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Archive: January 2018

Finding my Jewellery Style

Typically, I don't tend to wear jewellery, a necklace here, a bracelet there, basically, the only pieces I wear more than on special occasions is my Swatch watch and earrings. That is until I found jewellerybox. You see, the reason I don't typically wear jewellery is that I find it hard to find jewellery that I like, that suits my style. Jewellery items tend to be large, oversized, for a period of time they were also colourful and they just didn't fit in with the aesthetic I was looking for. I am quite petite myself, 5"2 and 100 pounds, so oversized jewellery wouldn't look good on me, even if I liked it. I am girly and I prefer dainty, delicate pieces, but I just didn't know where to begin. I didn't want to buy jewellery from stores like Topshop and H&M for fear it would die my skin green, but I also find it hard to shop online for fear it will not look as it does online, but jewellerybox is totally different and changed my whole vision of jewellery.

Finding my Jewellery Style

Jewellerybox or jewellerybox.co.uk is an online store based in London, their vision is to provide real jewellery at a costume jewellery price. As a student, this is incredibly beneficial as I don't have to splurge out on pieces and I can grow my collection at a steady pace by ordering a handful of items at once and not just one or two pieces here and there. Even more, they have the most gorgeous, yet completely sustainable packaging that definitely doesn't increase your carbon footprint, which is always great, right? Well, I personally think so. 

Finding my Jewellery Style

The lovely people over at jewellerybox got in touch with me and asked if I would like to pick some items and have them send them over to me. As soon as I clicked through on the link to their website I was deeply, deeply in love. Every single item on their website is so beautiful, completely gold or silver and incredibly delicate and dainty, just the type of jewellery a girl like me wants. The first item I fell for was the gorgeous belcher bracelet, I have been on the lookout for a simplistic but beautiful bracelet for a while. When I was young you would have found me sporting a charm bracelet filled with oversized charms, but as I've matured I have found that bigger isn't always better, especially when it comes to the items I wear on my tiny, child-like wrists. I then found myself eyeing up the silver karma circles pendant, it wasn't until I saw the gold version being sported by a fellow blogger on the brand's social media that I truly realised I needed this necklace in my life. After this came the earrings, I was a big fan of the jacket earrings brought out by the likes of Thomas Sabo and Dior, so when I saw the gorgeous pearl jacket studs I knew I needed them in my life. The final item on my list is the square geometric stacking rings set. My fingers are something I try to draw as little attention to as possible, they are crooked and too long and skinny, my niece calls them my skeleton fingers, but I want to get over this hate as it is an incredibly silly one and the best place to start is by placing items I love on them, right? 

Each item came in the most beautiful packaging, completely made of cardboard each part of the box can be completely recycled and continue its life cycle, that is if you can throw them out because I can't. They're just so beautiful, I don't want to throw them in the bin, even if its the recycle one. After taking each item out their box I realised how beautiful they all look together, although I may look a little overdone wearing all of the items out at once, they definitely could all be paired together despite the miss matched pendants and pearls. I tried out each item, the necklace is on a 19-inch chain, the perfect length if you want your necklace to sit around mid-decolletage. The pendant is petite and not oversized so it looks lovely layered with other pieces or by itself, right now I am loving wearing it alone over my oversized knits and cosy jumpers, but during the warmer weather I will definitely be layering this piece up while I wear my cami tops. 

Finding my Jewellery Style
I got my rings in a size small as my ring size is an L on most of my fingers. I love the look of these rings all stacked on one finger with just a slight gap between each, but I love it, even more, to wear two on one finger with a wider gap and the other on the finger beside that one. They are very simplistic, especially the plain silver band and by themselves, they may not look as beautiful, but these pieces paired together are beautiful and even a little daring for someone like me who has a very girly style. The earrings may actually be my favourite item in the entire collection which I got. They give me Chanel vibes but at an extremely lower price tag. Not only can you wear these gorgeous earrings as jackets with the second pearl danging down under your ear but you can wear them as simple pearls in your ears making them the best item for a day to night quick change. The bracelet is also absolutely stunning and I have had many compliments on it since I began wearing it, the only problem is how loose it seems to be on me, which is through no fault of the company, but rather the fact I literally have child-like wrists. It hangs over my hand a little if I wear it, but that style isn't really what I am looking for, so I plan on getting a few little loops taken out to allow it to fit my wrist how I would like it. Although it could come with more larger hoops in order for you to change the size, I think having the dangling piece of jewellery hanging would take away from the look and would much prefer to just have the bracelet altered to fit me perfectly. 

Jewellerybox allowed me to fall in love with jewellery in a way I never imagined I would be able to. I have even gone back to their site to have a look at any other items I hope to buy when payday comes. I already have my eyes on some more earrings and a few necklaces, I am even thinking of ways I can layer some of the pieces and I haven't even purchased them yet. I decided to go for silver for all of these pieces as I was feeling silver, but I may also pick some gold items up too, as I have a neutral skin tone and suit either so I think it would be fun to play with both as all the items in both gold and silver are beautiful on their website.

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'New Year, New Wardrobe' Wishlist

I don't know about you, but something about the new year really makes me want to switch up my wardrobe. It's a new year, it's a fresh start and a chance to reinvent yourself, whether that's changing up your style completely or just adding some new items to your wardrobe to shake things up. For me, I want to bring my style to life, I've always been a little scared when it came to fashion, never stepping outside my comfort zone, never taking the next step to show my true style. I feel like I'm always worrying about how people would see me if I wore this, or second-guessing what people would say about me if I wore that. I think it is something we all go through, fashion is something that everyone sees, it's not something you hide away from the public, it is the first thing people see of you and when you're trying to find your individual style it can be hard, you don't want to stand out too much, be saw too much, but looking to those whose style you admire is always the first stepping stone in becoming confident in your style. 

