Collaboration with Believe In Bumble || 10 Ways I Cheer Myself Up

Hey everyone! 
Those of you that follow us on Twitter  may have seen us tweet a couple of weeks ago asking for new bloggers to collaborate with as part of a new monthly series of collab posts we are doing on our blog. This entails us writing for a blogger and them writing for us, sharing new bloggers with each of our audiences and giving us new suggestions of blogs to follow. This month we have collaborated with the wonderful Emma from Believe In Bumble, and her post for us follows. Hope you enjoy and chose to check our Emma's wonderful blog
Natasha&Emily x 

I'm Emma from the blog Believe in Bumble. I am a 22-year-old from London who blogs about days out, book reviews, product reviews, advice and whatever else takes my fancy! My aim is to have a blog filled with what makes me happy both the small and the big things. Not only to remind me to appreciate the positives in life but hopefully, put a smile on the faces of those who read my blog. I hope you will come over and visit.

As we all do I have great days and sometimes rough days. To help you to get through the rough days here are my top 10 ways I cheer myself up. Think of these tips as plasters helping to protect a healing cut. What I mean by that is they are a short-term fix, they make me feel better, so I can keep going when I have plans for the day. The best way to make yourself feel better in the long term is to talk to somebody about how you are feeling, whether that is a friend, family or counsellor.

Here we go 10 simple ways I cheer myself up;

1.Listen to funny podcasts. (See my post discussing my favourite podcasts here)

2.Watch stand-up comedy (I would recommend: Nanette by Hannah Gadsby (on Netflix) or Thoroughly Millican by Sarah Millican)

3.Write down how you are feeling. I find just getting the feelings and thoughts out of my head can be a huge release. Sometimes I read it and it is almost like reading someone else's thoughts, which allows me to be more rational. 

4.Focus on what you are grateful for. Whether that's a cup of tea or a recent holiday. For me, I remind myself that going to work is a privilege. I get to go to work rather than I must go to work.

5.Give yourself something to look forward to that day no matter how small. For me, that's usually a yummy meal or for a really bad day a tub of ice cream!

6.Make the effort to chat to people. It is easy, at least for me, to retreat into myself but chatting with people even just small talk does help. It prevents me from feeling like I'm trapped in a bubble and allows me to connect to the "real" world.

7.Watch my favourite YouTubers. (I would recommend Louise Pentland, Emily Norris, Melanie Murphy and Jessie B.). There is something so refreshing about seeing people live their everyday lives, discussing a topic that is important to them or simply just showing their latest shopping haul. It feels closer to reality than what you see on TV.

8.Wear something that makes you feel nice. Whether that a dress or tracksuit, whatever makes you feel your best you. For me, taking pride in my appearance allows me to put my best foot forward for the rest of the day.

9.Set yourself small goals for the day. This could be as small as tidy my wardrobe or go out for a walk, or on a really bad day just getting out of bed. Setting and accomplishing a goal feels great and often snowballs into achieving more!

10.Get an early night and remember that tomorrow is a new day and so approach it as a clean slate.

I hope this was helpful for you. How do you cheer yourself up? Leave your suggestions in the comment section below.

Thank you, Natasha and Emily, for letting me publish a guest post on your beautiful blog. Don’t forget to check out their blog post on Augusts Birchbox over on my blog [LINK].

E. x


One for the Potterheads...Our trip to London for Harry Potter & the Cursed Child

If you are massive Potterheads like us you will probably know that, in 2016, the West End began showing the Cursed Child at the Palace Theatre in London. Ever since we have been SUPER eager to go but getting tickets is like hunting for gold dust, meaning it took two years to finally get there. On Wednesday and Thursday last week us and a friend spent the night in London where we got to see the show, which was definitely one of the best experiences we have had in a while. 

Palace Theatre = AKA actual Hogwarts 

The show is made up of two parts lasting just over 2.5 hours each, meaning that it is pretty long. Before we saw it we were a bit concerned that we would be bored over all that time, but it went so quickly because the story is so amazing and gripping. In fact, it could easily be twice as long and I would still love it haha! Without giving spoilers, the play follows Draco's child, Scorpious Malfoy, Harry & Ginny's child Albus, and Hermione & Ron's child Rose on their Hogwarts journey, of course tackling many obstacles along the way. What was really stricking was the magic that they used...I GENUINELY do not know how half of it was performed, and there was even dementors which looked so realistic and really struck me. This gal was SHOOK. 

All of the actors were incredible too, and credit to them for learning 5 hours worth of lines and not messing up at all. I genuinely do not know how they do it. We also later found our that Tom Felton was there on the same day...low key mad that we didn't see him or have any idea that he was there but ahhhh well. 

We don't look half as excited as we were haha. 

Those eagle eyed among you might have seen this Paperchase card on our Insta story...I do love a pun. 

