My Self Love Journey & One Incredible Journal

This year I made the goal of self love. I wanted to look after my health more, treat myself more kindly. Take care of my feelings. This is something that isn’t easy for me. 

I have a pretty defective body, one that I feel let’s me down. I see myself as quite a spritely person, someone who would love to have energy. My body on the other hand is a fairly sickly one. At 16 I was diagnosed with a number of heart issues, both of which will need fixing at some point in my life through open heart surgery. Last year in may I went through probably the darkest time of my life, I spend two weeks in hospital after nearly dying with then undiagnosed Ulcerative Colitis, I was anemic,dehydrated, severely malnourished, had a heart rate of 190 . Since then I feel my body has really changed. I’m sick a lot more, often feel unwell, struggle with low energy and feel so much more fragile than I ever have before. 

This is why I didn’t treat my body great – I was and at times, still am mad at it. And even now as I write this on my much better lifestyle. Healthier food, daily exercise, drinking more water a day. I still end up in the doctors with the side effects of chronic Illness. This week, inflamed and collapsing veins. Woo! 

I stumbled upon a Instagram a good month ago. The name I stumbled upon was Kelly Terranova @love.yourself.lean (please click!). Kelly documented her story about hitting rock bottom seeing her mother struggle with Huntington’s Disease and learning that she too had a 50% chance of inheriting it too. She speaks about her journey to self love and how we should all love and nourish ourselves. Her story resonated with me, why should I not look after my body? Even though it is a sickly one, it still gets up and fights for me every day? It still loves me, why shouldn’t I love it? 

To help with my self love journey I picked up a copy of her Love Yourself Lean Journal. A 365 page a day journal to document gratitude, love and health. It focuses on our personal spiritual, physical, mental and emotional health.


The journal is beautiful and really well made. With study pages and beautiful gold embellishment. This journal has hashtags on Instagram so you can speak to other people with this book, send words of encouragement and kindness. It’s a family around the world of caring people. You are not alone in your journey ever! 

Here’s some pictures – I’ve already started colouring mine in!




I also love how Kelly is also always there, liking your photos, updating her page with thanks and encouragement for us. She’s now also doing live chats on Facebook which I find wonderful and so very helpful. 

I feel as though this journal has really helped me to stay humbled and grateful towards myself and my body. Even when my body has its broken days. I really hope you take a look at Kelly’s page and maybe even purchase a journal for yourself. It was the best thing I’ve done this year.

I just want to Thank you – Kelly, for having this journal available, you have no idea how much of a help it is! 

Guys please check her out! Go to her website here!

Speak soon,
Terri 

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Brand Appreciation – Bare Minerals

It’s A few weeks ago at work I noticed just how beautiful my friends skin looked and told her so. It was natural and flawless. She quickly told me her new found secret. Bare Minerals Originial Powder Foundation.

Bare Minerals says:

FOR OVER 35 YEARS, WE’VE BUILT A COMMUNITY OF STRONG, PASSIONATE WOMEN WHO HAVE BECOME CUSTOMERS-BUT MORE IMPORTANTLY-LIFELONG FRIENDS.WE CREATE INNOVATIVE PRODUCTS THAT ARE POWERED BY NOURISHING, SKIN-LOVING MINERALS. WE FORMULATE OUR PRODUCTS WITH PURITY IN MIND, SO YOU CAN FEEL GOOD ABOUT EVERYTHING WE MAKE.

I have a love of base makeup and this was enough to spike my interest so I wandered down to my local counter and asked the lady there to help me in finding a colour. The lady I spoke to was wonderful, kind and very helpful. Asking me if I had used bare minerals before and what sort of finish I was looking for and my skin type – which as of current is normal combination. She swatched multiple shades before helping me choose one that matched then went into detail about how to use the products. She told me that I had beautiful skin and that I should only use a little to hide what I wanted to and then let my natural skin shine through. Anyone who knows me knows how much effort I have put into my skincare, this comment made me feel really confident. I walked away with the Original Powder Foundation in the shade Fairly Light and the Full Flawless Face Brush. I must add this Foundation does need a primer I already have the Prime Time Brightening Primer, of which I have already reveiwed; here. I must add it works perfectly with this foundation. 

I have been using them since and love the finish they give me. Before I thought that powder foundation meant dry, cakey and chalky looking. How wrong I was… it’s dewy, light and virtually undetectable yet covers imperfections so quickly. It’s buildable, again without that “I shovelled this on look” I love that they’re natural, animal testing free and don’t cause acne to worsen. 

