10 Ways to Boost Your Mood Today. ♥

Sunday, 17 September 2017

We've all been there, when no matter we try and do, or what anybody else does to try and help, we're in the worst mood ever, something sets you off and it sets the tone for the rest of the day. Those days are the worst. Or if you've had a really bad day at work, and you're just taking it on yourself and those around you. It sucks right? Often I find it's really hard to snap out of moods, and it's so easy to feel sorry for yourself and hate everything and everyone. Recently if I've been feeling like this, there are 10 things, based upon self care, and looking after myself, that will always make me feel better. In no particular order, here are 10 Mood Boosters that are sure to snap you out of that bad mood, in no time! Often it's just the little things that truly make a big difference to how you feel. ♥

Wear your favourite make up - I don't know what it is about wearing my favourite make up, whether it be a lip product, my all time favourite eyeshadow palette (as shown above!) or, just an amazing mascara that really makes my eyes POP. I actually love applying make up, you wouldn't have ever thought it would you? And it instantly boosts my mood whenever I use my favourite products because I feel more confident, and I just adore using my faves! I know your mood shouldn't be affected based upon your apperance and how you look, but let's be honest, are you gonna feel amazing and is your mood going to be increased if you look like rubbish? If I'm in a bad mood, a slick of a good, bright lipstick often makes me feel that little bit cheerier. Honestly it does work, try it. 

♥  Pamper yourself - Another instant mood boost for me, when I'm feeling down or I've had a really long, tough day at work, is to come home and have a good old pamper session. By this I mean quite literally turning my bathroom into a relaxing spa, candles lit, bubble bath, all of my favourite pampering products, a good book/tv show playing on my iPad and all of my favourite snacks on hand. Just thinking about this makes me happy! :) It's all about self care, slowing down and making time for yourself, and making myself relaxed, and pampering myself always does the trick. 

♥  Eat your favourite food - Please don't binge eat, that's not what I'm saying here. But everything in moderation is of course fine. Don't starve yourself of your favourite treats, sometimes the only thing that's gonna make you feel good after a really shitty day is a Dominos Pizza and a share size bag of Maltesers. That's ok... do what makes you happy! I don't want to be that person that promotes comfort eating, and rewarding your body with unhealthy good etc, but sometimes, just sometimes, the chocolate bar will make you feel good and it tastes bloody amazing. Don't deny it ladies...

 Work out - just to counteract all of healthy living police who are cursing me for allowing myself a treat on a bad day, I thought I'd include working out in this list too, because guess what, sometimes after a long day, and three chocolate bars, working out also makes me feel pretty amazing and boosts my mood. I never used to think I'd be that person, where I'd come home from work really stressed, and exercise would be my mood booster, and release, but honestly it does make you feel amazing and the endorphins (happy hormones) it releases in your body increase your mood massively. It can sound like a chore, and the last thing you'd want to do if you're in a bad mood, but believe me, try it, it can make you feel amazing: just do something you love, whether it be yoga, going to the gym, weights, a dance class, football, whatever type of exercise you love, do that. You'll feel amazing! For me, it's always Yoga it calms me and makes me feel SO good.

Read a book - There's just something so therapeutic to me about reading a book. Although as I start reading the book, I'll admit I'm in the worst mood, but as I begin to turn the pages and get lost in another fantasy, another world, another storyline, I feel as though I've escaped. It doesn't matter what I'm reading, it just instantly makes me feel better and I feel good. Accompanied by a strawberry milkshake, or a hot chocolate and you're on your way to feeling amazing.

Catch up with a relative/friend - I don't mean the type of toxic friends or relatives that you've been putting off talking to for months because they make you feel crappy, cut those sorts of people out of your life. I mean the kinds of people in your life that always make you feel good, that make you laugh, that support you and are there for you. Give them a text, or a call, better than that meet up if you can, it will boost your mood instantly! You don't have to talk about your problems, or theirs, just being in there presence will make you feel better.

