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It’s ya gal Samatha, coming at you LIVE and direct from her house! How YOU doin’?

I’m doing a quick blog post on the importance of travelling and seeing the world…

For me, I want to pack as many trips and memories into my life as possible, because, eventually, I’ll be too busy starting and maintaining a family to do all of that!

What is it they say? ‘Stamp that passport before the pitter-patter of tiny feet stamps your floor.

It’s also fair to mention the importance of travelling alone. Sometimes, you can even surprisingly find yourself… I plan on doing just that, as daunting as it sounds.

The ability to just get lost in a city, a country or a new surrounding? That’s an aphrodisiac and pure bliss for me.

Obviously, you’d want to do it in a place where there’s a strong 4G or 5G signal, so you can call an Uber to take you back, but… Just explore. Fall in love with the world and yourself all over again.

Note: I’ll be doing a series of posts soon highlighting the best places I’ve visited and pictures of what I’ve seen.

Also, following on from this, any and all trips I go on will be documented.

I’ve visited some places – such as Switzerland and America a few times, so I’ll only do one post for those. I also plan on going many more times, and seeing different parts that they have to offer – which I’ll no doubt post follow-ups.

Travelling is great.

Travelling is a chance for us to open our eyes to new perspectives, new ideas, new information and new heights…

A single trip can change your entire life. If anything, the more of the world we see, and understand of the great divide, the more grateful and thankful we become for the blessing of living in a first world country.

Do yourself a favour and book a trip. Be happy, plan it well (which I’ve never really done previously) and enjoy the much needed time for yourself to recharge your batteries and escape from your reality (albeit for a short space of time). You deserve it.

Disclaimer: you don’t need to go on an extravagant trip (or even across the world) to make it worthwhile… You could just see a different part of your country.

Just, visit new surroundings – or familiar surroundings in a different way. Your mature self will thank you later on.

When you look back on your life, it’d have been fulfilled and full of glorious memories of discovering all that the Earth has to offer. Life is beautiful, and so is our Earth. Earth is life. It’s the only one we have.

Love always!

People keep a diary. I don’t always, because it’s hard to keep up, and frankly, some days, I don’t even feel like writing…

Writing my thoughts, emotions and feelings down becomes a chore that I just won’t do. No matter how much time I have, I just won’t go through with it because the energy it takes for me to put pen to paper just isn’t there.

The thing about writing it down is, it’s there permanently. Sure, you can burn/tear the page, but it was still written.

I don’t want to write emotions and feelings down, because they’ll become all too real. Typing, ironically, is easy. But, writing with pen on paper is difficult – because it’s tangible.

The, I guess – great thing – about the mind is that you can be and do anything with it. So, straight after a negative thought, you can replace it with a good one. But, as soon as we put pen to paper, that negative thought becomes permanent. This might sound really weird, that’s fine. I can live with being weird. I’ve been that way for as long as I’ve lived, and I don’t foresee a change in which I’ll stop being weird anytime soon, which is a shame. Normal seems fun.

Anyway, I’ve been in a good place recently, so I’ve been getting back into keeping a diary… Sort of.

However, the original purpose of this post (before we got deeper than the Great Barrier Reef), was to introduce you to a new type of diary – maybe one you haven’t heard of before, a ‘5-year diary’.

I bought this from a church I used to attend, and I absolutely love the sentiment behind it. For me, it suggests having a long-term goal and keeping tabs on its progress. A five-year plan. We’ve all had our fair share of five year plans, I know I have. None worked out. But, there’s something about writing it down, hiding it away and then looking back on it, that really works. This was something one of my most dearly beloved teachers taught me at school.

Writing down a goal. Folding it up. Putting it in a drawer. Time and date it. Set a time and date to check it. Then, look back at it (if you remember to). You’ll either be closer to the goal or right there, depending on how hard you’ve worked.

Anyway, I have a 5 year diary, and for me, the pages are pretty blank right now.

