence and not be so awkward.

18. Look Forward to Each Day

Look – life is short. To make the moments count, I think that it’s so vital to be positive. Of course, you can’t be positive in every minute but I’m a strong believer that (positive) attitude is everything. As cliché as it sounds, smile more! I’m lucky to be in a workplace where the environment is still fun whilst still being productive and that has put a spring in my step. All of my friends and family have commented on how happy and glowing I have been looking recently.

Note: being with positive people helps a lot with this.

19. Learn to Have Some Me-Time

I think one of the saddest things to go through in life is to just work, sleep and eat with no leisurely time for yourself. I get that this is a way of life for some people who are living on the edge, a day at a time, but I still think there needs to be some sort of me-time, a hobby that’s entirely you, y’know? For myself, blogging is a huge part of my me-time. The other part is probably skincare. Both put me in my zen-mood and before long, I’m refreshed again!

20. Be Funny!

In the long term, being serious can actually take a toll on your psychological health. Try and joke with someone everyday even if it is a lame sense of humour. I always think that humour is what makes us more human since we can learn to laugh at ourselves and other people (in a good way) and you’ll just feel better for it. Why so serious?

21. Experiment with Style

I cannot tell you enough the amount of fun I’m having again with fashion and style since my venture into a new career path! The company I work for has a relaxed dress code so I can wear more or less anything as long as it’s not offensive. I went through quite a minimal phase at some point but now I’m back to my usual colour-fest/print galore tradition.

22. Don’t Be Afraid to Fall

I am not really a gutsy or sassy person unless the occasion absolutely calls for it. In other words, I need some pressure applied before I make the jump. I don’t know what my deal is – I think I’m just afraid of failing. I remember when I was still studying, this idea really restricted me and made my stress increase. I couldn’t free myself and it was the worst. I’m better now though and my best advice for this is to try as many things as possible in life and don’t think so much about yielding a certain result. If you fall, maybe no one will catch you but you can definitely get back up. Try again, fail better.

23. Look After Yourself

This is something that I’m continually learning to do. I don’t think people quite realise how important it is to have that good relationship with yourself in terms of understanding your needs and wants, not just mentally but physically and emotionally too. People can be good at being in a relationship yet not so good at looking at themselves  and that has always somewhat worried me. Just know that it is fine to do both! You’ll find along the way, what a discovery story it is and the peace that comes with it.

24. Music Really Does Tell Your Life Story

So I was in work today and my colleague was playing a playlist which was basically reminiscent of my high school days. We’re talking The Killers – Mr Brightside. Plain White T’s – Hey There Delilah. Panic At The Disco! – I Write Sins Not Tragedies. There are definitely much more which I cannot remember now but wow. Talk about history. I have been listening to a lot of old songs lately and it’s amazing how different songs take you back to different parts of your life.

25. Have A Voice

In high school, I was very quiet. One thing I struggled with was taking part in debates because I hadn’t really formed an opinion in terms of politics – it was the least of my interest which considering what’s happening now, probably sounds stupid but that was the truth. I also didn’t have a strong opinion about other debatable topics such as abortion, religion or euthanasia. I definitely have more of a voice now and whilst it’s not verbally voiced in these areas, I have found my interests to be loud in. Women’s rights and feminism is quite a big one, as well as learning ways to be a more responsible human e.g.. eating better, spending better.

26. Live in the Moment

It took me a while to think of this last one but I do think it’s a fitting one to end this post on. Considering the social media storm that has long arrived and never going away, I think we are missing the point a bit in terms of “living in the present”. We live so quickly now that we think about the next Instagram post and before we know it, we miss a moment. Moments are just that. Fleeting. To be honest, ever since my new job, I am on social media much less but it’s a healthy relationship where I can really focus on being in the moment and feeling in the moment. Ironically, social media restricted all that for me so I’m happy to have found my peace and balance.


Something a little different today! I appreciate that it’s a rather long post which I’m proud to have finished now as it has taken many edits and many days of writing, so congratulations if you get to the end. I’m on the late shift next week so I’m hoping to make time for blogging in the early mornings instead. 😊 What have I missed? 

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The Sunday Catch-Up #4 | General Life Update

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Note: The photos have nothing to do with this post except for the sake of being random…

It’s July now and as I was checking the last time I made a post in this series, it was actually last July. How crazy is that? I have no idea what happened but I’m bringing the series back into play!

