Empowerment and emotions

I’m not going to lie, I haven’t put a great deal of thought into this blog post, but I have to keep in the habit of posting at least once a week!

Problem is, right now, my brain is frazzled, with so much going on at home and with work being busier than ever, when I get home all I want to do is chill out and do nothing and yet instead here I am forcing myself to write. And why? Well actually, I wanted to share how I was feeling with you all as I’m sure that you guys must feel like this to from time to time and do you know what? That is totally okay!

Recently I’ve felt stressed and yet empowered all at the same time and on other days I can feel completely empty, not wanting to talk to anyone when I get home from work and instead just laying not doing anything. It’s alright though, these thoughts are normal and acceptable and should be accepted. I know that not feeling positive and with it all of the time has been an adjustment for me, but actually I think that my feelings are making me a better person. I am more introspective and self aware and understanding to others when they are down.

And besides I’m changing as a person, we all are all the time and if that person I’m changing to is more open with their emotions, then I’ll embrace that whole heartedly. I’m proud of my changes!

Lots of love, Leanne

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Welcome back!

Welcome back!

Hey everyone, I know it has been ages since I last posted and for that I am sorry, although really the biggest apology that I owe is to myself.

I spent a lot of time and effort setting up my blog and I loved writing and sharing my take on everything from fashion to foundation! A lot has changed in the past few months though, some of which I will share with you in my writing, but it was a perfect storm of life changing events and for a while I kind of lost myself without even realising. It’s funny how you don’t realise how something has changed until it gets back to normal. Like if you’ve ever lost your hearing because of a cold and then one day it suddenly comes back and you realise how amazing it is to hear properly again. That’s what happened to me recently and I realised I needed to stop being unmotivated and get my shine back again and here I am.

I realised as well since I was last here that even if I am not feeling great about myself and the way I look or do makeup or dress, there is always someone else out there who looks at you and thinks “wow I wish I could do that” and that really motivated me to not let those people down.

So here I am, pretty much the same old me but definitely a bit older and perhaps even a bit wiser now too. So what will I be talking about here now? Pretty much the same stuff from my favourite fashions, my go to make-up, real world weight loss struggles, image advice but most importantly this will be a place for me to come and be myself, so I hope you all like it  🙂

Lots of love, Leanne

Life lessons: Get organised, get happier!

Hey everyone, I have a feeling that this is going to be a good blog post and a very apt one too so I’m just going to jump right in.

This year has been the one which has seen some of the most substantial changes in my life happen all at once which naturally causes chaos temporarily. Except the one thing that I find is that actually sometimes chaos happens and then kind of stays with you, which can build up and up without you even realising. I’m not ashamed to say that happened to me in multiple areas of my life and instead of looking at the root cause, I just made excuses.

From not having time to work out, not having an organised house, forgetting things – the chaos was impacting my life in almost every aspect and I didn’t even see how it was connected. And then,  by chance, some alone time and some inspiration from those closest to me, I realised I could achieve whatever it is I want to achieve, but with some focus and organisation.

I can make excuses until I’m blue in the face that changing jobs has left me with less time, but actually I’ve gained time in other areas which I’m just not using  correctly.

I’m very much of the perspective that life is too short to worry or stress (YOLO and all that) but actually it’s eye-opening for me to experience first-hand that stress can creep up on you without you even realising until it is gone. And now my eyes have been opened it’s definitely time to maximise on my awareness and improve all aspects of my life…

For example, a pet stress in my household has always been that I’ve been known to be pretty untidy which can cause wasted time looking for things, or a mammoth cleaning session which takes a whole day. But now I have thrown away anything which doesn’t get use or is just taking up space and make sure to keep on top of everything doing a little every day so it’s never one big task – literally making everything manageable 🙂

Another place I have been slacking is the gym! Last year I was at the gym 3+ times a week and loving it, but after having to take an extended break I haven’t been able to get back into it and instead complain about gaining weight and losing tone whilst effectively doing nothing about it! But not anymore! I’ve started looking at my locations for the week ahead and planning in advance in my google diary when I’m going and for how long as well as looking for different activities I can do to keep my interest, including long walks. Another reason this is so important, is that actually me time at the gym helps relieve any built stresses and gives me an opportunity to get away from my phone and have time just me and my thoughts, which I think we all forget is actually really important.

