THE TRUTH ABOUT LONG HAIR

I know what you’re thinking, surely having long hair isn’t that much aggravation? Well think again, its not all sassy hair-swishing and cute hairstyles…

Truth Number 1: Washing it takes an age

When you have long hair, you dread washing it. The thought of using about half a tub of shampoo and conditioner just to reach the ends of your hair saddens you (and gives you arm ache). Then, just when you think it’s over, you realise you have to spend another 20 minutes drying it!

There’s nothing more tedious than standing in the same spot and just waving a hairdryer in your face constantly. Why not air-dry it you say? Well if you still want to have sopping wet hair when you wake up then, sure!

Truth Number 2: Putting bags on your shoulders are never the same

You get up to leave, you go to put your bag on your shoulder, and then you realise half of your hair is stuck underneath the strap.

You then continue to do a funny shoulder-head dance to quickly move your hair and stop it from pulling on your scalp. As i’m sure you can imagine, it’s super sexy 😉

Truth Number 3: The ends of your hair will get messy

The amount of times i’ve been on nights out, looked down only to find the ends of my hair in a an alcoholic pile of goodness-knows-what. Trust me, it’s not a great look, and it leaves my hair in one massive clump of stickiness!

 Truth Number 4: Your drains will get blocked 

We all know what it’s like, you’re in the midst of washing your hair, strands after strands of hair starts to come out and lock to your fingers, well when you have crazy long hair, it gradually turns to clumps after clumps of hair coming out, which is both kind of worrying but also oddly satisfying.

Only to then realise a few minutes later that the copious amounts of fluff balls that have exited the shower/bath have only been clogged in the plug for the past 5 months. Ahh, that explains why it takes forever for the bath/shower to drain.

Truth Number 5: Brushing your hair makes you want to cry

I personally only brush my hair once a day, as it is such a long process and can be painful! However, I still dread this one time of day. Especially when its been down all day, been attacked by the wind twice, has some reminiscence of food left in it and is super knotty.

I have to brush the same parts like fives time over just to ensure my hair is tangle-free, and I can finally run my hands through my hair without hitting a knot and pulling my head.

However, this only lasts for a couple of minutes. As the next time you try and stroke your hair, its somehow intertwined and knotty already! But how? I’ve been sat in the same spot and haven’t moved? How is that possible for hair to get tangled to nothing?

It sounds like torture doesn’t it? Its not all that bad, at least it keeps me warm during the winter!

What’s your favourite/worst thing about long hair?

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From one long-haired gal, to you!

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

 

HOW TO RESIST THE URGE TO CONFORM

via Daily Prompt: Resist

Recently, there has been a lot of controversy on the news about women and makeup, regarding whether it is deemed as ‘unprofessional’ if you do not wear makeup to work.

As well as this being completely sexist and rude, it is also damn right wrong for an employer to disregard somebody from their work simply because they have not applied a bit of mascara, or bothered filling in their eyebrows.

This got me thinking; however, that I pretty much alway wear makeup whenever I go to leave the house, albeit if it is to go to university, a friends house, or even to pop down to my local supermarket to pick up something quickly.

But, why do girls feel the need to wear makeup?

Is it because we want to look our best all the time, or is it because we feel intimidated by seeing manicured and well-groomed females, which may make you feel inferior to her Or maybe, it’s simply because you might see somebody you know, and you live in fear or being judged simply because your bags aren’t concealed away.

Recently, I have resisted the urge to apply makeup every morning, and have completely stopped wearing makeup to university, or when I go out. And let me tell you, it feels so good. Knowing that you have an extra 30-60 minutes in the morning that can be spent or more productive things, like sleeping (yay!), or spending time more productively.

Also, there’s nothing more revitalising than knowing your face is not clogged with layers of foundation and other products that, lets face it, aren’t all that great for your skin. Instead it can breathe and be clog-free!

Don’t get me wrong, I love makeup and I love applying it as it can make me feel better about myself, and I love experimenting with different brands and products. However, I just don’t like knowing that females feel compelled to wear makeup daily. I don’t want girls to see makeup as a chore. When it’s not. It’s a hobby!