I love to follow fashion Instagrams and often find inspiration in them, the way people just style themselves so effortlessly and don't worry about how others see them, I admire it. Today I have decided to give you a little insight into how I want to change up my style this year, how I want to bring my ideal style into existence. I'm not a fashion blogger, I'd love to be, but I haven't taken that step yet, so instead today's post is a wishlist of the items I am lusting after, the items I hope to add to my wardrobe to portray my style.

'New Year, New Wardrobe' Wishlist

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CHECKS
So, the most prominent trend among the clothes I am lusting after is a lot of them are checkered and this is the smaller version so let me tell you, I didn't put in 5 other checkered items I am lusting after. Item number 4 is a gorgeous skirt from a suit set that is on ASOS, I have had my eyes on this entire suit for a few weeks now, I don't think I am quite cool enough to pull off the whole skirt suit thing, but y'know,  maybe one day. So instead I'll just add the skirt to my list and pair it with other pieces. I love that the checkered style is black, white and grey so it doesn't look too much, especially considering how small the checkered pattern is. Number 6 is all over Instagram right now, every fashion blogger and her mum has this pinafore and I totally want to jump on that trend. It is absolutely gorgeous, the pattern is so beautiful with the slight girly tone of pink going through the pattern. Plus, it would look amazing with a turtleneck underneath. 

RED
If you know me, you know red is one of my all-time favourite colours and I just don't think I don't wear enough of it. It is a bright colour that draws attention to you, but like I said, I want to become more daring with what I wear. Piece 1 is an item that adds a little red to your wardrobe while staying quite tame, it is a white shirt with red writing, so it can be paired with many different outfit combinations to create a gorgeous outfit. I adore the French vibes and since this top includes the French word for love, obviously I adore it. Number 5 is a much more daring piece, it is a huge, over-sized, red knit that would definitely draw attention to you. I adore it though, it could be dressed up or dressed down and will the perfect addition to your wardrobe. Number 12 is another way to add this trend to your wardrobe without going overboard, it is a gorgeous red handbag with the most beautiful silver accents, I love that this opening is so unique with the bow going through the big circle. 

NO MORE JEANS
I want to stop wearing jeans so much, I would love to branch out and try some proper trousers, but once again, I am incredibly intimidated. Number 15 is some spotty trousers, they almost seem a little too summery to be added to this January wishlist, but I couldn't help it, wouldn't they look amazing with a turtleneck? I am in love with these gorgeous trousers and they would definitely take me out of my comfort zone by forcing me to not only wear trousers but wear patterned trousers. 

PINK
Could I do a wishlist without adding anything pink? I am a huge fan of millennial pink, pale and pastel pinks, they are my favourite shades. Number 2 is a pair of gorgeous pale pink heels, I think these would look amazing with jeans, a skirt, trousers and even a one piece, they are just so cute. They are the perfect way to add a splash of colour to your wardrobe without going overboard plus that little heel is perfect, not quite a kitten but definitely not stiletto. Number 3 is another pink piece, although a much paler tone that 2, number 3 is exactly my style, fancy sleeves with a cute knit, that is exactly my style. 

 SHEER SLEEVES
Sheer is such a subtle way to make the simplest top and blouse look incredibly fancy and cute. Both 10 and 11 have polka dot sheer sleeves and look very similar but I couldn't choose which one I wanted more, so I added both. 10 is a long-sleeved top with gorgeous puffy shoulder detailing and a plain front and back, wouldn't it look great under the pinafore in 6? 11 is a little fancier with a sheer part on the chest, I absolutely adore this one and definitely think it's the perfect "jeans and a nice top" addition for the wardrobe which can be dressed up or down. 

BLACK ACCESSORIES
I am trying to move away from wearing too much black, I know you're literally thinking "Robyn, this wishlist is filled with black items" I know, I know, but I am trying I promise. Since it is a colour I feel comfortable in, I have to wear it somehow and what's a better way to wear it than in accessories? Number 7 is a beautiful pair of ankle boots with oversized buckles, I mean, could they be more be? number 8 is a beautiful bag with an oversized circle handle, I love this whole circle detailing on bags that Chloe started, it just makes a bag less boring, doesn't it? Number 9 is a black fedora styled hat, I love hats like this, I have like 5 but of course, I need a new one. They just make outfits less boring. Number 13 is a pair of fancy flat black shoes, which will make any outfit look classy and stylish. 

Do you own any of these items? Which is your favourite? Tell me below in the comments. 

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The Three Books I Keep by My Desk and Why

When I first decided I wanted to redo my desk area this year I knew I wanted a small shelf just above my desk, home to some candles, my stationary and a few books I like to keep by my workstation. I knew exactly which books I wanted close by to where I would be doing the majority of my blogging and working. If you didn't already know I am a big fan of self-help styled books, inspirational books and that is what these books are to me. They are the inspiration I need to have looking over me on a daily basis, it just works out really well that they're all very aesthetically pleasing, which is why you've seen them in multiple blog post photographs of mine. These books are 'The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F**k' by Sarah Knight, 'How to be an Overnight Success' by Maria Hatzistefanis and 'What Would Audrey Do?' by Pamela Keogh. You're probably thinking "what a strange combination of books" but let me tell you why they are so perfect and why it is always a good idea to have some inspiration at your desk.

The Three Books I Keep by My Desk and Why

THE LIFE-CHANGING 
MAGIC OF NOT GIVING A F**K
I got this book a couple of Christmases ago and I absolutely adore it. I'm a people pleaser so it's hard for me to say no and this book taught me that it's okay to say no, and further that it's perfectly normal to put myself before others, something I've always found hard. Before I redone my blog this year I took another little scan of this book to remind myself that I have to put myself before others, write for me, do my blog for and stop trying to live up a standard set by others on what blogging is or should be about. This book reminds me regularly that it's okay to not give a f**k and having it on my shelf makes it easy to pick up and remind myself of that in times when my people pleaser side is about to make a breakthrough. 

