Monday, 27 November 2017

Chasing Positivity

The focus in the upcoming post (as you may have guessed from the title) is the ultimate struggle of pushing aside the negativity, and finding within yourself the strength to solely find (and focus on) the positive side to life i.e. looking at the glass half full.

Ironically, I'm writing this post on an evening where I, myself, find myself drowning in negative thoughts - a somewhat common occurrence on Sunday evenings, when I simply lay down in bed and dwell on the week to come, the early wake up calls, the deadlines to meet, and the monotonous days ahead.

So, I write this post not only to any interested reader - but to myself. As somebody who struggles with anxiety, overthinking and a worrisome mind, looking at the glass half empty is often the norm. And when it is such, then completely changing your mindset is not as easy as one may think (believe me).

Below are a few tips for anybody (*cough* myself *cough*) who may need that little boost to be more positive:

1. REMINDERS

You could use your phone, a diary, or just mental notes - but try to remind yourself of your blessings. Whilst negativity can be found in every nook and cranny, so can positivity. The week ahead may be monotonous/stressful, but is also be filled with new opportunities and is a blank platform within which to make new memories. Going in to the week with a positive mindset could result in a more fulfilling week overall.

2. MAKE TIME FOR WHAT YOU LOVE

Amidst a week of chaos and, well, unexciting events, be sure to schedule a coffee date with a loved one, a shopping trip, a movie night, or just about anything that makes you happy. Putting aside some time to do things you love could be just what you need to make the week more than bearable, and could actually be the push you need to feel more motivated and positive.

3. TAKE YOUR TIME

Go slow. Breathe in and out. And do life at your pace. Being in a negative mindset may mean that your motivation, excitement and willingness to succeed in your days are lacking. Giving a tip that tells you to be motivated/excited/willing would be so simple, but I know it's not that easy. Have your goals in mind, and chase those goals - but also do it at your own pace and however you feel is best for you.

4. SURROUND YOURSELF WITH POSITIVE VIBES

Embrace positivity around you, and push away the negativity. The people you spend your time with, and what you spend your time doing will have an impact on your daily life. So, stop for a second and think about the people who make you feel good, who push you to be your best and who support you - and make an effort to be around those people. On the contrary, identify the toxic people; those who stress you out, put you down, make you feel bad - and take a few steps back from them. Repeat the same steps for activities that make you feel good (i.e. embrace them), and those that make you feel not-so-good (i.e. step away). Finding peace and happiness in daily life will ultimately result in that peace and happiness being instilled within.

5. EAT WELL, EXERCISE & SLEEP

Whilst we've heard this one so many times, the point behind this is to feel good about yourself by taking care of your body. Although negativity could stem from many things, it could also stem from lack of sleep/food/exercise.

6. FOCUS ON YOURSELF

The most important tip I have to offer is this. And it can be summed up in one word: self-care. Give yourself and your needs importance. Take care of your mind and body. Be present in the moment, and learn to appreciate the little things. Focus your attention on the present and try to push thoughts about the future/past away.


I'll end this post with a quote I read the other day:
"We don't see things as they are, we see them as we are" - Anais Nin

Escaping the negative mindset you may find yourself in, and chasing the positivity within yourself and around you can alter your life completely. So, if you've found yourself in a bit of a rut lately, and are also looking to be more positive, join me in the journey of chasing positivity and hopefully, becoming more positive within ourselves too.

Do you have any other tips for being more positive?

Lexie Rose May X


Wednesday, 1 November 2017

Best Beauty Advent Calendars 2017

Helloo :)

It's that time of the year again... my tan is fading, the temperature has dropped and woolen sweaters have been pulled out. And whilst for many reasons that saddens me (I <3 and="" but="" can="" christmas="" corner="" help="" i="" is="" it="" mean="" my="" nbsp="" one="" only...="" only="" p="" round="" t="" tan="" that="" the="" thing="" think="">
And whilst I could write a long, long list of reasons I absolutely love Christmas time, todays blog post is simply focused on one of the many: Advent Calendars!

Now, my view on what the perfect Advent Calendar is has changed over time. For most of my life, it was the Advent Calendar that contained the best and biggest pieces of chocolate. However, a few years back, when beauty advent calendars became 'a thing', I couldn't help but become obsessed. I mean, opening a little box to find a delicious chocolate sounds great.. but opening a bigger box to find makeup - that sounds fantastic!!
(Disclaimer: I still, and always will, be obsessed with chocolate advent calendars, so this post recommends having one chocolate and one beauty advent calendar for Christmas time)

Following up on my blog post recommending the best beauty advent calendars for 2016, here's a list of my favourite advent calendars on the market this season:
(Price: High - Low)

1. Jo Malone (£300)




















Jo Malone's 2017 advent calendar, featuring a Georgian townhouse design, contains mini body lotions, perfumes and of course, candles. So if you're somebody who absolutely loves Jo Malone's gorgeous scents, and would absolutely love to try as many of them as possible (24, to be accurate), then this is the advent calendar for you!


