Get To Know Me Tag!

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For the weekend post, I thought it might be fun to do the ‘get to know me’ tag as I haven’t properly introduced myself to you and I want to get to know all of you beauties so it’s only fair that you know a little about me too! So here goes…

1. Do you have a middle name?

I actually have two! It’s a long story but they are Claire and Bridget.

2. What was your favorite subject in school?

Hmmm… Probably Modern Studies.

 3. What’s your favorite drink?

Diet coke, although, I’m trying to cut it down to one a day *sigh*

 4. What’s your favorite song at the moment?

Maroon 5, Maps. It’s on repeat right now…

5. What would you name your children?

I haven’t thought about it too much but I think I would incorporate Alice and Lilly somewhere into the name if I had any girls.

6. Do you participate in any sports?

Emm no. Although, I’m hoping that if I were to write this in a years time, my answer would be that I am an avid gym goer… Only time will tell!

7. What’s your favorite book? 

To Kill A Mockingbird

8. What’s your favorite color?

It changes with my mood but right now, its sea blue or white/ivory.

9. What’s your favorite animal?

Sea otter :) Although dolphins and penguins are a close second.

10. What’s your favorite perfume?

It also changes with my mood but right now it’s Dot by Marc Jacobs.

11. What’s your favorite holiday?

New York

12. Have you graduated from High School?

Yes

13. Have you been out of the country?

Yes

14. Do you speak any other languages?

Not fluently

 15. Do you have any siblings?

I sure do. I have an older brother.

16. What’s your favorite store?

It depends on what it’s for… I need guidance on this one…

17. What’s your favorite restaurant?

Hmm, tough one… Is it acceptable to say McDonalds???

 18. Do you like school? 

I’m not in school anymore but we had a love/hate relationship.

19. Who are some of your favorite YouTubers?

Vivianna Does Makeup and Nicole Guerriero

20. What’s your favorite movie? 

Of all time??? Can you tell I have trouble with committment?

Probably The Notebook

21. What are some of your favorite TV shows?

Criminal Minds, Homeland, Game of Thrones and Pretty Little Liars. (Can I sneak Keeping Up With The Kardashians in there too? Don’t tell anyone)

22. PC or Mac?

Mac!

 23. What phone do you have?

iPhone

24. How tall are you?

It’s debatable, though most would say 5’ 2”

25. Any pets?

No *sad face*. I will have a dog one day!

I hope you enjoyed!!

Face of the Day!

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Yesterday, I had quite a few errands to run so instead of scaring little kids on the street, I thought it best to put some make up on before I headed out. Nothing too dramatic, I like to keep it simple if it’s not a special occasion, nonetheless, I really like how the look turned out and thought I’d show you guys as I have been using quite a few new products recently.

Please excuse the selfie above. It was the result of a snapchat as I didn’t have time to take photos on my actual camera… #firstworldprobs

Products used

Dior Nude Skin BB Creme in shade 02

Estee Lauder Double Wear Concealer

Rimmel Stay Matte Powder in Translucent 

Urban Decay Naked Stay Flushed Pallet

Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz 

Urban Decay Naked Basics Pallet

Mac Teddy Eye Khol

Maybelline Colossal Mascara

Mac Girl About Town Lipstick

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My Makeup Collection… An Overview!

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As I’m always banging on about makeup, I thought I would give you a brief (very brief) overview of my collection. I love reading these kinds of posts and watching collection videos, purely for the fact that I’m hella nosey!!! So I thought it might be fun to show you guys and  let you have a peek… Obviously the make up I have in my make up bag will not be shown below as they are in my hand bag, but I’ll be doing an updated ‘what’s in my make up bag’ soon so stay tuned!

Warning, here comes the boring bit!!! I’m not in any way bragging at all about my make up products. You may find my collection huge or it may be tiny compared to yours, which is also fine. Everything you see has been purchased with my hard earned dosh or given to me as a present.

