10.9.14

How to 'Get Over It'.

The title sounds quite rude when I read that back... "get over it". Not the nicest of sayings, and definitely not one that you'd expect to be coming from someone who strives to be as nice as possible, like me (I mean I even apologise to doors after walking into them, no lie!) Nonetheless, it is one that needs to be said. We all go through ish in our lives, some things more serious than others and some that affect us more than others. You'll always have a point in your life where things don't go as you plan, whether it's relationships, work, studies or more. Something we often forget (& I'll be the first to put my hands and say I'm sure as hell guilty about this) is that we all two options in situations like these.


We can obsess over the situation. "What could I have done?" "What shouldn't I have done?" "Will I be okay?" "Why is it always me?". We can ask ourselves these questions and more and allow our brains to think of absolutely nothing but the situation. Questioning, analysing, critiquing and upsetting over the same thing. Overthinking will get us nowhere. 

OR

We can get over it. I've been brought up with the proverb - "whatever happens, happens for a reason". Now I know this saying isn't relevant to situations of illness' or death, but what I'm addressing today is little life situations that mean nothing in the big scale but upset or anger us for a long time nonetheless. Why bother? Because you'll waste your life away obsessing over the tiniest things, trust me. I'll let you in on how I get over it...

Look for the silver lining
Like I just explained - whatever happens, happens for a reason. You can look for a positive in nearly all of life's little downfalls. You didn't get the job you wanted? That's fine. Another one will come along, and the experience of the first will build you up to be more prepared, more ambitious and more thankful. You've had a bad relationship that's not ended well? You're one step closer to the right one. The failures & experiences in our lives make us who we are, you might not realise it now but when you're going to the uni you're enjoying, doing the job you love and are with the person you want to, you will.

Distraction
It's certainly not the psychologist 'getting-to-the-root' resolution, but if you're anything like me, you'll know that your brain winds you up. The longer you spend alone with your thoughts, the more time you have to dwell on the situation. Distract yourself. Meet up with friends and let them help you become happier without you even realising. Lose yourself in an amazing book or a TV series (my current choice: Vampire Diaries, of course). Go Pinterest crazy, it'll often lead you straight into my next point...

Channel that energy
Similar to the distraction point, except instead of losing yourself in something, channel your feelings into something productive. Pinterest is full of crafty DIY techniques & exciting make up looks to try. Why not actually try them? The same goes for blogging... in fact, that's the reason I'm writing this post today. Even better, channel your energy into working out. If you know me you'll know I'm the most unfit person to probably walk this earth but about 70% of my truly successful workouts are fuelled by my desire for distraction and they help me feeling pretty good by the end. Once you gain this positive outlook, your solutions or ability to get over any situation are so much more effective.

Go back to basics
The fact that you can read this blog post in the first place means that you are so much more privileged and lucky to be where you are, regardless of your situation. The fact you are under a shelter, with food, water, even wi-fi, makes you part of the world's richest population. I read somewhere that at least 80% of the worlds population live on under $10 a day. We're all guilty of relative deprivation (hello sociological term!), that is, feeling deprived in comparison to those around us. It's by no means a cheerful topic, but it's one that we need to be reminded of now and then.

Have a nap
When I was younger I used to have this weird thing, where I would take a nap any time I was scared. I remember taking naps when there was lightening & thunder outside and even once when I was at my nan's and she was dog sitting two huge, like even bigger than me, what I saw as scary dogs. I had the mentality that if I slept it off, when I woke up, I'd be fresher and be able to handle everything. Strange, but I still carry this now (except not over thunder and dogs, obviously!). When I wake up after a distressing day, I'm ready and determined to make the new one better. You should be too.

Most importantly, we need to understand that these things in life happen, whether we're thankful for them or not, but we bounce back and move on. We'll always be happy again.

x

4.9.14

BareMinerals BareSkin Liquid Foundation Trial.

I'm not a huge fan of exploring away from my much loved & regular beauty products, so once a free sample is offered, especially of a high-end product, I'll jump on the chance. Bare Minerals UK have recently offered a free 10 day sample of their new BareSkin liquid foundation, which you can register for here. Obviously being a beauty fanatic skint student meant that I took this offer up as soon as I could & I went into my local Bare Minerals counter to recieve it.


