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Cheese Posties

I am a self confessed cheese monster, and if you are too, I think you'll love this.




Watch the video above to learn more about Cheese Posties or follow this link to find out more! https://cheeseposties.com/

I hope you enjoyed this exclusive vlog here on my blog!

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx
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5 ways to relax in an anxious situation

Often I can find myself in a situation I don’t want to be in. Busy places, large crowds, loud music are all things that sometimes don’t agree with me. Think social events, parties and big gatherings, that’s what I am going to be basing this post on.



I thought today, along with Larissa from https://lifeoflarissablog.wordpress.com/, I would share my top tips for feeling less anxious in these sorts of situations. Go check her post out, which will be going up at a similar time to this, where she will share 5 more tips about how to try to stay anxiety free in difficult situations. If you enjoy this post, I may do another similar one, discussing how to stay calm in airports or train stations, as that is something I struggle with too.

Go in with an open mind. If you approach a situation, whether it is a party or a performance, with the premotion that you are going to end up leaving because of anxiety, it’s more likely to happen. You’ll get yourself worked up, and then feel on edge all night/day because of it. Stay calm to begin with, and then it is less likely those negative beings will find their way into your brain. 

Surround yourself with people that understand. Make sure you have someone there, whether physically or just a text away, to call on to rescue you. Whether you need an excuse to go (think nerve wracking date) or a lift home, it’s good to have someone at hand that gets you. 

Check your exits and know your “escape route”. Whether you need one to get a bit of fresh air or your anxiety is based on something happening and you need to get out, it’s good to know how you would leave if necessary. 

Take it slow. Remember to breathe. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself! Tell yourself you will leave a bit earlier if need be, it’s okay. Don’t set too high expectations, it could end up with you feeling disappointed if not. 

Make the most of it! Whatever you’re doing, enjoy yourself. Find the fun in every situation. Eat good food, drink nice drinks. Spend time with your friends or family. Take a minute out too if you want. Just have fun, as I always say, it’s better to regret the things you do than the things you don’t do. You’ll only regret not going if you don’t attend what you want to. Trust me, I know this from experience.

I hope you found this post helpful. Be sure to share anymore tips you have down below or on my twitter/instagram @tamzinlena.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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Battle of the drugstore liquid highlighters | Makeup revolution, Barry M, Maybelline | Cover Fx Custom enhancer drops dupes

I love a good liquid highlighter. They are so universal, and a definite must have in any makeup collection. I love to mix them with my foundations to create a lighter, more luminous base, and I also love applying them on my cheekbones, either leaving them be or topping them with a powder highlighter for the ultimate glow.

Yesterday I picked up two more liquid highlighters to add to my collection. I currently use and adore the Maybelline master strobe, and due to the recent hype over liquid highlighters, I decided to pick up a few more brand new releases to experiment with.




Barry M liquid chrome in Moon Potion, Maybelline master strobe in Pink Iridescent, Makeup Revolution liquid highlighter in Liquid Lustre Gold.

Breakdown:

Barry M - £6.99 / 12ml / Vegan & Cruelty Free
Maybelline - £7.99 / 25ml / NOT Vegan or Cruelty Free
Makeup Revolution - £6.00 /18ml / Not sure about Vegan, but Cruelty Free

Consistency/Formula:

Barry M - Thin, runny and no glitter
Maybelline - Thicker, creamier, no glitter
Makeup Revolution: Thin (probably a tiny bit thicker than Barry M), runny, a little bit of glitter





I love the Maybelline as mentioned - I use it on the regular. I tend to mix it in with my foundations that are more matte, to add some luminosity cos that's more my vibe. I tried the Barry M this morning, and I loved it! It added such a cool sheen on the top of my cheekbones, I really love the blue shift. As for the Makeup Revolution, I haven't tried it. I think it may be a tad too dark, but I'm going to try it out anyway and I'll update you when I have. 

*I tried it this morning before this post went live and I love it mixed in with my foundation! It made it so glowy and people at work even asked what foundation I was wearing because it looked nice and dewy! 