If you love Harry Potter and you get an opportunity, I would really recommend going. It was such an incredible experience and I would even go again given the chance! 

Have you seen or read the Cursed Child? Would you be interested in going? Let us know x 

Natasha & Emily x 

Morphe x Jaclyn Hill Vault Collection

Usually we are really bad at jumping onto trends as they are happening, and end up reviewing products months after the hype is over with; but, loving Morphe as a brand, this collection did not seem like one we wanted to miss. After receiving our A-Level results on Thursday we decided that we were allowed to treat ourselves too, and so ordered two of the new Jaclyn Hill Morphe palettes, in 'Ring the Alarm' and 'Bling Boss'. (We also "used code JAMES for 10% off", making them only £13.50 each - thanks James Charles for that sister saving.) Morphe now also have a UK website, making it easier for us to get our hands on these as we don't have to wait for BeautyBay to release them. 

Ring the Alarm: £15
Typically for us, we just had to order the palette with the warm toned colour scheme. Reds and golds are our absolute favourite shades, as they can be worn causally or when going out, making them so versatile. This palette from the vault contains 5 mattes and 5 shimmers which are GORGEOUS, and as always for morphe, are really easily blendable and really pigmented. I can definitely see me wearing this everyday in the autumn. Emily didn't even want to wipe the swatches off because they are just TOO BEAUTIFUL. 

Left to right - Lolly, Rush, On Camera, Boom, Alert, Bomb Ass, Siren, Mugshot, Framed, Secret.

Bling boss: £15
I won't lie, this is definitely a more different choice for us, but one that we will still definitely use loads. What I love about this one is that there is a range of warm and cool toned shades, which also compliment those in 'Ring the Alarm' really well. This one has 6 shimmers and 4 mattes, which are again ultra pigmented and blendable. Again, we are really happy with this purchase.

Left to right - Bling Bling, Hush Hush, Gem, Pizzazz, Mystic, Sparks, Glitz & Glam, Rockstar, Blassy, Berry Treasure.

The packaging of the vault is also so stunning, and I love that each palette has the general colour scheme embossed on the front with the silver, meaning that you know which one you are picking up easily. I know that sounds really lazy, but it is definitely a clever idea that I haven't seen anyone else mention! Of course, the addition of a mirror is also great, as morphe palettes typically don't have one and for me having one is essential, especially for travel. 

Overall, these palettes are incredible, and Jaclyn has done an amazing job! I also love that they are so affordable; of course, there are cheaper on the market and I would personally class these as mid range, but for the quality you cannot fault it. Especially as buying the whole vault is only £49 pounds for 4 palettes, giving an £11 saving. The only reason we didn't get the whole vault is because we felt we probably wouldn't use the shades of the other two very often, but if you are into those shades I can definitely recommend them! I think they would especially be amazing on green eyes.

Overall, we are really pleased with our purchase and can't wait to start playing with these more. 

Have you tried these yet? Or have you got any other amazing Morphe palettes? Let us know! 

Natasha & Emily x 

The process of applying to University

With results day looming University is the main thing on our minds, with concerns regarding whether we will get in or not being the forefront of it all. Having just finished our A-Levels, the last year has consisted of our University application process, something that was really daunting and confusing for us given that we are the first in our family to go down the University pathway after A-Levels. Luckily we had a really supportive sixth form and had friends who could help who had brothers/sisters in the position of applying to Uni which helped us get through, but we thought that it would be nice to compile some advice in a post to help anyone applying this year, in the hope that it will help some of you. 

Unifrog - UniFrog is a great tool which allows you to create University shortlists, view loads of information about courses and provide personal statement advice, making the whole application process much easier. The reason that I have mentioned this at the start of the post is because it helps you with everything, and really is perfect for your application, but it is something that your school/college needs to be on board with. Unfortunately, to access it your teachers need to provide a log in for you to use, but, if you do have access to it, use it, as it makes the whole process so much easier. And if not, mention it to your teachers as you never know, they may want to get on board too!

Choosing your course:
Both of us will be studying Biomedical Science in September (hopefully!), and we're in really fortunate positions where we knew exactly what we wanted to do and what we were really passionate about, so this wasn't too difficult for us personally. I know that a lot of people struggle with knowing what to study though, as, understandably, needing to know what you want your whole future to consist of at just 17/18 is really scary. In this situation, I would recommend the website WhatUni, as here there is a tool where you can type in your A-Level subjects and the predicted grades for all of them, making a list of your options appear. This is a really useful tool, especially if you aren't certain about your options and if they match your A-Level subjects. Access it here. 

