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Hey guys,

I just wanted to chuck out a quick post on anxiety. Look, you might read my Twitter, Facebook and blog thinking that I’m a really happy person all of the time, wrong. I’m not always happy. Some days, like today, I get down and depressed/anxious – sometimes, like today, for no reason at all…

For me, I think it’s the weather. Today was really rainy, grey and dull. It looked super depressive and overcast.

Anxiety can strike at any moment and comes in a range of extremes. You can’t really plan it, but you can definitely notice the signs. If you notice the signs before it’s too late, you can prevent a meltdown.

What are the signs?

1) palpitations and uneasiness – when your heart starts racing or beating faster and you can feel in yourself that there’s a sort of emptiness or weird feeling coming over you.

The way to counteract those is through breathing techniques and trying to find out exactly what it is that’s causing the uneasiness. Could it be that you’ve changed something in your routine? Had something on your mind? Drank or taken something that you wouldn’t usually take? For instance, I was on a really bad concoction of weight loss supplements, and that spurred on severe anxiety a couple of years ago.

2) racing thoughts – do your thoughts run at a million miles per hour, forcing your head to overheat?

The way to stop this from happening is by doing a mindfulness podcast. There are great podcasts that calm the nerves. You can find them online.

3) bad/negative feelings – these are just feelings that you’re going to have to let pass. Some days are just not our days. Those feelings are an indication of that, if and only if it carries on for longer than normal, seek medical help. You can get referred to the psychologist or a counsellor. You can also get a prescription for antidepressants or tranquilizers. What I will say though is – don’t rely on them. It’s not healthy or safe to get used or addicted to them.

4) hyper sensitive to noise and emotions – this one is a tough one to get rid of because first you’ve got to establish what it isn’t that’s causing the hyper-sensitivity, then you’ve got to try to avoid the places or situations that bring it on. That’s hard. Especially when you don’t know why the heck you’re feeling anxious in the first place. I mean, if there’s nothing that you can put your finger on, nothing going on to make you feel that way; it could just be a hormone or emotional imbalance that’s passing through. Let it.

Seriously, the only way to beat anxiety is to know that there’s a better day awaiting you in tomorrow. The precise moment that anxiety strikes might not be for you, but tomorrow will be. Don’t dwell, don’t think about it too much. Distract yourself. Watch something hysterical, do something you enjoy, be with the people who make you laugh/happy. Life’s too short for anything else.

Alternatively, just speak to a friend or friends who you can trust and you know won’t judge. If you’re spiritual, a prayer or meditation helps too. The main thing is to not let it get you down, or worse than you are already feeling.

Remember, it’s a phase, it’ll pass and what you’re stressing about (if anything at all) will be a distant memory or not even one come next year. It’s really not that deep.

Enjoy every moment, and try to find the positive of the anxiety. The fact that you’re able to notice that you’re anxious is a huge plus. Trust me when I say there are people who don’t realise it until it’s too late. They don’t even the right tools to deal with it so the healing process takes longer. Don’t let that be you. Don’t be ashamed of anxiety either. Only the greats get anxious.

Anxiety occurs in people who are hyper sensitive and caring. Granted that being hyper-sensitive might not be perceived in society as a good thing, but at least you’ve got feelings. I have too much of them. Sensitivity is a massive turn on. Also, who doesn’t want to be caring?! It’s the nicest trait ever (equal with being funny).

The important thing is that whatever it is, don’t bottle it up. Speak to someone. Do something about it. Mental health is the most important of the health. It affects the rest of our organs, so make sure it’s been well treated, well fed (in thoughts). Keep it positive. A smile is of most importance. Keep smiling, even when you really don’t feel like it. Your mind will get tricked into releasing serotonin and endorphins that are responsible for making us happy.

Finally, the trick is to make yourself feel happy, even if you might not feel it during times of anxiety and depression. It’s easy for us to crack when we hit an all time low, but remember that you can only go up from there. Try to make a strength from your weaknesses without adding unnecessary pressure.

That’s all I wanted to say. If you ever need a chat, you know where I am. X

Here is my favourite award-winning peel-off mask of all time looking all nonchalant (and shizz) in its packaging…

This skin rejuvenating formula loosens blackheads and cleanses deep into the
pores to remove impurities while clarifying and purifying the skin and rebalancing oily areas.

Benefits

  • Detoxifying, targets blackheads and acne
  • Rebalances oily zones and clears impurities
  • Exfoliates dead skin cells, increases hydration
  • Repairs skin damage and brightens complexion
  • Boosting skin firmness
  • Improving skin clarity, tone and elasticity
  • Ready to use, 20 minute treatment
  • No animal ingredients or testing
  • Free of Mineral Oils, Lanolin, Petroleum and Parabens

As much as I’d love to type: “I cannot actually tell you how good it is”, I’m going to have to dig deep because this post ain’t going to write itself…

It’s amazing. Like, for real amazing. This is the first charcoal mask that cools my skin and detoxifies whilst tightening and rejuvenating it. It’s lovely.