So here it goes… Enjoy!!

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Makeup Drawer 1

Mascaras

Foundations

Eyeshadows/Brows/Eyeliners

BB creams

Primers

Concealers/Beauty blenders

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Makeup Drawer 2

Pallets

Bronzers/Blushers/Highlighters

Lip products

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Body Drawer

Body butters/Body moisturisers

Deodorant/Baby wipes (So handy!)

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Skincare Drawer

Face masks

Toner

Face pads

Moisturisers

Eye creams

Face clothes

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Misc Drawer

Tissues/Cotton pads/Cotton buds

Vitamins

Face wipes/Clarisonic

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Top Shelf

Makeup brushes

Mac lipsticks/Limecrime lipsticks/Kate Moss lipsticks

Misc make up items (in plastic drawers)

Mac Fix +

No 7 Make up brush cleanser

Barely There Bases

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I’ve always been the gal who opted for the full coverage, full face of make up and sometimes, to an extent, I still am! There’s nothing I love more than getting dolled up for a night out but recently, for every day, that’s just been too much effort for me…

This Summer has opened me up to a whole new world of sheer, light bases and actually, it’s not been too terrifying! I’m growing to like the feeling of not having a lot on my face, especially when I have to be out the door for work at 7.15am every morning!

If you are ready to let a little more of your skin shine through (and why shouldn’t you, you’re gorgeous!!!) then take a look at what I’ve been loving this Summer…

Dior Nude Skin BB Creme
I’ll be honest, it’s taken me a while to get on with this one… A long while but now that I have there is no looking back. Definitely on the pricier side of the scale but for sure worth it in my books! I can’t say anything about this other than it gives an absolutely stunning finish to the skin while still looking completely natural and lasts all day! For those with oily skin, expect around 4 hours wear before you need to touch up.

Bourjiois 123 Perfect CC Cream

Thicker in texture than the Dior Nude Skin but blends like a dream! Again, if you have oily skin, you will need to touch up. You can read my full thoughts on this HERE.

Benefit Hello Flawless Oxygen Foundation

A beautiful satin finish that provides a light coverage and doesn’t cake no matter how much you apply by accident. I find that this lasts slightly longer on my skin, although, I still can’t escape the touch ups… Sigh.

Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation

A great option if you are on a budget. I find this lasts really well on the skin and isn’t too glowy. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not a matte finish but it won’t leave you glistening like a vampire!

Rimmel 9 in 1 BB Cream Matte

I find that this provides slightly more coverage than the average BB cream but is still light enough that it looks like your skin but only better. I always find myself going back to this for every day use, that has to be a good sign, right? Read my full thoughts HERE.

 

The Bite Size Beauty Bit

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Hello beauties! It’s that time in the week again… Cheers to the weekend!

You can read last week’s Bite Size Beauty Bit HERE. Yep, I know, I’ve changed the name but I like this name better and, hey you live and learn right?

Let’s switch it up and begin with the non make up item… Check me out trying to be all interesting! I’m desperately trying to clutch onto the remains of Summer even though the weather’s pretty crappy here in Scotland so to make myself feel better, this week, I’ve been brightening things up with the Maybelline Super Stay 7 Days polish in Pink in the Park. Doesn’t that name sound just lovely?? And the colour is too! The perfect pastel pink for those who are in denial that Autumn is on it’s way…

I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned that I’m trying to grow my eyebrows out to make them thicker? It’s a horrendous process, one of my brows is nearly there and almost perfect and the other one is lagging behind just a bit… The temptation to reach for the tweezers is immense, let me tell ya! So to cover up the unevenness on my forehead, I’ve been using the Anastasia Beverly Hills Brow Wiz in Ash Blonde to straighten things out. You guys know the drill with this produce, everyone and their granny raves about it so all I’ll say that it’s amazing at outlining the shape of the brow and has a really natural finish.

