Anti Thinspo #1

This is now something close to me as a close family member has been recently diagnosed with anorexia nervosa. She is 14 years old. I want to talk about this for a number of reasons but mainly to raise awareness. There is so much more to anorexia than just starving yourself. It not only affects you but everyone else around you. I also want to point out my views, I don't think there is anything wrong with being thin as long as you're healthy likewise are my opinions to larger woman. As long as you're healthy you have nothing to worry about, because we are all different so be confident in yourself because there is nothing better. 

I want to talk about the tag #thinspo to begin with. It is a hashtag on many media site like tumblr and instagram. Thinspo gives people an unhealthy outlook on their appearance, we all have faults that we are unhappy about but why look up tags to make yourself feel worse. Or aspire to be something unrealistic and deadly. Your should love your body and nourish it. You don't have someone else's body and they don't have yours, so look after yourself. You will live in this body for the rest of you life. Don't waste time wishing you were someone else. Live every day loving your body whether you're having a messy hair pyjama day or you've made yourself up for an evening out. No one can replace you and that is so important. 

There is a petition you can sign here to "Restrict use of thinspiration language and hashtags circulating the twittersphere." which I encourage you to sign as soon as possible. 

A lot of websites seem to promoting eating disorders, they glamorise them and make them look like a quick fix. When in fact they are anything but. I want to open your eyes to the disadvantages of anorexia which you may not be aware of. 
  • Feeling cold. An easy sign of malnutrition and low body fat is being cold. Wrapping up warm just to keep your core temperature warm even in mild weather. You can develop hypothermia in extreme cases.
  • Prone to illness. You'll have a weakened immune system so therefore you will be more likely to get catch illnesses. 
  • Over exercise. You won't be able to relax and will be constantly on the move, shaking your legs whilst sitting/standing is a common sign.
  • Muscle loss. Muscle will waste away and decrease due to the body feeding off itself. This can lead to such things as kidney failure.
  • Treatment centres. You can become a patient for months on end where you will be fed to a healthy weight and they may also offer counselling/therapy session to tackle the mental side. However this may mean you can have no contact with family and the whole experience can be rather overwhelming. 
  • No energy. You will be sleepy because your body is malnourished.
  • Irregular periods. Your hormone levels can be affected by poor diet. Your periods can stop altogether or they may never even start. Which can later lead to being infertile. 
  • Thinning of the bones (osteoporosis). Lack of vitamin d or calcium can lead to easily fractures bones. In addition, the risk of getting osteoporosis increases if you are a woman and your periods have stopped. This is because oestrogen in your body protects your bones from osteoporosis and the levels of oestrogen in your body reduce when your periods stop. (information found here)
  • Anaemia. Having low iron can lead to anaemia. Which makes yo feel weaker and more tired than normal. This means that you may also feel dizzy or faint.
  • Hair and skin. Downy hair may appear on your body, where as the hair on your head may become thinner. Your skin may also become dry and rough.

So get help now as soon as you can. There are many websites like the NHS or b-eat which are there to help you, so take advantage of it. I know this is something different but I really want t raise awareness!

Thank you for reading,
Poppy xx 

Rockabilly Lip Bullet

 For Christmas I was given a Lip Bullet  in the shade 'rockabilly' and I'm very impressed with this product. I bought one of the Topshop lipsticks not long ago in a similar colour called 'trigger' (which I wrote about here), as I was so impressed with that product I decided to try another. Lip bullets are really creamy lipsticks that are intense with colour, all of these pictures are with only one layer of product! They work like a lipstick, although the packaging is slightly childish and looks like a pencil I think it's cute and does the job. The lip bullet last all day all me, the only problem is that it is so creamy that it can rub off if you are eating or drinking a lot. Yet again I am happily surprised by the Topshop make up products, so I think I'll be back to try more.

Poppy xx

Eau Nude Eau De Parfum By Next

For Christmas my best friend absolutely spoiled me and this is one of the gifts I received from her. She all ready owns the scent 'cashmere' by next and I always told her how nice it is, I would have never of thought to go into Next for a fragrance but you should all check them out. This is 'Eau Nude Eau De Parfum' and it is gorgeous, I have used it nearly every day since receiving it. I have put up a picture which describe the smell to help anyone understand, but it is girly but not super sweet like a summer scent would be. The bottle which you can see look so classy and high-end and I have it proudly on my shelf. 

Thank you,
Poppy xx

L'Oreal Paris Color Riche Collection Privée By Cheryl

I have been looking for a drugstore nude for a while, I don't have one and I think it's a lipstick must-have. When I saw L'Oreal advertising their new 'tailor made' nudes I was immediately drawn to them, plus their packaging is super chic. I chose the colour which is 'by Cheryl', it says that it "offers a discreet contrast to the skin, thereby enhancing the natural beauty of the complexion". Which I definitely think it does, this lipstick is also hydrating and doesn't try out my lips at all.  The colour goes well with any make up look so it's one of my new go-to products and I can't complain. I have heard it is a good dupe for Macs 'hue' but as I don't own the product I can only suggest the comparison. For £8.19 it is one of my most expensive lipsticks, (believe it or not) but this hasn't stopped me from liking it a lot. 

Thank you,
Poppy xx

Happy New Year and My New Year Resolutions!

Happy New Year guys and gals! I hope you all had a great start to the new year, celebrating and having loads of fun (I know I did). I wanted to talk resolutions. I have never set any, only because I never thought I would follow them through. This year is time for a change and although I have only set myself a few it's better than nothing, right? 

Always take the stairs.

This may seem silly but I really think it makes a difference. I always use to take the stairs at college and lately I've just been lazy and resort to the lift (I'm on floor 4 so that's 8 flights of stairs).  However I am determined to get my act together and take the stairs every day. 

Step out of my comfort zone. 

Whether it's adding some colour to my wardrobe or doing an activity I wouldn't normally participate in, I'm going to give it a go. I mean why not, it can only help boost my confidence so I'm going to try it out.

Learn to drive. 

Now before this sounds snobby or as though I am relying on my parents, I'm not. I turned 17 last August and I worked my butt of nearly 7 days a week all summer (and still work some days now as well as going to college) to get money together to do this and I'm proud of myself. I live in a small village in the middle of nowhere and travelling is hard. I have my first lesson on Thursday and I am so excited, whoopee! I am still working and will work just as hard this year so I can get myself a car and the oh so dreaded insurance. 

What are your new year resolutions?

Poppy xx