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The Idea of Perfection

Perfection doesn’t exist? Of course it does – we live in a world where there’s crisps, chocolate fudge cake and pizza! That sounds pretty perfect to me. But now, to more serious talk, the idea of perfection in ourselves.

Some of us are happy with the bodies we are in, some aren’t.

Many of us feel the need to wear makeup to cover up, to wear certain clothes to hide our imperfections etc. I’ll admit that I’m guilty of this. Spots, dry skin, bad hair day – you name it. But when anyone else experiences either of those things I honestly think they look fine.

In the gym, do I see sweaty red-faced girls? Nope, unless you rephrase that to girl (myself). I see girls who look amazing considering they’ve just completed a fitness workout. Then there’s that girl over there (me) who’s dying for a bottle of water and to get home quick before someone sees me looking the way I do. Stupid, right? But it’s true.

I have come to the terms with the fact that no matter how perfect you might think someone looks, they don’t live for their ‘perfect appearance’ as much as it might be perceived on the outside. They’re just doing their thing. For some it’s lots of makeup, for others its au natural.

Let’s take work as another example. I wear bare to little makeup – lucky if I put mascara on now and again. I used to love wearing eyeshadow and mascara. But now, when I wear it occasionally, it makes me feel more towards some kind of beautiful. And it makes me feel good about myself.

Don’t let the bullies who called you ugly in high school make you think you’re ugly. Don’t allow the girls who told you that you hadn’t had enough boyfriends make you feel unattractive. Most of all, stop seeking for a more ‘perfect’ you.  There’s this idea that someone is ‘prettier’ than another. Embrace your beauty; don’t spend time trying to mimic someone else. I’ve already spoke about how social media affects how you feel and look.

Personality reveals all

There’s no one better than the person who you are deep inside. Personalities have so much power but the first thing you probably judge from someone is how they look. You haven’t had a conversation with them so appearance is the first thing you see.

A quick chat can reveal so much. The ‘prettiest person in the room’ could be feeling the lowest and steer away from conversation. Yet, the person who you haven’t paid much attention to could be one of the sweetest and bubbliest people you will ever meet. I like the quote “don’t judge a book by its cover”. I can’t reiterate enough how there’s always more to a person that what meets the eye. Yet people are so quick to judge.

Regardless of what someone looks like or if they seem more powerful, whether it be achievements, possessions etc. be kind. Everybody’s idea of perfection is different. And attributes of happiness vary from one person to another.

I have days where I feel so low about myself. Someone can take a look at me and not understand what reason I have to be down. They see a smiley person that’s always so positive. I see a girl who just wants to look and be better. But to be honest, in more recent months that feeling is starting to fade (I think and hope). I’m learning to embrace every single piece of me that makes me who I am, flaws and all.

You and I are here to be happy, not to be perfect.

nakin skincare face serum and eye cream with information leaflet

Improve Your Skincare Routine with Nakin Skincare

This is a gifted post – items sent from Nakin Skincare. The results of the review are based on a 2-week period.

Improving your skincare routine

A skincare routine is something that I have taken more seriously this year. As someone with dry skin, I’ve learnt how important and healthy it is to keep your skin hydrated and keeping it moisturised. I’m definitely drinking more water which is good and I’ve also been looking into more beauty products to try.

Nakin Skincare care about ‘beautiful skin at every age’ and that’s exactly I chose to collaborate with them (thank you to the lovely Cris, founder of Nakin Skincare). I hadn’t heard about this British brand before so browsing their website I could see the wide range of products  they had to offer.

Now you might think for a 25-year-old woman, I don’t need any anti ageing skincare products. But they are actually really worthwhile, especially the natural anti ageing face serum and eye cream gifted from Nakin Skincare.

nakin face serum and eye cream

Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Performance Face Serum

The anti-ageing face serum comes in a nice bottle. It’s easy to use, isn’t clumpy and doesn’t release too much at once. It makes your face feel really smooth and gives you the healthy glow that your facial skin is in desperate need of. After its 2 weeks of use there’s still plenty left.

Nakin Natural Anti-Ageing Eye Cream Complex

I have a bit of eczema on my right eye lid so I was a bit weary of using the eye cream. However, it didn’t have any bad skin reactions whatsoever. In fact, it soothed the dry skin a little and didn’t iterate my skin when applying it. After using the Nakin anti-ageing eye cream, my skin felt much tighter under my eyes and I looked more refreshed but the bags under my eyes almost being undiscoverable.