HOW TO BE AN
 OVERNIGHT SUCCESS
I'm not an entrepreneur but this book still helps me especially when it comes to blogging. I like to look to this book for inspiration on how to make my blog a brand, how to push my content out there and treat my corner of the internet like it is a business. Further, I just find the beauty and fashion industries inspiring in themselves as they are fascinating and since I am studying marketing this book is pretty useful in seeing the other side of things, the business side before they come to the marketers and I find that not only interesting but incredibly inspiring. Having this book here inspires me to succeed and reminds me that there is no such thing as an overnight success, in fact, it takes years to become successful. 

WHAT WOULD AUDREY DO?
I am a massive Audrey fan, seen all her movies, got a few books about her life, her career, her style and so on, I just find her so inspiring. This book is not only a pretty book to have in blog photos, but it reminds me of how I would like to be seen, the way Audrey was, as a classy, lovely and talented person. Whenever I feel like I don't know how to approach a situation I look to this book to inspire me how to treat the situation in a classy manner, the way Audrey would. This book is one I have read a couple of times and I think I will be reading it again soon, having one of my idols teaching me how to approach different situations is the way to go. 

The Three Books I Keep by My Desk and Why

THEY'RE AESTHETICALLY PLEASING
They say never judge a book by its cover, but when the covers are this pretty and pastel then how can you not? Of course it's a major bonus that all three books have very pretty, pink and cohesive spines, it makes them look gorgeous being sat together on my shelf, they fit with the overall style around my desk and of course having them here makes it super easy to lean over and grab them for extra blog photography props. They pull together the look of my desk to give it the perfect girly chic look I am going for, but how they look is definitely not the most important factor when it comes to why they're by my desk. 

THEY INSPIRE ME
The Life-Changing Magic book by Sarah Knight was one of the first self-help style books that I read and actually felt I learned from. It's not a traditional self-help book, in fact, I'd say it's rather unconventional, but that's why it works for me. I am a top tier people pleaser, so for me, saying no to people is something I find hard, as is, not caring what people think of me. If it is one of those days and I'm overthinking a little too much all I have to do is slip this book off my shelf and have a flick through it. How to be an Overnight Success is one that inspires me too, but in a totally different way, this one inspires my work ethic, my blog and my strive for success. Although this book is about making it in business, there is a lot you can take away from it as a blogger, or just someone looking to be successful in any aspect of your life. I like to pull this one out when I am losing sight of myself as a blogger, or feeling unwary of my future. What Would Audrey do is a totally different ball game from the other two, this book inspires me because Audrey Hepburn inspires me. She is an absolute icon and one of two women, my mum included, who I truly aspire to be like. This book gives information on how Audrey would approach any situation from style to business, to relationships, if ever I need a helping hand this book shows me the classy, Audrey way to approach the situation. 

The Three Books I Keep by My Desk and Why

THEY ARE BOOKS I CAN 
READ OVER AND OVER
Of course, I love to reread books, I do it all the time, my Devil Wears Prada book is worn away at the spine and corners because of how often I have read it. I think I have read almost every book in my collection twice at the very least, except those new additions, but these three books are books I like to reread. I only got How to be an Overnight Success at Christmas and I have already read it twice, that's how much I enjoy the book. I feel like self-help type books like these are great to reread personally, as I always find myself reading sections in a different way, taking different things from the book and learning new things every time I do so. These three are books that I always seem to learn from, no matter how often I pick them up and flick through them or read them. Plus with all three the chapters teach you different things about different sections of life. With The LIfe-Changing Magic, there are sub-sections like dress code and meetings that help you deal with those situations and it's easy to just flick to whichever section you need help with that day. How to be an Overnight Success is the same with different sections and Maria tells you her experience in dealing with those situations which makes her insight even more trustworthy. What Would Audrey Do is written in the same way, with sub-sections on diet, exercise, home life and so on so I just flick to the section I want inspiration in and bam. 

THEY'RE THE PERFECT BLOG PROPS
As a blogger, I like to have my blog photography props easy to access on minutes notice when I am setting up to get the photographs taken. These books have all been featured in quite a few posts of mine on here and having them sat by my desk where I do most of my blogging makes it easy to quickly grab them and use them in my blog photography. 
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I Got Over My Blogger Block, Let Me Tell You How

Bloggers are like authors in a sense, we write our own content that comes from a place within, we aren't given the headlines and told to write about specific topics, we are different from journalists. Our topics are chosen and created by us, our content is chosen and created by us, our minds are always on overdrive thinking about that next blog post or what we will be writing about a month from now. It's all us, there is no middleman, no boss, no editor, we write from our brains and our hearts. So what does it mean when our brains are tired? When we are overworked or busy elsewhere in life and our brain hasn't had time to process content? Well, just like authors, we often get writer's block. We feel like we have run dry of content, we have no idea what's next on the agenda. It happens to the best of us and recently it happened to me, aka one of the mediocre ones, I think, or rather I hope I'm at least mediocre. 

I started my masters degree, I focused most of my attention on getting good grades, learning and doing well in university. My brain was almost always focused on an essay, a project, a class, notes, a reading or y'know when I had the chance, food. This meant there was no room for blog planning, no room for writing up content, no room for visualising angles to take on subjects or even subjects at all. I found myself sitting at the computer on days I was free and just staring at it wondering why I'm even bothering, I have no content to write, but I'd force it. I would try to write about the content I hoped people would read, I forced content, it was wooden, it was unpassionate and most of all I hated everything about it. 