Sundays are probably my most chilled out day where I can make some time for writing a post at the moment so I’ll try and make that an aim this month. I know I’ve been rubbish with updating the blog in the last couple of weeks and truthfully, I don’t know where else to fit the time except Sundays. Though of course – I haven’t posted in three weeks which in blogging terms is a long time but please bare with me as I transition into a new path in life. (Read below)

Note: Just so you know – I have still been reading blog posts! There are some comments I need to reply to though so I’ll get to that today too – sorry for the delayed response!

In case you didn’t know… I started a new job in June!

It is fitting to speak of this since the last The Sunday Catch-Up post, as it was titled “Where Am I Going Next?”. I landed a new job in May which I started right at the beginning of June. It has been crazy since then but I’m enjoying it immensely. To be quite honest I didn’t know what to expect…I knew I would enjoy it but there’s also the “what if I don’t enjoy it” aspect that lurked at the back of my head. I can tell you however that it’s surpassed my expectations and more which just goes to show to never judge a book by its cover. The company culture is fantastic, the people are lovely and willing to help and under my job role, everyday is different. I am a happy person again!

I underwent 3 weeks of training which included passing tests and role plays. I’m not really a confident person by default but through this experience, I faced my worst fears – talking and in particular flaunting the knowledge that I got taught with confidenceFake it till you make it they say; and here I am, having made it through two official weeks on the floor after passing training with flying colours. (I passed both my role plays first time round – amen to that.)

If that wasn’t enough, I not only received a certificate for passing training induction – I also received a Top Trainee award which as lame as it sounds, was a big deal considering how not confident I was going into the whole process. I’ve definitely gotten more confident since and I look forward to going into work every morning. I am winning in life right now.

It was also my birthday

My birthday was last month in June! It was actually my last week of training when it happened and work were nice enough to get me flowers (i.e. pink roses!), card and a cake if you didn’t already see on my Instagram Stories. Of course, a happy birthday song was sang by my whole training group and trainer which I thought was a really sweet and fun gesture. I’ve kinda really bonded with my whole training group now which makes things 10x easier and more enjoyable. (By the 4th week, we had already gone to 3 work socials!)

The company I work for does this for everyone’s birthdays but as everyone was new, our trainer had to ask if it was anyone’s birthday during training which honestly, I was not surprised by. However, to have new people celebrate it with you is a pretty  nice thing to experience. 😊

My morning routine is the same everyday but I love it

I can no longer sleep in. It’s a Sunday and I woke up at 7.30am even though I went to bed at around 1am. Maybe it’s the heatwave though, who knows? Anyways –  I just can’t lie-in anymore but it’s okay. I rather like the early wake and the whole early bird catches the worm vibe.

My shift pattern is due to change weekly but for now, I’ve been settling in for 8.30-5 days so my normal wake-up time is about 6.15am nowadays. Teenage-me would probably cry at that time…maybe even University-me. Let’s wait until winter though – I’ll probably say different… 😂

As much as I haven’t been blogging as much, I’ve definitely been doing my skincare and makeup routine the same everyday and I enjoy it so much, it’s practically the one hobby that I’ve kept with. I enjoy that prep in the morning, y’know? I’ve also been shopping some new fashion pieces and wearing what I want to work has made fashion rather fun again for me. New posts soon? I am inspired.

That feeling when customers are thankful

Two official weeks into the job and I’ve already experienced the feeling of people being truly grateful and it is the sweetest feeling ever. I had an email from one of my colleagues and this client had just got off the phone with him just to thank me and to let me know that the problem was solved because of my help.

Sometimes it’s a bit doubtful that people can be this grateful but it’s true – there are good people in this world! I’ve since kept that email because it’s just a cute one and it’s one of the motivations to keep me going in this job. What next? I guess helping more people. 😊


I hope you’ve all been well whether you’re an avid reader or a new reader! I have had to work this Saturday too but to make up for it, I have next Tuesday off as a day-in-lieu. I’ve got a couple of things planned already for that day but I’m also hoping to catch up with blogging world a bit more. 

My friends went to the beach yesterday and I couldn’t go because of work. 😭 But I hope you are all having a great summer so far! Speak soon. 

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My Favourite Beauty Combinations

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I have been thinking about this topic for quite some time. It just occurred to me one evening whilst I was laying in bed (the best time for inspiration don’t you think?) and since then, I have been so excited to write this.

This year probably marks the year where my routines are maturing. I know what I want to use, what product I’m looking for and which products I like using together or might possibly work well together. It’s less of the wishy-washy stuff and more of the products that really speak for themselves. Functionality over aesthetics.

