Thursday, 30 July 2015

The Fate of The Future

The realisation that you're not where you thought you would be at a certain point in your life is one that can set you into panic within minutes.

If you're anything like me and you think excessively about your future and set expectations of yourself that quite frankly are ridiculously too high, then you need to read this...

You need to stop. This process is not good for you. 

I do this all the time, I plan something out in my head of where I want to be in 2 months, 6 months, a year, 2 years, 5 years, 10 years etc. and think so deeply into things that I just end up over complicating it and setting myself goals that I just can't achieve when I put this much pressure on myself.

Having goals you realise are unachievable doesn't mean they will always be this way, it just means that right now it is not what is right for you... Don't set yourself a time limit, start to believe what is meant to happen will eventually happen and start to make positive decisions in your life without the pressure of making those decisions for specific reasons.

This can be applied to anything in life! A new car, a career change, a promotion in a current job, a new house, saving money, family... The list of things we plan for is so long!

It's all part of human nature and what we think is expected of us in our life time, but it is so important to know that there is so much more to life than doing something just to meet the expectations of you that weren't even thought up by you!

Sit down, think about where YOU would like to be in 10 years from now. Make a list of everything you would like to achieve and bullet point how you can achieve it and the look at this list every now and then to remind yourself of what is important to you!

Lately, I have been putting pressure on myself to achieve things I would like but can't particularly achieve right now. And that's okay! You don't have to do something you don't want to and you certainly don't have to do anything that doesn't make you happy!

I'm going to make an effort to make a change to how I think and the goals I set myself. 

This post isn't about relinquishing any ambitions you have! It's about learning to aim for these goals with the right attitude and understanding that things will happen when the time is right and when they do happen you will know exactly why it has happened at that time in your life!

If you have the same issues as me and are changing things or even if you have your own way of setting goals for yourself then let me know, I would love to hear them!

Thanks for reading.

Shona x

Thursday, 16 July 2015

New Purchase | Real Techniques Nic's Picks Set

This is my confession... I am a Real Techniques addict.

I have always loved this brand of brushes as soon as I tried them and they have became my go to brush brand for everything from face to eyes and everything in between.

I have recently bought the Nic's Pick set which comes with 5 silver finished brushes.

The set is limited edition (although it has been out for ages and is still available online) and because of this the brushes are finished in this gorgeous mirrored effect.

I think one of the main reasons I love Real Techniques is that every brush comes labelled with how it was designed to be used, although this isn't the only way it can be used. For example, I use the pointed foundation brush (which I bought months ago) as a concealer brush because of it's precise cut meaning I can get right up close to the eye and get a great coverage with my concealer.

In this set there is a Duo-Fibre Face Brush which is designed to help achieve lightweight application and blending of face powders. The duo-fibre bristles are super soft and don't leave that scratchy effect that some powder brushes do. These are also super easy to clean and because the end of the bristle is white, it means you can really see when it needs cleaning (that's if you're like me and never clean your brushes as much as you're meant too!).

The Cheek Brush, this is an exclusive brush to this set. This evenly applies products like bronzer, blusher and highlighter along the cheekbone to achieve a more dramatic effect. This brush is slightly more dense which means it works just as well with creme products as it does with powder. 

The Angled Eye Shadow Brush, is the perfect shaped brush for adding definition to the crease of your eye because of its angled shape. It makes layering on a darker colour in the outside corner much easier, helping to create that smoky eye look in a much simpler way. This brush is probably my favourite in the set!

The Base Shadow Brush is for applying an even layer of shadow all over the eye as a base. It's great for applying a flawless foundation for the rest of your eye look, wether this be using creme eyeshadows or regular pressed.

Finally, The Angled Eyeliner Brush is the perfect size and shape to add detail to under the eye or for gel eyeliner along the lash line. The angled head allows for great control near the eyes. 

I already know I'm going to be ordering more brushes soon as I think it's something you can never have enough of!

Let me know what you're favourite Real Techniques brush or set is!

Thanks for reading!

Shona x

Monday, 13 July 2015

Top 12 Instagram Accounts

If there was a group for people who are overly addicted to Instagram, I would probably be running it!

Although I don't post all the time, I am ALWAYS scrolling through!

I love Instagram for the many different ways it can be used. I use it for fashion and beauty inspiration, looking through the photos of celebrities I am interested in, finding out about new brand and products I want to try and even following somebody on their journey through life in a visual way.