Do whatever you want to do, and look however you want to look.

If you love applying makeup everyday and see it as being enjoyable, then great! If you see makeup as a chore, and something you feel like you have to do for work, then that’s wrong. It’s not. Makeup does not define you as a person, and does not determine how you should be treated in the workplace or in everyday life.

So what if a colleague or class mate asks you if ‘you’re ok’ or that ‘you look tired’ when you have no makeup on. At least you feel happy doing whatever you’re doing, and you got an extra hours sleep!

Next time you wake up a little later, perhaps think twice if you want to rush your makeup routine, why not instead, look in the mirror and think ‘I look good just as I am’, and instead just skip that part of your routine and do something more worthwhile. I know i’ve been doing that a lot recently, and will continue to do so in the future!

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

BENEFITS OF A LONG DISTANCE RELATIONSHIP

I am currently in a long distance relationship as my boyfriend is in the midst of doing a ski season in France. I went out and visited him early January; but he wont be returning home until mid April.

Although at times it can be extremely hard, there are also some positive factors that have come from it which you may have also found if you are also in the same situation as I am.

You Appreciate Each Other More

You may not talk as much to your other half as you would if they were at home, but, when you do it’s the best thing ever. It may be the occasional Whatsapp or phone call, but when you end up finally calling one another it is the best half an hour ever. You come off the phone feeling a lot happier and revitalised. This is why you’re together; because when you do end up talking, you chat away about the most random shit and end up laughing, and rekindling that spark that may have briefly dwindled away.

You Can Focus On Other Things

When he first went, I was so lost as I thought he was the be-all and end-all. My life revolved around him, and we spent most of our time together. However, after the initial shock of not texting or seeing him every night, I realised I can make a positive out of a negative and instead focus on other things, instead of looking at old photos and pining after him in bed.

So thats when I started focusing on my blog more, and it has made me a lot happier getting back into the blogging community. Focusing on something new and fun has completely changed my mindset. Before, I would usually be wondering, ‘what he is up to now? Is he having fun?’ However, now my main focus is my blog, it has altered my outlook and thought process and instead wonder, ‘what can my next blog post be about? How can I change X Y Z to make it better so my readers find it more interesting/enjoyable?’ etc etc.

You Learn To Trust Each Other A Lot 

Although we speak pretty much every day, we don’t always know what’s going on with one another and the people they spend time with. And that is totally ok, because we trust one another so much, that it doesn’t matter.

As he is doing a ski season, it means he goes out most nights and doesn’t get back home until the early morning, this means that I don’t have the urge to wait up for him, instead I go to bed thinking that if anything happened to him, he would make the best decision and not make any silly mistakes.

Trust is super important in a relationship, as without it, there isn’t really a relationship. Plus, nobody wants to spend all their time worrying about someone.. It’s exhausting, and you’re probably over-thinking something that’s minor. If he/she is serious about you, then you need to take their word for it. Take a step back, and if they do do something you’re not happy with, then you know she/he is not the right person for you, and you can learn from it.

When You Do See One Another, You Have The Best Time

Like I said earlier, I went out to France and visited him a few weeks ago, and it was the best thing ever! We spent a whole week together pretty much in one another’s company, and it is just so nice and refreshing knowing that after being away for so long, you’re still the same couple, and they are the same person you fell in love with.

When you’re together, I found that it also reiterates why you’re together, and how well you get on. It’s the best feeling in the world, and confirms that the distance is so worth what you have with your special someone.

I’ve only listed a couple of things that I have found as beneficial when you’re in a long distance relationship, but there are so many others!

Have you ever been in a long distance relationship? If so, how did you find it?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

Life Update!

I genuinely cannot get over that I haven’t posted in three months. I really enjoy writing and customising my blog, but over the past few months every-day life has really taken over and in turn meant that my blog has been pushed to the back of my mind.

However, I am now back from halls and into my family home for the whole summer! I moved back last month, and am already missing university and all of my uni friends so much. But, I have dedicated this summer into my blog and am aiming to write as much as possible.