From the simplest things like picking your weeks outfits on a Sunday evening or having a clear out of your handbags to the bigger things like emptying your loft, or spring cleaning your finances – all these individual steps are likely to have a positive domino effect into so many different aspects of your life, that if you do nothing else this August, set aside only a few hours to reflect, review and plan. As whilst you do only live once, you want to make sure the life you’re living is as happy as you can possibly make it be 🙂

I hope you enjoyed this post as I found this really cathartic to write! I’ll follow up over the coming weeks with my gym/food schedules and any updates on how I am moving forward with my planning and organisation!

Let me know in the comments below any life hacks you have that could also help, as I’m always looking to make my life as easy and happy as possible 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx

How time flies…

Wow, I cannot believe that it was the 2nd birthday of my blog this week.

I completely forgot to do anything to commemorate it as it has been one crazy week! Travelling around so much with work, my mums birthday, a major op for a close family member and planning for my last sessions of coaching have taken up all my time and attention.

Finding two minutes to reflect, the 2nd year of my blog hasn’t gone as well as the first and the blame lies completely with me. I haven’t been able to put as much in so naturally I’ll get less from it, but I’m not disheartened. Sometimes life changes your plans and I think that every change or challenge should be viewed as an opportunity. So far this year advancing my career whilst bettering the bonds with my friends and family have been the most important things to me, so lacking a little here has been worth it 🙂

Next week will be very emotional for me as I am leaving gymnastics after 20 years of being involved in the sport, 7 of those in coaching. Dropping one commitment does mean I should be able to find time to write in the week though as well as taking better care of myself, so I’m focusing all my attention on the good that will come from making such a heart-wrenching decision.

More important than looking back though is to continue to look forward. I want to thank you all for your support so far and let you all know I cannot wait to be able to invest more time with you as I am sure then only good things will happen! LifestyleforLess HQ really is a no negative vibes kinda place 🙂

Stick with me!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

 

Review: Makeup Revolution Golden Sugar Ultra Blush Palette

Hey everyone, it’s been a while since I have done any posts, let alone a review but instead of doing a review of something new I thought I would actually do a review of something I have owned for quite a while and that gets used daily by me! Apologies for the absence, I feel like I’m only just starting to formulate some kind of routine after starting my new job. I’m really having to make time to write and get online to post/edit so will be posting again but only once a week until I am completely settled 🙂 I’m trying though, honest!

It’s my blush palette from Makeup Revolution at Superdrug which I bought when the Makeup Revolution collection dropped at Superdrug and is still going strong. Obviously after such vigorous use I feel I’m pretty well equipped to review on it so I hope you enjoy reading this one as much as I love the product 🙂

So this product has 8 shades all for the price of £6! All have a lovely finish and vary from very lightly pigmented and sparkly to heavily pigmented which is ideal for the look you are going for. All are metal toned shades with hints of gold and silver. I find there are shades there for a more subtle bronzer, a super pumped up highlighter as well as a blush shade too so it really is multi-purpose and can be used day to night 🙂

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The palette (sans lid as I lost it) and the brush I use to apply my highlighter

If you don’t believe how much I have used this product check out the picture below which shows just how much I love the highlighter, how messy the palette has become with daily use and the fact that I lost the lid for the palette a while ago too 😦

My favourite of this collection is definitely the silver highlighter which although it looks really garish when blended can look really natural and is easily buildable. Second favourite is definitely the shimmery pink/purple blush!

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Darkest shade at bottom with highlighters on top (nearest wrist) Have lost the top of this palette so cannot remember their names, soz!

