5 Ways To Unwind

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5 ways to unwind and relax

Many of us lead very busy lives, and by the end of the day all we want to do is collapse on the sofa! Hectic days can often leave us feeling completely drained and stressed out. Fortunately, there are many effective activities we can do to help us relax after a hard day. Here are my 5 favourite ways to unwind! ~

1) Write

For me, I've always found that writing is one of the best ways to unwind. The act of writing is pretty therapeutic and a great way to de-stress. I often like to jot down my thoughts, ideas and memories in a journal. Sometimes, I'll also write to-do lists; they're a great way to help you stay on top of the things you need to do, which helps you worry a lot less. I find writing stories and blogging very relaxing and enjoyable, so I also like to do those often.

2) Read

There's not much better than getting lost in a good book. Reading is a wonderful way to relax; not only is it very entertaining, but it will keep your mind sharp too. It lets your mind escape and allows you to immerse yourself in a different world for a while.

3) Take a walk

If you're feeling a bit stressed, then why not go on a walk? Fresh air always does you good! It doesn't have to be a long one; a 15 minute walk would be just fine. Walking helps you relax and gets your feel-good endorphins flowing. This season is the perfect time to get outside; Autumn makes everything look so beautiful!

4) Listen to music

Another great way to unwind is to listen to some good music. I love listening to my favourite artists whenever I'm in need of a good chill session. The right music can instantly lift your mood and lower your stress levels. After a tough day, go for soothing music or happy mood-lifting songs.

5) Pamper yourself

We all deserve to treat ourselves every now and then! So the next time you're feeling stressed, run yourself a bubble bath and pamper yourself using some of your favourite beauty products. You could also light a few candles for an instant mood booster. Go on, you deserve it!

So those are my favourite ways to unwind! How do you like to relax? Let me know below :)

Love, Telina

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Born Pretty Store | Efolar Blush & TheHotShop Lip Crayon

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I was kindly sent some more products to review from the Born Pretty Store, an online shop that sells a variety of beauty and lifestyle products. If you love finding a bargain then make sure to check them out - everything is so affordable!

Today, I'll be reviewing a blush and lip crayon from the store.


The first product I received was the Efolar Powder Blusher* in #5. I love the deep pink shade, I think it's a very flattering colour and perfect for this time of year. The packaging is nicely designed and comes with an inbuilt mirror and a mini brush, which would be handy for when you're on the go. I didn't really get on with the mini brush included though, so I applied the product with my usual blush brush instead.

The blush itself is good quality; it's well pigmented and you really don't need to use much. Application is easy because of it's soft texture. I was really impressed with the lasting power of this blush - it stays on the skin nearly all day, which is pretty amazing! I'd recommend giving this a go if you're on the hunt for a budget blush.


Next, I got The HotShop Lip Crayon.* I'm a fan of its mint green packaging - it's super cute! As you can see, the packaging has definitely been inspired by Topshop's makeup range as it's very similar. The shade I chose was #1, which is a lovely mid rose pink.

What I love the most about this lip crayon is how moisturising it is. Its formula contains shea butter, mango seed oil, jojoba oil and vitamin E, which leave the lips feeling and looking smooth and hydrated. This product also contains LED pixel pigment, which helps make your lips look a little more plump. Because of how creamy the product is, application is very easy. It feels comfortable on the lips and isn't sticky or drying. It's nicely pigmented and it gives your lips a flattering glossy finish, which I love! As I had to reapply this every so often, the only downside to the product is its lasting power. But overall, I really like this product!

The Born Pretty Store have given me a 10% off discount code to share with you guys! Just enter the code LOVEH10 at the checkout :)


Have you tried any products from The Born Pretty Store? 

Love, Telina

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Two Years of Blogging

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Hello everyone!

So today's a special day for my blog - it turns 2 today! Yes, I've been blogging for two years now - which is insane! I'm amazed at how quickly the time has gone by. I still remember the day I decided to start my own blog. On a cold dreary evening in November 2012 I came home from a pretty boring university lecture, and as I'd been obsessed with reading blogs for a while, I thought "Why not start my own?" And I'm so glad I did!

It's been amazing to have my own little space on the internet where I can share all of my interests and document my thoughts and experiences. I'm so glad that I've stuck at it; blogging is a truly rewarding hobby! When I first started, I wasn't sure what direction I was going with my blog (in fact, I still don't!), all I knew was that I wanted to write about all of the things I love. Blogging is a great creative outlet and I find it really fun and enjoyable. I'm still as obsessed with blogs as I was back in 2012!

I'm grateful for some cool opportunities my blog has given me and for being able to connect with like-minded people who share the same interests as me. I'm also extremely thankful for those of you who take the time to read and comment on my blog - it means a lot!

Here's to two years of blogging! x

Love, Telina

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November Wardrobe Wishlist

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1) Navy Coat - Debenhams
2) Grey Jumper - Topshop
3) Khaki Midi Skirt - ASOS
4) Leopard Print Boots - ASOS
5) Black Bag - ASOS
6) Monochrome Necklace - Boohoo
7) Rose Gold Watch - ASOS

As I've been doing a spot of online browsing recently, today I thought I'd share some of the items I would love to add to my wardrobe. I'm in need of new clothes for Autumn/Winter and I think these pieces would be perfect.

The weather is just getting colder and colder, so I've been looking at pieces that will keep me warm and cosy during the cold months. I really like the look of this navy biker coat - I love its flattering fit and the colour (I'm loving all things navy-coloured at the moment!). Chunky knits are a must for me during this time of the year. This Topshop jumper looks super comfy and I adore the chenille stitch detail.

The item I've probably lusted over the most is this pair of leopard print boots - they're gorgeous! I can see myself getting a lot of wear out of them. I'd also love to own this watch - I'm a fan of anything rose gold!

What's on your fashion wishlist? :)

Love, Telina

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Kylie Jenner Lipstick Dupe

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It's no secret that the Keeping Up With The Kardashians star, Kylie Jenner, has transformed her pout recently. No matter how you think she managed to drastically change her lips, there's no denying that her lip shade is gorgeous! She's managed to bring back the old 90s trend - the mauve matte lip.

Today, I thought I'd share an affordable lipstick that looks very similar to Kylie's signature lip shade. It's the Revlon Mauve It Over Matte Lipstick.

Kylie Jenner Lipstick Dupe
Kylie Jenner Lipstick Dupe

"Mauve It Over" is a gorgeous brownish, rose nude shade. The colour is very wearable, so it would be the perfect everyday lip shade and totally fine for work. I think it's also a colour that would be suitable to wear all year round - so I'm sure I'll be getting a lot of use out of it.

The formula of this lipstick is amazing. It applies really smoothly, has excellent colour pay off and feels comfortable on the lips. I find that some matte lipsticks can look really chalky and accentuate dry patches on my lips, but this lipstick doesn't do that! There's no flakiness or dryness. For a matte lipstick, it actually feels very moisturising - which is a rare thing! Wear time is great; it lasts around 3-4 hours on the lips without the need to reapply, which is a long time for me.

Overall, I'd highly recommend Revlon's Mauve It Over Matte Lipstick. It's been my go-to shade at the moment! It delivers gorgeous matte colour whilst keeping your lips hydrated - what more could you want?

What do you think of the Kylie Jenner lip trend?

Love, Telina

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