I have to admit that I didn’t keep it on for 20 minutes though (as advised)… I washed it off just after 10 mins, but luckily still saw great results.

My skin’s so squeaky clean, bright, more supple and soft. My face feels like a baby’s bottom and a medium rare steak. #RaisingTheStakesSince1991 #Booyakasha #WhatTheHeckAmIOnAbout? #IDontEvenKnow… #GoodLuckFiguringItOut! 😆

The only things I didn’t like about this mask are that it’s messy and pretty hard to open. It comes in a little sachet and when you rip it open, the gel is so sticky and thick that you need to put your hand in to get it out…

Once it’s out, you’ve got to spread it across your face and neck and leave it like you usually would. It’s probably better to use a brush..? More hygienic.

The biggest surprise for me was that it wasn’t hard to wash off and that it didn’t stain my sink. (That’s my only issue with activated charcoal masks. Most of the ones I’ve tried before stick to the surface, this one did not.)

In a black diamond, activated charcoal peel-off masked nutshell, I think this product is great.

Get it on and around your facial crevices. Leave it on for 20 mins. Peel off. Look like a baby. I dare you.

Oh, and, uh… This costs a mere £4.99 which beats getting a facial done in the beauty salon for £37!

I mean, what the HECKory dickory dock?! Man(sour) didn’t go up the clock ’cause I don’t have that stupidity gene which justifies wanting to spend £37 on a facial when I could give myself one for free at home…

You are blessed if dance has found its place in your soul!

It’s the only rhythmic exercise that is complete in itself and amplifies mind and body coordination, it’s not just an exercise but also joyful, entertaining way of attaining happiness and pleasure. In some dance, forms are considered as meditation or worship, as they embrace your soul and soothe it to the core. Vanishes all your despairs, sorrows, anxieties and improves you as a person.

Being a dancer is certainly not a bed of roses, you are more likely to get callous, sore feet at the end of the day, but you would not be bothered anymore with bruises once you will find your love for dancing.

Find Your Love For Dancing

# Enrich Your Dance Experience

To enrich your experience, take up professional dance classes, as there you will learn from the professionals, that have a systematic way of teaching you at all stages, they can explore your strengths and weaknesses and would train you accordingly.

# Beneficial to Health

Professional dance classes are as an investment for health, not just physical but also mental and emotional. Many studies have verified positive impacts of dancing on humans. In fact, in some places people suffering from depression and other mental health issues are benefitting from dance.

You can tell the difference in personality, as you see people those have taken up professional dance classes, as they move with confidence. When you are feeling healthy and light it shows in your walk, dance is an overall exercise for your body, including lungs, face, feet, hands, bones, it doesn’t only strengthen you internally but also boosts your stamina and vitality. Along with all this, it also helps you in improving your posture and body control.

# Learn to Express Through Dance

Science has proved, people those who dance decrease their chances of suffering from dementia (memory loss), so when you dance you are benefitting your whole body. It reduces stress levels, and enables you to be a mentally healthy well-being. Dance of any form teaches you to express your inner emotions, in dancing it’s all about expressing and empathizing, which is lost in this world of digital signals.

Find Your Love For Dancing

So, let’s look below for more health benefits and you would want to join a professional dance class as soon as you finish reading this article:

Rebuilding resilience– At some stages of life, you might start feeling as if your determination, your resilience has been lost somewhere. Hence, take up a professional dance class to find your quality of never giving up and to survive all the pain till you succeed. You will fall you will have sore feet but still you won’t give up and at last, when you will succeed by mastering this art, you will stand an inch taller, with your proud head high in sky. Dance imbibes the quality of accomplishing your goals and climbing your skies. In spite of all these qualities, you would be very humble because you have not reached there overnight, and you know the pain you have borne to be there.

Improve your social skills– Find it difficult to interact with strangers? Do you have a stage fear that stops you from giving any presentations in boardrooms? Don’t worry! When you take up a professional dance classes, you start interacting with so many people around you. Hence, you will get comfortable in the presence of people. You will start knowing about them and you will realize they are so alike. That is when you are unknowingly improving your social skills. You will find you are no more afraid of going up a stage and flaunting your skills.

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Fibrologg

I’m blogging from my phone… So, if this post has an excessive amount of spelling mistakes and the grammar is nonexistent, know that it’s because I’m blogging from my phone!

Without further ado, let’s get cracking with the post… Yes, you’ll be pleased to know that I’ve taken time out from pooping on the bog (caused by chocolate) to discuss shamPOO! To each their own, right?!

Anyway, L’Oréal Fibrology is benefitial for those who suffer from hair thinning and/or those who have fine hair. Although I don’t particularly suffer from either, I just think that my bob needs a bit more volume, something which this gives.