I Got Over My Blogger Block, Let Me Tell You How

DO NOT FORCE CONTENT
Forcing content when you are having a bit of a brain fart, or as the academics call it writer's block, is the worst thing you can do. I tried it and I actually fell out of love with blogging, it made me hate blogging because my content wasn't good, in fact, I hated the posts I was putting live. I knew I felt it, so I knew anyone reading it could feel it too, but some part of me thought it was better to get content out even if it's disengaging than to not post at all, no, wrong, bad idea. My content wasn't  just disengaging for me, it wasn't engaging to readers, it was clunky, it was boring and it didn't feel genuine. If I had just taken some time off, got myself some rest, hydrated and came back to my blog a week maybe even two later I would be ready to get back into it, I would have found my mojo again, but I didn't see it that way. I would be up at 2am doing university work then stay up until 4am forcing content that I'd push myself to put live the next day. I didn't give myself time, I didn't give my blog space. 

TAKE A BREATHER
If things aren't working out, take a step back, when I finally convinced myself to do this it was winter break, my mojo still wasn't back and I felt like a phoney, I didn't love blogging or love my blog anymore. I decided enough was enough, I had done this to myself, I needed a break. I posted across social media that heythererobyn.com would not be updated until the new year, I logged out my emails and I unbookmarked any websites I would usually access on the daily from my phone. I took Christmas off and after two or three days I began thinking of content, of a new layout, I began to list new ideas in my head, I could visualise a future for heythererobyn, I could see a future where I still loved blogging and blogging still loved me. All I needed was a few days of not thinking about my blog and suddenly my mojo came back, it's true what they say distance does make the heart grow fonder. 

I Got Over My Blogger Block, Let Me Tell You How

STICK TO WHAT YOU LOVE
I wrote up a list, guidelines I guess you could call them for what I wanted to do on my blog, what I wanted my corner of the internet to look like, to signify. The first guideline was that the content of my blog was posts I loved, that I connected with and was 100% proud of. I made a mental promise to myself to give up forcing things just for views or to make sure I was sticking to my timetable, I would only post blog posts that I felt were true to who I was and that I held a true connection with. This includes everything from subjects to the writing within my posts to the photography I use to accompany my blog posts. Doing this has made blogging feel so much more authentic, my views have gone up, interactions have increased and my followers are growing steadily across all of my social media channels, it is clear that content I work hard on and love is also the content that other people prefer. 

STOP TRYING TO PLEASE EVERYONE
One of the hardest factors for me to deal with is that I cannot please everyone, the content I am proud of and take pride in may be different from the content some people liked to see me write, that's life. I lose followers every now and then, but I gain more. Losing followers is hard, realising some people don't like your content, but you cannot please everyone, trying to do this lead me to my bump in the road in the first place. I write my content for me and for my readers, I write what feels right to me, but I like to write content that is hopefully beneficial to other people too. Trying to please everyone leads to a lot of disappointment, accepting that you can't, has given me a sense of calmness surrounding losing followers. 

REMIND YOURSELF WHY YOU STARTED
Did you start a blog to gain a following? Did you start to blog because you thought it would make you lots of money? Probably not, if you did, you probably shouldn't be blogging. Chances are you didn't, so why do you put so much attention on those factors now? I began blogging to get into university, but it had been something I wanted to do for a long time before that. I love to write, I am very creative and I thought if I had somewhere to channel that then I would have the worlds best hobby. When I remind myself that I blog because I like to write and share, because I like to help others and get my creative juices flowing, suddenly all these other reasons seem silly. Reminding myself the reason I blog is exactly why I came back on January 1st with a determination to make this my best blogging year ever, because that girl who opened up her laptop and bought the 'heythererobyn.com' domain all those years ago deserves to finally shine through, and that one obsessed with followers and likes, she deserves to get kicked to the curb. 

GET A NEW LOOK
Nothing motivates me quite like a new outfit or a new hairstyle or some new makeup. Any way I can upgrade my look motivates me to go out there and make the world my oyster, so what makes blogging any different? I didn't need a new outfit or some new makeup pieces to sit at my desk and write up content, but what I could use was a makeover for my blog. My blog is what I project onto the internet world and I want it to look just as presentable as I'd hope to think I look, so I was need of a new look, an update, to get my motivation on. I upgraded my layout to one that I truly adore more than anything and now that I am happy with the aesthetic of my blog, all I want to do is continue to love everything about my blog. 

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The Easiest Way to Take Off Your Makeup

Have you ever had the world's longest day only to come home, look in the mirror and think "this makeup has to come off and I just don't want to do it!"? Me too, countless times, long days at uni, concerts, blog events, late nights you name it, I've gotten to the end of the day and regretted caring for my skin, I've even contemplated skipping my skincare regime to get a good sleep, but y'know I wouldn't do that. I care too much for my skin, I have put too much time and money into keeping this complexion clear and people who wear a full face to bed do not have a clear complexion, trust me. So isn't it just perfect that I found the best hack for getting that full face off within seconds? Yes, you heard me right, no scrubbing, no rubbing, no full packs of cotton pads being used here and no, it's not a set of face wipes either, it's a soft, fluffy pink cloth.

The absolute geniuses over at Magnitone came up with one of the simplest, easiest and all over just best ways to take your makeup off. They created the Wipe Out, microfibre cleansing cloths that are bought in sets of two and my saviour at the end of a long day. All you have to do is dampen the cloth under warm water and then rub it on your face in small circular motions to wipe off a full face of makeup, including eye makeup. When I first saw these little gems going around on the internet I will be the first to admit, I was apprehensive, I doubted they worked and worse, I feared they would be rough and leave my skin dry and cracked, but guess what? I was wrong. These cloths are so soft, so fluffy and this doesn't fade once they are damp either, they don't drag or leave your skin feeling dry or cracked, they just remove every last bit of your makeup. 

