I’m taking a break from Christmas shopping, scouring blogger gift guides and catching up on the first 2 days of Vlogmas to bring you a special deal from Book Your Lifestyle today. Still a relatively new company it is, in a nutshell a one stop shop for all of your beauty treatment needs in the London area. They do plan to expand that reach over time which is good news for Northerners like me but in the meantime if I’m looking for any kind of beauty service while I’m in the area Book Your Lifestyle will be my first stop. If you’re looking to book in for some party prep this festive season you’ll receive a free pair of Huda Beauty lashes with every treatment booked through the site. For those new to the brand it’s been huge in the US and Dubai for quite a while but is really only just making waves in the UK.. it’s the brainchild of entrepreneur Huda Kattan who’s sister, Mona I actually met a couple of years ago. She was absolutely lovely and as you would expect her lashes were long and luscious!
Find out more and book your treatment through this link to receive the limited time offer! Don’t forget, beauty treatments also make excellent gifts for 1. those people who are impossible to buy for/have everything and 2. those people you FORGOT to buy for and now have no time.. experiences and appointments are the ultimate last-minute gift 😉
The obsession continues.. I’ve always loved a bit of faux fur but only recently have I embraced this collar trend. It’s getting a bit out of hand actually but this is kind of how it goes for me and fashion, I find something I like and buy it in every colour/form I can find. With that in mind this beautiful coat also comes in blush with a mink coloured fur trim and I am sorely tempted.. it’s a problem!
Coat* – Next / Jeans – Hollister/ Shoes – Louboutin Ron Ron 100
Not that I ever plan on removing it but for those interested the trim on this coat is detachable and the collar underneath matches the rest of the coat. It’s not quite a cocoon coat (they’re horribly unflattering on me) there’s a little more shape to it but the huge collar definitely helps to draw the eye in and give it less of an oversized shapeless look. Super warm with or without the furry addition it will be my staple winter coat this year so look out for it (and possibly the pink version – I’m trying to resist) in future posts!
This has been a hot topic for me recently, between conversations with friends and more questions than normal about how to gain confidence via YouTube it seems to be a never ending cycle. We’re never 100% confident ourselves and always assume that everyone else has the secret formula. In reality confidence is a state of mind and ultimately you choose whether you are or you aren’t going to adopt it. For me age has definitely played a part, people tend to assume that YouTubers are uber confident but I’d say that 9/10 that’s not true at all. It’s probably more accurate to guess that most YouTubers are tortured extroverts with crippling social anxienty than that they would be the first one at the party striking up conversations with strangers. I personally have always struggled in situations where I don’t REALLY know anyone, other people seem to have it down to a fine art whereas I can be found hiding in the corner.
As I get older I’m less worried about what people think of me, what I do, what I say, anything really. I’m still not about to jump into a new setting without fear of rejection but I’m comfortable with who I am and have learned to surround myself with people that reinforce that. I know not to chase friendships with ‘the wrong people’ and that the people who aren’t interested in my don’t deserve my interest. Most of it I guess is about valuing yourself.. the girls in the picture above would get a laugh out of that as we spoke a lot about value when we were together last month but it’s true. There’s a huge amount of confidence to be found in realising your own worth. This group of girls taught me more about confidence and self acceptance in a weekend than they know.
From a cosmetic point of view there are still elements I have trouble with but with age I’m learning to love. One thing I used to get a great deal of comments about was my teeth. I have naturally quite yellow teeth, I don’t smoke or drink red wine (not so subtle questions viewers used to frequently ask) but they were never white and for a long time it really bothered me. I tried whitening strips and such to improve the colour and they definitely helped but they made my already sensitive teeth even worse and definitely weren’t a long term solution. I discovered whitening toothpastes such as Pearl Drops in my youth, my Mum used to buy me this very brand when I was a teenager actually and now I’m more comfortable with myself and my appearance I’m happy with the gentle and effective whitening the new Flawless White provides. It’s easy to set unrealistic expectations for yourself but that leads to constant disappointment, you never quite measure up and so you’re never as happy as you could be if you realise you’re perfectly fine as you are. I’m definitely more confident when I smile knowing my teeth are that little bit whiter but I’m happier knowing I’m using something gentle enough that it won’t stop me from eating that bowl of ice cream later too 😉
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