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.
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.
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