2. Diptyque (£300)








Calling all Diptyque fans (i.e. everyone)... this gorgeous calendar is loaded with mini treats of the best scents. Let's look past the hefty price tag, and focus on the fact that this advent calendar could be the start of your miniature Diptyque candle collection. And who wouldn't want a collection of mini Diptyque candles?! (answer: nobody)


3. Harrods (£250) 





But, of course, Harrods have entered the world of beauty advent calendars and have provided us with this beauty! Containing nearly £600 worth of surprises, this luxury calendar contains treats from the best luxury brands, including Sisley, Acqua di Parma and Kiehl's. And 25 boxes means a treat for every day (including Christmas day)! 


4. Liberty (£169)


What better way to treat yourself pre-Christmas then with a calendar that contains several of the best products currently on the market? That's right, it contains a Diptyque candle, an Hourglass lip product, Laura Mercier eye stick and several other full-sized products (and some minis) of high-end brands! And if it's the price tag that's holding you back, then keep in mind that the calendar contains products worth over £500. So really, it's a win-win.. right?

5. Charlotte Tilbury (£150)



As somebody who absolutely loves makeup and skincare products, choosing a favourite brand is a difficult task. However, if I had to narrow it down, Charlotte Tilbury is definitely one of my favourites. The quality of both makeup and skincare products is out of the world, and don't get me started on the gorgeous packaging. So, all you beauty junkies - this one's for you! 12 of her best-selling products to open up (and obviously make use of) during the Christmas period - sounds great, doesn't it?

6. John Lewis (£149)


John Lewis are definitely front runners when it comes to celebrating the Christmas period (yes, I'm referring to the yearly adverts that have us all in awe)... but for us beauty lovers, John Lewis are giving us something... (dare I say it)... even better!! Providing us with a gorgeous beauty advent calendar containing so many best-selling products from leading brands (I see you, Mac, Benefit, Laura Mercier, Nars, Hermes!!), this calendar is one to get your hands on ASAP!!

7. The Estée Lauder Companies (£125)




First of all.. how cute (and in Christmas theme) is the star-shaped calendar?! And secondly.. how amazing are the products that this calendar contains?! With brands ranging from MAC to Clinique to Origins and also to Estée Lauder itself, this calendar is packed with some fantastic treats that will make that run up to Christmas that much more exciting! Oh, and rumour has it that only 1000 of these beauties were made... so hurry up and get yours!

8. Selfridges (£120)



And of course, our favourite department store has created the holy grail of beauty advent calendars, containing products from the best-of-the-best brands including Lancome, Kheils, Urban Decay, and also Victor and Rolf! Get it before its gone... quick!

9. Kheils (£95)


ATTENTION all skincare junkies... this one's for you! That's right, a whole calendar of mini versions of Kheil's skincare products.. including some of their best sellers. So, if you're simply obsessed with trying out different skincare products, or just love anything Kheil's, get your hands on this calendar ASAP!

10. Look Fantastic (£79)



The LookFantastic Beauty Advent Calendar is the stuff of dreams. Containing four mini drawers, each containing several different treats to be opened in the lead up to Christmas, this calendar is simply perfect for those beauty fanatics. Oh, and it's a total steal too... the products inside, from leading brands such as Illamasqua and Molton Brown, are worth over £300.

11. Bare Minerals (£75)


The Bare Minerals 'Box of Wonders' is exactly that - a box of wonderful makeup products ranging from eye shadows, to lipsticks, lip glosses, mascara, blusher and also some skincare treats. So, if you're a person who loves their makeup products, and loves trying out new colours, then this calendar's for you!

12. Asos (£55)




This ASOS calendar is packed with amazing treats, with products from brands such as Zoeva, Cowshed, Smashbox and many more. And costing £55, this calendar is wallet friendly too! And although around Christmas time, I personally prefer a calendar that's more "in theme", I'm totally loving the marble/pastel pink/rose gold effect that ASOS went for.

13. NYX (£50)



All makeup junkies, this one's for you! Whether you're a beginner looking to test different products, or a more experienced makeup user, this NYX calendar is the perfect option for you. As many of you know, the quality of NYX makeup is incredible, and likens some of the high-end luxury makeup brands. Containing 24 treats, this calendar will give you the chance to try out some of the best products the brand offers.