The experience was as every trip to a beauty counter was. In order for me to recieve my sample, I had to be matched & never exploring Bare Minerals before meant I was more than happy to sit in the lovely little chair whilst the manager did my make up. I absolutely love the 'stripped down to natural' approach Bare Minerals takes (as you can tell by the name) & when asked the lovely manager told me that this foundation only included 12 ingredients as opposed to an uncountable (as in, I literally got so bored counting) amount in my regular foundation MAC's Studio Sculpt.

Something that caught me off guard, and that I loved, was the brush used, the Perfecting Face Brush. I've never seen a brush with an indent right in the middle before, and when applying, you're supposed to use a drop or two in the middle of the indent and buffer out. I personally already prefer buffing my foundation out, as I use the Real Techniques Stippling Brush, and to me this brush was literally perfection. It's so soft & has amazing bristles, it's been shoved right to the top of my 'Make-Up Buys list!'

Once my make-up was done, I genuinely was surprised with how much more brighter my skin was. Like I've mentioned before my patchy olive toned skin has quite harsh golden undertones, which often leads to a really dull natural skin complexion. The free sample given was in a tiny pot (hardly 10 days, but that wasn't so surprising) & it came with a little card to tell you all about the foundation itself. I took the sample to try it out myself & left the make up on the whole day to test it out.

Unfortunately, my love for this foundation didn't last. I took the little girl I often watch to a playgroup & whilst running around & playing with her in quite warm weather I did get a little hot & sweaty (so attractive, I know!). I wiped my forehead and my hand was just covered in the foundation. I didn't expect the foundation to fall off my skin so easily, but it came off and left me looking pretty strange, as you could tell where I wiped my face. I loved everything about this foundation, but was so surprised & upset to see it'd come off so easily. Primer was applied before and setting powder after, yet it still came of as easily as it was applied. 

I'm having an ill day at home today, but I've put part of the sample on to see how it fairs during a Vampire Diaries & blog day. So far so good, however I don't think I will be purchasing this foundation any time soon, not until I can be certain it'd stay on my skin. I need a foundation that can fair well with really long days, nights outs and different weathers, and this just wasn't it.

Give it a go yourself though (after all, it is free!) & let me know what you think x 

2.9.14

Homely Haul.

I promise you, your eyes are not deceiving you. This is, in fact, the second post in two days. Today's post is a lovely little Homeware Bit's & Bobs (as I'm not sure I have enough to classify it as a haul!)

If you follow me on instagram, you'll have seen me begin to buy & collect a few homeware items for my Uni house. I really wanted to buy a few nice and exciting items to make my Uni room more homely however, didn't want to break the bank either, student-y budget & all. Obviously not including all the essential boring-ish stuff (toiletries, food etc...), here are a few of my favourite, purse-friendly buys.


B&M
Brown Heart Cushion - £5.99
Cream 'Love' Cushion - £5.99
Heart Patterned Storage Box - £2.99
"The Drinking of Non- Alcoholic Drinks is Strictly Forbidden" hanging - £2.99

Asda
George Home Vintage Patchwork Duvet Set (you can see it here) - £12.00
Mirror - (On sale) £4.00 

The Range
Tea Towels (I just love how gorgeous the designs of these are, similar ones are here) - £4.99
Weekly Planner  (Perfect for a blogging schedule, similar one here) - £1.99
Hard Cover Pink Spotty Notebook - £2.99

The Candles were given to me as a gift.

There are just a few of my favourites & I have a few others still yet to come. I'm hoping you'll get too see my complete Uni room look once I've moved and settled in. Let me know what you think of my buys in the comments down below.

I'll (hopefully) be seeing you all again tomorrow x 

1.9.14

Hello September.

I can't believe we're already in the 9th month of the year, and that it's already been a whole month since I wrote my 'Hello August' post! So much has happened this month, and so much is set to happen this coming month! So much happiness and excitement (yay!)


Goodbye August.
❃ I went on such a gorgeous, sunny and beauts family holiday to Barcelona (you can see some pictures here)
❃ The 'Girly camping weekend in the Cotswolds' got rained off, but we did take a gorgeous trip down to Bath (& may have over-done it with the shopping... oops!)
❃ I reached & passed 150 Bloglovin' followers & you can read about it all in my last post. Thank you again everyone.
❃ I lost even more weight, bringing me to a total lost of 15 pounds in the last 2-3 months (I do however, type this whilst eating a calorie-laden pot of Pasta!)