 Listen to your favourite music - loud - is there any other way to listen to music other than LOUD, especially when you're feeling down! Create a playlist of all your favourite songs, and whenever you're feeling down, pop those headphones in and get singing at the top of your voice, the louder, the better. This one always works and makes me feel good.

Have a hot chocolate - especially in your most favourite, pretty mug. With all the toppings: marshmallows, whipped cream, chocolate shavings. Go for it! I mean whoever thought to create hot chocolates was clearly all about self care and indulgence because as soon as I sip a hot chocolate, with marshmallows and whipped cream, I feel good, cosy and in a much better mood. Allow yourself 5 minutes out, longer if possible. Drink your hot chocolate and don't dwell on bad thoughts, remind yourself that you have so many positive things to be happy about. :)

♥ Go outside - A breath of fresh air, big, deep breathes, and counting to 10, taking in the scenery always makes me feel better. It reminds me that everything will be ok. I love going outside, although I'm a real homely person, sometimes you've just got to escape and a 10 minute walk, away from the craziness can do wonders for the mind and soul.

♥ Stop feeling sorry for yourself - If all else fails, girl stop feeling so sorry for yourself. You've overcome everything in your life so far, what you're worrying about could be really silly, or it could feel like you've got the whole world on your shoulders. Talk it out if you can, but stop feeling sorry for yourself. You've got to get on with things, especially if you're worrying that you haven't got anything to wear in your wardrobe and it's stressing you the eff out... girl we've all been there. But we've just got to get on with it... Pinterest outfit inspiration, and put together a new outfit with something you already have in your wardrobe... problem sorted. In most cases, minor mood swings and problems can be solved with a little bit of self care and positive thinking. But if you're seriously worried about something, and feeling down a problem shared is a problem halved. Talk to people you trust and get some help. You don't have to struggle alone. ♥

I hope you've found something that helps you feel happier, and will boost your mood today! 
What do you do when you need an instant mood boost? 

Have a lovely day,

10 Things I've Loved This Summer. ♥

Wednesday, 13 September 2017

It's been a really hard Summer for me this year, and not one I'll necessarily remember as one of the happiest Summer's of my life. As some of you may know, I lost my lovely Gran, read more here, which was incredibly difficult. But I've tried my best, despite the circumstances, to be happy, content and enjoy my Summer. It's really flew by, I know we're like mid September already, and Autumn is well and truly on it's way (my favourite time of year, bring on all the hot chocolates, knit wear, crunchy, Autumn leaves, candles, and cosy evenings!) and despite all of the sadness, there has been some pretty exciting, lovely and amazing things that have happened to me this Summer so I thought I'd share 10 of my favourite things that I've loved about Summer 2017, with you all, today. 

♥ 1. We bought a house - This is probably one of the happiest and most exciting times of this Summer. I mentioned it slightly in this post, but Mr B and I have bought our dream home, and we're currently in the process of renovating which has been all sorts of crazy but so much fun and excitement all at the same time - it's also meant that I get to go to Ikea and lots of pretty homeware places rather a lot, which I never complain about :) We're so happy and we cannot wait for this next chapter in our lives!

♥ 2. Reading in the garden - or just reading in general. Despite the lack of amazing weather in the UK this summer, I love reading in the garden in warmer weather, there's just something so relaxing about it. :) I've really enjoyed reading No Filter by Grace Victory this Summer and Thirteen Weddings by Paige Toon - what has been your favourite read this Summer?

♥ 3. Making the most of Summer Fashion & Make Up - I've well and truly made the most of wearing my Summer wardrobe, and rocked way too many bright lips this Summer. You only get the chance of wearing bright, Summery colours once a year so you may as well make the most of it right? I've loved wearing bright nail colours too, and wearing all the pretty, embellished sandals.