14. Body Shop (from £45)




Body Shop has created three different beauty advent calendars this year, with the most budget-friendly starting out at £40. It contains mini versions of several of their best selling products, including products from their skin care, makeup, bath & body and fragrances ranges. So, all you Body Shop fans, you have 3 gorgeous calendars to choose from... get picking!

15. No7 (£40)





Like what you see? Then get in line! This £40 calendar has a waiting list of over 85,000 people, and the treats inside are the reason why! Filled with a variety of products from this amazing brand worth a total of £169, this advent calendar will make the run up to Christmas so much more exciting!

16. Sleek Makeup (£35)



All Sleek makeup fans (or just makeup fans), this one's for you. This calendar will give your makeup bag a complete revamp, since it's filled with plenty of gorgeous makeup treats to be able to test out in the run up to Christmas, ranging from liquid liners, to mascaras and also to a contour kit!

17. Feel Unique (£35)



Feel Unique's Beauty Advent Calendar, named '12 Days of Beauty', contains 6 full size and 6 luxury sample size products from some amazing brands, including NYX, Elizabeth Arden and Rimmel. Oh, and let's not forget, the price-tag on this calendar is great too - making this calendar all the more tempting.

18. Benefit (£34.50)



Having tested out the Benefit Advent Calendar last year, I can wholeheartedly say that this calendar is amazing. Filled with mini's of Benefit's best selling products, including the Hoola Bronzer, the Pore Fessional primer and the 'they're Real!' mascara, this calendar will give you the opportunity to test out these products for yourself.. and will lead you to have to buy the full-size product when the mini runs out (trust me, I would know). And the price-tag is a massive PLUS! So, if you love Benefit, or have heard of Benefit and would like to try their makeup products out, get your hands on this calendar before it runs out!

19. Makeup Revolution (£30)




Makeup Revolution's advent calendar, costing only £30 pounds, is not only a super wallet-friendly calendar but it's also packed with a wide variety of beauty essentials that any makeup lover will go crazy over!

20. House of Fraser (£25)




Looking for an advent calendar and a great bargain? Then this one's for you! With 25 products of House of Fraser's very own brand 'Colour Couture', this calendar contains makeup products including glitter shadows and liners, lipsticks, nail polishes and even makeup brushes. Definitely a great choice for the make-up obsessed who just love trying out different (and glittery) products!


So, after some research, these are the calendars that are, in my opinion, the best on the market this Christmas season. I'm personally torn between which one to get my hands on.

Which one's your favourite?

Let me know in the comments,

Lexie Rose May X

Tuesday, 11 July 2017

Morphe 35O Eyeshadow Palette: Review | Lexie Rose May

Calling all Make-Up Enthusiasts!

After years trying different eyeshadow palettes, I think I've finally found THE ONE. Ok, maybe I'm being a bit dramatic - but you would be too if you tried this eyeshadow palette.

I first heard about the Morphe 35O online, whilst doing some research on eyeshadow palettes worth investing into. I came across tons of recommended ones; ranging from high-end to highstreet brands, big palettes to quads, bold colours to neutrals. So, when I stumbled upon this, it seemed a bit surreal. I mean, the factors seemed too good to be true: 
- It's a 35-pan palette 
- Wide variety of beautiful warm shades
- Recommended by professional make-up artists
- Sleek and slim packaging 
- AMAZING price tag (retails for £21.75)

So, just imagine my face when I went to add it to my cart and bam: SOLD OUT. Sold out on the Morphe website as well as all other websites that stock Morphe. Meaning, I added myself to a wait list of all these websites and hoped for the best. And... a couple of weeks ago, this beauty was back in stock! and obviously, I bought it!

Since being able to call this palette mine, I have made so much use out of it! I use it for everyday makeup (there are loads of neutral, matte shades), to full-out glam (the pigment of the glitter shades is amazing)!

The palette is made up of mostly warm shades, which I personally LOVE, especially for the summer months. The quality of the eyeshadows is amazing too - very pigmented, creamy and blendable. I do sometimes get some fall-out, meaning I'd need to rearrange my under eye makeup before heading out of the house.. but I've found that knocking the makeup brush slightly to remove excess can fix this problem completely.

Overall - I'm obsessed with this palette, and have not stopped using it. If you love warm shades, do yourself a favour and invest in this palette. You will not regret it. Promise! And for those of you who prefer the cooler shades, Morphe have tons of different palettes with different colour schemes, so I'm sure you'll find one that tickles your fancy :)

What is your favourite eyeshadow palette?

Lexie Rose May X