I have also purchased two Powder Blushes (Beauty & Vintage Peach) SPF Corrective concealer in Light 2 , Warmth Bronzer and a The Mineral Veil Setting Powder in the makeup line since – sorry bank account! And so far I love all of them, a little really does go a long way and I feel as though they will last a really long time. All of this really makes me feel as though they are a new holy grail in my makeup, hence why I feel they deserve this post! 


I also wanted to ask if any of you guys have tried their skincare? I haven’t seen much about there skincare and wanted to know if it’s good. 

I’ve picked up to try their Mix. Exfoliate.Smooth ( A powder that you add to your cleansers to exfoliate) as they instantly drew my attention as I haven’t used anything like it before. I can’t wait to review those for you! 

I really hope you have a mooch around their website, maybe go to a counter and try it if you had the same view of their products as me before I tried! Cakey I can assure you not! 
Terri 

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Current Beauty,Skincare and Lifestyle Favourites 

Hello Lovelies!

I haven’t posted many of my Favorites recently on the blog so I thought I would share a few today. There’s quite a mix going on at the moment so I’ve split them into categories. Let’s go! 

Beauty:


Too Faced Sweet Peach Pallette £39.00: I missed this the first time round when it was limited edition and was absolutely gutted. I brought it the day it was released the second time round and was so excited when I saw it waiting on my door step. The colours are beautiful the packaging super cute – it smells amazing and despite it being mostly shimmer, I’m still in love with it! Only downside is the lack of actual peach colours and the fact it doesn’t come with a brush, something I like for travel. 

Bare Minerals Products: I’m going to do a brand appreciation on these guys after my recent discovery. I think I’ve found a holy grail and converted for life. It’s natural, flawless and perfect. Vague I know but look out next week for a in depth review of all things bare minerals! 

Skincare:


Banila Co Miss Flower, Mr Honey Cream £47.90: Another skin saviour from Korea this thick gel cream is a lifesaver for super dry, damaged winter skin.  Smells gorgeous (of honey of course), leaves the skin with a velvety feel and hydrates like nothing else I’ve ever tried. It’s incredibly rich, I can only use it at night and this may be offputting for some. I reccomend purchasing a sample before buying the whole jar as this is a product that is a saviour for some and a breakout nightmare for others. 

Liz Earle Cleanse & Polish in Rose and Lavender £15.50:I also need to do a brand appreciation for these guys! I’ve used them so much offer the last few months. This is a lot milder in scent than the original and for that reason I love it more. This is the perfect makeup remover to help you unwind at nighttime, it removes my everyday makeup perfectly. Though if I was wearing a fair bit of makeup (say a night out)  I would have to use an eye makeup remover first. Then finish with this beauty. Every bit as lovely as the original but gentler in scent, animal testing free a definate must try if you haven’t. 

Sunday Riley’s Skincare: Its no secret that I love her products, I’ve posted a hundred times before. I’ve recently added to my stash. The products are a splurge but due to the almost instant effects they have I feel that it is definitely worth investing in. My skin is honestly the best it has ever been and I think a large part of that is because of some of these products. In particular Luna £85.I feel like I’m really treating my skin when I use these. 

Lifestyle: 


Hygge: the danish art of happiness £9.09: This little book was a spontaneous purchase and I can’t wait to read. Filled with beautiful pictures and tips and tricks I can’t wait to learn how I can add this extra little bit of happiness into my daily life! 

Waterbottle £9.99: As mentioned previously in my 2017 goals I want to drink more water day to day. This is basically a knock off Swell waterbottle but a third of the price. It holds 500ml, keeps water cold and looks pretty. Not much else to say but I’ve been using it daily!

Neals Yard Esta Aroma Diffuser £50 and Oil Blends: This was my favourite Christmas present I received this year. I love the calming and relaxing scent of essential oils and this just makes them even more wonderful. This machine turns water and essential oils into a beautiful scented cold steam. This can be left diffusing even whilst you sleep and it just cuts off after the water is gone. I love putting this on during home yoga sessions and after stressful days just to help me destress and relax. You literally use 3 drops of oil and the scent fills multiple rooms. Beautiful! My favorite Blend at the moment is Womens Balance £9.70.A reccomendation if you love to unwind! 

There we go! What are your current Favorites? Look out for another post next week!