If you are unsure what palette to go for and want max versatility I would definitely go for this one, it is by far the best choice of shades of all the blush palettes I have from Makeup Revolution and for £6 how can you go wrong?

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Me with the highlighter and blush on. Giving a really natural sheen and cheek colour perfect for the day 🙂

So the key question would I buy it again and what is my rating? This gets 8 out of 10 for me and definitely will be repurchased if this palette ever runs out 🙂

What are your favourite palettes and highlighters? I would love to know so comment them below!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

It’s okay to feel flat, fat and fed up sometimes

Hey everyone,

I know I have been rubbish at posting blogs lately, life has been busy in general and after coming down with a horrible chesty infection a few weeks ago, going away on holiday and then having to deal with Andy’s broken wrist since being back it’s all been a bit much! However, I am slowing down a bit to commit to writing some more. Even when I don’t get to post written pieces though, there are always new pictures on Instagram so make sure you stay tuned there if you aren’t already!

This post is a little different for me. I’m focussing on feelings, emotion and life instead of fashion and beauty purely because my blog is like my little online diary. I’ve had a few conversations with people recently where they have confessed they haven’t been feeling so good but seemed so reluctant to talk about it and after hearing that some of their favourite posts of mine were the ones where I was really honest and myself, I was inspired. People several times a day ask “Hey, how are you?” However the only answer it seems okay to give is “fine thanks” which is a shame because if things aren’t fine it’s crucial to talk about it as it really does help! It isn’t something we really talk about, but why shouldn’t it be? So here I am doing my little piece to break down some barriers and to hopefully help start some conversations 🙂

I don’t know if any of you had the same perception as I did when you were younger? At 16 years old I felt being 24 was so grown up and that everyone seemed like they had it all together and yet now I’m here, I don’t feel that way at all. I don’t feel grown up or like a proper adult and I definitely don’t feel like I have my life together at all! Don’t get me wrong, I have a lovely life filled with many wonderful people and experiences and I’m always really happy and grateful, however this is not how I pictured I would be at 24.

I guess looking back I didn’t really ever stop to think how I expected to feel as I got older. And it’s not that I’m scared of getting older as actually I quite like the increasing wisdom and respect which comes with age, however I don’t feel grounded, I don’t feel anywhere near being fully accomplished and I certainly am not at the point where I feel content.

When you are at school people say those are the best years of your lives, when you are in your twenties people are saying the same thing so you begin to wonder “what actually is the best time of your life?” Will you ever have a moment where you wake up one day and think “yeah, I’m happy I have it all together, I know what I wanted and now I’ve got it”?

I actually think that being in your twenties is one of the toughest times of your life. In your teens, people don’t expect much from you except that you will make mistakes and probably be a bit angsty and hormonal and yet in your twenties you’re an adult and people expect you to act like one, eventhough you are still muddling your way through except at the same time working full time, or battling to find a job after uni and probably having to look after yourself at home too. As you approach your mid twenties, questions about when you are going to get married and have kids become more frequent and if, like me, you aren’t sure whether marriage and babies is your thing the response is always “you’ll change your mind, you’re only young”! I’m lucky as I’m pretty self assured and outspoken and luckily supported in all I do by my family, but even I sometimes hear these responses and wonder if I’m normal. But in my logical mind, I want to remind you that we actually don’t know what normal is. Who defines normality? Who defines what is an acceptable way to think and feel.

So I guess all I want to say is, don’t worry and don’t hide how you are feeling. Don’t worry if sometimes you feel fat and frumpy and yet still want to eat every item of food within reach and not go to the gym, don’t worry if you aren’t sure what you want to do or achieve in life or if your views are different to those around you. Just do you – You’re the only one that can and so you should make the most of it!

I hope you liked this post and that it helped if you were feeling at all confused, down or just fed up!

Lots of love, Leanne xx

 

Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner Review

Hey everyone,

I haven’t been so good at sticking to my posting schedule recently and planned this week to have already posted a weightloss update and my March favourites, but due to one thing and another that hasn’t happened, oh well!

