Wednesday, 20 August 2014

#LearningToLoveMyBody | OOTD

I've been wanting to write this post for such a long time now, but I can never really manage to say all that I want to, but here's to draft number 34!

So I decided to title this post, #LearningToLoveMyBody because that's exactly the journey i'm on right now! Body image(sounds so much more dramatic when I type it out, oh lord) is something that pretty much everyone I know has had some what of a battle with at some point in their life. Me? I battle with my body image pretty much everyday, from the moment I wake up until I fall back into bed again at 11pm. Before anyone starts, this isn't a call out for attention or compliments, I just really want everyone to read this and have a real good think and hopefully take something good away with them. 

I'm sure i'm not the only one who's downloaded the "time-hop" app and is having a right laugh at some of their old status' and what not, but one this i've noticed in the last couple of weeks, is how much I used to cover up in summer. Living in Gibraltar, summer really is summer, for three long, sweaty months, for example, it was 30 degrees today and it'll probably be even hotter tomorrow. Almost everyday I see a photo of myself from five or so years ago and i'm wearing tights, yes, thick, black tights in the middle of August. Mad? No, just self conscious. Never in a million years would I have worn a crop top out in public a few years ago, not even if you paid me seriously good cash! Now look at me, legs out n'all!

Something else i've been focusing on this year is what i'm putting inside my body. Being vegetarian, it's easy to fall in to a diet of "snacks", and I literally mean pilling up on junk food for an entire week or filling up on as little as juice and a packet of crisps for the entire day. I'm not proud of either, but what I am proud of is getting in to more of a routine with food and learning about what foods will make my body happy and which I should have in moderation. Along with that, i've been doing a lot more physical exercise, which is again fantastic for your body. I've learnt to listen to my body and give it what it wants and needs as appose to what I think it wants and I think I needs. 

I wanted to write this post, not to address all the things I dislike about my body, but to highlight all the lovely, fantastic things that I've slowly been learning to love about my body! So i'll just begin shall I? I think I have a really nice eye colour, different to the majority of people I know. I think my facial features are well placed/proportioned across my face. I like that you can see definition in my arms when I pick things up/use what body strength I have. I'm going to write this exactly how i'd say it in person, I like my boobs! Little hand fulls I call 'um! I like that I have a waist that goes in and hips the come out, it makes me feel more womanly(does that even make sense? I told you i'd tried too many times to write this post). My bottom is another thing that makes me feel quite good about my body. I like my calves, they would look better with a couple more tattoo's though, oops! I love that I am healthy and now becoming happy in my body!

You might love all these things about your body too, but you might love completely different parts of your body and that's really great too! No two people are the same and no two people's minds work the same. There will be parts of your body that you think you'll never learn to love, but hey, I did it, so can you! I never even thought i'd be writing an entire blog post about loving my body! You don't have to write a whole blog post on all the things you love about your body, but i'd really like it if everyone who reads this writes at least one thing that they love about their own body in the comments section below, or sends a tweet to me (@thelifeofmaisie) using the hashtag #LearningToLoveMyBody. Not only are you reminding yourself of the fabulous body that you have, you're showing the whole world(okay, maybe just like the 100 or so people that will read this post, but still, achievement)!

I hope this post has helped at least one of you to see the beauty in your body! Now, go forth and share your best bits with the world! (Maybe don't take that too literally, that could possibly lead to a banned account, cause y'know, nudity policies and all
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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water

I bought this little gem about two weeks ago after seeing it plastered over every single beauty blog in the last six months or so, being dubbed the cheap alternative to Bioderma cleansing water. Also it's suitable for sensitive skin so pretty much everyone can use it. I also managed to convince my best buddy to grab herself a bottle in the process too, persuasive isn't the word. 

Before using this cleansing water, I was guilty of using make up wipes to remove my make up, yup that's right, every single day! I'd just like to start off by saying how much better my skin feels now for ditching the face wipes! Don't get me wrong, I still own plenty and they do come in handy when you fall in the door at 4am. But on a whole, i've been converted!

So, what is it? Garnier's Micellar Cleansing Water is a make up remover and a cleanser which removes make up, cleanses and "hydrates" the face, which is something my faces is often in need of(mainly around the eye and cheek area). This solution is not greasy in the slightest and doesn't leave your skin feeling leathery either, I hope everyone know's what I mean by leathery because i've been sat here for ten minutes now trying to think of an alternative way to write that and came up with nothing.

I find that this micellar water removes face make up (i.e foundation, blusher, bronzer etc) with ease by simply gently wiping a doused cotton pad over my face, but I find that eye make up takes a little more elbow grease. On the front of the bottle it does state that this is specifically for removing make up from the face, eyes and lips and on the reverse states that you've "no need to rub to remove impurities and make up." The method I use for my eye make up is holding a cotton pad over my eye and then slowly but gently wiping away but I find I need to do this a couple of times before it's all gone. Saying that, it's pretty much on par with the Rimmel Let it Go eye make up remover in the sense that it does eventually remove around 95% of eyeliner/mascara etc.

