Become a Morning Person

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If you know me then you know I have never really been a morning person. Getting up before 9am was never going to happen. No way, no how! Hearing my Sister get up at 7.30am on the weekends used to baffle me. I always went to bed at 3am. It was just the way I lived, and I didn’t mind it.

The earliest that I ever had to start work was 12pm so I always had a couple of hours in the morning to get a few jobs done around the house. When the hours at work changed I knew that some days I would have to be up at 6.30! It was only the weekends that I had to be up earlier and I figured that would be fine, it wasn’t. My routine Monday – Friday was to go to sleep when I wanted and to get up around 9am like I had been doing for years but when it came to the weekend my body struggled because 6.30am was not part of the routine.

Thats when I realised I would have to make 6.30am my EVERYDAY routine time to rise and shine.

Becoming a morning person has changed my life. I am more productive.  I found that I was able to get most of my work around the house done in the morning, giving me the rest of the day to write blog posts, hang out with my friends (which I never got to do very much before) and I leave myself enough time to get to work.

If you want to become a morning person then let me give you a little guidance. Anybody can become a morning person with just a few changes and a little patience because the transition from a night owl to morning person doesn’t happen instantly.

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Step 1 – Changing your bed time

This isn’t going to be a drastic as you may think. Im going to explain how this works on the basis of the hours I used to go to sleep. So my normal bed time was 3am, the idea is to take of half an hour and do that for a week and then another half an hour and do that for a week, so on and so forth until you have reached the appropriate bed time, which in my case is 9 am. The first week I made it 2.30am, then 2am, the third week was 1.30 am. I think you get the picture. There are going to be days when it’s not possible to get to bed at 9am, I know that but for the most part this will be your routine.

Step 2 – Having a night time routine

Your body may find it a struggle to get to sleep earlier but there are a few things that you can do to help yourself relax before bed.

  • Turn off electronics at least 1 hour before bed, they keep the mind active (mobiles, consoles, TVs)
  • Listen to calming music (I like to listen to Yiruma piano music)
  • Meditate
  • Have a bath
  • Have a cup of decaf or herbal tea
  • Read a book for 30 minutes

You must try and do as many of these as you possibly can. It is so important to relax your mind.20663fbf0984e70ac4cb43f4affd1423_Fotor

Step 3 – Take on the morning

The most important rule here is to not hit snooze. If you are guilty of doing this then when you put you mobile away before bed just set one alarm but place your phone across the other side of the room, then you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Hopefully over time your body clock will get a re-jig and you will be able to join the 1 in 5 people who let their body naturally wake them up on time.

Alarms are never really a good thing because they sometimes force you out of a deep sleep and you’re not meant to wake up from a deep sleep,  you’re supposed to pass to the lighter preparation stage first, then open your eyes. Hitting the snooze button is also a big no no for this reason too because you keep entering a deep sleep and then forcing yourself back out of it. Doing this over and over is what causes you to feel grouchy.

Step 4 – Have a morning routine

Just like you have when you prepare for bed, a morning routine is just as important. It is vital that you give yourself enough time to adjust properly. When you’re asleep at night, all sorts of things are happening, your body temperature starts to fall and your blood pressure goes down. When you wake up your body has to recognise the time.When you get up, you stand upright and you’re much more active, so your heart, and everything else, just has to work that little bit harder. It takes time for your body to get ready for that change.

I leave my phone across the room still just to be careful, once i have got up to turn it off I open my blinds and sit back on my bed. I take it 3 deep breaths and let my body and eyes adjust to the light. I take a bottle of water to bed with my and in the morning I always take a massive gulp to hydrate. I keep a dream journal which I write in every morning, you can get the same one here. This gets my brain working.

I go down stairs and make a green tea or coffee, which ever I fancy that day and some breakfast. I NEVER EAT BREAKFAST IN BED. I was always told you should always eat your meals at a table, it helps your body digest.

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After breakfast I pop back upstairs to the bath room where carry out my morning skin care routine. (I may do a post on that soon, let me know below if thats something you would like to read/see). Once that is complete I head back into my room and make my bed. Making your bed is a MUST, it stops you wanting to get in it as much.

Step 5 – Exercise

Now this step might not be for everyone, some people may not like to exercise others may have their own routine/times to work out but studies have proven that exercising in the AM is one of the most effective ways to wake your brain up. In addition, those endorphins will give you a jumpstart to your day. After a morning workout I always feel refreshed, happy, and ready to tackle my day.  Just 15 minutes of yoga or some stretches will do the job or if you really want to get those juices flowing go for a run, there aren’t many people out running this early so it will be peaceful.

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Step 6 – Be motivated

Make sure you stick to it, even on your days off. It’s hard to get up in the morning when you have nothing to get up for. Make plans for each day, I have an Erin Condren life planner and I put in there everything I want to or need to get done for the day. Remember to live your life and be the best version of yourself.