I’ve been having trouble with extra greasy skin this week so to help me out a little, I’ve been applying the La-Roche Posay Effaclar K on my nose and chin after my moisturiser to help mattify. So far so good!

Last but not least so save me having to apply 5 layers of foundation to cover up my spots, I’ve been applying a sheer base as the rest of my face is fine and dabbing on a layer of the Vichi Dermablend Fluid Corrective Foundation in Opal. This blends in with the rest of my base and helps to cover my breakouts without it looking like I have lots of make up on… Genius!

The PMS Post!!

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Ladies… I know you know what I’m talking about! That time in the month when we would rather rip out our insides than endure the week from hell that awaits us. That’s right, I’m talking about PMS time, the time when you feel as gross as gross can be and basically just horrendous for a few days before you receive that not so gentle reminder that you’re not pregnant. Seriously Mother Nature? A text would suffice… Just sayin!

I know that all women are different and all women go through different degrees and severities of symptoms throughout their life. Some women just feel a slight ‘niggle’ and other women experience up to 5lbs worth of bloating and labour pains! Sounds fun guys, right? Well I’m somewhat in the middle of that scale. My pain is easily controlled, I just take some ibuprofen and carry on with my day as usual. My major struggle is the PMS, the time leading up to your actual period. I really do feel sorry for the people in my house that have to live with me, I turn into an absolute monster. I hate everything that breathes, my chin breaks out and then my break outs break out and I usually gain around 3lbs which feels like I am carrying an extra human being around with me at all times. SO as you can imagine I do not by any means feel the most attractive at this point so here is what I do to help make things more bearable…

Like I said, my chin ALWAYS breaks out like a mofo so to try and calm things down I like to give my skin a deep cleanse. Just now I am using the First Aid Beauty Deep Cleanser With Red Clay. I’m not gonna lie, I was a bit apprehensive about this one despite al the good reviews. It’s a thick red gel with shimmer through it. That’s right, I said shimmer. I have no idea what it’s meant to do but it doesn’t show up on your face so you won’t look like a disco ball which is always a bonus! It smells really medicinal and seems to be calming my breakouts down and I’ve noticed they haven’t been as bad this time round so I think this one will be a regular in my bathroom cabinet for the time being.

To further help my skin out and make me feel a little more pampered I use a lot of face masks, probably one every night for the whole week. In conjunction with the cleanser, I use the First Aid Beauty Skin Rescue Purifying Mask With Red Clay which helps to minimise pores, control oil and mattify. Honestly, I have no idea what the deal is with this red clay or what it’s supposed to do but it’s really been working for me so far! This mask is a super thick consistency although it dries almost instantly, then you just peel it off after 20 minutes  and you’re good to go. i’m not sure if I’m the only one who has this problem but I find it really difficult to peel off. I’m always standing in the bathroom for like 10 minutes making sure it’s all gone!

I try not to use my Clarisonic during this time because my skin is sensitive enough without my irritating it further. With this in mind, I use the Glamglow Thirsty Mud Mask to calm everything down and put some moisture back into my skin. This just helps to keep the skin plump and glowing!

I always change my moisturiser as I have to work a little harder to control the oil. I apply a pea sized amount of the LaRoche-Posay Efficlar Mat Sebo Regulating Moisturiser which helps to keep the oil at bay and minimise pores because other wise my face would just look like a hot mess!

Before I apply my make up, I apply some Body Shop Tea Tree Primer to further help control my blemishes under the extra layer of concealer required. You can read my mini review HERE.

Now, I’m not sure about you ladies, but PMS tends to give me bags under my eyes, a problem I generally am blessed not to have. To counteract this, I’ve been using the Benefit It’s Potent! Eye Cream which has a lovely cooling effect and brightens up the eye area.