Another claim on this product is that it lasts up to 200 uses, based on 2ml per cotton pad. I don't measure out the solution before applying to my cotton pads, no one does right? But I must be either using too much of the cleansing water per pad or this is just an unrealistic claim, I reckon this will probably last around 2-3 months with everyday use, which is around 90 uses.. hmm!

Overall, this is a pretty great product and i'll probably re purchase this when it runs out or try to the L'oreal Paris Skin Perfection 3 in 1 Purifying Micellar Solution, although it is almost double the price(£3.33 for 200ml) of the Garnier Micellar Cleansing Water, we shall see! 

What do you think of this product? Have you used it before? Or will you be making a new purchase now? Let me know!
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Monday, 18 August 2014

Quote of the Week #42

"Let your light shine."

I've been sat here trying to write a paragraph or two to go with this quote but I think it's short and perfectly sweet. Take from it what you will and don't forget, set it as your phone wallpaper as a reminder to well, always let your light shine!

I hope everyone's Monday has gotten off to a great start!
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Sunday, 17 August 2014

13 Days Without Blogging

Holy wow, how have thirteen whole days passed by without me writing a single blog post?! You're all probably wondering what fantastic, interesting, extraordinary things i've been up to over the last two weeks.. but the answer is, well, nothing. I've done plenty of things and been relativity sociable, but nothing that I wouldn't normally be doing. None the less, I thought I little catch up post was in order, so here we go!
Most of my time, as it always has been, is spent at work, just like everybody else in the real world. Most bloggers that I follow aren't top bloggers who are fortunate enough to live off of their blog, most of them are people who still work 9-5, five days a week and like me have a house to go back to, two cats, a guinea pig and a boyfriend to look after(Nolan's a dream though, best chef ever, he just still hasn't mastered how to use the washing machine or locate the wash basket after 25 years of living). 

There's nothing wrong with being able to live off your blog, if you're reading this and you do, then you go buddy! I'd love to be able to write my blog for a living but the truth is, I really don't see that on the horizon any time soon. So keeping up a full time job, a house, a relationship, a social life and writing a blog can be.. tiring. Don't get me wrong, I love writing my blog and I wouldn't be doing it if I didn't, but it sort of becomes hard to juggle so many things in a day when you spend 10 hours of your day not at home. I've really missed my little corner of the internet and reading other's too! But I'm definitely ready to get stuck back in with my little blog. I think what i'm trying to say is that one of the reasons I haven't blogged in the last thirteen days is because I sort of needed a break, a week or so to just be able to go home and chill and spend lots of time with the people I love, so that's exactly what I did!
big headed people, destined to be together.

So in the last two week's I have fallen in love with 5 Seconds of Summer(#1 fan girl right here, oops? but seriously have you heard their album? BABES), drank a lot of tinto de verano and apple sourz, had a beach BBQ with some of the coolest people on the planet, dyed my hair pink(again), found a fantastic new Italian restaurant that I attended on Thursday with Nolan and the in-laws(best rose ever, am I sounding like an alcoholic yet?), discovered a Revlon bronzer that doesn't make me look like i've just stepped off the set of Towie, spent too much money in Dorothy Perkins and Topshop, lost my nose stud yet again, cleaned my entire house from top to bottom and most excitingly, got accepted on to a journalism course that i've wanted to do for eons! 
Honestly, words can not describe how happy I was when I received the email telling me my start date(tomorrow!). Journalism is something i've always been interested in and after a long, hard think, I decided to take the plunge and apply and here I am, an almost journalism student! It's a distance learning course so everything's sent to me via email and I even have my own tutor to talk to and probably annoy the shit out of with endless questions, but hey, that's their job right?

I've never really had a set mind on a career path but in the last year or so, I've had two different choices, one of them of course being journalism and the other being fashion styling, but we'll go in to that another time.
So at the moment, I guess you could say life's pretty hunky dory! I'm pretty sure in a month's time i'll be knackered but that's nothing a cup of coffee can't fix(yes, i've taken a slight.. I wouldn't say liking, more of a strange craving for coffee in the morning. Before anyone jumps the gun, i'm not expecting a mini Maisie-Nolan)

In between all this, i've been jotting down some blog post ideas, so i'm pretty excited for the weeks to come! Also, i've almost reached 200 followers, I can't believe that anyone reads my blog, let alone almost 200 of you?! It's not a lot for most, but if you were to put 200 people in my flat.. well, you couldn't fit 200 people in my flat! So I just want to say a quick thank you to each and every one of you that reads my blog, whether you've read it from day one, or this is the first post of mine that you've read, thank you! Ps, look out for a giveaway when I hit that lovely, round number!

I hope everyone's had a fantastic weekend! What have you been up to?
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Monday, 4 August 2014

Quote of the Week | #41

"Stop wishing, start doing."
I can hold my hands up high and say that I spend 99% of my time, planning and wishing of things to come in the future but then sitting on my arse and not achieving them! So this week, if there's something you've wanted to do for a long time now, just go ahead and do it! Let me know what that is below and I hope everyone has a fantastic Monday!
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