The Glamorous Life – at Westfield!

Just so you know, this is what I have been buying as of late.

I’m feeling a bit of purple fever at the moment – possibly due to the fact I’m obsessed with leopard print and purple goes effortlessly. Barry M is the best nail polish for value and quality – above are shades 308 Berry and 303 Bright Purple, followed by a gorgeous glitzy lilac shade that I couldn’t resist from a sexy new Italian makeup store called KIKO in Westfield.

I am in love with this shop as I couldn’t believe the vast range of shades and finishes – every colour, shade and tone under the sun was in this shop and they had the friendliest girls working there. I almost bought bright orange and zesty lemon shades too but felt I would be going too far in terms of nail purchases.

The scarf is from New Look.

Next purchased was this bag from House of Fraser. I adore it, it was only 29 pounds, it’s called the Milly tote from a brand called Therapy. I figured it would be cute to carry my uni books around in, I’m happy as it adds to the overkill of my vast unnecessary collection of leopard print pieces.

I would lie and say I purchased the Swarovski fragrance on the left, but my boyfriend did. He said he wouldn’t have me wearing anything else. So there we go, a nice fragrance that men like…I adore the scent of The Body Shop’s Morrocan Rose Body Butter – DEVINE. You only need a tiny amount as it’s so rich and nourshising. Buy. I bought the cute bird necklace from Toppyshoppy, it was on sale. The earrings are from Warehouse – they look so much more expensive than a mere 8 quid! The scarf on the right was actually not bought in Westfield but I found it at a car boot sale and loved it. And the leopard print is a dress from H&M.

I have to say this whole concept of shopping and blogging is really taking it’s toll on me…;-)

Stephanie xx

 

Smooth and Luminous Satin Skin

It’s not very often I do specific product reviews related to one purchase – you’ll only see me cover products that have actually made my life easier or a little more glamorous. I genuinely believe that you should spend a little more on primer – you get what you pay for – and the best, most indispensable primer I could find was that of Smashbox Photo Finish. The texture is a dream, it melts into your skin and creates the smoothest, most matte base you’ll ever have! Then Too Faced came along and set up shop in Boots and we all converted to the cheaper, gorgeously-pink primer that was easy on the eye and a pleasure to wear.

So, my recommendation is either of these beauties. The Smashbox comes in at around thirty pounds and can be found in Debenhams, Too Faced is twenty-two from Boots.

You’ll find your makeup literally glides on, the colour looks richer, and you’ll look more polished and refined. It’ll last way longer too. You can even wear it without foundation if you’re having a relaxing day lounging around the house and still want to have that soft yet oil-free feeling. Ladies, you will wonder how you ever did without!

Stephanie xx

Build A Successful Life – Don’t Let Your Boyfriend Be In Control

There comes a point in a successful girl’s life when we have to talk about men. Unfortunately.

What happens when a bright, beautiful young lady lets her boyfriend influence her self-esteem? The results are always tragic.

This is not about hating men. This is about recognising that they don’t like it when a girl revolves her life around them. And I see too many girls who spend their waking hours whining to their friends about why he hasn’t called or why he’s been withdrawn. I think these girls need to start doing themselves a favour by increasing their self worth and focusing on their lives.

There is an old saying: before you can love someone else, you need to love yourself first.
I want girls to have a glamorous and successful life, AND a decent relationship. I don’t want them to spend time analysing their man’s every action.

And that’s why I’ve written this post.

Before you even think about making that guy your boyfriend, make sure you gain 100% self-worth. OWN IT. If you’re already in the predicament of being with a guy who knows you’re unsure of yourself? Take back control and ownership, quickly, of your self-esteem before it’s too late.

Maybe you don’t think you’re all that. (And you should).

But don’t let him know that.

I know it’s comforting to be with the guy 24/7 because he sees you as the cutest thing since pikachu, makes your voice squeaky and turns your behaviour into an act that, if you’re friends saw, would be embarassing.

But making sure that, at the end of the day, you know who you are and you know you’re going SOMEWHERE is the best thing you can do for any relationship and most importantly for your life and health.

I mean yeah, he COULD end up the one you’re with forever, and if so, tell me:

WHAT IS THE FRIGGIN’ HARM IN LOOKING AFTER YOURSELF ANYWAYS??

I’m sorry I just get emotional. WAKE UP.

Give the guy and yourself some breathing space.

Coming from experience, I’ve always felt that a boyfriend wants his girlfriend the most and comes at her from all angles when she’s determined and focused on something. SOMETHING OTHER THAN HIM.

Example:

A job interview.

An exam.

A blog. Hello!

Friggin…a new mascara!!!

It doesn’t matter what you’re focused on, the point is guys like it. You might think this means that you’ll lose him. That you’re not paying enough attention to him.