I hope you enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed putting it together. Highlighter is my fave, so it was so much fun to experiment with a few as I tend to stick to my Mary loumanizer from the balm. 

I'm looking to get the Soph X Makeup Revolution eye shadow palette and highlighter palette, and I'll definitely do a post when I get those. I wanted to get them on this superdrug trip, but they weren't in my store yet. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

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Why turning 18 scares the crap out of me

It’s well into September of 2017, which means only one thing. The school year I turn 18. What I mean by this is it’s the start of people who I grew up with, went to school with, am friends with, turning 18. This scares me greatly.
Most people can’t wait until their 18th birthday. They can’t wait to “legally” be able to do all the things they have wanted to do and have been doing anyway since they were 15. Me, well I’m shitting it.


I am not a big partier so the whole “going out” thing doesn’t bother me too much. Yes, I will now and then, but it’s not something I’m desperate to do. There are so many things that terrify me about turning 18, here a few.

·        University. Do I want to go? Do I not?
·        What am I doing life wise for that matter?
·        Adult prices of things (boo hoo)
·        Pressure. I ain’t a kid anymore.
·        Where have all the years gone? Can I just press restart?
·        More on that matter, I felt like I wasted my teen years for so many reasons. That makes me sad, and I feel like turning 18 signifies a kind of, end.
·        I gotta act like an adult.
·        Losing the safety net of being a child
·        When do I have to leave home?!

Why turning 18 is a good thing:
·        I can vote
·        I can book a nice hotel and stay alone (only a few places let you stay 16+)
·        I can get the tattoo I have wanted for years
·        Wine

As you can see, there’s less positives imo. If you know any, let me know. I don’t turn 18 until April, so I have a bit longer to feel more comfortable with the idea or just more time to spend crying over it. Who knows?

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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Random Rambles – Damaging relationships & escaping

I want to briefly touch on something so huge one today. It’s something I hate to talk about so I’ll keep it short. Not sweet though...

If people like me to talk about these things, then maybe I will go into it a bit more, either in a video or another blog post. Just let me know any (advice based) questions you may have and I’ll either answer them on my blog or YouTube channel.

Anyways, what I did want to talk about is damaging relationships and what they can do to you. First off, they obviously damage you, but they don’t and won’t ever define who you are. That’s something I struggled (and still struggle) with greatly as for a huge portion of my life I was linked to that person, both positively and negatively. It was me & them. Them & me, and that’s something I still struggle to overcome.



I felt so tied to this person/romantic interest for so many reasons. One of which is because I spent 6 years of my life “on and off” with them, meaning a lot of the time people associated us with each other. Because of my anxiety and the way my relationships work with people, I can often have tricky bonds with people, and I feel a lot of the time that this is down to this person.

In those 6 years, I didn’t try to see anyone else, I didn’t try to have fun or make those crucial mistakes you should make at a young age to teach your essential life lessons. I was comfortable – for whatever reason – which makes me feel as though it almost haltered my social skills.

I say I was comfortable – which is ridiculous. How can someone feel comfortable with someone who emotionally abused them and left lasting damage? That was tough to type but it’s the truth – I think when you just get so used to something – good or bad – you just deal with it, as sad as it sounds. Especially if you’re a creature of habit like me, who loves routine and familiarity.

Funnily enough however, I love exploring and seeing new things, travelling and going to places where no one knows me. I think my past relationship actually pushed me this way. Sounds weird, but the main reason I love travelling is because I can get away. Get away from those familiar faces that remind me of the past and feel like I’m somewhat free.

Let’s just say I still live incredibly close to this person, so I still see them a lot. And even though I hate too, and much to my friend’s and family’s dismay, I can occasionally feel that pull back to them. I never give into it initially, but it seems they just know when I’m feeling like this, and they just worm their way back in. Getting away means I won’t see them, and at least for a few days I can escape and feel happier.

