21 Things I've Learnt In 21 Years

21 Things I've Learnt In 21 Years- VL-Beauty

 I turn 21 next week and to commemorate that, I thought that I would take some time to reflect on what I have learnt about myself and life in general, over the past 21 years. 

Enjoy the little things in life. Those are the memories that you will keep for a long time. 

It's okay to let goI believe that everyone walks into your life for a reason, and not all of them are meant to stay. Let them go but never forget the lessons they taught you, both good and bad, and despite how much you might miss them, everything works out in the end.

Quality over quantity
. I would much rather have 1 great, loyal friend than 10 fake ones. 

I need some alone time. Although I love spending time with family and friends, I've learnt that I also need some time by myself to unwind. To do this, I enjoy zoning out by watching Youtube videos or reading a book.

Never google your health symptoms. It won't end well I promise. According to google, I should be long dead by now.

 It's okay to let people in. In the past I have really struggled with letting my walls down and opening up to people, in fear of being hurt. But I've learnt that the relationship will either bring me happiness or it'll teach me lessons and make me into a stronger person. Opening up to people can be scary but often it is worth it.

If I was rich, I would probably spend most of it on beauty products. Especially 
eyeshadow palettes.

Not everyone is going to like you, and that is OK. What is important is to spend time with the people who do.

Mums really do know best

Who cares what people think. The right people will love you for you.

 I worry far too much. I worry about everything and everyone. I even worry about things I have no control over so I've learnt that I need to learn to stop this and let go a bit more! Perhaps if I ever do another one of these posts in a few years time, I *might* say I've improved with this. But lets not all hold our breaths ey.

Making someone else smile is priceless.

Family is everything. They are there for you throughout thick and thin and have always got your back.

Don't take yourself too seriously. Live a little. Go crazy, forget about what other people think of you and live in the moment. Basically, be a little goofy, it's so much more fun!

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You've only got one face. No matter how much makeup you plaster over that face, you are still left with your skin underneath it all. I've learnt to take care of my skin first and foremost and invest in skincare products over makeup products.

Walk away from toxic people. Or in this day and age, unfriend or block them. Theres nothing wrong with cutting negative people out of your life if all they do is bring you misery and put you down. This is easier said than done sometimes I admit, but some people are just not worth the pain. Ask yourself this, if they bring you more sadness and stress than happiness, I think it's time you walked away.

I am TERRIBLE at quick maths. 

Food is my life. Especially breakfast. How some people 'skip' breakfast is beyond me. I wake up in the morning, open my eyes and plan what I'm having for breakfast. Breakfast is everything.

I'm such a cosy, comfy kinda girl. I love nothing more than comfy clothes, especially my fluffy dressing gown and snuggling into a cosy blanket.

I get a buzz out of helping other people

"You get out of life what you put into it". This is my mums favourite quote and she bangs on about it so much that it's most definitely drilled into my head!

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M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation Review

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

I've been on the hunt for a full coverage foundation for a while now and after reading so many good reviews about this M.A.C one, I decided to pick it up and give it a try for myself. I have a very fair complexion so I am in the shade NC10, which as far as I am aware is the lightest shade that MAC do, which I am just ashamed about. How can I be THAT ghosty? *Quickly moving on before I have a meltdown at how pale I am and book a spontaneous holiday abroad...*

Initially, I was disappointed with the packaging as there is no dispenser/pump for this product and I didn't want to just pour it out as knowing me, that wouldn't end well, especially as I have cream carpets at home, my mum would kill me. I decided to buy a pump from the MAC website which was £4.50 (buy here) so that I could control how much product I am using at a time. Despite this, the packaging itself is actually very good as it comes in transparent glass packaging which enables you to see the shade properly.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation

For me, this product offers me high coverage, that is buildable, so I tend to use two layers of this if I want a really heavy coverage. Although, even just one layer of this manages to cover up my blemishes so I am impressed with that. This product also has a very good staying power on my skin I have noticed which is perfect as I don't need to be touching it up throughout the day.

I love the texture of this foundation. It blends so seamlessly into my skin and looks very natural. I always use a damp beauty blender to blend in this foundation and I notice my foundation brush can make this look a bit streaky, but I guess thats because this foundation is thick. This foundation leaves my skin looking smooth and natural, and as it has a matte finish and I have combination to dry skin, I do have to remember to use a thick moisturiser before I apply this foundation.

M.A.C Studio Fix Fluid Foundation  NC10

However, I have noticed that after using this foundation, I have broken out. I can't fully point the blame at this foundation but it certainly does seem to correlate with one another so I only use this foundation when I am specifically after a full coverage look, such as for a night out. Therefore I am still on the look out for a good, full-coverage foundation that is good for sensitive skin so if you have any recommendations please leave a comment below or tweet me @VLBeautyx as I am yet to find my holy-grail full-coverage foundation.
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September Goals

September Goals

Where on earth did August disappear to? In fact, where has this summer gone? August for me was lovely as it was filled with lots of nice days out as well as working a lot which meant when payday rolled around, I could afford to treat myself to a MacBook Air ready for starting my third year of University in a couple of weeks. September is probably my favourite month of the year as it is my birthday month and this year especially is more exciting as I am turning 21 this month and having a huge party with all my friends and family to celebrate that! I also love that with the month of September, comes Autumn, which means cosy clothes, dark lipsticks and those beloved pumpkin spiced lattes! This month I also am moving back to University to start my third year of my Psychology degree. I have set myself various resolutions for this month in particular as there seems to be so much going on, so I am determined to make this month memorable. In order to keep track of my progress and reflect upon my goals, I thought I would share with you my goals for September.
Make my Uni room feel homely
This is my third time of moving into a uni flat and lets face it, they aren't always the cutest and homeliest of places. This year I really want to try make my uni room feel welcoming and cosy. After the previous two years of buying all the pots and pans and immediate bedroom essentials/decorations, I have more money this year to spend on other things like cosy blankets and fairy lights. I am also moving in a week before my uni lectures begin, so that means that I have more time on my hands before uni starts, to decorate my room and set it all up before its covered in piles of lecture notes.
Eat better
 From the offset, I want to try and eat a lot healthier than I normally do at uni, especially during freshers. I want to get better at cooking myself meals from scratch which is why I bought myself some simple cookery books recently. A healthier diet really makes the world of difference to my mood, so I can't wait to feel more energised and healthier.

Improve with my photography
I've never been a great photographer especially when it comes to blog and Instagram pictures and I never feel 100% happy with the pictures that I take for them, but I'd like to change that. I've recently bought a few flatly props which I hope will improve on the look of my pictures and make my content better.

This year my house is literally opposite the gym so I have no excuses but to work out as much as I can. Ideally, the goal I have in my mind is to work out at least three times a week. With the gym being to close to my house, I have the convenience and option of nipping to the gym before lectures to get a quick workout in.

What are your goals for September? Let me know in the comments below!

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