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5 WAYS TO CLEANSE YOUR SOCIAL MEDIA SOUL

Social media has so many pros, it can connect you with people of similar interests, it can form friendships and make you laugh until you cry, but it can also upset you. cause anxiety and be a minefield for drama and even, bullying. 
To really be present on social media, I have learnt first hand, thick skin is a must-have. As my following on social media has grown the more scrutiny I have faced, being attacked about my appearance on a daily basis has become a normality for me.
Attacking my appearance doesn't bother me as much as attacking my character, who I am and what I stand for, which also happens on a daily basis - those usually come in the form of indirect tweets or screenshots from a WhatsApp group.
Something that used to really bother me when I was younger was the thought of not being liked, I needed to prove people wrong about me, and change their opinion, in which some people I convinced and some people I didn't and it was those that I didn't convince that haunted me. I was always thinking how can I change? How can I make these people like me? As I have gotten older, those people don't bother me as much and I have begun to realise that I will never be everybody's cup of tea, in fact, I would go as far to say, I am an acquired taste.  
Social media can be a real mood changer for me, it can cause worry or trigger anxiety, it can cause jealousy and resentment towards people I don't even know, but when I sit back and really think about it, that is SO unhealthy. So every 3-4 months I have a de-clutter on social media, and today's post is all about how to cleanse your social media soul and regain positive vibes from your feeds and platforms.



#1 UN FOLLOW PEOPLE THAT MAKE YOU HAVE NEGATIVE FEELINGS

It sounds absurd that we would continue to follow people who make us feel like shit about ourselves, but we all do it. Whether they intentionally make us feel bad or not, it can be a real dampener on your day when scrolling through your feed. Jealousy, anxiety and drama is not 

#2  STOP JUST FOLLOWING BACK FOR THE SAKE OF FOLLOWING BACK

Our initial instinct is to just follow straight back when somebody follows us right? Well, this is not always the best option, your feed can become cluttered and hide the positive and uplifting posts that you live for. Only follow people if they add value to what you need from your social media feeds.

#3 TURN ON NOTIFICATIONS ON THE PEOPLE YOU LOVE

If you adore somebody on social media, turn on notifications for their content so you never miss it. Not only are you getting your fix of your fave people to follow you're giving their content your attention and respect by liking and commenting, so yeah all good things, all good things.

#4 STOP ENVY FOLLOWING

It's simple, stop following people who make you question the value and worth of your own lifestyle. Don't get me wrong, a bit of hashtag morning motivation never hurt anyone, but constantly filling your feeds with images and content that don't relate or feel obtainable to your own life creates a really unhealthy and negative existence online. Have those motivational accounts that embody goals that you are working towards or dreams that you want to make come true but start following more people that are relatable to your current lifestyle, that you can engage with.

#5 REMEMBER IT'S ONLY SOCIAL MEDIA

At the end of the day, it's only social media and there is more to life than worrying about an online presence. Easier said than done? I get it, I am with you, I struggle so much to separate my actual life from my online life and I feel like creating that distance could really help with some anxiety I have had caused by social media. The ways you can distance yourself but remain a total addict is setting one or two evenings a week where at 5pm you don't scroll through social media once, you have a total blackout from social media. Such a small change could make a huge impact on your attitude towards social media and help you to let go a little bit.



I hope you have enjoyed this post, are you in need of a social media detox? Or maybe you have done a social media detox and it changed your outlook? I would love to know what you guys think so you can comment below or come say hello on social media. 

NOT SO NAUGHTY BEEFY NACHO WEDGES

It has been a long time since I posted a recipe on my blog but they are by far my most popular posts on my blog, with 12K views on my garlic, salt and pepper chicken recipe alone. So I figured I better do another and staying true to my healthy but comforting unintentional theme of recipes, here is my Slimming world friendly, syn free not so naughty beefy nacho wedges recipe. 



TOP BEAUTY PRODUCTS OF 2017

I have had so many beauty favourites in the past year that I just had to share them with you. I feel like 2017 was the year I really started to take notice of how important skincare is if you want to get the best finish on your makeup and turning 25 last year made me really conscious that I needed to start looking after my skin better. One of my main goals for 2018 is to find my holy grail skincare routine and stick to it, which we all know is a lot easier said than done.
In regards to make up, in 2017, I have been a real 'stick to what you know' kind of gal, which I don't really want to do in 2018. Again, I want to find new products as I am a little bored with the ones I have already, but the make up I have been using has been so good that I haven't been searching for new products for a reason. 
So, grab a cuppa and get stuck into my top beauty products of 2017 and I have even linked you to them so you can get your hands on them too.





NIP + FAB HYDRATE DRAGONS BLOOD FIX PLUMPING SERUM, SUPERDRUG £19.95
This serum has been my favourite product full stop in 2017. I absolutely love this serum, it does everything it promises and more. Forget primer, put this under your makeup and you will see the difference. I used this twice daily, once before my makeup and once before bed, my skin was constantly hydrated, moisturised and plump.


BENEFIT READY, SET, BROW! SETTING GEL, JOHN LEWIS £20.00
I always thought setting brow gels were a bit of a fad, to be honest, and that I didn't really need one, but that was until I tried this Benefit setting gel and oh my, my brows are never done without it. The invisible gel sets your brows without making them look dried out or leaving a layer of clear paste over your brows. The brush is really precise and well shaped too so you can really get a great finish.

L'OREAL MATTE LIP PAINT IN 210 DEAD LIPS, £6.99
This has been my go-to matte lipstick this year, and the colour 'dead lips' is just the best everyday shade from the school run to cocktails with friends, this shade has seen me through this year. 

URBAN DECAY TROUBLE MAKER MASCARA, JOHN LEWIS £19.50
I finally got my hands on this mascara in December but it has 1 million percent been the best mascara I have used this year. I don't use it for my bottom lashes because it is a heavy duty mascara and isn't right for a bottom lash finish. For the top lashes though this mascara is the best when you're in a rush which is me 90% of the time. This mascara will wake your eyes up on a Monday morning.

In 2017 Hoola became my holy grail bronzer, my sister bought me a Benefit gift set for my birthday in May and I have been in love ever since. If you love the bronze Kardashian contour, this bronzer is your best friend.

MORPHE 35OM EYESHADOW PALETTE, CULT BEAUTY £23.00
My go-to eyeshadow palette of 2017 was the Morphe 35OM by a mile, the range of shades is unbelievable. The amount of high-quality eyeshadows you get in this palette for around £25 is absolutely amazing and so affordable.

SLEEK SOLSTICE HIGHLIGHTING PALETTE, BOOTS £9.99
My highlighter of the year has to be the sleek solstice palette. Not only is a really affordable highlighting palette, I have never received so many compliments with any other highlighter that I have worn.

VASELINE INTENSIVE CARE COCOA RADIANT MOISTURISER 400ML, BOOTS £5.99
I go through so many bottles of this stuff because it really is the best affordable moisturiser out there, in my opinion. I suffer from a skin condition called Keratosis Pilaris and if you have this you will know that it's a nightmare especially when it flares up. This moisturiser really reduces the amount of redness and flare-ups on my skin and leaves my skin feeling so soft.

TRESEMME EXPERT SELECTION SPLIT END REMEDY
This product has been my hair saviour the past year and always makes my hair feel amazing. I use this just before I blow-dry my hair after a shower on the ends of my hair, you only need to use one pump for great results, so it lasts ages too. This product has been discontinued on the high street but you may be able to find it on Amazon and other independent retailers.


What was your favourite beauty product of 2017? Leave me a comment below or come say hello on social media!