Over the past few months, things have been harder with them, really hard, I won’t shed details as it is incredibly personal, but I just have to say these things somewhat out loud to remind myself that I can keep going – regardless of whatever they try to do to stop me.



I don’t know where I am going really with this post. All I know is that it is very therapeutic for me to get all my words out on a page. So much stuff builds up inside of me, and occasionally to relive that I need to word-vomit somewhere.

A lot of the time I actually write letters to people that’ll they will never receive, just to get all my thoughts are. I find I never say what I want to say to their face, so this is the best way to do it when I can collect my thoughts in a more organised manor.

People are shitty but we don’t have to be.

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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Feeling stressed whilst on HOLIDAY?!

Have you ever been on holiday to get away from the daily stresses of life and end up feeling more stressed?

A place to relax? A recent study reveals stresses of work travel on holiday with us…

●     A third of the nation admit to feeling stressed while away on holiday due to work concerns
●     45% of the UK’s population feel that practicing mindfulness activities while away will combat stress issues
●     A third of the UK keep on top of work emails while on holiday

Personally, I can often find the whole “switching off” thing hard. I find it difficult to stop thinking about what needs to be done, and instead concentrate on the here and now. I wish I could just relax, and enjoy being away from the things that are causes me stress/anxiety, whether that be work, my Blog/YouTube or even home life.

Being a blogger/YouTuber makes this even harder. Being away/on holiday is, let’s face it, a perfect opportunity for content. Whether it’s a city break, or a beach vacation, there’s always content to be made. Whether it’s a travel guide, what’s in my suitcase or just some arty instagram photos, it will always take away from feeling truly free.

It’s difficult to complain, and none of my holidays are strictly work (I understand other bloggers go on actual press trips, I am just speaking of “making the most” of holidays content wise for a smaller blogger like myself) so it can be a difficult situation to discuss on my own. To combat this, I want to open a discussion with anyone reading, as well as include some handy reading materials for you to check out.
Here’s some more information on the study that was carried out (it’s an interesting read):
A new study has revealed that the UK is a nation of workaholics, with almost a third of British people struggling to switch off from work problems while on holiday.

Commissioned by luxury worldwide holiday specialist Hayes and Jarvis, the survey found that 32% of the nation admit to feeling stressed on holiday due to work, while a staggering 30% of the population have also had their holiday ruined by work.

It appears that stress doesn’t vanish after stepping off the plane either, with Brits taking on average two full days to completely switch off and 75% of those in the capital taking as long as four days to kick back and relax.

The study also found that over a third of women find it harder to relax on holiday if there were problems at work, compared to less than a quarter of men. Brits find it hard to stay away from their phones, with a third checking their work emails and almost half of the nation checking both personal emails (47%) and social media (44%).

To help tackle the nation’s stress problem, Hayes and Jarvis has created “The Four Pillars of Holiday Relaxation” – an expert guide to relaxing and unwinding while on holiday. The campaign focuses on the four categories of wellbeing; physical, communication, mental and nutritional, and includes useful tips and advice from experts on how to fully relax throughout your stay.

A spokesman from Hayes and Jarvis said; “We are a nation that often finds it hard to de-stress and unwind from our day-to-day stresses, and a holiday should be the perfect time to take yourself away from this to connect with yourself, friends and loved ones.

“Our holidaymakers personally invest time and money into choosing a holiday that is tailormade for them as individuals with the ultimate aim of relaxing, unwinding while creating new experiences.  With the help of some expert tips and advice from industry experts, our guide is an essential tool to really help you leave the stress at home and ensure a holiday really is what it sets out to be.”

Collaborating with some of the industry’s leading experts, including Mind and the British Nutrition Foundation, the detailed information pack also has a free downloadable PDF which offers up 24 expert tips to take away and help beat any stress that may creep up.

Robin Harrie of Mindset Coach and Stress Strategist says: “Plan a specific, but flexible itinerary to avoid vague, unstructured time where the temptation to work wins. Plan visits to specific attractions or beauty spots, rather than lounging by the hotel pool with hotel WiFi tantalisingly close by.”