♥ 4. Working with amazing brands - So this Summer has been insane for The Perks of Being Sharna. I've been so lucky and fortunate enough to work with some amazing brands and collaborate on content that I never even dreamed of happening, on my corner of the web. I still sometimes have to pinch myself that I'm lucky enough to work with brands and I can't believe that they, actually want to work with little old me! :) :) :)

♥ 5. Weekends away - With the craziness of everything going on my life, a Summer holiday was the least of my priorities. I went away to Ibiza earlier this year anyway, but this is the first time in years that I haven't gone away over the Summer. I'm not gonna lie, I've been so jealous of everybody Instagramming photos of themselves tanned on the beach, but there's always next year, and we've enjoyed some pretty, special weekends away which have been really lovely! No matter where in the world it is, visiting the beach is always lovely and I've loved our weekends away this Summer! :)

♥ 6. Celebrating one year of being engaged - Summer 2016 was a major year for me, probably one of the happiest of my life as Mr B and I got engaged! One of my most happy and favourite moments of this Summer was celebrating one year of being engaged to my lovely Fiance. Once we're moved into our new home, I cannot wait to start wedding planning... eeeeek!!! :)

♥ 7. Spending quality time with family and friends - This summer I've tried to make an effort to spend quality time with my loved ones. If this Summer has taught me anything it's that life is so short, and you've really got to do what makes you happy, surrounding yourself with people who make you feel good. So I've been trying to do just that, and I've loved making memories with all of my favourite people.

♥ 8. Journalling - I've been journalling this Summer which is a new venture for me. I've always been into keeping a journal and writing my thoughts down, but this Summer I've been more serious about it, and have been trying to remember to do it daily, so far it's been a success, and I cannot wait to look back on my thoughts of Summer 2017 in years to come, I just need to keep it up! Next I want to try Bullet Journalling! :)

♥  9. Chilled days - Another thing I've loved this Summer is just doing absolutely nothing at all. It's been a CRAZY Summer to say the least and I've had SO much going on in my life, so I've been grabbing every bit of free time that I have and treating myself to lots of lazy time, watching my favourite shows on Netflix (see below), reading, painting my nails, drinking lots of hot chocolate and strawberry milkshake, just generally making more time for the things I love and it's really helped in terms of my mental health, especially on days where I've felt like I'm going crazy and there aren't enough hours in the day.

♥ 10. Jane the Virgin & Power - Finally two of my favourite TV shows that I've absolutely LOVED this Summer are these two beauties. They're so completely different but they're both available on Netflix. Check them out and watch the trailers if you haven't already, because you're seriously missing out.

I hope you've enjoyed today's post. It's been lovely to look back on Summer 2017, despite how crazy it's been there's been so much I've enjoyed. I'm really looking forward to Autumn and Winter though - it's my absolute favourite time of year! CHRISTMASSSS!!!! (Sorry. Not Sorry, to throw that in there Mid September, for all you scrooges!)

I just wanted to thank you all so much for your support this Summer, I couldn't have done it without you guys and I was really blown away by all of your kind words when I was having a hard time. You're the best. 

What did you guys love about Summer 2017? What was your favourite memory? What are you looking forward to about the following months in Autumn and Winter?

11 Things I'm Loving Right Now. ♥

Sunday, 10 September 2017

You guys know that I love sharing all of my favourites with you, and I haven't written this type of post in a while, so I thought I'd share a few of the things I'm loving right now, in no particular order. From mugs, to make up, to books, shoes, stationery, bags, purses and even fragrances! I hope you find something you love! ♥
♥ Cath Kidston x 101 Dalmatians Mug - £10 - available here 
I purchased this beautiful Cath Kidston mug a few months ago and I'm just obsessed. 101 Dalmatians has always been one of my all time favourite Disney films, so that fact that they've combined with my love for Cath Kidston is just the dream! 
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Embrace'* - £8.99 - available here (see swatch below!)
♥ Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Color 'Embrace'* - £8.99 - available here

Ok let's discuss how beautiful this Revlon lip colour is! I've always been a massive fan of Revlon's Ultra HD Matte Lip Color formulas, but this pretty, girly, soft, rose shade is just stunning and has become my go to lip colour recently! It's a really complimenting, wearable, pink shade, that would suit and compliment most skin tones. It's perfect for this time of year, as summer is drawing to a close, when you still want a touch of colour on your lips, but nothing too overpowering! The finish is matte, but not drying on your lips in the slightest. It's a dream to apply the lip colour, it's incredibly smooth, soft and velvety in terms of texture. You cannot feel the lip product sitting on the lips, and it's very comfortable to wear. 