Overall thoughts

Both products were really beneficial for my skincare routine. The service from Nakin Skincare is really friendly and professional. The packaging was simple but I recommend them for their fast delivery service and quality of the products.

In the future I’d love to try their lip treatment balm as it’s something I usually swear by in the winter months – I always have a lip balm stored away in my handbag! What are your go-to products for your daily skincare routine?

Visit the Nakin Skincare to browse their range of products and learn more about them via: www.nakinskincare.com

black and white close up of woman's smile

My Review of Janina Teeth Whitening Products

This is a gifted post in collaboration with Janina. Before my holiday, a lady called Julia contacted me regarding a review of Janina teeth whitening toothpaste and whitening strips. This was linked into National Smile Month. I’ve always been quite frightened to use teeth whitening products as I worry they’ll damage my teeth or turn out whiter than an A4 piece of printing paper (sorry that’s just not my thing).

One thing I’ve always wanted is a better shade of white for my teeth. They’re not terrible and my dentist says they’re healthy. But it’s just me. Whenever I fill the form out at the dentist and it asks: “How happy are you with your smile?” I always circle 7/10.

My delivery arrived in a silver padded package and inside were the two products wrapped in blue glitter tissue paper with a note hoping I like the products.

Janina’s products are definitely worth it

This is where I was fortunate to be made aware of Janina’s teeth whitening products. My favourite out of the two (toothpaste and strips) was the Maxiwhite Super Strength toothpaste. I have a bridge – the reason being that I don’t have the two little teeth most people get beside their two front teeth. I’ve had the bridge fitted for nearly 10 years now I think and I’ve always been conscious of it. Not in how it looks – but the fear that it’ll fall out.

The low abrasion toothpaste means that you can use it every day and not be frightened of ruining crowns, bridges, or your normal teeth.

The two things I found worked most effectively on my teeth just as it stated on the box were: strengthens teeth and controls plaque. The subtle colour difference was a bonus. But the great thing about this toothpaste is that it makes your teeth feel stronger and smoother. It’s advised to use twice a day and not to rinse your mouth after use for better results. I also have fairly sensitive teeth at the back of my mouth, but the Maxiwhite toothpaste didn’t disturb them.

And my fear became a reality last year. But it had some good going. The dentist glued it back in so I’m kind of waiting for the moment for it to happen again… Surprisingly, Janina’s Maxiwhite Strips didn’t put too much pressure on it to come out or drop lower.

If you’re someone who’s ever been in the same boat as me where you’ve been undecided whether to try teeth whitening products – these are definitely the ones to try out. Thanks to Brodie and Stone for this opportunity.

Temple Spa’s Trufflesque Face Masque

Have you ever heard of Temple Spa?  I hadn’t until I came across this luxurious ‘Trufflesque face masque with gold, black truffles & Hydra-plump complex’.

I can get quite scared using new products on my skin, especially my face as I have sensitive skin and I will never forget the day I used a new soap and came out of the shower looking as red as a lobster. And I’ve never really used face masks before, other than the one I got as part of a present one birthday from my friend.

Why I Loved Having My Makeup Done by Rachel

Before yesterday I had only ever been to have my makeup done once professionally. A lot of makeup artists have a lot of talent. But all of us girls know that it takes the right person to create a look just how you like it.

Last time I had my makeup done at this particular hair and beauty salon. I loved the emphasis on my eyes. However, the tone of foundation was too dark for my skin tone. I purposely wore a vest so that the foundation would be blended in with my neck. But this was not the result.

My friend suggested that a young woman named Rachel Foster should do our makeup as it was my 22nd birthday yesterday. Feeling confident that this time would be different, I could not wait to be all glammed up, especially as I was having my hair done afterwards as well. I am so glad that I decided to say yes to have it done.

Rachel was absolutely lovely and welcoming (she had never met me before but knew my friend). She made sure I was happy with the shades of eyeshadow, eyeliner, lipstick etc. and the most important thing for me as I am pale skinned is that she used a foundation which blended with my skin so beautifully.

The highlight on my skin and pink/brown shades of eyeshadow along with a soft pink lipstick complimented my dress which was my outfit for the evening. Rachel definitely knows what she is doing and I would recommend her without a doubt.

Why this Makeup Artist?

  • She delivers friendly customer service
  • You are guaranteed beautiful results
  • You walk away feeling wonderful
  • She has a range of valuable branded cosmetics