So, to start, the past few months have been a great whirl-wind in my life, for both positive and negative reasons. Firstly, myself and my boyfriend have split after being together for a year and a half. This was a tough decision but we are both happier separate. It has been hard adjusting to my new form of life as expected, but it’s ok.

Secondly, I finished my first year at university! This feels so weird to type as I feel like I only started and moved into my flat a few months ago. I am really sad I have had to move out of halls and will miss my flatmates dearly. This means I am going to be entering my second year in September, therefore meaning that these next two years actually count. It is going to be hard saying goodbye to going out most weekday nights and rocking up to my 9am lecture with the same make up I wore out the night before. (disgusting I know).

Thirdly, it is Summer time now! This means I am going to try and spend my time wisely. Typically, my Summer’s are spent lazing about and being a slob. However, this year I am going to be productive and try to get myself back on track. Since being at uni my diet was horrendous, which was expected as I was a poor student that ate anything as long as it looked half decent. Because of this, I have set myself a goal to work out 3-5 times a week so I can get my body back on track.

I also want to explore and do as much as possible this Summer. Albeit, English weather can be very unpredictable, but I want to explore and really leave my comfort zone so I can make a Summer I won’t forget in a hurry!

Anyway, enough of me rambling on. How are you? What have I missed over the past three months?

Much love,

Ellen Grace X

A Brisk Sunday Ramble

To me, Sunday is the perfect day to spend time with your loved ones. I love spending Sundays with my family and enjoy quality time with one another and eat home-made roasts or go out for lunch in a local pub. This weekend I was home from halls, so we decided to make the most of it and eat out, as it meant my mum didn’t have to slave away cooking a roast dinners for hours. Instead she could just relax. After we had finished our lovely meals, we decided to go on a spontaneous family walk to a destination that my parents haven’t been in a long time.

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It was such a beautiful day. This is when I truly knew that Spring was among us, which is confusing considering it was snowing about 10 days ago, which I think sums up British weather perfectly. However, it was cold, but sunny. The trees looked exquisite whilst the sun rested behind them.

We trudged through mud and climbed hills which I was loving as it meant I could burn off the Eton Mess Sundae I had just demolished half an hour before.

Whilst in the midst of my work, I noticed it’s not until you actually look around, that you notice how beautiful the Earth is. Everything looked so perfect, yet so messy, with the different colours and shapes of the trees, the dry and wet mud that was sticking to our shoes, the beautiful sky shining above us, with the sun looming down hitting us every time we moved.

After walking (and stumbling) over many different sticks and clumps of mud, we finally reached our main destination; Dead Mans Plack. I had been here when I was younger but had no recollection. It was sentimental to my Mum as she used to visit here as a child. It’s such an amazing monument that should be more widely recognised. I will certainly be visiting here more often during the Spring/Summer months.

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What am I doing with my feet?

It was then that I noted to myself that I should go on more walks. Explore some more lovely places and embrace the country side whilst being in the beautiful country that is, England.

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What’s your favourite thing to do on a Sunday? Do you know of any amazing walks?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

Signs That You’re Addicted to Makeup

Makeup… to your average girl it’s just something that you apply as part of your daily routine at the beginning of the day. You flick a bit of mascara on your lashes and head out the door, rushing to tend to your daily routine. However, to makeup lovers, applying your makeup everyday is the most satisfying thing. Particularly if you’re trying out a new product for the first time, slowly pulling away the packaging and opening up that bad boy for the first time is one of the most pleasant feelings. Although you’re too scared to touch the product in case you ruin the perfect embellishment. (Or is that just me being weird?)

You know you’re obsessed with all things makeup when you wake up and look forward to applying your daily makeup. It’s not seen as a chore, instead it’s a time to make yourself look and feel that extra bit better. The thought excites me that my face is a blank canvas and I can paint it how I want, with the colours and brands that I desire.

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You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you come home for the day and spend hours aimlessly flicking through Youtube watching all the makeup tutorials under the sun, or learning how to do a new tip or technique on how to get the best colour combo with your Naked 2 Palette, or even watching reviews on something you desire to buy. It’s so great just reading about makeup and looking up other people’s opinions on it.