To be honest, I haven’t really started using it yet – but I will soon. I wanted to start it in a new decade, so I can analyse the things I’ve achieved by mid-decade. Therefore, 2020 will be the year that I officially start writing in it.

What will I write about?

Happy, excited, calm, content and peaceful emotions. As I said above, I don’t ever write down the negative ones, because I, like everyone else, just want to forget them.

I will also be attempting to do one new thing each day – whether that’s make a new friend, a random act of kindness, or pushing myself out of my comfort zone and trying a new hobby/skill etc.

If you followed me on Twitter, you’ll know that I decided to start setting myself long/short term goals of things I’d want to achieve each month in the lead up to the New Year. I’ve joint a choir, done a pilgrimage and even started volunteering. All these things really give life more of a meaning. The goal by end of August is to achieve and reach a personal milestone.

What should you take with you from this post, (if you want to take anything at all)?

Try to keep a diary, or even consider setting short/long term goals for yourself that are achievable (in the time frame you give yourself- i.e. a month, a week, a day, a year).

Remember: don’t give up. If you can’t reach it this time around, you’ll definitely be able to next time. Circumstances delay us, but the delays only lead to detours and a sweeter arrival to the destination.

According to statistics published by the World Health Organisation, you’re in need of reading another post on this blog… Call me UPS because I’m going to D’LIVERPUDLIAN ACCENT!

I’ve got a few Lush summer bathbomb faves, as promised in the previous post… & you’re about to hear all about them in the current post.

Shijimi Butterfly

shijimi butterfly

There’s a real ‘butterfly explosion‘ going on in England right now, and it’s the first time this has happened in a decade, so… Of course Shijimi is going to get featured. Yes, it’s blue (my favourite colour). Yes, it’s marbled (not my particular favourite design, but definitely up there) and yes, it smells delightful and looks even more so…

Fill your bath with blossoms and let this marbled butterfly bath bomb take you under its wing. Land amongst gentle lavender and comforting chamomile blue, soaking in luscious blue waters before rising from the bath ready to take flight.

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Youki Hi

Say ‘hello’ to Youki!

This is very sentimental for me because it reminds me of my mum. A bit weird, because the last thing I want to do is think of my mum while I’m in the bath, but… Whatever. She loves jasmine and this is packed with it. It’s very potent, smells very much like Lush’s Lust perfume. I absolute love it, even though it’s very strong – simply because it reminds me of the greatest being in my life.

Also, Youki turns the water a very peachy, corally colour, and it’s just stunning.

Soaking in this had me feeling like I was in a G6, flying over South East Asia. Think: ‘Japan, Thailand and China…’ while I’m in my London-based bathtub.

Jasmine lovers rejoice! The scent once found in our beloved Flying Fox Shower Gel is back in bath bomb form. This glittery fizzer is filled with the floral scents of not only sensual, heady jasmine but also ylang ylang, palmarosa and gardenia oils. The grounding scent of cypress oil balances the floral bouquet, while real sea salt and cream of tartar gently soften skin. Bathe in a shimmering garden oasis with this sensual treasure.

 

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Moon Spell

Are you waning or waxing? This double-sided bomb balances things out with a blend of blue and pink that can be used separately or together. Moisturizing carrageenan extract soothes and hydrates dry skin, while Brazilian orange oil tones and brightens. Let your half moons dance and fizz across the surface of the water as they swirl to form one beautiful purple hue.

I put a spell on you… B-U-Y IT. It’s delightful.

 

Black Rose

When two ingredients really love each other, they come together to make a scent so intoxicating, it’s nearly irresistible. Black Rose’s scintillating blend of rose and lemon oils is unleashed the moment this fizzer hits the water. As it dissolves, its deep, dark color cloaks you in delightful mystery as fair trade organic cocoa butter keeps your bath water and skin feeling soft, soothed and luxurious.