Thank you for reading


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Rose Bombshell (New Edition)

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If you used LUSH products last Mother’s Day  you may have noticed that this bath bomb has changed. It has the same name but the bomb its self and the concept has changed completely ! I don’t mind change really,  but this I wasn’t a fan of. But I wanted to separate the two and kind of treat this as a new bath bomb rather than an ‘improved’ bath bomb.

The bath bomb to look at is pretty, not the best. The scent on the other hand is one of my favourites from LUSH and it’s the famous Rose Jam scent!

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The issue I have with this product is that theres not much to it. The main colour is pink and the centre holds a small amount of turquoise. It dissolves extremely fast ad in the centre are what LUSH call ‘Yellow rose petals’, they may very well be but they honestly look like dead rose petals. The colours of the bath bomb once merged create a dusky pink/peach with it pretty but doesn’t really POP. That dusky colour assisted by a few dead looking petals just didn’t make me feel great in that bath.

Overall I didn’t think this was a great product from lush. The scent was amazing, but I know that I can find that same scent in the other Ro’s Argon family products so I will probably stick to them.

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Also, the pink colouring left a pink ring around my bath which I really had to scrub to remove.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Fine Sea Salt, Yellow Rose Petals, Rose Absolute, Geranium Oil, Rose Oil, Sicilian Lemon Oil, *Limonene, Citronellol, Coumarin, Perfume, Frosty Holly Lustre, Colour 17200, Colour 45410.

Price: £3.95

Rating: ★★

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All reviews are a matter of opinion.

 

Valentines Gifts

Roses and chocolates are not all that is on the market for Valentine’s Day. Surprise your loved one with something a little more unique. As Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and a lot of you don’t have time to find something I thought i would do all the hard work for you. I have found 10 of the best valentines gifts.

Typographic Story Of Us Print from Notonthehighstreet.com £30

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Personalised Message In A Bottle from Prezzybox.com £9.95

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Prince Charming Shower Gel from Lush.com 250g £9.75

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Kate Spade His & Hers luggage tags from JohnLewis.com £22

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Emma Bridgewater Mr & Mrs Mugs from JohnLewis.com £39.95

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Letters to My Love Book from UrbanOutfitters.com £10.99

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Peanuts Guide to Love book from UrbanOutfitters.com £7.99

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Retro Mini Digital Radio from JohnLewis.com £79.95

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Personalised Map Location Heart Print from notonthehighstreet.com $47

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Personalised Keepsake Box from notonthehighstreet.com £39.95

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I hope this helps all you love birds out there. Let me know in the comments what your favourite gift for valentines was.

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Lush Lord of Misrule Review

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Im back with another Lush Cosmetics review and this time its Halloween themed!

Originally released in 2013 Lord of Misrule is a bath bomb that has been brought back this Halloween by Lush Cosmetics. The Pagan Feast of Fools themed bath bomb Lush say to  ‘Revel in your bath with this mischievous bomb that features a spicy herbal blend of patchouli and black pepper oil.’

I couldn’t imagine disliking this bath bomb. The patchouli coupled with the intriguing addition of black pepper oil. The inside of this deep shamrock green goodness is a beautiful wine colour and POPPING CANDY! (You all know I love popping candy in my bath)

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The bath bomb had an earth aroma with notes of vanilla which linger in you bath for ages! To me, the scent is reminiscent of Twilight and bath bomb but with a peppery twist. 

This one has a lot of froth and it is absolutely beautiful when the colours swirl together.
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My skin felt super soft after my bath and  the smell stayed on my skin for hours. I felt completely relaxed from this bath bomb, the black pepper was a nice touch!

This has become one of my favourite ever bath bombs from Lush. I highly recommend that you grab yourself one(or as many as you can fit in your bag!)

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Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Popping Candy, Cream of Tartar, Black Pepper Oil, Patchouli Oil, Fair Trade Vanilla Absolute, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Gardenia Extract, *Limonene, Perfume, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140.

Price (in 2015): £3.95

Rating: ☆☆☆☆☆

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August GlossyBox Review

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Hello there! So I wanted to do an apology post because I’ve not been able to post in FOREVER! But I figured I would just keep it short and sweet and put it at the start of this GlossyBox Post.

Sometimes, no matter how much you try to dedicate yourself to your blog and your readers something in your life will get in the way. This is exactly what happened for me. The last blog post from myself was about a Job Promotion, well that went very wrong for me. I enjoy my job and I try to work my hardest all the time but sometimes things just get a little much and on this occasion it took its toll on my skin.

I suffer from eczema, I have done since birth but I have it under control, most of the time. This time though, stress took over and I ended up in a look of pain and the eczema targeted my hands and feet. For a very long time I was completely unable to walk. I demoted myself at work to try to help with my stress levels and I have been off work since MAY!

