Self Care

In April 2018, the Philocalist beauty category was renamed to ‘self care’ to reflect the content going forward.

How to leave your house when you really don’t want to

Listen, some days you don’t want to leave your bed. I get it.

In fact, sometimes it’s not just a day. Sometimes the feeling hits you for longer and here we are days later; in the same old bedding, same old sleepwear, knotted hair and all.

I get like this from time to time. No matter how much you want to leave the house you just feel like something is getting in the way. Part of us knows just a little fresh air would make us feel better, but can you really muster up the courage to leave the comfort of your flat?

Yes, you can.

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Why it’s important to push your own buttons

As I’m writing this blog post, I’m waiting to attend a SpeakUP event for public speaking. Picture me in the lobby room of Friend’s Meeting House, thoroughly terrified, asking myself why on earth I put myself through things like this.

And that’s when it hit me – why do we do ‘this’ to ourselves? Push our own buttons, go out of our comfort zone, provoke our insecurities.

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Creators I loved in 2017


First of all, I’ve been writing this blog post since October. OCTOBER. Since when did it ever take 3 months to produce a curated blog post?

Well, this one is pretty beefy and to be fair 2017 was an amazing year for creators. “Are you sure?” I hear you ask, with the fear of algorithm changes in your voice.

Yes.

Heck yes, I’m sure. Because in the face of the internet’s changing goalposts some incredible creators fought their way to the top.

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Skin Food Black Sugar Mask review

When my fella went on holiday to Vietnam, he knew exactly what to bring back – cosmetics. You see, in Ho Chi Minh there are plenty of shops we don’t have over here in Manchester, stocking brands that are hard to get hold of in the UK. Whilst I could fight it out on Ebay to get my hands on these treats, nothing beats the reassurance of going straight to the source.

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Why do my lips look like crispy bacon during winter?

Close up image of lipgloss being applied to healthy looking lips.

Ah the magic of winter! One minute Jack Frost is nipping at your nose, then the next he’s splitting your lip and chapping your chops. (Thanks, mate)

I don’t know about you but the weather wreaks havoc on my skin at this time of year, particularly my lips. They feel sore, they feel dry, they look like crispy bacon. For a whole season, matte lipsticks are pretty much off limits.

But does it have to be that way? Do we have to suffer with crispy lips every winter?

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