To brighten up my face and attract any unwanted attention away from my chin, I jazz up my eye look a little with some liner or a smokey eye. Recently, I’ve been using the Benefit They’re Real Push Up Liner. The jury is still out on this one as I haven’t been using it for the longest time so I will update you when I have a comprehensive opinion! Although, it works just fine and does the job, which is good enough for now! Let me just say though that just because I’m wearing liner, it doesn’t mean I have PMS, I might just be feelin’ the cat eye ;-)

Lastly, I couldn’t not mention my red comfort blanket which I use to cosy up on the couch with when  I don’t have to be somewhere. I know I’m not the only one who wants to lock themselves away and eat chocolate in their jammies!

Downsizing Your Make Up Bag… Are You Carrying Too Much?


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I have no idea why this hasn’t occurred to me sooner, but as you will tell from the above picture, I carry waaaay too much make up around with me on an every day basis! No, seriously, I took this picture from my make up bag yesterday morning where I went no where besides to the office. Let me tell ya ladies and gents, there is no one I’m trying to impress over there so I have no idea why I felt the need to carry all of those products! There’s some serious stacking in that bag.

I’m the kind of person who likes to have plan Bs for every scenario and always examines the worst situation so I guess I would be prepared if I was hit by a mammoth puddle of water and had to re do my whole make up again… Although, lets be honest, the chances of that happening sitting at my computer all day are pretty slim!

So this morning, I decided to make my hand bag a little (a whole lot) lighter by whittling everything down to what I actually use on my face during the day…

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Of course I had to keep lip balm, I use it constantly! Any lip balm will do to keep your lips hydrated, just now I keep the Maybelline Baby Lips with me. It smells like mint, yummy!

This next one isn’t really necessary, but I always bring the lipstick I’m wearing that day too just in case I have to pop somewhere unexpected… A little top up on your lips never goes a miss ;-)

The next two things help to prevent my face from looking like the left overs from the chip pan. I either keep a little packet of regular or blotting tissues to dab away any excess oil and a little face brush to sweep over my nose to keep everything in place. I should probably carry a translucent powder with me to touch up but even when I need it, I never actually touch up my powder in the office anyway so I ditched it… I’m ruthless when it comes to clear outs!

To stop everything from running riot in my handbag, I bundle everything together with a hair tie or elastic band and I’m good to go!

This is great for every day when you really can’t be bothered lugging everything about. Sometimes it’s really tiring being high maintenance!!

Obviously for weekends and nights out, I will carry actual make up products with me but for every day, I’m enjoying the weightlessness.

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Bite Size Beauty Review

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Hello beauties! It’s so good to be back into the swing of posting again! I mentioned on my twitter that I haven’t been posting this week, things have just been so mental that any spare minutes have been spent having some nap time… i do love a nap! This week I started a new job… EEEK! It’s still not a beauty related job but hey, mama’s got to make some money! So until such time that I am able to live the dream, I am still stuck in the office, just a different one for the time being.

Oh, and I would love it if you guys joined the twitter party with me @xolollypop if you’re interested ;)

Anyway, that’s enough of my chatter for just now. Instead of waiting to do my monthly favourites, which I do love and will continue to do, I thought I could give you a little snippet of what I’ve been loving each week, because I always struggle to narrow the list down to just 5 or 6 every month….

This week I’ve been having better skin days *touches wood* so I’ve been straying away from my usual medium coverage foundations and opting for a more light/sheer base. The Revlon Nearly Naked Foundation is a great drugstore option. It’s not too dewy/glowy but I wouldn’t say it was completely matte either… It’s somewhere in the middle which I think is perfect for every day. I just pop this on all over my face to make me look a little more lively with no fuss. Done.

I’ve been seriously needing to clean my brushes for about three weeks now… I know, gross, right? But instead of being clever and cleaning them, I took the lazy option and bought more brushes. The madness! Although, in doing so I made a new discovery which I will not apologise for, you hear? (Wow, things just got serious…) I’ve been wanting to try the Real Techniques Multi Task Brush for a while after seeing Lauren Curtis using it, check her out HERE she’s a total sweetheart! I had never tried it before because you can’t buy it on it’s own, it comes as part of a set but this was the perfect opportunity to make that long awaited purchase and boy am I glad! It’s not as dense as the buffing brush but I think I’d go as far as to say I like this one better! It’s great for just sweeping all over the face and blending. It’s great for powder and blush too!