I thought about posting whilst I was off but I really had nothing to post about because I was in bed unable to move day in and day out.

BUT IM BACK!! and I don’t plan on going anywhere

So to start this blog back off I am going to give you and an August GlossyBox Mini Review…ish.

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For some unknown reason my August GlossyBox turned up on the 2nd September so this is a bit of a late review but never the less. So this month we were back to the classic pink box which I love! I keep al of my boxes under my bed, some I use for storage and others are empty but I also use them to put odd-shaped gifts in to make them easier to wrap.

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When I opened this box I was super excited to see two of the brands that I love, SASS and NAOBAY. There was also a product from a brand called MeMeMe which I haven’t got on with before and two new brands for me to try.

I though I would try the new products first as I kind of has an idea about the others already. So fist up is the Artist colour powder blush in the shade 108. This product was voted into the box by GlossyBox customers. It is a Blush/Bronzer hybrid from the Swedish brand Emite.

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I personally don’t like the colour. I am very pale and it is just too dark for me. That being said, the pigmentation is incredible and you don’t need a lot of product at all! This product is fantastic if you have a darker skin tone and it is perfect for contouring too. But because of the colour I had to pass this one on. (The photo is a little more red then the product, I tried to get it as true to colour as possible.)

Full size : £20.59

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The next product for me to try is a lash primer from the US brand Manna Kadar. The Glossybox description card says that it leaves your lashes ‘conditioned and voluminous’. Well, it doesn’t! I am not impressed with this product at all! I used it every night for a week and all it done was add a layer of product that was thick and dried very crusty on my eye lashes. I found that it was uncomfortable and I was constantly aware that it was on my lashes. It also says that it can be used under mascara for an ‘enhanced final effect’. I didn’t like it under mascara either, it made my mascara clump up. So over all I wasn’t impressed.

Full size: £14.55 

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Next I moved on the brand i didn’t get on with MeMeMe. This time I was trying a Lip glide in Playful Peach and it was PEACH!  The product is a matte-velvet chubby lip crayon and it has changed my mind on MeMeMe completely! I LOVE this product so much. It is super easy to apply and is so hydrating, the colour is very pigmented and lasts nearly all day. (I did have to touch up after food as normal.) This colour is super cute, I just wish GlossyBox had given it to us at the start of summer as it is the perfect summer shade! I will defiantly be purchasing more shades! Oh and one more thing, it’s such a great size that fits into your bag.

Full size: £6.95

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Moving on to the SASS Purifying Cleanser. This is an intimate wash that works as a probiotic to balance your skins PH levels. You use two pumps in the shower and rinsed with warm fresh water. I already use the Intimate Perfect Skin Concentrate which came in the May 2015 GlossyBox and I love it. So I was excited to use this wash. I have been using the Femfresh wash and it has been doing the job but the SASS Purifying Cleanser is out of this world. It is so gentle and soothing, there was no dryness after. It’s just such an amazing fresh product. I will be purchasing both the wash and concentrate again!

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Full size: £7 (BARGAIN!)

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Now for the final (and best) product in this box, the NAOBAY Calming Face Toner which is a Spanish 4 in 1 product. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this product! Lets start with the packaging, it is matte white with a wooden screw lid, so simple but so beautiful. It would look great on your vanity or on you bathroom shelf. I already have the Moisturising Peeling which gets rid of any artificial skin cells and daily impurities and now I have the Calming Face Toner to work along side it. You apply a few drops to a cotton pad and dab/softly wipe your face and it effectively removes traces of make up and impurities from the skin, cleanses, tones and soothe the skin with Chamomile and Asian Cantella.

I would love to repurchase this product but I’m not sure where from, if you know where I can purchase please leave me a comment.

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Full size: £10.65

*This blog isn’t sponsored all opinions are my own

**All brands are linked

If you wish to sponsor me feel free to contact me: Eleanorgreenslade@icloud.com


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OPI Hawaii

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This spring, OPI is celebrating the island state with a nail polish collection as colorful as the tropical paradise it represents. The twelve nail polish colours of OPI Hawaii include a variety of finishes and a rainbow of hues.

OPI nail polish is 3-free (Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP) though it’s been brought to my attention that some colours contain Formaldehyde Resin, but not all. I was only allowed one sample and it didn’t come with an allergen label so I’m not sure which polishes contain Formaldehyde Resin, but it is okay for you to check the table in store.

OPI have always been creative with nail polish names and these names are no different, with names like, Pineapples have feelings too!, Suzi Shops & Island Hops and my favourite colour Thats Hula-rious!

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Thats Hula-rious! is the colour that I chose to test and this was the result,

OPI-Hawaii-event-mani-3It’s a beautiful solid mint shade and it makes everything feel a little bit more like summer.