So without further ado, here it is, my favourite beauty combinations.

No7 Youthful Eye Serum + Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream

This is my favourite eyecare combo to date! I have long been a fan of the No7 Youthful Eye Serum so I would recommend it as a base for any of your eye creams. For me, once I introduced the Bobbi Brown Hydrating Eye Cream along with it, it was a game-changer.

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I have been using eye cream since I was 16/17 years old. In recent years, I started noticing some darkness and shadow under my eyes. The eye serum really helps brighten the area and because it moistens the area first, it means the eye cream that goes on top will be better absorbed like a sponge. It is essentially like how essences and serums provide that extra step prior to a moisturiser to get the best benefits of each other.

It’s important to re-iterate that there is no “perfect eye cream” but this is as close as it will get for me. The darkness is really minimised now and my eye area is well-hydrated so there’s less risk for premature-aging! Oh and under makeup? Works a treat.

Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer + Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara

Note: Although, it’s amazing with any mascara!

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I had raved about the Etude House Dr. Mascara Fixer since I discovered it and I’m going to do it again: this stuff is fantastic and will change your lash game! If you have curly, long lashes then you probably don’t need this but if like me, your lashes are short and stubbornly straight – I strongly recommend. It helps to hold the curl and give lashes definition. I just can’t fault it because it means I can pair it with disappointing, mediocre mascaras and still get a good result. It’s a win/win situation since I can use up more mascaras now.

A few months ago, I got the Bobbi Brown Smokey Eye Mascara sample. On its own, it doesn’t make a statement for me since I have such a weak lash base but over the primer, it’s great. This mascara helps to thicken and add length without clumping that I might just buy the full version at some point.

Vitamin C + Sunscreen

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Note: I have shown the Avene Mineral Fluid for demonstration purposes however it’s not something I particularly love due to a white cast. I only use it underneath foundation! The Clinique City Block Sheer however, is a go-to.

I have been particularly obsessed with Vitamin C lately but it’s only very recently that I discovered its true magic with a sunscreen. When they are used together in a routine, they bring the best out of each other. Think of Vitamin C as an extra protective step prior to your sun protection. Please note though, that Vitamin C cannot replace the role of a sunscreen.

Vitamin C is an anti-oxidant that helps fight off free radicals. Any sun damage is an oxidative process and so whilst Vitamin C isn’t a barrier to UV rays, it slows down the process of such damage that affects the collagen in the skin. You may have heard that the ingredient reverses photoaging? It means counteracting chronic UVA and UVB exposure which would otherwise age your skin. Vitamin C also helps to even skin tone and reduce fine lines which is why it’s a skincare-must in my routine right now!

FYI – I am currently using the Clinique Fresh Pressed Daily Booster with Pure Vitamin C 10% and the Clinique City Block Sheer SPF 25.

Vitamin C Supplement + Omega 3 Supplement

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Did you think I was done talking about Vitamin C? I am traditionally bad with remembering to take supplements but I’ve started taking it up again without forgetting. Of course, supplements cannot replace food groups or meals but they aid in areas such as skin health and digestion which are the two main reasons for why I take mine.

I have long suffered from psoriasis and if not careful, I can have a flare-up because of an inflamed system. To prevent or reduce this, I largely focus on my diet now. I have learnt the hard way that if your insides are inflamed, it doesn’t matter how hard you work to repair the outside with ointments. But, if your inside cells are balanced, it’ll make the healing process so much smoother!

Vitamin C is perhaps most known for giving support to the immune system but did you know that in warding off free radicals, it is reducing inflammation in the body? In doing so, it becomes an anti-aging agent! It is a powerful vitamin which makes it such a skincare favourite amongst enthusiasts including myself.

In addition, I also take Omega-3 Fish Oil supplements. You may well know that oily fish is great “brain food” which funny fact: I ate a lot of fish growing up because of this! Omega-3 Fish Oil is particularly good in adding hydration to the skin and reducing inflammation throughout the body which again, is anti-aging so it’s a win/win situation.

Do be warned though that too much of a good thing is bad for you, so check labels and instructions on dosage. I am currently taking the Holland & Barrett Vitamin C-1000mg with Rose Hip Supplement and the Holland & Barrett  Omega-3 Fish Oil 1200mg Supplement.


That’s it so far for my favourite beauty combinations. If I have more recommendations of products that I like using together, I’ll be sure to share in a part 2! 

Tell me – What are your favourite beauty combinations?

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