Monday, 11 May 2015

Meditation Update

So, I've been mediating just about every day, give or take a few I missed, for almost three and a half months now, and I wanted to let you all know how I'm getting on! Meditation's a lifelong journey, and it's early days yet, but already I'm reaping some fabulous benefits. I don't always find my meditation sessions easy exactly; I feel like the longer I've been doing it, the less I actually seem to be able to focus and get into that mindful state. I'm sure that's not the way it's supposed to go! To be honest, there have been a lot of days when I just really can't be bothered to do my practise, even though it's only ten minutes out of my day.

 Most days, it kind of just feels like a chore. But I keep on with it, because...well, because I know it's good for me. I know how important it is, and how much it benefits my mind, body and soul. Even if I feel like I'm not achieving anything much at all, just the fact that I'm trying counts for a lot. And just trying has loads of positive effects! Even if you feel like you're not doing it at all right, and you're just wasting your time, believe me you're not. I felt like that, but I've come to realise that it's still working, even if you think it isn't.

Over the last few weeks, I've been feeling calmer and more centred than I think I ever have before. I'm managing to get things in perspective without feeling overly anxious about things which, ultimately, there's no point worrying about. I care less about what other people will think of me, and have more conviction in my own decisions, and following the path that I know is right for me, not the one that's necessarily expected.

Now, I'm not saying that I sail through life without a care; there'll always be good moods and bad moods, good days and bad days. But I feel able to accept that it won't always be perfect far better than I ever could before. I accept that I'm human, and that's okay! In fact, it's more than okay. Life's ever changing, after all, and going with the flow rather than fighting it all of the time is ultimately going to make me far happier in the long run.

There's so much more that I've learnt over the last three months; trying to condense everything into a couple of paragraphs would have been impossible, but hopefully I've got the essence of it down! I'll keep updating you all on my progress as time goes on and my meditation journey continues, but for now I hope I've inspired you to take ten minutes out of your day to just sit and be still. It's so worth it!

Do you practise meditation? What have you learnt? Or maybe you've never tried it but always wanted to? Let me know in the comments!

Monday, 4 May 2015

Cappuccino Layer Cake with Salted Caramel Frosting (Gluten and Dairy Free!)

You may have spotted a photo of this cake on my Instagram yesterday (you can follow me here!) and I promised to put the recipe up today, so here it is! After

Thursday, 23 April 2015

My Favourite Things: Bluebells

From time to time, I thought I'd share with you a few of the things that I really love, and that always make me feel happy no matter

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

EcoTools Starter Set

I haven't really used makeup brushes for a while, truth be told. All of that cleansing, drying...I've tended to veer more towards makeup

Wednesday, 8 April 2015

Sunday, 15 March 2015

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash

Getting down to basics...

We all know that a good skincare routine is the absolute fundamental of beauty. After all, there’s no point in investing in expensive makeup and taking the time to apply it beautifully if the skin underneath isn’t being looked after properly! For me, finding the perfect cleanser is as important (not to mention as difficult!) as finding the perfect foundation. So, it was a bit of a risk splashing out £16 on the Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash. But I have to say, I’m incredibly glad that I did.

As someone with combination skin, I’ve struggled in the past to decide which kind of cleanser would work best. Normally, those designed specifically for combination complexions just haven’t worked for me, harshly stripping my skin of its natural oils and as a result actually causing it to produce more oil than before. So when I saw that this Balance Me cleanser is designed for normal to combination skin, I hoped it would be gentler yet still cleansing enough the balance my skin. Add to that the fact that it’s 99% natural, totally cruelty free and made right here in the UK, and I figured it was worth giving a whirl.

This cleanser really is unlike any other I’ve ever tried (and believe me, I’ve tried a few!) It has a pearly, gel-like consistency, gliding onto the skin like silk. It doesn’t foam particularly, but you really only need the very smallest amount, about the size of a five pence piece. It has the most amazingly uplifting scent; using it feels like a treatment rather than a chore, and it leaves your skin feeling really clean. After the very first use, my skin looked brighter, smoother and more glowing. The next morning, my skin looked less oily than it usually does at that time, but it didn’t feel at all dry or tight. I’ve been using it for quite a while now, and I’m still loving it. My skin’s more balanced and glowing, and my foundation goes on more smoothly.
Just a word of warning: if your skin's prone to dryness like mine then I would invest in a decent moisturiser for the winter months. I have begun to notice some drier patches on my cheeks recently, which I guess is the price you pay for a balancing cleanser like this. However, I'm still a fan of this product despite that. It's the best cleanser I've used in a long while, and I can't wait to try some of the other products in the range.

What skin type do you have? Which cleanser do you use? 

Balance Me Pure Skin Face Wash is available from a number of stockists, including John Lewis, Waitrose and Debenhams, as well as

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Zoya PixieDust nail polish in Lux

So first of all, let's just take a moment to appreciate how beautiful this is...

Monday, 23 February 2015

Lilac Berry Smoothie

There's a lot of cake around my house at the moment (even more than usual, which is saying something) so I figured I'd better balance out all the sugar with something fantastically healthy. I love smoothies; they're a delicious way to get a vitamin boost. Within no time your skin's glowing and

Saturday, 21 February 2015

Organic Surge Lavender Meadow Shower Gel

Organic Surge was one of the first natural brands I discovered, and it's still a favourite. They've managed to get the perfect blend of simplicity, effectiveness and luxury into products that are great for both your body and the planet. What's more, they've just given their packaging a bright new revamp, so I thought this would be the perfect time to bring them to your attention!