Hello, my loves. How’re you doing?

In all honesty, I’m not sure how I’m writing this right now as my laptop has decided to break on me and switches off every couple of minutes, so that’s fun! But, I thought I would power through and write a quick life update for you all as I’ve been the worst blogger (let’s be honest, can I even call myself that right now?) as I haven’t posted anything for a month! So here I am, I hope you’re all well and had an amazing summer. Are you ready for September? I know I am.

I haven’t been feeling very inspired…

I wanted to start by talking about inspiration and motivation with social media and blogging. Over the month of August, I have struggled with creating content and I believe that’s because I’m not enjoying what I’m making anymore. There is a lot of pressure to post on Instagram every day which is making it difficult to publish content that I am proud of as I just feel like I need to keep pumping out images to ‘keep up’, does that make sense? I decided to take a step back and re-evaluate what I want from my blog and Instagram. I don’t feel like I have totally figured it out just yet but with a little help from Pinterest, other bloggers, my camera, many filters on VSCO and a lot of determination, I will get there in the end.

Ultimately, I need to tell myself to focus on what makes me happy, instead of how an image sits on my feed or whether the filter looks good enough etc. I am determined to get out of this slump and kick some butt this September - the plus side is that we’re heading towards the colder seasons, which are totally my vibe. This means cute autumnal Instagram pics so bring on the cosy jumpers, blankets, hot chocolates and movies!

I have started a new adventure…

Away from my freelance life, I have started a new job in Fat Face and I love it! Getting out and working in a retail role is a much-needed change for me as I absolutely love helping and interacting with new people. I also feel very lucky as the team I work with are all incredibly lovely and they made me feel so welcome when I started. I must admit, I was quite nervous to start a new job but I have already gained so much confidence and I feel very happy about that. Onwards and upwards!

I’m on a new skincare journey…

A quick little note. So, if you know me or have read my blog for a little while, you will know I always have trouble with my skin. A week ago, I decided enough is enough and I took a trip to see the doctor. I am now trying out ‘Dalacin Topical Lotion’, which is an antibiotic cream. I have used it for a week and so far I can’t really see a difference but I will update you soon!

I’m ready for a new month… 

I have a couple of things that I’d like to achieve over the next coming month and I am excited by each of them - I would like to join the gym, buy myself a new blogging camera and rebrand Life with Livie. I want to start going to the gym as a way of boosting my health, helping my self-confidence and using it as stress relief. I went to the gym a lot during my time at university and I found it helped both mentally and physically so I am looking forward to getting back at it.

My next two goals go hand-in-hand as I’d LOVE to treat myself to a blogging camera. As a photographer, I have my beloved Nikon D610 but when I am popping up to London for the day, I find it bulky and sometimes my phone camera just doesn’t cut it so I think my next purchase is going to be a high end compact and I am very excited about it! Once I have started to take the kind of photos I dream of, my next aim is to rebrand Life with Livie as when I started blogging over a year ago, I said I wasn’t going to blog about fashion or beauty but I have been drawn to both topics so I think a change is on the horizon.

So there we go; I hope you enjoyed my Monday ramblings. I’m so sorry for not being active but that will change over the next coming months so what kind of posts would you like to see? Let me know.

Hope you all have a fab September!

L x

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Happy Monday, my loves. I hope you all had a good weekend!

I was umming and arring with what to write about this week and then I had a light bulb moment (trust me, that doesn't happen very often). So, I thought I would create a series and *try* to post most Sunday's with what I have learnt and taken from my week. I’m hoping that doing this will allow me to think about what I have achieved but also what I aspire to accomplish in the coming days. If you’re looking to do something similar then feel free to join me on Sunday's and read along, I’d love to have you. Hopefully it can help someone out there to think about what’s going well and what they’d also like to work on, so we may as well do it together, right?

ALLOW YOURSELF TIME OUT
I am one of those people who enjoys being busy 24/7 and if I don’t feel like I’m getting anywhere with my day, I start to get frustrated and easily agitated. Sometimes this isn’t a healthy way to think so recently, I have made sure to take time out for myself and do things for me. I have noticed a big difference in how I feel and I’m glad I took some much-needed time out! To give you an example, this week I have struggled with finding the motivation and inspiration to post on Instagram. My mind has been prioritised with other things so I just wasn’t feeling it at all! As I love to create content, I knew I needed to push myself back into it, as it’s something I feel passionate about. I sat down, read some blogs, took some photos and created a new preset for my feed and I think I am slowly getting back on track. It is important to be able to take a step back and reevaluate why you do these things, the answer is usually because you love to do it. Sometimes your fire may fade but you will always find a way to get the spark back – it all takes time!

KEEP POSITIVE AND GOOD WILL COME
Some great things have started to happen over the last couple of weeks and I truly believe that’s because I have been thinking positively and haven’t been stuck in a negative headspace. Some people may think this is a load of gobbledygook but, I have started to read about the ‘Law of Attraction’ and it has popped into my mind on a daily basis - call me crazy but hear me out. Do you ever have one of those days where you sit there and think, “I spoke about that last week and now it’s happening” because I do and it freaks me out every time but, I have put it down to the Law of Attraction. If you have positive thoughts and aims then you will always find a way to achieve them, no matter what. Positivity, persistence and passion are key!

MAKE TIME FOR PEOPLE WHO MAKE TIME FOR YOU
As you get older, you start to value friendship more. Some people come and go, which is absolutely fine and you can learn from it but its important to understand that you shouldn’t have to put your time into others who wouldn’t do it for you – you’re worth more than that. Over the years, this has happened to me A LOT but I now have such a great (and small) group of friends who I adore speaking to on a daily basis and I would make so much time for them as I know they would for me too. If you haven’t talked to someone for a while but you would like to, definitely drop them a line and ask to meet up, life it too short not too. I’m sure they’ll love to hear from you and I bet they’ve missed you too! It’s so important to make time for each other nowadays, even though it is hard sometimes as we all have such busy lives but is there really anything better than meeting up, having a coffee (or a cheeky cocktail) and catching up about life? I think not.

