Being Scared & Nervous

Tearing your hair out??

I have a lot of exams and stuff coming up and I’ve been feeling nervous. Really nervous. It isn’t always rational, and it isn’t always specific, but I’m nervous. I have some quick tips I’d like to share with you guys about dealing with being anxious. Some of them are a bit silly but they work for me!

1. Being nervous is okay. It’s normal. In fact, it would probably be strange if you weren’t worried. Don’t get worried about the fact that you’re worried. I know I never believe this when I’m told it, but nerves can help you perform better.

2. Just get through the day – talk to your friends, watch TV, go to school. Doing normal things always always, always helps, even if you feel like lying in bed and doing nothing at all.

3. Find someone else to be for half an hour, or an hour, or a day, or however long the thing you’re anxious about is. Choose anyone: it can be a brave book character, a feisty character from your favourite movie, or even someone in real life that you look up to. Find someone who would be confident in this position, and become them. You don’t have to talk in a different accent or anything (you can if you want) but it works if you just think about it. And remember that you don’t have to tell anybody about it. There’s no space for embarrassment.

4. If you’re having problems getting to sleep, then don’t look at any screens for an hour and half before going to bed. Doing exercise during the day also helps. You might also want to consider getting some relaxing music or ‘meditation’ tapes to help you get to sleep – I used to use them because I had big problems getting to sleep.

5. Share it. I know it sounds stupid, but a worry shared is a worry halved. It actually works. If you don’t want to talk, then write it down in a diary.

Do you have any tips, tricks or experiences to share about being nervous? I’d love to hear them!

Apple xx

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Winter Hand Care

Just because there are clouds in the sky and you’ve got your warm coat on, you don’t have to also have the dry skin that could come hand in hand with cold weather. Here are some of my favpurite moisturisers – and some extra tips that I use to keep my hands soft and smooth in winter!

The Moisturisers…

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My first is Atrixo Enriched Moisturising Cream: I have mine in a handy little tub which fits into your hand. I take it to school, and because it’s only about £3 from Boots or most other drugstores, you don’t have to worry that you’ve wasted your money if you do lose it.

It’s a good, reliable moisturiser that works. Plus, it has this lovely, clean…Atrixo smell, which is really nice.

Jo Malone cream

This next one is Jo Malone Lime & Basil, which I actually won in a raffle, but is £38 to buy. Personally, I wouldn’t spend that much on a moisturiser, so this was a nice surprise for me!

It has a really very strong smell, which at first I hated, but I now actually find it quite pleasant. It’s definitely worth smelling it in a shop, because it will put you off using it if you don’t like the smell.

The moisturiser itself is very nice. It does the job impeccably. The packaging makes it a little hard to get the product out, though, which is a shame, because otherwise it’s very good.
If you have a bit of money to spend and you’re looking for a good moisturiser, then I certainly wouldn’t rule this one out. However, for the amount you get it is expensive, and I wouldn’t purchase it with my own money any time in the near future.

Nivea soft

My final moisturiser is the Nivea Soft, which is £2.45 in this 75ml tube. Again, it has a lovely, fresh smell, although it’s less natural compared to the smell of the Atrixo.
The consistency is thick, and the tube is too big to carry around with you, so I mostly use it at night.

Well, folks, that’s it for my selection of moisturisers, now onto my tips!
1. Clean out the soap from in between your hands. I know this sounds strange, but it can make that fleshly part in between your fingers go very flaky and dry, especially in the winter when the taps are cold.
2. Wear gloves. The cold will only make your hands dryer, so get yourself a nice pair of gloves or mittens.
3. Don’t overdo it on the moisturiser: little and often is best. Although, after saying that, it’s also a good idea to put a little more on than usual before you go to bed.

Have you got any cold weather hand care tips to share? Are some of you having a sunny and warm December? Feel free to let me know in the comments.
I hope you all have a great December – Advent starts tomorrow!
Apple xx

Makeup for those sick days

It’s coming up to the winter season, and we all know what that, sadly, means: colds… And no one wants to look ill (unless it’s Halloween) –  so how do you conceal it?

Reverse the signs!

So, what are the common problems you have when you’re ill? Sallow skin, dark circles, puffy eyes, a red nose, chapped lips – do any of these sound familiar? Well, whatever your symptoms are, you can get your makeup out and reverse them! This will probably mean you’re aiming to get healthy skin, concealed dark circles and puffiness and moisturised lips. This is basically the key to covering up illness.

 

Healthy skin and lips

Lip gloss and blusher are the two makeup products that make you look healthier – so, after a light-to-medium layer of foundation, apply some blusher to the apples of your cheeks (smile, then apply it to the parts of your cheek that stick out a little) and blend it upwards. If you like, you can also use some bronzer on the sides of your forehead, and if you make a ‘fish face’ then apply it onto the parts that you have sucked inwards. I would recommend you don’t use a blusher that is too red or pink, though, because it may make you look flushed. Experiment with what you have, though, because that isn’t always the case.

 

Next, make sure you moisturise your lips at least twice a day. If your lips are especially chapped, you might want to invest in some more medical lip treatments (I recommend Burt’s Bees). Put one some sheer lip gloss and you’re ready to go!

Concealing dark circles and puffiness around the eyes

Use a good concealer to get rid of your circles and blend into the inner corner. If you can, curl you lashes and then apply mascara. Instead of your normal black or brown eyeliner, use a white one/one that is lighter than your skin. Plum is also a good colour if you do not have white.

 

A red and runny nose

Most importantly, get some nice (potentially treated) tissues which are soft on your nose. Apply a little more foundation to your nose area than normal and highlight on your expression lines around your nose.

And that is my guide for makeup on sick days!

Hello again, everyone, I have missed blogging more than you know! The last two days have been pretty eventful for me (this relates to both homework and my social life). Thanks to everyone who has stuck by me, I do notice and I greatly appreciate it. Your help is so important, because my blog is basically anonymous and I get no publicity help from my friends or family.

I hope to be blogging more frequently in the future!

Apple xx