Many experts advise practicing mindfulness, which is known to reduce stress, and it’s becoming more and more popular within society. Over 45% of the population believe that taking part in mindfulness activities such as yoga and meditation could help them relax while away, according to the survey.

The UK’s younger generation have tapped into the practice, with 60% of 18-24-year-olds believing in yoga and meditation as a mode of relaxation.

To view the “The Four Pillars of Holiday Relaxation”, please visit:
http://www.hayesandjarvis.co.uk/four-pillars-of-holiday-relaxation (download your FREE PDF on advice for this topic HERE)

I hope you enjoyed this post. It's something different but I think it's important to open these discussions about stresses, at home and away. 

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx


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#CharityTuesday – Alfie’s Story | Alder Hey

Welcome to a new series on my blog, where every Tuesday I’ll be shedding light on the important stuff. As much as I enjoy writing about makeup and beauty and food and all things like that, it is equally as important to me to share stories of inspirational people and the work some amazing charities do for these brave souls. I'm doing this in the hope to raise awareness – I want to use my platform in the best ways I can, and I feel as if just by you reading this, you may learn something new, feel inspired, or go and show some love to the charity I’ve mentioned. That would be incredible! Love doesn’t equal payment. Donations are always welcome by charities, but retweets, shares, likes and general support never goes unnoticed.

Alder Hey
Alder Hey Children’s Charity raises vital funds to help make Alder Hey in the Park a truly world-class, patient-friendly hospital for the 275,000 patients and families they care for every year.
I'd like you to meet one of them – a patient who has been supported by the tremendous efforts of Alder Hey.

Alfie’s story
Ten year old Alfred has lived with severe asthma since birth and has recently begun a research study at Alder Hey Children’s Hospital to look at ways to help the condition. Alfred’s treatment includes permanent steroids prescribed the highest level of seretide and taking both montelukast and theophylline tablets in addition to the injections which are given as part of the study. There are many triggers that set off his asthma, including all pets, grass being cut and his chest is often tight at night. Alfred in on the autistic spectrum and in addition to the severe asthma, he has esophagitis -­‐ a reflux condition which means he’s on even more tablets and is also tube fed. He is a chatty and clever young man and he loves reading and his dinosaurs!

Check out their website for more information.


Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx



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Malée Natural Skincare | Conscious Luxury | Conditioning body scrub review


Something I struggle with quite a lot is dry skin. Sounds disgusting I know, but we've all been there. Whether it's on my face or my legs, it's very irritating and often difficult to remove and prevent. I'm also lazy, which doesn't help. I hate getting out of the shower and applying an ultra thick body lotion and THEN having to wait for it all to sink in, which it never does properly, and THEN it also leaves your skin feeling kinda sticky. I'm all for a 2 in 1 kinda product. Anything to save time and make the process easier, I'm all for. So when Malée reached out and asked if I wanted to try their conditioning body scrub**, I said hell yes. 




This body scrub is game changing. It's no wonder it's won an award! It's formula is everything I could want in a scrub. Effective but gentle, moisturizing yet not greasy. There's not loads you can say about a body scrub - but I can say this WORKS. It removes any dead skin that just won't go, and it leaves my remaining skin feeling glorious. I love that it's all natural - and kind to the environment too. 




Malée say "Our products are as kind to the environment as they are to your skin.
We use only what your skin needs and exclude unnecessary mineral oils, animal-derived ingredients, many known allergens and harmful parabens and silicones. Sustainably sourced, cruelty-free and fully recyclable." What more could you want?




This product retails for £36 - which is kinda pricey at first glance. But honestly, I believe if you can treat yourself, go for it. It's luxurious - conscious luxury. It would also make a fabulous present.

Shop - http://maleeonline.com/product-category/bath-body/exfoliants/?ref=681 *

Bye for now,
Tamzin xxx

*link is a affiliate link
**this product was sent to me for free. In no way does it shape or form my opinion

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