CHERISH SIMPLE MOMENTS
On Saturday night, we sat down as a family with our hot drinks and blankets to watch a movie together, we haven’t done that for such a long time and it felt so good! I must admit, I’m not a big film fan but it was such a nice and well-spent couple of hours. We watched ‘Goodbye Christopher Robin’ which made me cry 3 times (I just cant help myself) but if you used to read Winnie the Pooh when you were little, definitely have a watch – it’ll give you all the feels. My point is that having some time out with family is needed and a good way for everyone to wind down relax and enjoy their night.

DRINK WATER
You’re probably sat thinking, “isn’t that obvious?” because it is but as someone who has never drank a lot, this has always been a challenge. I decided enough is enough and I caved and bought a big ol’ bottle to fill every day and I can say, it’s actually working! If you have read my blog before, you will know I have MAJOR skin issues and I can already see the difference in my skin and I have only been drinking litres of water for about a week. So, moral of the story is, when someone says that water can help clear you skin and make you feel better, IT REALLY CAN. I need to start taking my own advice.

Well, that went on for longer than I thought but I hope you enjoyed my ramblings. Let me know if you’d like this to become a regular series, as I’d love to chat to you about your week too!

L x


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Happy Sunday, my loves. I hope you are enjoying the glorious sunshine!

I don’t think I have ever written a favourites post before so here I am with some easy Sunday reading. I have found myself loving quite a few bits over the last couple of weeks, both new and old so, I’m going to chat my way through and hopefully you discover some different products to test out.

BOBBI BROWN TOUCH UP BRUSH = A couple of weeks back, I was lucky enough to be invited down to Brighton for the Bobbi Brown #CantLiveWithout masterclass which was such a fun afternoon but that is where I was introduced to the Full Coverage Touch Up Brush. I must say that I am more of a sponge kind of girl and I would never think to apply my foundation or concealer with a brush but I think I’m going to end up eating my words. I have found this brush is particularly good with the Bobbi Brown Corrector as it covers under eye circles, red patches and small blemishes with good coverage. It is perfect for any skin type as it applies evenly and doesn’t leave you feeling cakey! So if you’re on the hunt for a touch up brush, definitely have a look at this one – you’ll love it.

BENEFIT PORE MATTE RESCUE GEL = I have used this for around 2 years now and I’m still absolutely loving it. My skin has always been oily and prone to redness so when searching for a primer I look for something cooling and mattifying and this little beauty does just that. With some primers I have tested out before, I noticed some of the thicker creams would cling to my dry patches and just make my foundation look patchy but as this is a gel consistency it glides on the skin and leaves you feeling hydrated and soothed. Oh and it also smells AMAZING. Definitely test this one out if you have oily skin like me.

BOBBI BROWN POT ROUGE = Back on it with the Bobbi Brown products but this is a definite must have. As a lazy girl who likes to have her makeup done quickly, I love a product that multi-tasks so being able to use Pot Rouge on my cheeks and lips is a dream. Popping in on as a blush once your foundation is set, gives a natural rosy tint, which lasts all day. Using it as a lip shade gives a subtle finish but doesn’t dry out your skin. When wearing some lipsticks, my lips instantly chap and feel sore but Pot Rouge hydrates and I can wear it all day without having the urge to take it off. If you haven’t got this miracle in your makeup bag then treat yourself as its so worth it.

MORPHE 35k PALLETTE = I mean, who doesn’t love a Morphe palette? They’re so affordable compared to other brands but you can still create amazingly pigmented looks. I am such an ammeter when it comes to eye shadow; I usually just pop on a light base and then a bit of glitter as I never seem to be able to pull off a well-executed eye but having a palette where the powders are easy to blend makes life so much easier. The 35K is a winner for me as there is a good colour range and you get a choice of both mattes and glitters to create various day and night time looks. If you’re looking for a palette but you don’t want to spend a bomb then definitely look into Morphe as there are so many to choose from and there is bound to be one just for you!


LOREAL BROW ARTIST PLUMPER = At 15, I made the stupid mistake of overplucking my eyebrows; most of us have been there, right? Thankfully I am happy with how my brows are looking now but I’m still always on the hunt for products that’ll give me a helping hand. I have used Benefit’s Gimme Brow before and I did like it but I wanted to find a cheaper alternative and I believe I have succeeded! I pop on the brow plumper after I have drawn in my brows for more volume but if you want to apply it without any other product then it looks good either way. I only have one little niggle and that is if you apply too much, it can go a bit crispy which feels horrid but as people always say, a little goes a long way.

BENEFIT BAD GIRL LASH MASCARA = I have been a fan of Benefit mascaras for a while now so when my babe Charlotte gave me this for my birthday, I was a very happy girly. When Bad Girl came out, I heard mixed reviews with many saying it was too ‘clumpy’ or it didn’t volumise. I agree with this to an extent but similar to the brow gel, less is most definitely more. If you apply this sparingly then I feel you will see the volumising effects. This is not good mascara if you want to use it for more than a couple of coats but having said that, I love how dark it makes your lashes look and I do like it for a more natural look. 

And now we have come to the end of my first favourites post. I am planning to make this a regular occurrence so keep your eyes peeled for that. I hope you have a lovely rest of this sunny Sunday. Let me know what you’ve been loving this month!


L x
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