Terri 

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Guess who’s Back! 2017 Goals


I know I know I’ve been gone a long time. The Christmas period as a retail supervisor is long shifts and busy busy weeks. But it’s calmed down now! And I’m back! 

I know we’re nearly half way through January now but I still feel it’s important to document my goals for this year. If for nothing to reflect on I suppose. 

So let’s make this quick 


1. “Look after myself better; physically,mentally and emotionally”

This is the most important one. I want to improve my health get fitter, excercise more (to get stronger, not loose weight). Listen to how I’m feeling and know when it’s time to stop. With my ulcerative colitis there are times when I know I should take a rest but I don’t. This year I want to listen to my body and care for it properly.

2. “Drink more water”

This goes hand in hand with the first one.  I’m a tea addict so this could be quite hard! I’m never one for fizzy drinks but tea and coffee, I’m bad. So yes! Drink more water! 

3. “Do more Yoga!”

I love yoga! I always have yet it took a back seat last year, I only picked it back up the start of December. This year with the help of the queen of bendy, Cat Meffab. I’ve religiously been checking out her  YouTube and Blog (click the links! She’s a goddess!) I have been doing yoga every single day. She’s currently doing a month of yoga flows … Yoganuary – 1 video every day! I’ve been absolutely loving it. It helps me unwind at the end of the workday and the flexibility I previously had is coming back quickly. Her videos are for begginers and advanced alike. 

4. “Continue my transition to vegan”

This is another important one to me. My journey from vegetarian to vegan so far has taken about a year to get where I am now. I have to take it slow due to my Colitis so I don’t end back up at stage one in hospital. Currently all I really have left to stop is eggs and the odd slice of cheese. Coming almost completely off dairy really is one of the best things I’ve ever done not only for my physical health but appearance! My skin has never looked better. I understand not everyone agrees with vegainism and that is perfectly fine to me. Any negative comments will be ignored- It’s my choice after all 💕

5. “Save money”

This is self explanatory but I also want to not kick myself if I don’t save the desired amount. Sometimes some months are more expensive than others so If I spend a little more than I wish one month. I don’t want to kick myself. As long as I save something, it’s good. 

6. “Blog more” 

Another self explanatory one but one I’m really excited for. I love blogging and really enjoy it when it gets in full swing! I can’t wait to get back to writing and venting on here! 


See you Saturday with a new post! 

Terri 

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Two days in London. 

Last week me and my fiancé took the train down to London to go see a concert. We went early and stopped the night so we could do some sight seeing. Here’s what we got up to! 

The Natural History Museum


Believe it or not I had never been here before.  We arrived at the doors at around 11 and spent pretty much the whole day there it’s so huge! It’s gorgeous and as it was freezing outside the perfect place to wander around! I especially loved the Geology and Darwin Sections.  We left around 3 and grabbed lunch at Bills before heading to the hotel as doors for the concert opened at 6.

The Cure 



Grabbed multiple tubes and finally made it to Wembley. The Cure have been one of my favorite bands ever since I can remember. I grew up listening to them as a child with many thanks to my Auntie. And though she is no longer here I felt that she was at that gig with me. It was one of the longest gigs I’ve ever been to, they played a huge 31 songs and I danced so much I could barely feel my legs at the end. We were really close to the front and right in front of Robert Smith! He has been an idol to me for so many years, up there with David Bowie, people who make it awesome to just be yourself and write lyrics like gods. They played every song I wanted to hear live and made my year. A dream come true and a tick on my bucket list! 

The view from the hotel was pretty cool too! 


The next day…

Oxford Street, Leister Square and Covent Garden


Friday was the day of the Underground we decided to be tourists and visit our favorite shopping spots. We went to the new Lego shop in Leister Square (too busy to even breath) fiancé brought way too much big child haha! We went to Oxford Street so I could visit the biggest lush store ever. Also incredibly busy but I picked up a few things! 


Especially excited about the Bamboozled Lip Stain! 

After Covent Garden we were tired cranky and hungry. Having around and hour to kill before the train home we had a quick wander round Hyde Park. Which would have been lovely if I wasn’t so hangry.

We then dashed madly to Euston ate a unspectacular lunch and boarded the train home ready for work on Saturday! I was lovely but I now have a 9 day week to get through before my next rest! Ahh I’m tired! 