 

A breakthrough in the science of hair, L’Oréal Laboratories have created L’Oreal Elvive Fibrology Thickening Shampoo, proven to give long-lasting thickness wash after wash.Hair looks & feels thicker, with visible body & bounce.

REVOLUTION: FILLOXANE

A patented ingredient proven to penetrate the fibre and expand hair from within

Penetrates deep within the fibre

Expands & increases the diameter of each hair

Remains in the fibre for a long-lasting, cumulative effect.

 

I’ve got to be honest, I’ve tried a lot of shampoos, and plenty of them don’t work well on me. Literally, the only ones that work are the ones I’ve reviewed on here. Label M, Garnier Ultimate Blends and Head & Shoulders are legit the only ones that have worked. But, L’Oréal’s Elvive Fibrology is a game changer. Like monopoly, but not…

Good points: I actually noticed a change in thickness and volume from the first wash. It was incredible. My friends and family noticed the difference, for once – my natural curls looked fuller and as though I’d took time and effort to curl them properly. If you’re a regular to this blog, you’d know that I spend 0 hours. 0 minutes and 0 seconds on hair styling each day. I literally wake up, spray some Lisap and whip my hair back & forth like Willow Smith, and leave. That’s my haircare life.

Bad points: there are none imo.

I was even surprised about how it didn’t grease up my hair quicker. My hair gets greasy pretty quickly (if I use the wrong hair products). I used to wash my hair every three days… However, with Fibrology, I can go a strong five (washing the rest of my body every day, FYI)!

If you know much about hair, you’ll know that it’s bad to wash your hair every day. Apparently, we should wash our hair once or twice a week maximum (depending on our hair type). The rest of the care be done through serums etc.

Famous last words: I agree. Everything in the product description is rightly put. No false advertising there.

Gabrini

I actually haven’t blogged in a while, but it feels like forever… It’s amazing what buying yourself a life does! 🙈  Of course, I’m absolutely not being serious, thank God for the life that he gave me, and everything about it.

Anyway, this isn’t going to be a ‘How I Found God’ post – as I was BORN in the know… This is, instead, about the cheapest but best liquid lipstick that I own.

Yeah, okay, I know what you’re thinking: “how does that have anything to do with God?” Well, God is LOVE and I love liquid lipsticks. Thanks!

Gabrini liquid lipgloss/sticks are £1.99. I bought them from a pharmacy (the only thing I’ve ever stolen is bae) and tried them (the liquid lipstick, not bae – although… If bae’s reading this, he should most definitely HOLLA at my face and/or online presence) and haven’t looked back.

Gabrini’s shades aren’t very diverse, but they’re good nonetheless… Number 15, my favourite, is a mix of Dolce K by Kylie Cosmetics and Abu Dhabi by NYX. Legit my FAVOURITE.

If Kylie & NYX had a lovechild, it’d be called: Gabrini Matte Lipgloss Long Lasting in Number 15!

The pigments are super, the longevity is pretty standard and it doesn’t transfer. However, for £1.99, it feels tacky when first applied… Also, don’t forget that it’s a gloss base – making it pretty runny upon application. But, once it dries, the finish is matte and is nice to the naked (or clothed) eye.

The doe-foot applicator looks pretty good, I mean, I don’t have a doe-foot applicator fetish but for £1.99 – I was pleasantly surprised…

The smell of this liquid lipstick/gloss thingy hybrid is chocolate-esque… I don’t know, I felt like there was a hint of chocolate… Oh yeah, about that: chocolate, ‘the food stuff’, has not been adhering to my digestive system. If anything, it’s made my bowels a little overactive. That’s what happens when you give up chocolate for a month in aid of BHF but end up reuniting with it (and the toilet). Bet you weren’t expecting to read this, were you? No. 🙈

So, in a nutshell that excludes an overactive bowel, Gabrini is a lipgloss/stick thing that dries matte and completely worth £1.99. Dare I say it, it’s underpriced. Just don’t tell Garbini! 😂

Good points: smells like the chocolate that my bowels have become allergic to (that’s one bittersweet good point), it’s cheap as one chip (not plural), and it’s unsmudge-able; meaning I can carry on not kissing anyone without the worry that it’ll go all over them!

DISCLAIMER: I sound like Bridget Jones meets Miranda meets Amy Schumer, but seriously… I’m not like that IRL. I love love enough to wait/have waited for the right kind. Then again, that’s probably “what they all say…” 😆

What to take from this blog post other than ‘grab yourself a Gabrini’… Love/friendship/circumstances find/s you, but the only thing you should outwardly be looking for is to find yourself and/or God! l LOVE GOD, AND BAE DOESN’T GO A MISS EITHER.

Love, light and Gabrini,

Miamii