The Easiest Way to Take Off Your Makeup

What I like to do is dampen the entire cloth, put one side on one hand and the other on the other hand and then in circular motions remove the makeup from my cheeks, up to my forehead and down to my chin. Following this, I have a rub at my nose and tackle my eyes last. It takes longer to remove the makeup from your eyes, especially if your mascara is waterproof, but gentle, circular motions remove it with ease. I sometimes go over my face a couple of times just to be extra safe all makeup is gone before I move on to my cleanser. Although these cloths are referred to as cleansing cloths, I have been double cleansing for a couple of years now. So I do still cleanse after using these cloths and I very rarely find any makeup residue on the cotton pad I applied my cleanser with because they are amazing at taking every last bit of product off. 

The cloths are reversible so you can often get two uses out of them before you have to pop them in the washing at 30 degrees. I have washed these little guys a good 20-30 times now and they continue to look brand new after each use as they are definitely long lasting. They are a bright shade of pink and despite washing them so often the colour never fades, nor have I ever stained them with makeup, waterproof or not. I love to use these little wipes on night's where I want to shorten my skincare regime, even if it is only by a few minutes as these are much quicker at taken makeup off than a cleanser and cotton pads, plus they are much softer on the skin than cotton pads, so my skin is always grateful when these little guys are being used.

The Easiest Way to Take Off Your Makeup

The best thing about it is how quickly these little guys remove your makeup, not even 5 minutes after you dampen the cloth is your face completely bare and ready for your skincare regime. I would recommend regularly washing them as just like your clothing and makeup brushes bacteria can build up on these little guys and can lead to breakouts. Although I was super excited to test them I did wash them before I the first use just to be on the safe side, I often give everything a safety wash before using especially when it comes to things I use on my face like cloths, makeup brushes etc. As you never know the packaging technique of these and who has touched them with unwashed hands etc, it is always just the safest option in my personal opinion.

The Easiest Way to Take Off Your Makeup



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Changes I am Making in January

It is January and you know what that usually means, it's the month of fad diets, of health kicks, it's the month of setting goals and looking towards being the best version of yourself. I love January for this reason, I don't like the idea of January blues or blue Monday because January is a motivating month for me. Whether it is watching others smash their personal goals or creating my own, I adore January because it's that month of the year where mostly everyone is trying to be the best version of themselves, I love to see people heading towards a goal. This year I want to make a bunch of changes, I have told you my yearly goals, which you can read here, but today I want to chat about the life changes I want to make and am looking to make this month to become the best version of myself that I can possibly be. 

For me, I can't jump into things all guns blazing, I like to take things in a small section, I put a few smaller goals in front of me which will help to reach the larger goals, then when I reach those goals I move to the next phase. For me, it is how I work best, for most people it is how they work best too. Jumping in head first throws me off, I get frustrated, I don't last long enough and then I give up and spend the next few weeks hating myself for giving up on those goals. So, this year I want to make gradual changes to my life each month and by the end of the year hopefully, I will be the best version of me. I was apprehensive about sharing this journey on here, but I think I want to take you with me on my journey because we all have things we would like to improve about ourselves and maybe if I tell you my areas for improvement we can chat more about them and encourage one another. 

Changes I am Making in January

THE HEALTH ONES

LESS PASTA
This one is a hard one, I am the biggest pasta fan you have ever probably met. I could eat pasta for my breakfast, lunch and dinner 7 days a week and never get bored. It is my holy grail of food, but I have to slow myself down in how much I eat. I have a fast metabolism so it doesn't show on me how much pasta I eat but I can definitely feel it. I feel sluggish, lethargic and heavy after I eat pasta most times and I am tired of feeling this way. I want food that fills me while giving me a burst of energy and allowing me to feel set for the day. So, I am going to eat less white pasta, I am giving myself the weekend for my pasta eating and even at that, I will probably only eat it once at the weekend which is a huge decreasing from my usual 3 plates of pasta a week. 

MORE WATER
I was so good at drinking loads of water for the longest time but over Christmas, I kind of went a little Irn Bru crazy and stopped drinking so much water. I want to get back to drinking loads of water again and keep my body hydrated. Water does so much for your body and skin and I want to feel those benefits again. I want to start upping my water intake once again and in doing this also lower my fizzy drink intake to just one with dinner for now. 

HEALTHY ALTERNATIVES
I want to start swapping the foods I eat for the healthier alternatives, especially when it comes to dinners. All too often I pick the easiest and quickest meal to eat because I am in a rush to eat and move on to whatever else is on my to-do list, I don't want to do this now. I want to pay more attention to what I am eating and focus on eating healthy alternatives, instead of throwing something in to cook quickly I want to pay attention and cook from scratch. I have a few problems when it comes to food, I suffer from IBS which means certain food groups are just unedible for me, this means I have to create my own diet around what my body needs and can tolerate. I'm not going to force myself to abide by a strict gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, polo-vegetarian or whatnot diet because of this. I am going to create a Robyn diet around what I can and want to eat. I haven't eaten red meat most of my life, I'm not a red meat fan, but I eat chicken and tuna so I am taking my diet one step at a time to eat the way my body needs me to instead of eating in a way that forces me to change my lifestyle drastically.

Changes I am Making in January

LIFESTYLE

BELIEVE IN MYSELF
For the most part, I am quite a sunny positive person who generally looks to the good stuff in life, but when it comes to my own future I tend to lack that positive attitude. I have a habit of doubting myself and my abilities, I don't quite believe in myself like I wish I did. I want to be more positive about the future and where I will be one day instead of always doubting where I will end up. I want to be successful and happy in life so I will be successful and happy in life, no more thinking of how I'm too stupid to do what I want to do. This also comes from my very awkward imposter's syndrome where I don't feel I am worthy enough to actually be successful in life. I sometimes even doubt my grades because "how could I be getting As?" 

