Three Lifestyle Changes for a Happy Life

Positive Vibes. Happy Life.

Recently, I’ve made some changes in my life that make for a happier me. Some are really small, while others are more of a lifestyle change but they all make a whole lot of difference.

What bought about these changes? – You may ask. Well at one point I was always questioning myself, as to what the purpose of my blog is… Am I focusing on the wrong things? Should I post less about beauty? Do I need to quit my day job to feel fulfilled? These thoughts and feeling just spiralled out of control and I found myself  feeling majorly confused, so I decided to make a few changes, before it got any worse.

Now, although I still am finding my feet in terms of what my blog represents, I do have some plans in works, and what helped me to get to this point was 3 specific things which have focused, disciplined and made me feel happier and more rounded, so let me share…

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Exercise: I have always dabbled with numerous diet fads and exercise routines, but, I have finally found something that works for me.  About 2 months ago, I decided to join my local gym. I initially joined to get in some sort of shape for my coming holiday to Thailand, but, since I’ve joined classes and met a few friendly faces, I realised that this will not be a short term thing that I will only commit to until my holiday. Exercising not only helps me to lose weights and get fitter, but helps me release my frustration and takes my mind off things. I can put my headphones on (I’m really liking Spotify’s Rap Workout playlist) and commit an hour to making myself a better person, physically and emotionally… you know, releasing them endorphins and all that! At times I can be an easy quitter, but, exercise has taught me to I need to stay committed to see results –  a bit like blogging.

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Saying Yes & Laughter: I’m a naturally reserved and quiet person. I like to feel things out before I commit to something whole heartedly, which is why I told myself to just say ‘yes’ and go with the flow (within reason of course) – you never know what could happen. This also leads on to why it’s good to laugh. I can easily (almost happily) go a whole day feeling hella moody and not give a damn, but honestly it’s so much effort. And when I thought about it I actually had to ask myself ‘why?’. If any of you are on Snapchat, I would highly, highly recommend following Kevin Hart. He is tha man! He is a motivator and also so funny, and when you feel like being a lazy grumpy bum, just open one of his snaps and see him killing it in the gym at 6am, while being the comedian that he is. I really don’t have a reason to be grumpy. To be successful, discipline is needed and he really does convey that – so get that ass up, go get ’em and laugh!

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#Goals: Everywhere on social media is #Goals this and #Goals that. To be quite frank, I cannot stand looking at people and thinking I need what they have, as I don’t know what they did to get it and what they are going through while they enjoy small perks that they choose to show, however, I love making goals for myself, based on what I want out of life. This is healthy. Every week, whether it’s a mental note or a full blown plan in my diary, I set myself goals and affirmations – which help me gather my thoughts, become more organised and actually make me more motivated to get the things that will make me happy.

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So there you have it. Three things that I have changed in my lifestyle which have made me happier. Small changes and decisions can make huge difference. What are you willing to do to ensure your happiness?

 

My Colourpop Catastrophe + Haul!

This sudden burst of sunshine here in the UK is giving me all types of lyf right now, and when the sun is out and my playlist is poppin’, I love to dress up in maxi dress, put my hair in a bun and make sure my make up is looking fleeky.

Wearing makeup in the sun can be a tricky art to master, which is why I like to keep it tres simple with minimalistic base, a pop of colour on the lip and an optional cat eye depending on how high the pollen count is, so everything on my face is kind of a simplified version of my February Face, except what’s on my lips – I’ve turned to colourful side and been sporting Colourpop Cosmetics!

Since immersing myself into the world of beauty blogging, I’ve heard loads of reviews about Colourpop. I had never heard about it before I began blogging, so I thought I’d see what all the fuss was about. The only knowledge I had about Colourpop is that You Tuber -itsmyrayeraye, worked on a collaboration with them and she always mentioned them in her videos – her lips are great too!

After perusing around their hundreds of lipsticks and eye shadows, I was sold. What was not to love, they have an insanely vast collection of colours and finishes and they are so affordable, it was hard to keep control. I decided to treat myself to a few Kaepop products too, as I just love Karrueche’s style and beautiful makeup looks.

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Colours from left to right: Kaepop Beverly, Kaepop Wilshire, Kaepop Crenshaw & Kaepop Sunset Blvd
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Swatches of each eye shadow. I love that this quad has a mixture of shimmery shadows and more matte bases, which will compliment each other when blended together. Also super pigmented which is always a plus!

I picked out three ultra matte lip products in StingRaye, Bad Habit and Rooch, one Lippie Stix in Lumiere and the Kaepop eyeshadow quad,  but after adding them all to my basket, I found they didn’t ship to the UK 😩.

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Colours from left to right: Lumiere, ad Habit, StingRaye & Rooch

After reading some blogs on how to get Colourpop the the UK, I knew it was possible to get the products out here, so I decided that the easiest way to get my goodies delivered was by courier. Many blogs recommended Borderlinx, so I went with this, but long story short, it was more money than it was worth.

If you’re in the UK, you cannot order straight from the Colourpop website, so what I had to do was order via Borderlinx, suing their Personal Shopper service. It was really simple and all you have to do is get the names of all the items you want and send them across with the price, so they can order it for you, however, they charge 5% of whatever the total of your order. My order came to about £30 which wasn’t bad at all, so I went ahead.

I thought this extra charge was a bit of a cheek, but it was only 5% so what the heck. Ha! how wrong I was. After a few days I received confirmation of my order, which would then be sent to borderlinx and then be sent to me, or so I thought. Once it was at borderlinx, I received another email saying I had to pay for shipping to the UK. Whut?! Little did I know shipping cost near £60!