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You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you can easily spend hours on your favourite brands’ website looking at the new arrivals, or in any drugstore skimming the rows and spending far too long swatching lipsticks onto your hand, trying to find that perfect shade.

You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you look at your entire collection and realise you’ve probably spent equivalent to a years worth of rent on a house. (That sickens me a bit) But then you look at your highlighter collection and you feel that little bit better as you know every penny you’ve spent is worth it.

You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you have way too many of the same product. I hoard makeup so much, it’s awful. But there’s still a little bit of product still left in that £20 concealer pot and I know I will use it.. eventually. (Among the other twelve stacked up in my drawer!)

You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you have 7 of the same mascaras that promise to do the same thing, or 8 dupes of the same Nude shade, (but they’re all slightly different, right?) It’s the same thing every time you buy another makeup item, that when you’re in the process of buying that blusher you know you have 5 others at home that do the same job, but you promise yourself that this one is that little bit different.. Plus it’s high-end so it’s bound to be the best.. right?

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You know you’re obsessed with makeup when you self-consciously look at other people when they’re talking and you think how you would of done their makeup. *I would love to blend your eyeshadow in just that little bit more* or *You just need to add your eyeliner up, that gap is really annoying*… etc. It’s a bad habbit but it just happens.

What signs do you have that shows you’re a makeup addict?

Much Love,

Ellen Grace X

 

Key Essentials for an Evening Full of Relaxtion

We’ve all been there. It’s been a horrid, stressful day and all you want to do is curl into a ball and cry. Well, the best solution is of course to have a relaxing pamper evening. Here are some tips for the perfect one!

  1. Have a Warm Shower/Bath

I adore both showers and baths for different reasons. Baths are great to soak in, read a book and just simply relax in the midst of bubbles. Whereas showers are a lot quicker, amazing to sing in and have some deep, meaningful thoughts. However, both serve the same purpose and leave you feeling squeaky clean!

 2. Get Cosy in your favourite PJ’s!

Now that you feel a bit more fresh and clean, whack on some clean pyjamas. They instantly add so much comfort and feel and smell amazing. I love putting on clean pjs and makes my day that little bit better, (I realise how sad I am).

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 3. Enjoy Some Snacks 

Healthy or unhealthy, snacks are vital on a pamper evening. On this occasion I went for strawberries, melted chocolate, marshmallows, cookies and mini rolls (there were three of us don’t worry, i’m not trying to eat myself into a coma!)

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 4. Watch Crap Movies

Watching some sort of rom-com, or cheesy movie is an essential part in your pamper evening, they will make you feel relaxed and all fuzzy inside which is the best. tcl

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 5. Apply a Face Mask

After the horrible week, there’s nothing better than applying a face mask on and letting your skin repair itself after its endured all the stresses and worries from the week. I used a Clinique mud mask, (and got it everywhere in the process!) to take it off I used a flannel and warm water. It left my face feeling really soft and squeaky clean, as it was deep cleanse one, it got rid of all the impurities in my pores and de-clogged my face. Yummy.

 6. Cleanse Your Face

Once you have taken off your mud face mask and your skin feels super smooth you want to cleanse just so you feel that extra better, your skin deserves to be pampered every now and again. To cleanse I used the Nuxe Paris Ultra-Rich Cleansing Gel, which I adore as it smells of honey and takes my make up off really well without drying my face. It’s also great as it’s all natural ingredients which makes buying it that extra bit more satisfying.

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 7. Read your Favourite Book

One of my favourite parts to my relaxation night is to get all snugged up in bed and spend an hour or so reading a book before bed. It makes me so much more relaxed and chilled as there is no technology or bright screens involved. Instead, its you and a book. I am currently reading ‘The Orchid Thief’ by Susan Orlean which is so interesting and a great read!

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 7. Have an Early Night

After you’ve spent a short while reading, it’s time to have an early night and go to sleep so you can wake in the morning nice and early feeling all refreshed, whilst all your friends have been out the night before, going to bed the same time you wake up. I knew whose situation i’d rather be in!

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What do you tend to go on a relaxation night after a stressful week?

Much love,

Ellen Grace X