Hello September.
❃ The first three weeks of  September are the only few weeks I have free this summer! I can't wait to roll out of bed late and begin to get into an exercising & healthy eating  Netflix & junk eating routine before heading back to University.
❃ I'm going to attempt to blog every day this first week of September! I have the whole week free, and am looking forward to making the blog my number 1 priority, posting hauls, tips & beauty posts for you all.
❃ My beautiful little sister turns 16 this month! I can't even believe that she's that old, but I am so excited to help her have an amazing day, she deserves nothing less!
Becky (you'll have most certainly seen her in my past posts) returns back to my hometown & I cannot wait to be reunited!
❃ September is also the month I go back to Uni! Completely mixed feelings as I really do not want to leave home and attend lectures, but I cannot wait to see all my friends & settle back down in Bath.

What's all planned for you lovelies in September? Let me know x

27.8.14

My Take on the Liebster Award & (You Decide...)

Hello lovelies! An 'update-y' post for you all today. I have quite a bit to say but stick with me, it's all important!


Firstly, thank you so much for following me. I've managed to reach & past my first bloglovin' milestone of 150 followers way before I had even anticipated. Thank you everyone for reading, liking and promoting my blog, it means so much! I've decided that once I reach 250 followers, I'll run my first every giveaway. I've not quite decided what it'll be yet, but I promise you it'll be something worth it! Keep an eye out for that & to those of you not following me on bloglovin', get on it here.

Secondly, I've always wanted to expand my 'About Me' section of my blog. If you can think of any questions or so you'd like me to answer (however serious or silly), ask them down in my contact form on the right sidebar or email me at kapoor.sue@gmail.com.




Lastly & certainly not least (ly?), I've been nominated a crazy amount of times to do the Liebster Award by so many lovely bloggers. The longer I've taken to do this, the more nominations & questions have come up & in honesty if I sat down to answer the questions now, we'd probably still be here by Christmas (which, now I think about it, isn't actually that soon... yay!). I've decided to take a different approach as I love the idea of promoting growing blogs, but don't want to do it in a one time post. Therefore, I am going to post a lovely 'Discovered Blogs' post (working title) every now and then (most likely every month) a little like other bloggers' advertising posts however don't want it to be sponsored. In doing this, my promise to you is that I'll always post blogs I enjoy reading and if you want me to check yours out, just leave thoughtful comments (as those are the blogs I chose to read) on any of my future posts, email me or write in my blogger contact form (links all in the right sidebar). I already can't wait to write my first post (which will probably be up in the next couple of weeks or so).

As always of course, I would love you guys to give me feedback on it. Is it a lovely way you'd love to find new blogs?

Does anyone also have a lovely catchy name for it? I'm open to any ideas x

24.8.14

How To: Naturally Long Nails.

I've rediscovered my love for pinterest recently and whilst wasting hours of my life scrolling through, I came across a large amount pins of so many gorgeous, long and beautifully painted nails. Now with things on pinterest (such as all my fitspo and clean eating pins, which you can browse at here) I usually pin them and move on, however seeing all these gorgeous photos really inspired me to grow and strengthen my nails out naturally.


 (Let's just forget about the Michael Kors bag in the last picture before we I all get incredibly depressed.)

My nails & I sure have one hell of a back story! I ruined my nails by constantly using fake ones (& ending up ripping them off) or applying cheap-o £2 drugstore ones (which would often be found all over the house after a night out... classy, I know!). However, as I type up this post with my clean, long and stable nails for you lovelies, you can see we've resolved our issues.

Here are my personal, tried and tested tips to get gorgeously long and stable nails.

1. Don't bite them!
Obvious point enough! I'll be honest and say I'm not one for biting my nails, not nearly half as much as I've seen others do, but I do bite them when I get nervous. You can buy products such as the Stop & Grow Stop Biting nail varnish here which have horrid bitter tastes to put you off biting your nails. 
 