DO ONE THING A DAY
THAT BENEFITS MY FUTURE
I love this one, I once read it somewhere that if you do at least one thing a day that benefits your future then you are having a productive day. This could be something small such as updating your CV to doing an essay for university, doing a blog post or applying for jobs. Many things you can do in your everyday life can benefit your life even if you don't really think it does. I like to put aside at least an hour a day to benefit future me and get me ready for my future while making it a more successful future.

FOCUS LESS ON OTHER PEOPLE
This is one thing I may have mentioned in my 2018 goals, I would love to focus less on what other people think of me. So many times I have stopped myself from saying something or doing something because I know other people will think less of me or find a reason to complain about it. I want to live for me and do things because I want to them, like the music I like, enjoy the tv and movies I enjoy and forget how other people will interpret it. If I focus on what other people are thinking about me I am allowing them to control my life which I don't want to do, I want to control my own journey and life. 

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Do I Fit in on the Internet?

Like every blogger or social media fan I often find myself hopping from social media app to social media app and back again. It's like that bad habit I just can't shake, sometimes social media can leave me feeling self-conscious and unfulfilled, sometimes it makes me happy and excited and other times it just leaves me overthinking. Those thoughts are sometimes over-bearing, worrisome thoughts, but sometimes, like now, they're just plain thoughts, plain and simple. Like, do I fit in here? Where is my place on the internet? Which group of bloggers do I fit beside? Am I just floating here in a state of limbo between the paths, alone and awkward? 

These thoughts don't worry me, they don't make me happy either, they just fill me with a sense of curiosity. I try not to worry too often, I've been trying to leave that side of me back in 2017, where I would ask these questions and one way or another the answer would become "you don't fit, leave, delete your blog, delete your social media, delete your god damn life". I am trying to leave dramatic Robyn behind, she is still in 2017 panicking over whether that sore head is her body's way of telling her she is dying. Instead, I just find the whole idea of figuring out my path curious, maybe I don't fit, maybe I am alone, but would that be such a bad thing? To be completely unique? I guess I am not alone then because I'm not necessarily that unique from other bloggers out there. I'm not a big blogger so that takes that group away, of course, I'm not a new blogger, I'm not a blogger with a set niche, I don't just write lifestyle, beauty or fashion, so niche categories are out the window. Where do I fit in and am I happy to be there? 

Do I Fit in on the Internet?

I see bloggers with a wide group of blogger friends, they are always engaging with one another on social media, meeting up in real life and being overall supportive. They have their place, plush, comfortable and steady because they created their place, their friendship set the grounds for a new 'it' place on the internet. This is hard for me, I do a masters degree, I am trying to plan for a future after uni, I live so far away from most of the lovely people I know from the internet, it is hard for me to build friendships that blur the line between online and offline. I think of so many lovely girls online as my friends, but I am not in one of these blogger groups that match outfits and attend events together and give us all the 'girl power' goals we could ask for, so making a place on the internet it hard because I can't really do it alone. So where do I fit in?

This year, I decided heythererobyn needed a change, I was unhappy with my content across all my platforms, my blog, my Instagram, my Twitter, everything needed to change. I had grown out of where my blog was and I needed to reposition it in a way that it grew with me. I changed my layout, I changed the way I approach my blog and its content, I changed my photography style, I changed how I approached people on Twitter, I changed my entire Instagram up and hoped that my repositioning saw me being repositioned within the internet, but did it? Am I part of the crowd or am I alone? Am I just hanging in there or am I part of something bigger? 

Do I Fit in on the Internet?

Being a blogger can be difficult, especially when you are not from London or the surrounding areas, especially when you're socially awkward af and find it hard to make the first interaction. I feel both lost in the sea and like I am steering my own god damn ship at the same time. I feel like I am both fitting in and standing out. How can I be all of these things at once? Am I kidding myself? Do I fit in? Do I want to fit in? It has been something that has pestered me for a few weeks now, I don't know where I stand as a blogger, but I also don't think I ever will. I think we all feel a little lost at sea, but we just steer on and hope one day a clear pathway comes into view. 

Are you lost at sea or do you know exactly where you fit in on the internet? Do you think we have to fit in? Tell me in the comments below. 

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The Concealer to Help you Fake 8hrs of Sleep

Hi, I am Robyn and I don't get pale, I get jaundice. I am, of course, completely kidding, actually, I am mocking myself to be completely honest, I have olive skin, on the paler side of the spectrum for 90% of the year, but still, I have olive skin. The problem with having olive skin is that my undertones are yellow, not blue, not red, yellow thus I find it hard to find concealers and foundations that actually match my skin tone. They are either the wrong undertone or too yellow and thus I look like I walked right off an episode of The Simpsons. I often find myself dwelling on whether or not to purchase a new foundation for days, sometimes weeks. So of course when I find a new foundation or concealer that I adore I religiously use it for months, not even daring to look at another unless I know for sure there is a match for me that will work perfectly for my unique skin tone. Thus, for the longest time I have been using the NYX HD concealer, but alas, I may have found another to add to my collection and even better, maybe, the matching foundation, Too Faced Born This Way.

I pondered over the purchasing of this product for quite some time, I read so many wonderful reviews, but the Too Faced counters close to me had just a handful of shades and if I picked up the wrong shade I ran the risk of putting myself off the product altogether. It was a narrow line I was walking, but I went to the counter and asked to be matched. When it comes to my holy grail NYX HD concealer I almost always purchase my perfect match aka CW04, but after reading so many reviews complimenting the brightening effect of the Too Faced Born This Way concealer I took the workers advice to go for a shade that would brighten the area under my eyes, thus I was matched to light-medium. This shade is described as a light shade with neutral undertones, I am not 100% sure I agree with that, the undertones look almost peachy to me when I got it home and swatched it I panicked, had this worker allowed me to walk around all day with the wrong shade of concealer on? How had I not noticed it myself? But a quick look in the mirror showed actually no, she hadn't, my face looked fine, in fact, the area under my eyes looked brighter, almost like I actually got a good night's sleep last night. 