Pigmentation is out of this world, with just one swipe over your lips, you are left with bold, pigmented, gorgeous colour. No need for two coats. At first, you will notice that the colour looks quite glossy, however, don't be fooled, this glossy finish disappears after around 5-10 seconds of drying and you are left with a beautiful semi-matte/matte finish.  

 I'm really impressed with the lasting power and the lovely stain it leaves on your lips, it lasts for around 3-4 hours before I need to top up. Best of all, the fruity, Vanilla scent reminds me of Summery days and is almost good enough to eat! I can't recommend the Revlon Ultra HD Matte Lip Colors enough -there's an amazing variety of shades available so be sure to check them out next time you're in Boots.  

 ♥ Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick 'Gold Light'* -£9.99 - available here (see swatch below)
♥ Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick 'Gold Light'* -£9.99 - available here 

Ok so you guys know, I'm a sucker for a highlight. Give me all the glow! I adore having a make up finish that is glowy, dewy and radiant. Recently I've been using the Revlon Photo Ready Insta-Fix Highlighting Stick in 'Gold Light' and I've become obsessed with the natural, luminous glow it gives my skin! The Golden shade gives you a gorgeous shimmer that's not too overpowering, just a lovely, healthy glow that makes you look amazing and feel confident! 

It's really simple and easy to apply to your skin. I tend to apply it to my forehead, cheekbones, bridge of nose, chin, underneath my eyebrows and anywhere my skin would naturally attract light! The stick function makes application easy and precise, especially for on the go! Lasting power is fantastic, the glow lasts for most of the day, and will last my 9-5 day, with just one top up at lunch time - which is amazing!

Pigmentation is fab, as you can see from the swatch above, where I only swatched one coat. I tend to use just one coat during the day for a more natural, subtle glow but if I'm on a night out, or it's a special occasion I will build the product up for an even more glowy, luminous, strobed finish. This stick will last forever as a little really does go a long way! I'm obsessed! Revlon also do another variation of this highlighting stick in the shade 'Champagne' - I'm really looking forward to trying that one. For the price, amazing pigmentation, lasting power, finish and quality, you simply cannot go wrong! 
♥ Academic Diary - £2.50 - Wilkos - available here 
I can't get enough of this cute, little, bargain that I picked up from Wilkos a few weeks ago! I thought the rose gold and pink design was gorgeous and I'm always looking for lovely, pretty, academic diaries at this time of year. At just £2.50 it was such a bargain! They also sold it in Mint Green which was equally as gorgeous! 
♥ Grace Victory - No Filter - £12 - available here
I've been a viewer of Grace's since she started her channel, and have always admired her honesty and amazing sense of humour, plus she's an absolute BABE. Look at her! If you're a viewer of Grace's or not, you really do need to buy this book - it's the perfect companion for young women and men. Grace openly discusses her struggles from Body Image, Domestic Violence, Mental Health, Anxiety, Sex, Food, and so much more, you name it - Grace discusses it and she makes you feel a whole lot less alone in your struggles. She gives advice, and by sharing her own experiences, she creates awareness for so many taboo subjects. It made me laugh and cry! Not only is it relatable, but like you're having a deep convo with your bestie - I read it within 2 days - it was that good!  Totally recommend! If you aren't already subscribed to Grace's channel - get yourself there girl. You can find it here. 
♥ Oasis Embroidery Espadrilles - was £28 now only £10!!!!! (Bargain!) - available here
As soon as I spotted these gorgeous black, embroidery espadrilles on the Oasis website, I had to have them in my life! I just loved how unique they were, and I hadn't seen anything as good as quality as them anywhere else online. Plus black goes with everything and they're really easy to style. I've been such a huge fan of the embroidery trend this summer - so I'm literally wearing these to death before Summer comes to an end in a few weeks! I originally bought them for full price, but now they're only £10, which is such a bargain because the quality is beautiful, and the design is even more stunning! Get yourself a bargain, girls! 
♥ Vitage Illuminating Tanning Drops* - £39- available here
You guys all know how obsessed I am with tanning products - I'm literally turning into a tanning product expert and I'm finally finding the ones that really work the best for me, my skin and give me the best results. I featured these lovely Illuminating Tanning drops on both my blog, here and on my Instagram page here, this past month and you guys cannot get enough of hearing about them, so I thought I'd give them a more in depth mention in this post and explain why I've become obsessed with them! The tanning drops are really simple, quick and easy to use. You simply add your desired amount of drops (more drops = more tanned) into your regular moisturiser, and allow the tan to develop throughout the day or overnight. Over the following days, you're left with flawless, natural, streak-free, radiant, tanned and golden skin! You can use this stuff on your face and body, and it's the perfect solution if you want to personalise your tan, and create a colour that's buildable and suitable for you! I really like using the drops on areas like my elbows, knees, feet, hands and face, where I want an even, tanned, glow but nothing too harsh, patchy or disastrous! I can't recommend these tanning drops enough! You need them in your life! 
♥ Micahel Kors Studded Bag* - Jules B - £169
♥ Michael Kors Studded Purse* - Jules B - was £74.99  now only £37.50 ... bargain!!!  