Speak soon

Terri

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A step in the right direction

Hello,

I took break from blogging last week. Truth is I’ve just been so busy! But have no fear I’ve got some really fun things happening next week! Look out for that post! Today’s post is more of a serious one. 
To some this may seem simple – just deleting an app but to me this was a really hard decision. I have a secret and today I decided I needed to let go to the last of it. For years now I have been calorie obsessed I have counted every little thing I have put into my body and ripped myself apart with it. I would eat so few calories and still it was too much. I would wonder why I felt so lifeless all the time. I ruined my body and my health. It took until I got diagnosed ulcerative colitis to realise that my body actually needed calories and nutrients. It scared me more than what doctors had told me in the past. I weighed so little when i left hospital despite the fact I had gained weight whilst in there. Since then I’ve stuck to my vegetarianism as before but no longer fuss about what I eat. I ensure that I eat a healthy calorie count and no longer beat myself up about it. I no longer live with numbers constantly in my head. I don’t freak out over a slice of bread or the calories in a banana,  I now enjoy filling my body with nutritious food and love breakfast time! Loosing this devastating app was my final step to progress. I’m proud. I feel stronger, fitter and more with it. I’m happier now despite the odd setback. I still need to remind myself it’s ok sometimes and I need to eat to stay healthy but I’m a new person to who I once was. 

Sometimes something not great needs to happen to change your perspective on life. It needs to happen to make you realise what needs to be done. 

Terri 

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Sunday Riley’s Luna

In the skincare industry there are certain names and brands that stand out. The ones that are talked about as skin saviours, the ones in every fashion magazine. Sunday Riley is one of them. 
I’m a huge skincare fan, and ummed and arred about purchasing two products from hers for a long time and decided to take the plunge around 3 months ago now. I chose Luna Sleeping Oil £85 and daily oil Juno hydroactive cellular facial oil £70.

Though the latter is a nice oil and helps keep my skin hydrated and glowy throughout the day Luna is the one that changed my skin not better, but the best it’s ever been since my early teens thus the one I’m going to talk about. 

Now this product seems to be a miracle worker or a acne nightmare for some. My skincare being product plenty and working wonders for a long time now I thought that I would be able to monitor its effects and deduce that if I broke out, it would be because of the newly added product. I can safely say that this had negative effect on my skin at all.  

I use 4-6 drops of around 4 times a week. After cleansing and toning allowing my face to fully dry before applying. I tend to keep my skincare a little simpler on these days to get the full effect. A little goes a long way and it will last a fair while. Now on to the product. 

The product description says: 

“A next-generation retinoid oil to reduce pore size, improve appearance of damaged skin and help fight wrinkles. 

With an advance retinol complex, Luna helps reduce the appearance of lines and wrinkles while simultaneously correcting damage caused by the sun, time, and pollution. Use this oil before bed to notice firmer, clearer skin by morning. Trans-retinol ester fights the look of fine lines, wrinkles, and loss of skin elasticity while an essential oil complex calms and soothes skin. Cold pressed avocado, chia, and Concord grape seed oils sink into skin for quick absorption of actives while boosting radiance.”


This royal blue Oil minimised my pores from night one. My pores now months down the line are so much smaller, my skin texture the smoothest it’s ever been and improving by the day. Little scars from previous acne are fading and filling back out. 3 months down the line my skin looks plumper and no longer wakes up with pillow lines. Though I have no real wrinkles yet being young, my natural expression lines are less prominent. Any breakouts I have heal in half the time.

Retinoids can cause dryness and peeling in skin, this is part of their natural process, after a short while the peeling stops. Just continue with you AHA or BHA exfoliators, depending on skin type and moisturise well. I personally very little peeling, this may be due to my skin not being as sensitive to the product as others. I am glad for this. If you experience minor peeling, keep going don’t stop. It’s very much like a purging process, removing dry and damaged skin. 

Though I adore this product there are a few minor things I dislike about the product. The first and most important being the use of blue dye in the product. Though it doesn’t stain the skin, I feel its unnessasary and could be the reason some peoples skin break out. It’s purely to make it look pretty reinforce the blue tansy in the product? I also hate the smell, its quite a strong smell, very much a spa scent, I can live with it but I’m not keen haha! The same with Juno, in fact I probably dislike Juno’s scent even more. 

If you can afford the fairly pricey price tag, from my experience I couldn’t recommend it enough. I really do think that this product has changed my skin for the absolute better. I’ve had products that I’ve had effects on scaring and pores before, but nothing like this. A must try! A definite repurchase. 
Terri

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