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03 January 2019

A Detangling Brush Worthy of The Name*

Hair Secretz Jojo Siwa Eat Dance Sleep Hair Brush

You should probably know that I'm a massive Dance Moms fan. There I said it. It's out in the open. I love Dance Moms. And I love hair brushes. So the Hair Secretz Jojo Siwa Hairbrush* collaboration is right up my street. Together they've created a two in one detangling and styling hair brush and I have to say, I'm very very impressed.

28 December 2018

My 2018 Goals: Did I Achieve Them?


In January I posted about the things I wanted to achieve in 2018. With only a few days left of the year, I thought it would interesting to look back and see whether I actually achieved them.

19 December 2018

What I've Learnt From A 9 Month Blogging Break


I never intended to take a nine month blogging break. I thought I'd only be gone a month or two but then, when does life ever really go according to plan. If you've read any of my posts before, you'll know that I have chronic illness called ME. I've had it for seven years and it's been really tough on my family and I. It has taken an enormous toll on my mental wellbeing, so last December I decided to start therapy. I was really struggling with my anxiety and a whole load of other issues and I knew that therapy was my best option. I've experienced a lot of trauma since I was a child and I've been dissecting everything over the last several months with my therapist. It's been enlightening and wonderful, but it's also exhausting. So instead of worrying about my little space on the internet, I decided to focus on my recovery. Trying to balance everything is difficult enough, but add a chronic illness into the mix and it's just not possible. I want my blog to be a positive place for me. I want to enjoy the process and everything that comes with it.

Since April, we've also been renovating our family home. It's been such an incredible experience and my parents have really let me be involved in the whole process. I've loved doing something completely different and it's been a really interesting experience. I will be doing more posts on the renovation now it's all done and I've been doing updates on Instagram along the way too. It's been a massive project but one that I'm so proud of. I've gone from only leaving the house for appointments, to going out several times a week, meeting different people and looking at all things to do with interiors.

I've learnt a whole lot about myself in the last 8/9 months. And stepping back from my blog has helped that. That being said, I've really missed it. Every time I scroll through Instagram or Twitter and see other people's posts and photos, I feel a little tinge of sadness that I've not been able to create anything. I think part of my problem is that I always feel like I'm a beat behind and that I should be doing so much more. It's silly really because there's no one for me to answer to if I don't put a post up, if that makes sense. My blog is mine. There isn't anyone else in charge of it, so I don't know why I put that pressure on myself. I've always said to myself that it's not time for my blog to take off the way others' have because I wouldn't be able to make the most of those opportunities. My health wouldn't be able to keep up. I need to remind myself that it's ok if I don't have a huge following or I don't collaborate with brands as much as I'd love to. I have to do what's best for my health, and maybe the timing just wasn't right. I'm really hopeful that the timing is right now. I hope that I can slowly get back into a rhythm with this blog. I think what taking such a long break has shown me is that I ultimately do love it. I love trying out new products and writing about them. It's a simple as that. And I think as long as I have that passion, I'll be able to get my blog to where I want it.

So I'm going to start slow. I'm going to try and get a post up here once a week. And I'm going to try and post more on Instagram. I'm going to do my best not to put pressure on myself to do any more than I'm physically and mentally able to. It's hard to not feel like you're falling behind when you have a chronic illness, but I want to give myself the best shot at recovery. And maybe my best shot is to know my limits and actually live by them. Even if you don't have health problems, it's so important to listen to what your body and mind are telling you. You have to do what's best for you.

And on that serious note, I'm going to wrap it up here.

See you soon,

Avani

23 March 2018

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution Review

The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution

It occurred to me the other day that whilst I've mentioned The Ordinary Glycolic Acid 7% Toning Solution, I'd never actually reviewed it. I've been using it for about 4 months now, so I'm ready give my thoughts.

20 March 2018

A Little Charlotte Tilbury Haul

Charlotte Tilbury Vintage Vamp Eyeshadow Palette, Charlotte Tilbury Legendary Lashes Mascara, Charlotte Tillbury Rock N Kohl Eyeliner in Barbarella Brown

Charlotte Tilbury makeup is like a gift from the gods. Everything about it screams luxury, from the iconic rose gold packaging, to the beautiful formula's. I'm always lusting after a bit of Charlotte Tilbury makeup and when Feelunique had a gift set on offer, I thought it would rude to ignore it.

16 March 2018

The Blogger Purchase #3

Becca Shimmering Skin Perfector in Champagne Pop, Alpah H Liquid Gold, Makeup Geek Eyeshadows, La Roche Posay Effaclar Duo Plus

The majority of my beauty purchases are blogger inspired. If a product has a bloggers seal of approval, you can be sure it's going on my list and into my shopping basket. Today's post is the third instalment of my Blogger Purchase series, where I share four products I love, that have come highly recommended by many a blogger.

12 March 2018

My Favourite Online Beauty Shops

J'adore Dior Perfume

There are so many places that I shop online for beauty, I thought why not make it into a post and share my favourite ones and any tips I have for those websites.
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