The Concealer to Help you Fake 8hrs of Sleep

So let's talk about what you are here for, how good is the product? Well, I use this product only under my eyes as I use it as a brightening tool, so I still apply my trusty NYX HD concealer to any blemishes so to hide them, so the only spot covering I can vouch for is the under the skin spot that peaked through last month just below my eye. If I wanted to use this product to actually hide blemishes, I would definitely have to buy the medium one and mix it with this one, as I don't think they have the best range of shades available as they do only have 16 shades in total, so I would 100% advice you get matched if you are thinking of purchasing this product yourself.  

Like I said, I can only vouch for the spot covering of an under the skin spot with no head on it as I am using this as an under the eye concealer alone. It covered the spot well and kept it covered all day, I didn't have to reapply because the spot was beginning to make an entrance at all throughout the day and this was without primer. Due to my inabilities to review how well this concealer covers whiteheads, blackheads or spots in general here are a few links to lovely bloggers who did review this while reviewing the wonderful concealer. I can, however, vouch for the brightening of this concealer, it works wonders when it comes to brightening, I had never really tried the whole theory of using a lighter shade to lighten the area beneath your eyes but this one definitely works that hack. The concealer is advertised as a naturally radiant concealer so of course, it makes me look like I have had a full 8 hours of sleep and that I am wide-eyed and bushy-tailed even before 9am. 

The Concealer to Help you Fake 8hrs of Sleep
I was a little apprehensive about posting this one, for some unknown reason my hair looks greasy af, I promise it is not. 

I don't know if it is something that comes with the olive skin tone, but every member of my family that inherited the olive tone has the same darkened, discoloured skin around our eyes. This is one of the reasons concealer is such a huge deal to me, because sometimes even foundations aren't able to mask my natural panda eye look and if I haven't had a good night's sleep, the dark circles add to it giving me that "been punched in both eyes" look that is just perfect for a day at university or a job interview. This concealer covers them perfectly however, I audibly gasped the first time I tested it. I wanted to test it completely so I took all my makeup off and applied the concealer to the freshly moisturised skin in a triangle just below my eyes and slightly to the outer corners where a lot of the darkness seems to be. I buffed it in on one eye using my trusty beauty blender and on the other eye, I used my handy Magnitone Blend Up vibrating foundation brush. The finished look was insane, the skin around my eyes no longer darker, in fact, it was lighter than that of the skin on the rest of my face. It was brighter, looked more refreshed and definitely glowy. 

Judging by the amazing job the concealer does, I am now debating purchasing the matching foundation, although their lack of shade options does make me a little apprehensive. I definitely think if I could have a shade that matched perfectly with my skin tone for blemishes that my trusty NYX HD one would be having trouble, but for now, they both live in harmony working together to make my face look good. 

The Concealer to Help you Fake 8hrs of Sleep

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It's Not Me, It's You: Learning to be Okay with People disliking You

If 2017 taught me anything it definitely taught me that there are always going to be people out there who dislike you for no good reason. Sometimes they try so hard to find a reason, to victimise them self, they want to dislike you so badly that they make up scenarios and paint you as the villain, even if you have done them no wrong. For the majority of my life I let people like this bother me, my people pleasing side slipped to the surface and I would go into panic mode, how oh how can I make this person love me? I would put on my biggest smile, I'd negotiate any scenario just begging for them to like me, but it was no good and it just made me feel worse about myself. Sometimes, people have a reason, the way you laugh, the way you dress, the way sarcasm rolls off your tongue without you even noticing, but sometimes the reason is that they have built an idea of who you are in their head without getting to know you, but they don't want to get to know you anyway. I am fine with people not liking me for no good reason, after all, it's not me, it's you.

There are always going to be people who dislike you, it is the way of life, you will dislike people and people will dislike you, but when people have no good reason to dislike you, it can be very consuming. You start to wonder what it could possibly be, you go over and over in your head every social situation you have had with them, you even debate just outright asking them, but it always leads back to the same place; they have no reason to dislike you. It is extremely hard to deal with situations like this because they can make you feel self-conscious, awkward, out of place, sometimes they may even make you question who you are and if you should be liked, but it is important not to lose yourself in situations like this, it is important that you understand that their feelings have nothing to do with you.

It's Not Me, It's You: Learning to be Okay with People disliking You

IT SAYS MORE ABOUT THEM 
THAN IT DOES ABOUT YOU
I often find myself in a panic if someone dislikes me for no good reason, I start to wonder what it must be? Am I a bad person? Do I make rude comments? Do I dress funny? Is it my laugh? It often leads to me questioning my own understanding of who I am, I know I am a good person, I know that I would never make outwardly rude comments to someone. Knowing this about myself doesn't stop the wondering, in fact, I often feel terrible about myself after I have gone through one of these self-criticising sessions. Lately, I have begun reminding myself that actually whatever reason they make up for disliking me, unless valid, is most likely a reflection of their own insecurities. We often dislike those who bring forth our self-esteem issues, it is how we work as human beings. We are created to see people as our competition and thus dislike them, but we tend not to let ourselves see that as the reason for our dislike, so we make up our own reasoning. For a long time, I would dislike anyone who was more intelligent than me because I had self-esteem issues surrounding my own intelligence, but I let it go. Sometimes, dislike can come from a place of insecurity.

DOES IT REALLY MATTER THOUGH?
Often a question I ask myself when I have exhausted every scenario to prove to someone that I am not Satan's spawn and that I have good qualities only for them to still dislike me. There are times when you just have to let it go, people are going to dislike you and that is okay, if you weren't disliked you'd be doing something wrong, even the queen has her haters. I often take a step back and assess whether I would have wanted this person in my life anyway, if the answer is no, I fight my people pleasing ways and let it go, another is to assess how long this person will be in your life, a year? a few months? No big deal, you can deal with them for that long. Afterall, there will be people who dislike you in every step of your life, you just have to pull up your big girl (or boy) panties and be your usual amazing self, they'll get over it and even if they don't, they're only killing their own mood.