Compile a list of potential Universities:
Once you know your course, gathering a list of Universities that you are interested in is the next key step. The most obvious way to do this is using the UCAS search tool, but other important things to consider include the place in the University League tables for that specific course. The main League table is the Guardian, where you can see the ranking of the student satisfaction and other important features of that University. You of course also need to consider the location of the University and the grades that they ask for; for example, we had our hearts set on not wanting to move away from home, so looked only at Unis that were close enough to commute to. This will narrow down the options and make it easy for you to chose open days to attend. When we were looking at Universities open days were really tricky for us, as most occur on Saturdays, when we work, or on Weekdays, when we were at school. We managed to get time off work and school for them in the end, but I cannot stress the importance of attending the open days to you enough! There may be a University that you had your heart set on and then decide you hate after visiting, as this definitely happened to me. In fact, the University that is now my firm was never an option until booking a last minute open day, so definitely make sure you look around before applying! 

The personal statement:
This is a 4000 character (including spaces and punctuation) statement in which you have the opportunity to sell yourself to the university, as it is what they base their decisions on who to accept on. The most obvious thing to say about these is to avoid cliches...admissions tutors will be reading hundreds of statements from all over the country, and if you all start with "ever since I was a child I have been passionate about...." or "I've always wanted to do...." will be really boring and you will not stand out from the crowd. Your opening needs to be unique and impressive, showing off that you generally really love the subject you are applying to and are serious about studying it for however many years. For example, mine opened with information about what is occurring currently in the science world, showing that I had a genuine interest in the subject and that I had actually looked it up in my spare time. This will make a University interested in you and want to take you on, as you are genuinely interested in what you are going there to do. 

I would also really highly recommend FutureLearn courses, which are free courses made by top Unis or companies which you can do and put on your personal statement to help you stand out. For example, I did ones on genome sequencing and targeted cancer treatments, which showed that I was growing an understanding of the subject in my spare time. To a University, this makes you stand out as an ideal candidate, and I genuinely did enjoy doing the courses too. I honestly recommend that you all do this, as it will make you look like the perfect candidate, and I genuinely believe that this is probably a big reason as to why I was accepted. 

I would finally end your personal statement talking about what you want to do with your degree; that way, the University knows that you are serious and aren't just going there for the 'Uni Life'. I would also recommend trying to get your statement done quickly too, as the quicker you apply the better. That way, it will be off your mind and you can really get into studying for your A-Levels, without the burden of writing your personal statement.

I really hope this has helped any one applying to University this year as I know it is a really daunting process. Good luck!

Natasha & Emily x 

Our nightmare holiday experience | Malaga 2018

I generally pride myself in the fact that I think I am quite a nice, understanding person, but, when someone angers me, I can truly be a really sassy little bitch. Which is the side of me you're going to see today. 

On Sunday we, meaning both me and Emily, my parents, and two children which we foster, had a flight booked at 6 am from Liverpool, intending to fly to Malaga in Spain. Malaga is a frequently visited area in Europe for us, and we have been enjoying holidays there since about 2007, so, after not going for a couple of years, this really was a holiday that we were looking forward to, especially as we had family members waiting there for us that we don't see very often. As you can imagine, this was a much anticipated and exciting trip for us all, especially the kids who had never traveled on a plane before. 

However, when we arrived at the airport after driving for 2 hours, since Liverpool airport is quite far from where we live, we were informed that our flight, which, by the way, was through EasyJet, had been cancelled. So, off we went to the customer service desk, where they re-booked us on a flight departing from Manchester on the Tuesday morning at 6:20am. Here we received no apology from customer service staff members, despite being forced to miss two days of our 7 day holiday, but, as they managed to rearrange, we pushed this aside and understood the situation. At the end of the day, these things happen and there was nothing we could do.

That was until we arrived at Manchester, ready to catch the rescheduled flight on Tuesday. Again, we were told that the flight had been cancelled, which they blamed on "adverse weather conditions in Europe". I don't know about you, but as far as I am aware the majority of Europe is currently experiencing a heatwave, with Spain and Portugal reaching 48 celsius, so I am well aware that this is just a bullshit story to cover their backs. At this point, again after driving a long way to get the the airport, the customer service staff (which this time were actually a bit more helpful and understanding at least; credit where it is due) informed us that the next flight was Wednesday at 4pm from Gatwick, meaning we would arrive at Malaga for 6pm and have only a Thursday-Saturday holiday. I don't know about you, but that doesn't quite seem worth it in my books. 

A picture from my holiday in May with an airline that can actually show up; thanks Jet2, you got our backs. 

As far as expenses are concerned, we have filed a claim and obviously hope for a refund, but, looking at twitter, this doesn't seem hopeful. I even saw one tweet of a lady who had a flight cancelled through EasyJet on the 6th April who still hadn't been refunded, which is quite frankly appalling. 