Today I decided that it has been a really really long time since I did a review, so that is exactly what I’m posting today and if you hadn’t already guessed from the title, today I am reviewing the Maybelline Master Graphic Eyeliner! And don’t worry if you haven’t got time to read all this post, catch up with my pros and con’s for a bitesize overview at the bottom of this post 🙂

The reason I decided to do this post now is because recently I had to repurchase it as my first one ran out! I’ve owned this eyeliner for ages, literally since it was first released I think, and normally I am a bit fickle with the beauty products I purchase, but amazingly, when my first eyeliner ran out, instead of looking to buy another similar product there was no doubt in my mind that this was the eyeliner I was going to buy!

Before finding this product I used to use a liquid eyeliner with a smaller brush tip, where the liquid was often very watery and often transferred to your upper lash line, which wasn’t too much of a problem, however, I was certain there must have been a better way. I’ve never been a huge fan of kohl for a good cat eye (probably my signature look – I wear winged liner everyday!) so for me, finding the perfect eyeliner was of huge importance. Like I said, being a fairly fickle shopper, often swapping between products based on cost, I’m pretty fortunate that I have tried pretty much everything out there, and one day a year or so ago I stumbled across the launch of this product in Boots.

When I first went to use this I was scared! It was so different to other eyeliners that I had used. When you touch it, it doesn’t feel like a liquid liner at all so I was worried it would be rubbish for what I wanted it for and looking more like a whiteboard marker than standard eyeliner also scared me a bit! I gave it a go anyway and honestly I have been hooked ever since!

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The fact that the tip is angled means you can achieve a different sized line so easily depending on how dramatic you want your makeup to be. The fact that the tip is also flat allows you to create a straight line up from the corner of your eye to easily achieve the perfect winged liner! Although at first sometimes it can seem to apply a bit like a dried up felt tip, with a few goes over it creates the perfect line and consistency without becoming cakey and crumbly like other liners I have used. Even better is that once it’s applied it’s almost instantly dry, so no more hanging around trying not to ruin the rest of your makeup, you can just get on and go, which is perfect in a hurry!

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I find it lasts all day and night if I need it to, without any rub or transfer throughout the day and when I do want to remove it at night it comes off as easy as it goes on! I love it and honestly don’t think I am going to find another eyeliner which even comes close to this for such an amazing price.  It’s only £5.99 in Boots and is almost always on offer. It must be good as you can’t even order it online at the moment! For me it’s already a winner purely because I always use this on other people when I am doing their makeup, recommend it when other people ask how I do my eyeliner and was a definite repurchase, which is definitely the highest accolade I can give a product 🙂

For me this is an absolute 5/5 however I can understand how others may not get along so easily with it as it is a bit confusing to get used to, but with practice I am sure it will be a firm favourite in almost any make up junkies kit!

Pros

  • Cheap
  • Lasts all day and all night
  • Create different sized lines using the different edges of the tip
  • Dark colour which is easy to build on
  • So easy to create the perfect winged liner due to multi-angled tip
  • Small enough to take with you anywhere
  • Dries quickly and doesn’t transfer onto upper lid
  • Is a good consistency – not too dry or too runny
  • Lasts for ages even with everyday use
  • Doesn’t dry out

Cons

  • Sometimes the inner cap gets stuck on the product (I guess it’s to stop it drying out) but this can be easily opened just by putting the lid on again
  • Could be confusing to a makeup newbie how to use
  • First application can look like dried felt tip, but easily buildable

And here is a typical look of mine created using the Maybelline eyeliner…

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I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoy using this product! Just a quick disclaimer that I bought this product through my own choice and have no affiliation with Maybelline, I just really REALLY love this eyeliner! Let me know if you have a favourite liner in the comments below or if you’ve used this one, let me know how you found it! As always please like, comment and share this post 🙂

Lots of love, Leanne xx