Monday, 14 March 2016

My 4 Instant Confidence Boosters





I don't know about you but I tend to get those days every other month or so, when I just feel a little ...'meh'. Especially now that spring is approaching and you should be getting fit for summer, I am almost desk-bound every day doing coursework for my final year. I like being busy but I also feel like when I study a lot I tend to let myself go and eat all the chocolate, neglect my makeup and just not put as much effort into how I look as when I'm not under lots of stress. 

With time I actually discovered a few things that would instantly lift my mood and make me feel good about myself. I wanted to share these with you today because hey, it may help you as well in case you're going through the same thing. 


CUTE UNDERWEAR 

And by that I also mean matching underwear. It may be a little TMI but most mornings I just wear whatever, usually a VS bra and any pants, as long as they're clean obviously. However, when I do want to feel a little special, I like to rock a nice set. It genuinely makes you feel sexy and confident straight away, it's like you got your life together for a day.  Since I can't always splurge, I found the perfect place to shop for some affordable lace sets, and that place is Accessorize. You may remember me mention it in my most recent V-Day gift guide. The quality is great and they have a variety of styles and colours to suit any taste and shape. 

A RED LIPSTICK

Red lipstick is brave. It gives off vibes of confidence and power so no surprise I like to wear it on occasions when I feel I need a little extra something. You usually find me dressed in black, so red lips are great to add a touch of colour to my look and they're 'in' all year round. 

My current favourite is by Lord & Berry, it's their lipstick crayon. It sits nicely on the lips, it's very easy to apply and the colour adds a certain natural tan to my face because it makes me look healthier. 

Some other reds that are affordable: 

- Essence Lip Liner, for only £1 you really can't go wrong! 
- I love...tinted moisture balm, a red balm with a waxy consistency. It moisturises your lips but it also stays on for a few hours. Great for the weekend or an easy day out. 
- Bagsy Velvet Matte lip colour, the non-drying liquid lipstick that I absolutely adore. This is the shade Rush Hour. 
- The Body Shop Colour Crush lipstick in the shade Red Siren is an oldie but a goodie that I had for a couple of years now. It's so comfortable and it feels very moisturising but reasonably long lasting. 





BRONZE SKIN

Now you know that I have olive skin so I tan quite easily. Thing is, I haven't actually been on a relaxing beach holiday in years. Even when I went to Thailand with my mum two years ago, we ended up exploring all the time and never really sitting on the beach and chilling. 
I'm not huge on fake tanning every week mainly because I get cold easily and I wear white jumpers so I'm a little paranoid when it comes to staining but on special occasions or on days when I feel down, I love using the Bronzing Gels by Cocoa Brown. There's a shimmer version that I use during summer or nights out and a matte version which is my go-to for the day. 

I absolutely LOVE these gels because they look so natural on the skin yet add a little life, making it look like I spend hours trekking around in Cali when really I'm wrapped in a million layers in UK. They also help unifying the colour of my skin since I have paler patches, especially on my back. I have tried a few of their products and Cocoa Brown has never let me down. I highly recommend their stuff. I actually can't wait for summer to use these gems even more. 



MY FAVOURITE PERFUME 

There's nothing quite like spritzing your favourite scent and getting that boost of confidence. I have quite a collection of fragrances but one of my all-time-favourite perfumes is the YSL Black Opium. Recently the brand released a new version, Nuit Blanche, which is a very seductive floral fragrance with a coffee hint to it which I adore. The original floral scent is electrified with a boost of white musk and it's extremely long lasting. It's certainly a perfume made to turn heads when you walk by. The bottle is stunning as well and I know it sounds cheesy but I feel very 'blessed' whenever I spray it on. 




So what gives you an instant boost of confidence when you need some ? I'd love to know in the comments! xoxo 


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  1. I have the same lingerie set and love it. And tan always makes me feel good!

    Emily xo
    www.britishbeautyaddict.com

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    1. It's so beautiful isn't it! I need more from their range x

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  2. LOVED this. Black opium is my favourite!

    www.ohjanuary.co.uk

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    1. It's such an amazing scent, right? YSL never ceases to amaze me x

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  3. There is something magical about matching underwear, for sure! That set is so pretty <3

    Jess xo | The Indigo Hours

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    1. For sure! And glad you like it :) It's nice to find sets that are budget-friendly x

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  4. I know what you mean about cute lingerie, it gives me a great confidence boost too. I wear my red lipstick daily to conquer the world lol thats my instant boost.

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    1. haha it must be a thing! You wear red and you're just a boss ;) x

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  5. I have never used a bronzer/tanner, scared in case they go streaky haha may have to give them a try this year

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    1. You definitely should :) I know how you feel, it can be a little scary haha but these are great quality x

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  6. I also adore YSL Black Opium and can only ever wear matching underwear, same with socks, otherwise it makes me feel all kinds of weird x

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    1. haha that's amazing! Not surprised about the socks, I feel the same x

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  7. Oh that underwear is lovely!

    Clare x

    www.ruthandclare.com

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    1. Isn't it just! All the heart eyed emojis :)

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  8. I love the Black Opium scent! Good perfume and bright lipstick always make me feel better :) x

    Mummy’s Beauty Corner

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  9. I completely agree with the cute underwear thing! x

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  10. I just got that cocoa brown to try for this upcoming summer. I, too, love to be tan. But in recent years I just don't have the time to get much sun (which may be a good thing), so I've turned to sunless tanners more and more :-)

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  11. Red lipstick does that for me too!

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  12. Love this list. completely agree with it all :) Also, that underwear is cute!

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  13. Black Opium is my go-to perfume right now - it is HEAVEN

    Hannah | Oh January

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  14. I love all these things. I'll definitely take a confidence boost wherever I can get one!

    Lisa | www.farawaylisamae.com

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  15. That YSL perfume sounds amazing! Will need to go smell it asap! The packaging is amazing :0

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