It's Not Me, It's You: Learning to be Okay with People disliking You

HATING IS A WASTE OF ENERGY
I don't hate anyone, I mean with exception to bad people, of course, I really don't hate anyone. Hating is a severe waste of time and energy. Hating takes up just as much energy and devotion as it does to love someone, so I'd rather focus my time and energy on those I love anyway, so why hate? So instead of hating someone back and being hurtful or hateful towards someone I much prefer to focus as little attention on them as possible, and if needs be and we have to work together I am professional, kind and helpful because their opinions are on them and I won't be brought down to their level of immaturity by making passive aggressive comments or being nasty. It is much easier to be nice and get on with things, you'll get through situations much quicker if you just get on with it with a positive manner and if they are unprofessional then that is totally on them. 

WHAT PEOPLE THINK OF YOU
IS NONE OF YOUR BUSINESS
 This quote is one I say to myself regularly. Sometimes we get so caught up in what people think of us that we forget that other people's thoughts are not ours to debate. You can go on and on, trying to figure out why someone dislikes you, but really it has nothing to do with you, their thoughts, their opinions and beliefs are their business and theirs alone. Just as you'd rather people didn't dissect your opinions I am sure others would prefer theirs weren't picked apart either, sometimes you have to just remember that and move on. It is also a quote that should slip out your mouth anytime someone starts drama by telling you how someone else doesn't like you, keep the drama at bay and live your life knowing that you're all good. 

It's Not Me, It's You: Learning to be Okay with People disliking You
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Of course, this post isn't me trying to convince you that I have no bad habits or traits, we all do, humans are made to be flawed. So of course, there will be people out there with very valid, very real reasons to dislike me and of course, if I have ever done anyone wrong I would love to truly apologise and discuss the issue with those people, but they are not who this post is about. This post is about those who try to bring us down, those who go out of their way to tell everyone what a terrible person you are without having any experience to back up their claim. This post was written with good intentions to remind people that it's okay to live life despite people disliking you, that people are going to find any reason to dislike you and that should not affect your self-esteem. I know there will be people who want to twist this post into something it is not, so I want to pop this quick disclaimer down here to promise you that I am not pretending to have no flaws.

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The Perfect Eyeshadow Palette

Have you ever found yourself falling madly in love with an item that you store in your makeup drawer? That is exactly what has happened to me, my one true love Dave Franco has taken the backseat to the most beautiful eyeshadow palette I have ever laid my eyes on, it truly was love at first sight. I fell in love with the gorgeous Bobbi Brown Caviar and Rubies palette online actually, I was snooping online for some Christmas presents when I came across the limited edition palette and the colours screamed out to me. I then got to see it up close and personal in Debenhams where I fell even further in love with the creamy, pigmented, unique shades. However, it was Christmas, how could I spend so much on myself so close to Christmas, I had to convince myself I could live without it, but I couldn't. Luckily for me, I was gifted the incredible palette for my Christmas and I could live happily ever after.

The Perfect Eyeshadow Palette

The palette consists of nine matte, shimmer and metallic shades which are golden beige which is a gorgeous shimmering warm beige shade, next is a beautiful sparkling pink toned silver called moon star, the last shadow of the top row is black plum, my favourite shade of them all which is a stunning deep blackened plum shade. The second row begins with a beautiful ash toned beige named wheat, the middle shade, another favourite of mine is gilded, an intense sparkling gold, the end shade of the middle row is cool grey, a shade named perfectly as it is just that, a unique cool grey tone. The last row of shades begins with the shade caviar, a deep blackened brown, next is a beautiful brown shade with gorgeous specks of copper throughout titled black scotch and the last and most intense shade of them all is deep sapphire, titled perfectly once again as it is the most vivid deep sapphire shade I have ever laid my eyes on. 

What I adore about this palette is the truly unique combination of shades, it is not often you pick up a palette with just nine shades in it and find a deep plum beside a gorgeous sparkling gold shade or a gorgeous sapphire blue in a palette with a sparkling pink toned silver. These shades are so uniquely stunning that it could be hard to find a good dupe for the combination of shades. Pairing these shades creates stunning eye looks for day and night, making the palette the perfect product for taking on holiday with you, but when sat among your collection using the shadows separately with shades from other palettes can create vivid, deep and stunning looks. The intense shadows are highly pigmented making them worth the money and easy to use. Each shade blends out to perfection and the only shadow that I could fault would be gilded, the intense sparkling gold. This shade although entirely stunning is very shimmery with chunky glitter which does not give a great colour pay off. I think this shade when used alone makes for the most beautiful wet look on your lids and when applied over an intense shade could create the absolute perfect nighttime sparkling diva look you have ever witnessed. 

I usually apply a primer onto my eyelids before going near them with shadows, creating a clean slate which enhances the application and colour payoff of the shadows you are using, but to test these shadows I tried using no primer underneath. I applied cool grey, wheat and golden beige to create a soft, neutral smoky eye look. The shadows applied wonderfully, not as smooth as they do with a primer, but I would say they are definitely better than other shadows I have used and do not look chalky at all. I kept this look on for a total of 6 hours and found the shadows kept up really quite well despite a primer underneath with barely any smudging or transferring, the only problem I found was that the shadow I used in my crease, cool grey, settled a little and created a darker line of product despite being blended thoroughly during application. This wasn't noticeable until I inspected my lids at the end of the night, however.

The Perfect Eyeshadow Palette

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I am incredibly in love with this palette and think it will be one I will continue to use a lot throughout 2018. Sadly, the palette is limited edition so I won't be able to buy any more, but maybe stockpiling is a possibility here.

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