Ok let's talk about how beautiful this matching Michael Kors bag and purse are? These have literally been my go to companions of late, and they haven't left my side. I absolutely love the quality of them, and how easy they are to pair alongside different outfits. They're really classy, and will never go out of style! I'm a little bit in love...
♥ So...? 'Wild Berries'* and 'Floriental'* Body Mists - £3.99 each - available here 

For as long as I can remember, I've been a fan of So...? Fragrances and body sprays. When I was at school as a teenager, you were simply not cool if you were not equipped with the fruitest, So...? fragrance. I remember I would carry their So...? Sinful fragrance every where I went, and even now when I catch a whiff of it, it reminds me of being a teenager and brings back so much nostalgia. Recently, I fell back in love with So...? but this time with their stunning Body Mists. If you haven't tried these Body Mists already, you've been seriously missing out and need to get yourself stocked up, as soon as possible! First of all, how cute is the packaging? So girly, feminine and lovely to have sitting on my dressing table! So...? have 6 body mists available so there will definitely be a fragrance that we'll all fall in love with! The scents are also focused on either: Deliciously fruity or beautifully floral. Sounds amazing right? Best of all, the fragrances are not overpowering, and they're so fresh and easy to wear. They're also a perfect addition to your fragrance collection in Summer, when I like to keep my Body Mists in the fridge, so that they're cool and refreshing every time I spritz some onto my skin, in the warm weather! 

 Two of my favourite body mists from the So...? Body Mist range, have to be: 

Wild Berries - This is such a stunning fragrance, described as a wild scent that teases your senses! It's full of fruity, wild berry notes. I've been wearing this beauty almost daily, and I know it will be even more lovely to wear in the Autumn months. 

Floriental -  Again another beautiful fragrance, this body mist is a more floral based scent. Described as a cocktail blend of floral and fruity notes. Perfection from start to finish. With notes of mouth watering Manadrin, and Apple it awakes your senses before melting you into a medley of freesia and violet = heavenly! 

I can't recommend the So...? Body mists enough. At just £3.99 for 100ml bottles, they're an absolute bargain and the scents are just beautiful! 

I hope you've enjoyed todays post and that you've found something you love!
Which products have you got your eyes on?
What are you currently loving?


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