Price – £11.95

Available now!

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Instagram Favorites

I follow a lot of Instagram accounts, some friends, some readers, but mostly beauty blogs. Everyday I see incredible make up skills and beautiful colours on my feed. I figured I would share some with you.

So, from this point onwards every Friday I will making a blog post on my Top 6 make up looks for that week. I will also link each look to the owners profile so you could have a look at their other looks and even try them for yourself.

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1 –  lora_arellano

2 – pal_foxxia

3 – alisakissooo

4 – doedeere

5 – xariamonroe

6 – limecrimemakeup (can also be found on doedeere’s profile)

Find my Instagram here

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I ordered a GlossyBox

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This is just a quick post to let you all know that I made the decision to subscribe to Glossybox. Sorry if I’m a little late on band wagon. For the readers who don’t know what a Glossybox is I will explain.

Glossybox is a company that you  can subscribe to on different plans. I chose the pay monthly subscription, which you pay for before you receive your box as that is best for me. It works out a little more expensive but I’m no good with bills so being able to pay for that month there and then works for me.

Inside the box will be 5 beauty items for you to try. They will select these items based on the information you give them when you sign up. The fact that you get to try out 5 different beauty items every month is pretty damn good for £10. Obviously you have to keep in mind when starting a subscription that there may be some products that you have already used or even some that you don’t really like, This is the kind of risk that you have to take. If I don’t like the idea of something or if I already have given it a go I was considering doing a little giveaway. What do you guys think on that?

The website said that my box will be with me within 4 working days, which to be fair is pretty quick considering I’ve only just told them the beauty products I normal go for and the fact they haven’t even packed the box yet.

Glossybox isn’t the only company to do this, there are loads if you have a look around. I picked this one because, to me, it seemed the best. I will link Glossy box and some other companies that also do beauty subscriptions below.

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Below are the links to some Beaty Box sites. Enjoy! 

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Love Lula Beauty Box

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Too much lush?

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Right, I kind of feel like this post is a bit soon but that it is also needed. This is a kind of ‘sorry for the overload of lush’ post.

I am aware that the only posts that I have published so far are reviewing Lush products. I am sorry for this, i promise that there will be more variety in each of my posts. I do love Lush products, a lot. I probably know a bit too much about their products but this isn’t a Lush review blog, so it will be changing and improving.

I guess as I’m a new ‘blogger’ I am still trying to find my way and figure out what is worth blogging/reviewing. The next post I can promise will be something different. So, WATCH THIS SPACE!

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Shoot for the Stars

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The bath bomb that I will be reviewing today is Shoot for the stars. This is another Christmas bath bomb but I’m reviewing it still because it first came out in 2013 and it was brought back this Christmas (2014), so I figured I would review it incase anyone had received it over the christmas period and was kind of putting to the back of the queue or wanted to look out for it next Christmas to give it a go.

It has changed a little from last year, if I’m correct, I think the bath bomb from last year had a pink shooting star and this year it was silver.

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Pre bath this bath bomb is pretty colour and has a very strong scent. The scent is like the scent of ‘Honey, I washed the kids’ soap also by Lush. The scent does become more subtle when it is in the bath but the colours that the bath bomb produces when it touches the water are incredible. Firstly the amount of fluffy lilac foam that Shoot for the Star produced made it double in size and then little bursts of yellow started to appear from the centre of the bomb. After a few minutes the bath bob releases a reddish pink colour that entwines with the purple creating swirls of beauty.

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This bath bomb is a slow fizzer but is 100% worth the wait! the after math of water is a deep purple almost galaxy effect, which would make sense being as the bath bomb is called ‘Shoot for the Stars’.

WARNING!!!! If you don’t like glitter this bath bomb is NOT the one for you as is has glitter on the outside and even more on the inside, but if you love glitter this bath bomb is perfect for you. Just remember to give the bath a rinse after you’re done to wash away any excess glitter.

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Sorry I couldn’t get a better photo of the glitter and the lights were reflecting in the water too. however this is the final product of bath water, this deep purple, almost black water with a generous amount of little specs of glitter.

Quantitative Ingredients: Sodium Bicarbonate, Citric Acid, Brazilian Orange Oil, Bergamot Oil, Cream of Tartar, Lauryl Betaine, Sodium Laureth Sulfate, Propylene Glycol, Perfume, Gardenia Extract, Titanium Dioxide, Benzyl Benzoate, Butylphenyl Methylpropional, Limonene, Linalool, Colour 14700, Colour 45410, Colour 17200, Colour 42090, Colour 19140:1, Silver Lustre, Pink Lustre, Yellow Lustre, White Edible Stars.

Vegan?: Yes

Price (in 2014): £3.75

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

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