Let me tell you something. It’s the complete opposite.

Sure…he’ll take his moods. He’ll go in a huff. He’ll throw his toy out the pram. Cos you’re not giving the little one enough energy to sap. And he loves fighting for it.

So the best thing about what I’m telling you is that not only do you get your life back, you also get an increase in attention from him. Which is fun. But don’t care too much about that, cos it defeats the purpose…

Just something amusing about your phone ringing off the hook ten times a second when you’re usually the one waiting and longing for his calls/texts/bbm/skype/tweets. I don’t like to see a girl sitting waiting on a guy for the wrong reason.

If you’re lucky enough to find the right guy to treat you well from the start – congratulations, you won’t need to play games. And you’ll know that as soon as you meet him. Unfortunately, the dating game can be harsh but women have wised up as to how to play it. Because we have learned, from all the tears and drama and hurt, that sometimes, we DO have to play a little game.

I know boyfriends are one of the most important (or at least frequent) topics of conversation amongst girls everywhere. I just wanted to give you my two cents. But I want to know your stories, your lessons learnt, your tears (that have gone to waste..) and most importantly – your advice.

Stephanie

xx

Achieve Success In Life – By Being That Person Who You Wish You Were

Have you ever felt as if every day that passes by is one day closer to when you’ll finally be that person you’ve always hoped to become? Do you feel almost as if that person is standing before you in the distance of time, waiting for you to be them…to join them…in living life how you have always dreamed it could be?

Maybe in your mind you have a private list of qualities that an ideal version of you would have or be.

You see, we all have images in our head of who we – eventually, but ideally ASAP – want to become.

And there lies the problem.

If you’ve ever heard of a man called Brian Tracey, you’ll know he is what you could call a success ‘guru’ – that is, an expert on how to be successful (something we all wish we were!). He tells us that in order to become who we want to be, we need to already be them.

Let’s see what this means, and how you can use it to change your life. The crucial point is understanding that, to really acquire your new ideal persona, it is simply about using your mind.

You can spend all the money you want on gorgeous clothes, perfume, makeup and ‘glamorous’ things…but if you don’t have your mind sorted then you will never ever pull-off the glamour until you BECOME that person INSIDE by using 3 resources you can find right inside you…

You need to shake up your

1. self-ideal…

2. self-image…

3. and self-esteem!

If, like me, you vaguely knew only a little about the concept of self-esteem – I have news for you! Don’t worry, it’s about to get a whole lot clearer.

Allow me to start with the easiest first…

Self-Ideal

This is who you wish you were. Who you want to become.

If you think about every person you’ve met who you admire, who inspires you or who you simply like – and add all of the inidual qualities together to make one cocktail mix – you will have created a personality which you wish to aspire to, taking all the good parts from your experience and using it to be the new amazing you!

So pick out your favourite characteristics, make a profile and BE IT. If you don’t know how to be a certain way – learn how! Read a book, take a class, go to a seminar/lecture/workshop.

Another important thing to stimulate your Self-Ideal is to make goals. Achieve them. Make more. Achieve them too. Make bigger goals. And your Self-Ideal will grow bigger and more powerful the more you listen and refer to it.

Here’s the next thing you should know about.

Your Self-Image

This is who you think you are – it’s how you see yourself…take this example.

You walk into a bar. You avoid eye contact. You feel awkward. You feel sheepish.

Why?

You don’t think people will admire you. You feel unworthy of admiring glances.

Why?

Because you don’t see yourself as a (good-looking/charming/confident/sexy/insert-word-here) STUD/person/sex machine. Jokes..

I hear you ask…

Why should I care? Why does knowing this mean I can improve myself and my life?

The secret to being who you want to be is to be it by making your SELF-IMAGE the same as (or matching it as closely possible to) your SELF-IDEAL, by doing the same activities in the exact same way that your ideal self would. This will gradually bring the FEELINGS that your ideal self would experience, and you’ll want to do more of the same. You will BE your SELF-IDEAL.

Why waste your time any more?

Be your self-ideal. Be who you want to be.

Any more advice on how to do this?

Yes.

Self Esteem

Your SELF-ESTEEM is the final part of your 3-level system for rebooting yourself.

Your self-esteem is basically how much you love yourself, in other words do you love yourself enough to change, do you have enough self-esteem to actually get up off your ass and do this process?

It provides the energy you need to create your self-image in line with your self-ideal.

So my advice to you?

Build your self-esteem. Start showing love to yourself. Acknowledge what you want and learn to listen to yourself. Accept and love who you are, still acknowledging that you want to improve. Be glad that you want the best for yourself.

The very fact you’re reading this shows you have high self-esteem and want to make things better for yourself. Then follow the steps.

It is so simple and yet so effective, and I hope it is of help to you in your life.

I wish you the best.

Stephanie

xx

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