Literally everything about this is glorious! Especially the Brazilian wax.

Definitely make sure you have Cif bathroom cleaning spray around after you use this because you will need it. It’s a stunning looking and smelling bathbomb, very gothic. I’d even go as far as saying I feel as though I’d slot in London’s Camden very well all of a sudden…

The surprising thing about this is when it begins to fizz, tones of purple start to ooze out. I wasn’t expecting that because it’s red and black on the outside. Also, be prepared for glitter. There’s lots of it. I felt like I’d sat in a bath filled with Christmas pine-cones.

Naturally, I watched Titanic whilst being submerged in this black Rose water. It was terrific for all involved!

 

Lucky Cat

Feelin’ lucky? This pink kitty beckons you to the bath with its botanical scent. Fizzing fast into fluffy fuchsia waters, Lucky Cat’s multi-colored stars burst from the center, waving in good fortune and leaving you feline fine. With a classic, botanical blend of jasmine absolute, neroli and ylang ylang, this is one fresh and floral kitty that’ll leave you feeling brand mew.

This is PAW-somely PURRfect, thank you very much!

As a straight-up botanical babe, I’m the right person to ask. As all of the above, it smells good enough to adopt a cat from the local shelter.

I feel like all I write about on my blog these days is skincare routines… Well, Global Warming means I cannot be writing about makeup, or else I’ll sweat or melt it off… Oooh! I might do a Lush bathbomb haul soon. I cannot wait to introduce (or re-introduce) you to my current favourites!

Anyway, back to skincare!

skincare routine

Step one: Cleanse

Back to the Liz Earle’s Hot Cloth Cleanse and Polish (not the nationality, although – who’s to say Liz Earle is not actually Polish, apart from Wiki). I’m still using this because I’ve honestly never seen my face so clean and smooth.

skincare routine

Step two: Toner

Back to Kiehl’s I go… Their Blue Herbal toner is EVERYTHING if you have spots. It Sahara Deserts them.

skincare routine

Step three: Moisturiser

Again, fellow spot-havers unite, and surround yourselves around Kiehl’s Blemish Control Treatment Facial Moisturiser (which co-incidentally is the full name of my next child, because it’s THAT long and sounds royal). This one is the only moisturiser that works for my breakouts.

skincare routine

Sunblock?:

Get your phone and unblock that sun… Use Bare Minerals’ Tinted Moisturiser to give you that tinted glow, packed with SPF 30 – which I’ll be turning (like those chairs on The Voice) in two years from this October! (Keep that date in your diary, it’s a month/long public holiday for all who read this blog)

Thanks for reading the stuff I come out with and sticking around. You’re true non-electrical but very virtual fans.

This tinted moisturiser gives great coverage too! It’s kinda like foundation, but not.

Get Ready with 'mii

Good morning!

Welcome to my second post of the day. Why not get ready with me?

Morning: I start my day by opening my eyelids. I then pray and meditate. That’s paramount. I start and end my day that way.

I then wash my face with Liz Earle’s Cleanse & Polish, brush my teeth, and shower. I’ll then apply my Liz Earle toner and moisturizer

In the event that I have to wear makeup, here’s the routine for that…

Face:

Avant Pro Perfecting Collagen Primer

Laura Mercier Silk Creme Foundation

Bourjois Concealer

NYX Highlight & Contour Pro Palette

NYX Ombre Blush

NYX Highlighter Born to Glow

Wunder2 PERFECT SELFIE Finishing Powder

MAC Rose Finishing Spray

Eyes:

DIOR ADDICT It-Lash

Maybelline Eyeliner – Master Kajal

Lips:

EOS – Lip Balm

Perfume:

Charlotte Tilbury Dream

I always wear perfume but don’t always apply make-up.

In Global Incineration temperatures, I tend to go make-up free…However, when I have spots on my face, I tend to wear Bare Minerals’ tinted moisturizer.