SEEKING PLEASURE IN EVERY DAY LIFE

 

Seeking Pleasure

I know what you’re thinking. No, this is not about *that* kind of pleasure. So all those visitors from the dark side of the internet? You can quietly get up and leave without saying a word and no one will judge – promise. The kind of pleasure I’m talking about is that little moment here and there throughout your average day which makes it seem not so awful after all. It might be a piece of chocolate before bed time, or spritzing on your favourite perfume in the morning as you grab your ham sandwich and banana and race to the car. These moments may seem completely insignificant, but take them away, and you’d be proper miserable.

And maybe you are feeling a bit rough around the edges right now…in the last few days of winter I can tell you that I certainly do. When I start to look and feel like a bedraggled raccoon after an unsuccessful dumpster dive, I know it’s time to act. It’s time to increase my pleasure factor. To find as many moments in which to inject nuggets of joy as I can. As the saying goes, if you don’t look after yourself, who will?

As a self-proclaimed introvert, I get quite caught up in my own head. Thoughts, memories, to-do lists, worrying about things that will never happen, and planning my Oscar acceptance speech cloud my head on an hourly basis, and before I know it, I’m a ball of stress. The way I combat this is with the senses. Like a mini trip to a spa, just with less esoteric music and fluffy towels.

Here are some of my favourite ways to inject a little pleasure into daily life:

Sight…

If you’re able to wander outside – whether into a garden or down a street – changing your immediate view does wonders. Really look around and notice the birds in the trees, street art, people, flowers, the sky…it takes your mind back into the present and gives you that #blessed feeling at being on this lovely planet.

Stuck at your desk? Take a stroll through Pinterest or Bloglovin – both great places to get lost. Pinterest is my gateway drug to articles that I’d never think to search for, and Bloglovin helps me to catch up on what other kick ass lasses are getting up to in the world.

Hearing…

Music. Obviously. Not going to reinvent the wheel here or talk to you like you’ve never listened to a song in your life before. If you’re not sure what to listen to, there are great playlists out there like this one and this one that really help at bringing you back from the brain dead.

Something that really helps me at my desk is ambient sound. Yes there are the old cliche tracks like whale song and thunderstorms, but there are some really interesting ones too. You’ll soon discover what presses that relax button for you. If you’re interested in checking them out, listen to my favourite ones here and here.

Taste…

Tea fixes everything. Will knows that if I start to get that wild look in my eye and threaten to burn down the building, he puts the kettle on. I do enjoy all of the different varieties and flavours that comes with the problem solver that is tea. Their aromas are so relaxing, and you have different blends for different moods and ailments. Taking 5 minutes to old that hot cup in your hand and slowly sip it really works miracles.

But it needn’t be tea for you. My only advice would be to stick to something that is either moderately healthy, or to only have a small amount. Food addiction is real, y’all, and I wouldn’t want to encourage you to reward / comfort yourself with food.

Smell…

Lighting a scented candle is such a wonderful thing to do – I don’t know if it’s the ceremony of the matches and flame, the warm light it offers, or the scent itself, but it just takes the edge off so subtly. Much recommend.

Perfume is also a great way to really pamper yourself, and provide a much needed cuddle for the senses. Try switching up your scents – it keeps your nose on its toes (lol) and also puts you in a different mood, depending on the type of fragrance you opt for.

Touch…

Do you ever have a moment when your hair irritates the everything out of you? Or your top pulls at your armpits and feels like some torture device you’re locked into? When I want to improve my pleasure count, comfort is key. Hair up, comfy clothes and slippers on are key elements here, but that wouldn’t do so well in the boardroom. If you can’t go whole comfort hog, perhaps it’s just a case of tying up your hair, putting some hand cream on, and taking off your jacket for a bit. Listening to your body is the name of the game here.

What little pleasure rituals do you follow? I’d love to hear about them.