Here, in no particular order are my top 12 Instagram accounts that I check up on regularly.

Kayleigh Johnson - @kayleighjcouture
Kayleigh is a UK fashion and beauty blogger. She posts images on her Instagram of her style, her daily life and her journey in life such as moving into her new flat. Her images are gorgeously taken, light and airy and reflective of her blog.

Niamh Webb O'Rourke - @niamh_lovelife
Niamh is an Irish fashion student who also blogs about fashion. I love her Instagram for fashion and style inspo. She has the most amazing style and always gives detail of where her outfits are from. She is gorgeous and has always been super friendly when I have spoken to her about where she bought something!

Sarah Ashcroft - @sarahhashcroft
Sarah is the the fashion blogger that every fashion blogger loves! Her style is amazing and her 317k Instagram followers agree!
Sarah's photos are all gorgeously taken and she often posts images from her daily life in amongst her incredible style shots.

Tilly-Jayne - @tillyjayne_
Whenever I find someone new on Instagram, I'll follow them and then keep an eye out for their next few posts to make sure they're still putting up images I'm interested in seeing. Tilly most certainly passed this test! She is a fashion marketing graduate and she often posts clean, crisp images of her OOTD and shots from her daily life, from shopping to her adorable pet bunny!

Left to right, row 1 then 2: Kayleigh, Niamh, Sarah & Tilly

 Suzanne Jackson - @sosueme_ie
Suzanne is an Irish award winning blogger, author and columnist in the Irish Sun.
Her Instagram is a mish mash of images from he life, her travels and her style choices. She also often posts inspirational quotes of quote of the day type photos that I really enjoy.
Suzanne is very good at what she does and her Instagram reflects that wonderfully. She has even just launched her own beauty line called SOSU.

Hannah Michalak - @magsy24
Hannah is a well known blogger and blogger and a mummy to her adorable little boy Grayson.
Hannah's Instagram is like a visual story of her life, with beautiful family shots and images of her days out with her husband Stefan and their gorgeous little man!

Rachel Leary - @rachleary
Rachel is a UK beauty and fashion Youtube with a keen interest in all things beauty related. Rachels Instagram is beauty heavy, with images on new products she's trying, swatches and gorgeous images of her in makeup looks she has filmed a tutorial for. She also posts the occasional step-by-step photo for a make up look, which is super helpful!

Amra (Amrezy) - @amrezy
The nickname 'Glamrezy' is so accurate for this lady! Amrezy's Instagram is a platform for her to share her amazing outfit posts and make up looks! If you love Kim K's bodycon and minimalistic looks you will ADORE Amrezy! I can never help but get pulled into scrolling through her whole page overtime she posts a new photo! She truly is flawless!

Suzanne, Hannah, Rachel & Amrezy

Zoe Owers - @zoeowers
I'm going to be honest, I don't know much about Zoe. I don't know what she does, but I do know she is absolutely gorgeous and has recently shown the world (through Instagram) the best pregnancy figure I've ever seen! Amongst Zoe's outfit posts and she has also been documenting her pregnancy on Instagram and recently introduced her social family to her gorgeous baby girl Sofia.

Jay Alvarrez - @jayalvarrez
I found Jay's Instagram page when he came up on my Facebook homepage under the title 'impossibly beautiful couples travel shots'. And to be honest, thats exactly what Jay's Instagram is. Jay and his girlfriend Alexis Rene, travel the world together and document it on Instagram through beautiful shots of the world and themselves!

Nicole Guerriero - @nicoleguerriero
Nicole is a beauty vlogger from Florida, USA. She is a sassy and extremely glamorous lady who also happens to be probably my favourite Youtuber! Her Instagram is full of stills from her videos, incredible selfies, quotes, daily life pics and product imagery. She really is the full package and I love her!

Desi Perkins - @desimakeup
Desi is a beauty and fashion Youtuber with exceptional style and incredible Instagram photos!
She posts her own style and beauty images amongst pictures of her and her husband and stills of photo shoots she has down where she is looking fabulous! Just like Nicole, Desi is sassy and glamorous and those two things are ever a bad combination!

Zoe, Jay, Nicole & Desi

I hope you have enjoyed this breakdown of my favourite Instagrammers!

Let me know who your favourite accounts are and feel free to check out my Instagram to see how my images (poorly) compare! @missshonao

Thank you for reading!

Shona x
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