This is where I became Thrifty McThrift, there was just no way I was spending more on shipping than what the actual products were worth. I decided to leave them there until I found a discount code. Discount codes are actual life savers, I always check for them before I buy full price items lol – I know I cant be the only one, there are just too many deals to be had out there.

After waiting about a month and a half for my products, I finally got them. The packaging was so cute and they also left me a little note, which I felt added a nice personal touch.

As you probably know from reading previous posts I am a sucker for lip products point blank, but I’m also  a sucker for matte lippies, and after many fiasco’s of trying to find the perfect matte formula for me, I think Colourpop have won my love.

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The formulas are insane. They don’t feel papery but rather nourishing and they actually dry 100% matte and don’t budge once applied. However, I would say, before applying it is important to prep your lips – exfoliate and moisturise. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to go.

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I am really happy with my Colourpop order. I’m obsessed with these matte lipsticks and the eyeshadows look really pigmented too so watch out for a makeup look on the blog soon!

I also love that Colourpop team up with bloggers and come up with cool colours that we can experiment with, while also display swatches on their website on different skin tones (every makeup brand needs to be doing this), it really does make shopping easier.

In the future I will order more Colourpop goodies, but I don’t think I will use Borderlinx again, simply because of how much it cost to get just a few items. So if any of you beauty bloggers have ordered Coloupop to the UK using an affordable courier, please let me know!!!

I hope you enjoyed, and let me know if you’ve tried any Colourpop makeup treats for yourself, my fave lip colour is Rooch so far, it’s my go to matte lip product and I don’t care that it’s now hot, I will rock this all throughout the summer, as it looks banging on my brown skin *cue India Arie*

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Back at it again with this damn filter (wearing Rooch!)

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5 Hair Products I’m Loving

Hello blogging world, I cant believe it’s been two weeks since my last post *sobs into tissue* – what can I say, life has just got in the way, but, in my time away a lot has happened, one of them being… I am no longer a red head, or more accurately a russet head lol *sobs even more*

I finally took the plunge and dyed my hair chocolate brown. I was scared, but it was long overdue. Being a red head was a stressful time in my life – just take a read of my hair disaster!

No, but in all honesty there was a lot of upkeep that my hair just couldn’t handle, so I decided it was time to go a bit darker and it’s the best decision I could have made, my mum’s immediate reaction was ‘your hair looks so healthy!’ – I don’t think there could have been a clearer sign that I should have went darker a lot sooner.

After making the conscious decision not to go to the hairdressers last year (after my hair mishap) I’ve been loving the freedom I’ve had with experimenting with my locs and exploring new products that have made a real difference in the quality of my hair, so I thought I’d share the hair products I’ve been loving and continually reaching for…

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Monoi Oil is a miracle in a tub… I have high porosity hair, meaning it absorbs water and products quickly, but loses moisture just as quickly and this oil has been the perfect answer for me. Monoi Oil is a leave in conditioning creme and has the beautiful consistency of butter and oil, that I can rub into my locs when it’s wet or dry around 2-3 times a week without any nasty build up or residue. I find this product is perfect for hair that has been dyed as my hair needs to stay moisturised to avoid breakage and this oil definitely helps to avoid that. Made with Coconut oil, it smells beautiful too, so I would definitely recommend it, plus it comes in a big tub so it’s worth its buck.

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Second up is Jamaican Castor Oil. Funnily enough, I initially started using this product in the caribbean. Seeing so many naturalista’s rave about natural Jamaican castor oil really made me want to try it as it had properties stimulated hair growth. Since starting to use this product I’ve gone through two bottles. Embracing your natural hair is hard business especially when everyone’s minds are on how fleeky their edges are these days, but when your hair has been through some trials and tribulations, castor oil is the answer to restore those edges! Have you tried?

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Since starting my dreadlocks I’ve always come back to this Oil. Mango & Lime is a brand that I was first introduced to when I began my locs and their  non-abrasive formulas have been very kind to my hair. Once I wash my hair I go in with this oil and massage it into my scalp. I hate using thick grease on my scalp that leaves a horrible residue, so this oil is perfect if you’re like me and need something that deeply moisturises and sinks in.

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Since I loved the Monoi Oil conditioning creme I had to get myself some of their anti-breakage oil fusion. I’ve found great results using this oil, it comes with a pipette applicator for direct application allowing me to target areas on my scalp and at the end of my hair – really moisturising and tackling breakage, which is something I’m so worried about having dyed my hair multiple times… plus it smells divine.

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Lastly, this is my guilty pleasure hair product – a gel. Since a young age I’ve never been a fan of gel as it can cause hair to break, flake and suffocate follicles, which is why i don’t use this all the time. However, since boycotting the salon, I still wanted to achieve goddess like fleekiness when I do my hair at home, and this really allows me to slay my edges. I don’t go all in as this has a very thick consistency, but once I mix with water to kind of dilute it, I find that it lays down any stray and can really neaten up a look. I would recommend only using this product when your hair is wet and the tying down your hair to achieve a slick look, as on dry hair it can pull and damage your hairs. Also, I use this every so often, as I don’t believe locs should be all neat (defeats the whole point of embracing natural hair) but it’s nice if I have an interview or going out on the town.

So, those are the 5 products I’ve been using in my hair for a while, and I’m really enjoying the results. Do you have locs or rock your natural hair? What products would you recommend me using? Also, who are your favourite naturalista’s on Instagram, I need some hair inspiration!

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P.S – Here is a pic of my new do – even though you cant really see it *hides face* Who else is loving this snapchat filter? Follow me on SC: rirr9316 x