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SKINCARE HEROES FROM THE BODY SHOP

The Body Shop skincareThere’s only a few weeks left until Will and I tie the old proverbial knot (eek! Panic! Excitement!) and I’ve been a conscious effort to up the ante in the skincare department. And there’s a surprisingly large turnout from The Body Shop. My sensitive skin generally agrees with their products, and they’re very easy on the wallet, making them a great option for this cash-strapped bride.

If you’re looking to explore their skincare offering, I definitely recommend these options.

Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil. This stuff is tops when it comes to makeup removal. Two pumps covers the whole face, and it effortlessly takes off all forms of makeup, from liquid lipsticks to waterproof mascara. Ditch the wipes and get on board with this, ladies!

Aloe Calming Facial Cleanser. I always follow the double cleanse ethos. Once to remove dirt, twice to really cleanse and penetrate those pores. My dry sensitive skin wouldn’t be able to handle a soapy cleanser after makeup removal, so I find this cream cleanser works great to keep things moisturised while still cleansing. It’s fragrance free too which is music to my skin’s ears (possibly the weirdest analogy I’ve ever written).

Vitamin E Facial Mist. This magical rosewater spritzer is simply put, da bomb. You can use it in a multitude of ways: as a toner, as a post-makeup mister, as a midday pick-me-up, or even to wet a brush or Beauty Blender as an alternative to water. I use it for all of the above, meaning I go through a bottle far too quickly!

Nutriganics Smoothing Serum. This is my go-to daytime serum, it’s super light yet still nourishing to the skin, and is a great layer to add before moisturising. It really softens the skin without being too heavy or rich to use under makeup.

Elderflower Unperfumed Eye Gel. Is there anything better than applying a soothing eye gel on those early weekday mornings? This one is really gentle in the eye and wakes up, de-puffs and tightens without hurting your delicate skin. Pop it in the fridge for maximum cooling effect. It’s almost as good a morning cup of coffee…almost.

Oils Of Life Intensely Revitalising Facial Oil. I do love a facial oil in the evenings, but I find that some of them actually make my skin drier – a, I crazy? Has anyone else noticed this? Well this oil from their new Oils Of Life range really does penetrate and moisturise, and is well worth the price. If you’re wanting to delve into the realm of facial oil treatments but don’t want to splash out on something high end, I suggest giving this one a go.

Drops Of Youth Eye Concentrate. Oh to have perfect eyes like my 21 year old self…alas I am now in my thirties and in need of a bit of help in this department. This treatment is fabulous! The rollerball style applicator is soothing and really makes you feel like you’re working out that puffiness, and the formula is rich and nourishing too. I’ve really noticed a difference to my under eye wrinkles from using this, and when I skip a few days, I can tell. It seems to have a slight sparkle to it which is quite alarming, but it doesn’t seem to show up on the skin, nor does it irritate.

Aloe Lip Care. I’m nearly at the bottom of mine, which is saying something. I usually lose lip balms before I finish them… A favourite the overnight lip treatment, it’s thick and soothing, with no fragrance and no petroleum. I must pick up a new tube!

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LION KING RE-ENACTMENT

Okay this is where my life starts to get mad. I’m moving house, see. So everything is in boxes and any semblance of order is completely out the window right now. Breathe Jen.

For today’s video – I talk face misting, my favourite one shadow look eyeshadows (say that three times fast!) and you have the pleasure of witnessing my glitter eyeliner face. It doesn’t lie. Click here to view it.
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The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist: http://bit.ly/1CyhZP8
Michellori Eyeshadow in Gold: http://bit.ly/1NizhW2
MAC Eyeshadow in Sable: http://bit.ly/1LJD0M2
MaxFactor Eyeshadow in Burned Bark: http://bit.ly/1QTdBGi
L’Oreal Paris Color Riche Mono in Soleil Levant: http://bit.ly/1Nlz9WB
Revlon PhotoReady Eye Art Lid + Line + Lash: http://bit.ly/1GwJKcD

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I’m wearing:

L’Oreal Paris True Match Foundation – http://bit.ly/1e7INzO
L.A. Girl HD Pro-Conceal – http://bit.ly/1SuOLtQ
Revlon Photoready Pressed Powder – http://bit.ly/1GV3XfM
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – http://bit.ly/1Ljb0Se
Revlon Powder Blush in Racy Rose – http://bit.ly/1GwGw93
Wet ‘n Wild Eyeshadow Trio in Walking on Eggshells – http://bit.ly/1e7J99u
L’Oreal Paris So Couture Super Liner – http://bit.ly/1HjErTB
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara – http://bit.ly/1TA6RvT
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Hot Pepper – http://bit.ly/1GvPwgA
Sinful Colors Nail Polish in Dancing Rose – http://bit.ly/1GBGImk

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LEMON ON YOUR EYES?

Today is a super exciting day! Why you might ask? Well it’s the launch of my brand new weekly series on YouTube – I talk 3 beauty topics, ranging from favourites to reviews, to how to’s and much more. So make sure you’re subscribed so that you don’t miss an episode.

On to today’s video – I’ve got a game-changing foundation tip for you, plus one of my latest Revlon favourites, and we also talk about the squishy blobs of mystery that are konjac sponges. Click here to view it.
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Revlon Photoready Kajal Matte Eye Pencils: http://bit.ly/1L8wDlc
Mira Konjac Sponges: http://bit.ly/1JRLzFs

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I’m wearing:

Estee Lauder Double Wear Foundation – http://bit.ly/1TA6AJa
L.A. Girl HD Pro-Conceal – http://bit.ly/1SuOLtQ
Revlon Photoready Pressed Powder – http://bit.ly/1GV3XfM
The Body Shop Honey Bronzer – http://bit.ly/1Ljb0Se
Essence Silky Touch Blush in Kissable – http://bit.ly/1etCxDf
NYX Love in Paris Eyeshadow Palette in Je Ne Sais Quoi – http://bit.ly/1JZeuJs
Revlon Photready Kajal Matte Eye Pencil in Matte Coal – http://bit.ly/1L8wDlc
L’Oreal Paris Volume Million Lashes So Couture Mascara – http://bit.ly/1TA6RvT
Bourjois Rouge Edition Velvet in Pink Pong – http://bit.ly/1GvPwgA
TipTop Nail Polish in Rich Brick – http://bit.ly/1dNPN4C

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REINVENTING YOUR MAKEUP BAG FOR THE NEW YEAR

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I think we can all agree that this “new year new me” stuff is getting a bit tiresome. Seeing your second cousin twice removed post “before selfies” of her transformation from couch potato to Jillian Michaels look-alike is just not that much of a social media thrill. But there is something to be said for keeping yourself in check and fine-tuning things to see that you take your life, your goals and your look to the next level. Lucky for you I’ve put together a few handy tips on making sure your makeup bag is ready for all this.

Here are my top bites of advice:

Try out a new foundation. We all know that feeling of finding your holy grail foundation – you know, the one that is the perfect shade match, the one that makes you look like you’ve actually gotten a decent night’s sleep, the one that does what you wish your own skin did naturally. But as we age (sob), our skin’s needs, texture and type change. And with that so should our foundation. So make a note of your foundation needs and pop down to the store and give a few new brands a try.

Colour play. Mix up your eyeshadow colours – if you usually stick with browns, give plums a try. If you’ve never tried brown eyeliner, go for it! And the same goes for lip colour. If you’ve been wearing pink since Britney was a teenager, have a go at a coral or red shade. Changing the colours you use can make you look completely different…in a good way.

Put the emphasis elsewhere. If you usually play up your eyes and go for a muted lip, switch it around. And vice versa. It’s like an instant makeover! You can do this day to day, depending on which feature is looking best on that particular day (I know that sometimes my eye luggage means staying away from heavy eye makeup, so I opt for strong lips on those days).

Just remember – makeup is fun! There are no rules. As long as you are happy and comfortable with your look, then it will never be wrong. What changes do you plan on making in 2015?

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