Letter 5: Change in Perspective

I’ve written a few blog posts about how I’m not enjoying the structure of my 9-5 job anymore and want to discover my passions and pursue these. If you’ve read these you may have noticed that they can be quite negative when I’m talking about my job (even though I don’t hate my job, I’m just not passionate about it).

After a bit of time I’ve come to realise that I should enjoy my job, I should enjoy the self-discovering journey that it is allowing me to go on. Without my job, I would have more time to pursue my passions, but I’d also have no money – which isn’t an option right now.

I’ve come to the realisation that my job is a positive thing, it is supplying me with money and the skills I need to pursue my passions in my own time – it is actively helping towards achieving my dream life, and that is something to be thankful for.

Since coming to this realisation I’ve started to enjoy life a bit more, the weight on my shoulders has decreased. Looking at the positives of situations is not always doable, but I’m trying to do so wherever and whenever I can. Life is a journey and without having my job, I wouldn’t be on the path I am now – so I am very grateful to have it.

I think we can try to be more thankful for the journey we are on right now, even if it isn’t perfect.

What is something you need to be more thankful for?

Letter 4: The Minimalist Journey

Recently, I’ve discovered the term ‘minimalism’. At first, I thought this just referred to décor, but having delved deeper I’ve discovered it is much more than that.

My first introduction to simple living was through the book “the subtle art of not giving a f*ck” by Mark Manson. Although the book itself is not about minimalism, it does discuss how our value should not be in materialistic items. Delving deeper, I learned that minimalism was about intentional living, promoting the things we value and removing things that bring no value or distract us from it. For most of us, this can be the items we have in our house, most of which at face value probably don’t bring us any value but act as clutter.

Whilst I’ve never been a particularly materialistic person, I do own a lot of items such as makeup and clothes, and certainly, some of these things do bring me value, but a lot of the items I own aren’t even used – they’re saved under the pretense that I’ll use them ‘someday’ but that day never comes. I realised my monthly shopping spree for new clothes to make myself look good was pointless, I was merely wasting my money on things I didn’t need. After this, I began searching more into minimalism, watching documentaries and YouTube clips to learn as much as possible.

I would not class myself as a minimalist, but at some point, I think I’ll get there. Especially with the start of the new year, I’m going to declutter all my items, from clothes to makeup to shoes etc and donate as much as I can. Ever since starting this ‘journey’ I’ve distanced myself from the need to buy and I’ve saved a lot of money. I don’t need a new pair of shoes or a new top to be valuable, and I resent having to spend all my money just because that’s the ‘normal’ thing to do. I’d rather spend my money on experiences and things that will bring me joy, rather than spend my money on material items that will soon bear no meaning to me.

What are your thoughts on minimalism?

Letter 2: Favourite Beauty Products of 2018

I didn’t think I was going to write this post, but beauty is something that I’m interested in so I thought why not!

I’ve always enjoyed makeup, especially creative and special effects makeup. I’d love to watch an SFX artist on a film set create their artwork – I’ve done creative makeup a few times for Halloween and loved doing it. But for the purpose of this post, I’m going to focus on products I used the most in 2018.

Most of the below products are vegan and cruelty free (apart from one), so I hope you enjoy looking at my favourites!

Number 5:

Brand: Wet n Wild
Product: Bronzer (Kind of)
Price: £3.78
Cruelty-Free: Yes
Vegan: Yes

The name of this is slightly misleading, although it’s a bronzer the shade ‘Reserve Your Cabana’ is very light, and can be used as a setting powder for pale skin! There are very fine shimmers within the product that when you pat it over the top of your powdered skin, it gives it a flawless finish and although it seems counterproductive – adding this powder actually takes away the powdery look from your skin and leaves it looking glowy and amazing.

If you’re pale and/or have dry skin I would definitely recommend.

Number 4:

Brand: Revolution
Product: Conceal & Define Concealer
Price: £4.00
Cruelty-Free: Yes
Vegan: Yes

This Conceal & Define concealer is amazing for the price, at just £4 you get full matte coverage without the cakey finish. There are 25 shades from pale to dark so anyone can find their colour. I often spot conceal over my face using this for my non-foundation days and it makes me look much more alive.

Although this is a matte finish, I still really like it for my dry skin, so don’t be afraid to use it!

Number 3:

Brand: Becca
Product: Backlight Priming Filter
Price: £28
Cruelty-Free: Yes
Vegan: Yes

The Becca Backlight Priming Filter is the nicest primer for a glowy finish. The fine shimmers throughout leave your skin glowing from within rather than shimmery, and all my foundations sit wonderfully on top of this.

There’s not much to say other than this has drastically changed how my face makeup looks, even throughout the day – my skin looks less dry and more glowy. If you have dry skin (and even if you don’t) give this a try – I will continue to repurchase this!

Number 2:

Brand: Morphe
Product: 35 Colour Eyeshadow Palette
Price: £37
Cruelty-Free: Yes
Vegan: No

After wanting this palette for about a year I finally bit the bullet and bought it, and I don’t regret it! The shades are buttery and pigmented and the shimmers are smooth and definitely do not disappoint.

The palette consists of mainly warm tones with just a few pops of colour, but is a great addition to any makeup collection!

Number 1:

Brand: Nars
Product: Sheer Glow Foundation
Price: £33
Cruelty-Free: Yes
Vegan: Yes

Nars Sheer Glow Foundation has drastically changed how my foundation looks, this paired with Becca Backlight Priming Filter gives my skin the best natural looking glow. It can be used in the day or built up to give more coverage, my skin looks hydrated and smooth after using this and it’s one I’ll 100% keep repurchasing!

I’d recommend especially if you find it hard to find foundations for dry skin.

So that was my top 5 products of 2018 – I absolutely loved each of these and paired together I feel as though my makeup looks a lot better.

Let me know your favourite products of 2018 (whether makeup or not) I’d love to see!