Sorry this post has been a little different and a bit depressing, but I just wanted to warn you to avoid this airline. A lot of their flights are being cancelled at the moment and their 
customer services seems to be failing us all. Of course, we understand that there are worse things that could happen and that this isn't the end of the world, but are of course disappointed, especially after travelling for a total of about 8 hours on the road at 1 am for no reason.

So, thanks to EasyJet cancelling both flights, our holiday is no longer going ahead and I am sat here, writing this post with a load of Euros I can't spend and a new GoPro with no snorkeling pictures, trying to avoid all social medias so that I don't see all my friends having fun on their abroad holidays, which their clearly better airlines managed to get them too.

Do you have any flying horror stories? Feel free to share them with us to make us feel better :)

July Birchbox Product Reviews 2018

I am fairly certain that every blogger in history has a Birchbox subscription and I see so many unboxing posts crop up on our Bloglovin, so, having never subscribed to this before, we decided to do so this month. If you haven't heard of the brand, Birchbox is a subscription based company that charge you ten pounds a month to send out a variation of products at a cheaper price to try, often from less well known brand to test them and see if you like them. An amazing idea, if you ask me! As we ordered our box mid July we didn't feel that it was appropriate to post an unboxing, since everyone had already done one, so instead we decided to give the products all a go individually and then review them once we had given them a fair testing. I think this will probably become a regular thing for us too...testing the products every month and letting you know our thoughts and if we would repurchase. That way, I feel that we will have given the products a fair test and that it is the best way to share smaller brands. 

This month, we received the Balance Me Congested Skin Serum, the What's in it for me shower scrub, the Klorane dry shampoo with oat milk, the Joliderm nose patches and the Manna Kadar Long-Wear Powder in Trifecta. Other than Balance Me, I hadn't heard of any of these brands before, so the box really is a perfect opportunity to discover new brands. 

This product claims to diminish blemishes and calm inflammation, and is a gel serum that you apply directly onto spots or blemishes to reduce the appearance of them. Fortunately, neither of us are really very spotty, of course other than occasional breakouts, so, to give this a test, we applied some onto our Mum who had a few blemishes at the time. Genuinely, the product really did reduce the appearance of the blemishes and you could definitely tell that she had used a product on them. She was really impressed, which takes a lot as she isn't really a skin care person at all. The only thing I would say is that I didn't love the smell as it is quite medicinal, but this doesn't ruin the product at all, especially since all the ingredients are natural and therefore no manufactured, dangerous products are being applied to the skin. Overall, I would purchase this again if I was going through a particularly spotty period, especially as it is quite affordable for an effective spot treatment. Even though full size is only 15ml, you use such a small amount on your blemishes too that it would last you a while, so it is worth investing! 

This contains 'Walnut shell to naturally exfoliate, sweet almond oil to rejuvenate the skin, plus orange and jasmine flower extracts for an uplifting floral fragrance', and is a typical shower gel style scrub. When using this, I really was pleasantly surprised as it did lather like a shower gel; often, scrubs have the intent of purely smoothing the skin and can be quite rough, yet this also felt like it was making me clean too, and almost felt like a two in one scrub and shower gel, which I love. My skin definitely did feel really smooth and conditioned after too, probably because of the almond oil which is a nice touch. Emily even said that she noticed the dead skin come off when she dried herself, meaning that it actually worked (sorry if TMI). Again, I loved this and probably would repurchase! It was the first thing to go into my holiday travel toiletry bag as it is a perfect travel size too. 

Klorane is a French brand that I'd never heard of before, so was excited to try. As I hate greasy hair and literally wash my hair everyday due to having an oily scalp, a dry shampoo is definitely a staple for me. I honestly have 4 bottles on the go at a time haha. I must say, this didn't disappoint. The product didn't give me any of that dreaded white residue and even made my hair feel really soft, which I didn't expect from a dry shampoo but I actually really loved. Again, loved this. 

The back of this product suggests that it is 3-in-1 and that it can be used on the brows, eyes, and cheeks, which is great for travel and lazy people like me. I must say though, I have used on both the eyes and cheeks but personally wouldn't use on the brows as it is too warm toned for me. However, as a bronzer and crease colour I did really like this, and I will definitely take away with me along with the scrub. In all honestly though, I probably wouldn't have purchased this alone had it not been in the box. It is a great product, but isn't anything I couldn't find from more affordable brands; in other words, I do think that fifteen pounds is a lot for what it is. I am glad that I have tried it and that it was in the box though, and this doesn't put me off trying other Manna Kada products as I am intrigued to find out more about the brand. 

In all honesty, we haven't tried these yet as we are not really suffering from black heads currently, and would rather save it for when one of us is. With this in mind, it obviously wouldn't be fair to give thoughts on this, but the product does definitely sound interesting and will be incredible if they work out!

Are you subscribed to Birchbox or any other boxes? Have you tried any of these? Let us know! 

Natasha & Emily x