2. Avoid using fake nails.
I'm not saying stay away from fake nails forever (no way!), however do avoid using them when you can. When it comes to nails, you truly do get what you pay for, so stay away from those crazy cheap drugstore nails I mentioned earlier completely. It only takes opening the lid of a coke bottle for one nails to fling off and end up across the other side of the room and the glue is always harsh on your nails. I wouldn't advise constantly redoing your tips at Salons either, as they really grind down your nails in order to apply them. If you do chose to get fake nails at a salon, make sure also get them professionally removed too, as I'll admit to not bothering and ripping them off myself, only to have half my nail come off with it.

3. Clean & File your nails
Up on my list of pet hates is dirty nails... I absolutely hate them! So, though this goes without saying, make sure you clean them!! As soon as your nails get long enough to file, go for it. Filing you nails not only makes them look so much better, but also helps them to grow evenly. The rate at which you file your nails depends on the growth, but I file mine once or twice a week.

4. Let them breathe.
Goes without saying I guess. The longer you leave your nails free of fake nails or nail varnishes the better. I can't stress this enough! I hate not having painted nails, especially when I spend my time typing or writing away as my nails are essentially all I see. However, during exam time a little while ago, I deliberately stopped painting my nails (as I always get distracted in exams and end up peeling the varnish off) and leaving them alone for 3-4 weeks completely meant that they grew before I could even realise it!

5. Chose your nail varnishes carefully.
A trial and error point, I won't lie, but some nail varnishes can be really harsh on your nails. I always look for nail varnishes with gorgeous colours and with large brushes. Applying your nail varnish with a larger brush means you use less strokes, which makes it easier to apply, looks better and means you use less nail varnish trying to 'fill in the gaps'. My favourite recent discovery have been the NYC in a minute nail varnish range, which you can browse here.

And there they are. Honestly, they probably are things you've all been told of before, but I promise you, if you stick to these tips it'll only take 2 weeks to see your nails strengthening and growing and you'll be able to maintain them easily. I know I have!

Do you have any tips for growing and maintaining naturally long nails?  Let me know! x


22.8.14

Blogger Tips & Tricks: Comments

Hey beauties! How are you all? Today's post is a little different from the beauty and lifestyle regulars. I've had this blog for almost 4 lovely months now and have tried really hard to make the blog as personal as I can. I know how frustrating it can be wanting a certain feature on your blog and ending up being lost in the pages of Google to find a simplistic answer. Luckily for all you lovelies, I've brought together the tips (as I learn them) to fill you in.

The first post in this feature will be all about things I've learnt in relation to Blogger comments. As a blogger, the fundamental way in which you connect to your readers is through the comments, and therefore you aim to make the commenting system easy, simple and straightforward as well as want to know how to leave perfect comments for your favourite bloggers.

 
How to Remove word verification
Makes it so much easier for your readers to leave you a comment.
  1. On your blogger homepage, click the name of your blog so you are directed to the 'Overview' page.
  2. On the left side bar, click the 'settings' tab placed right at the bottom.
  3. Underneath the tab, click the 'Posts and Comments' link, second down.
  4. Scroll down and change the box next to 'Show Word Verification' from Yes to No.
Yay, no word verification!

How to Moderate comments
Because if you have friends like mine, trust me it'll help.
  1. On your blogger homepage, click the name of your blog so you are directed to the 'Overview' page. 
  2. On the left side bar, click the 'settings' tab placed right at the bottom.  
  3. Underneath the tab, click the 'Posts and Comments' link, second down. 
  4. Click the 'Always' next to the 'Comment Moderation'.
  5. Remember to write your email underneath so moderation requests can be sent straight to your email. 
How to Embed a link in Blogger comments
Embedding a link of your blog on comment s on other bloggers' posts mean it's a lot easier for people to go to your blog and increases your traffic substantially!
  1. When writing a comment, enter this code <a href=http://www.lalalasunaina.blogspot.co.uk> Sunaina ❃ </a> (with your blog's details) at the bottom.  
Try it now down below. Leave a link to your blog in the comments
 
There you go... simple tips that make the biggest differences! I'll also be posting a similar post next month on changing the comments system to Google+ or Disqus, so keep an eye out. I'll see you all with a beauty post (on gaining naturally long nails) in the next couple of days x