This week for lips, I haven’t really been bothering with lipsticks (I know, what’s happening to me??) as my new place is a 40 minute drive and I start an hour earlier so the days of pondering over lip options are gone for the time being. So to save time but still brighten up my face, I’ve been applying the Maybelline Baby Lips in Cherry for a sheer wash of pink. I really wish you guys had smellovision right now because this stuff seriously smells good enough to eat!

Lastly for this week, I’ve been loving the MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre. This isn’t a work related one as I usually just pop on some mascara during the week but I applied this as a base for my eye shadow last week for a night out and my shadow did not budge even one bit! And let me assure you guys, it was TOASTING up in there! This will definitely be a staple in my night out routine!

July Favourites

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Cue the ‘I can’t believe its the end of the month already ‘ speech. Seriously though, I cannot believe it’s the end of the month and we’re almost in August! Crazy right???

So since it’s that time, it’s time for me to share with you lovely people what I’ve been enjoying throughout the month.

Let me start with the lipstick… Obviously! As you know, I’m loving bright pinks for the Summer but this one is slightly more cool toned and neutral compared to my usual choices. Over the past few weeks I’ve been wearing MAC’s Snob, a beautiful light purpely pink which really does compliment any look, although I have preferred to wear it with a bare eye for every day. It’s one from their satin finish range which just glides on and provides a little sheen without looking too glossy and one that anyone can pull off!

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We’ll stay on the make up train for now and move onto the mascara that has graced my eye lashes over the past three weeks. I’ve mentioned before that I am in love with Maybelline mascaras and no matter how many different wand variations they come up with, they never fail to impress. So as you can imagine when I caught wind of their latest launch, Colossal Go Extreme!, nothing could stop me from getting my hands on it! At first, I picked up the waterproof version and while it was fantastic at lengthening my lashes, it wasn’t the best for volume. Not one to throw in the towel, I bought the non waterproof one as sometimes they can be slightly different, and right enough, I was not disappointed. This one did it all, lengthened, volumised and held a curl. Maybelline mascaras are half the price as high end ones and in my experience are just as good. If you’re after that fluttery eye look, check them out!

My next favourite is also a new one at the drugstore. Max Factor have brought out a range of four Colour Correcting Crayons that you sweep on any area where you feel you need to  and you have an even canvas to start your base. I picked up the green one as I sometimes have trouble with red patches on my cheeks and round my nose. I have to say that after application, I look pretty pale although I’m applying foundation on top so it’s an issue I can see past. I find that this evens out my complexion perfectly and I don’t use nearly as much foundation as I don’t have as much to cover. They have three other colours to correct dark spots and brighten up your skin. If you are in need of a little skin boost at just under a tenner, you’d be mad not to give them a go.

The last make up item I have to talk about this month is the MAC Prep and Prime primer. I have never actually purchased a full size tube of this as I always receive a sample size when I place an order online. For every day primers I tend to use my Body Shop tea tree one or Benefit Porefessional but I never get ready for a night out without prep and prime. It’s literally like the primer grabs onto your make up for it’s dear life and will not let go all night! I accidentally fell asleep with my make up still on the other night and when I woke up, I kid you not, my whole face was still perfectly in tact! And let me tell you, I do some serious tossing and turning through the night.

Skin care wise, I have been pretty happy with my routine but it had gotten a tad expensive so I decided to be on the lookout for small things I could change here and there. I dabbled with a few products and ultimately ended up going back to my old routine with the exception of toner. I have been using the Clinique toner for oily skin for some time now and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love it and to be honest, it’s still my favourite but I have hung it up for now in favour of the La Roche-Posay Physiological Soothing Toner. It has pretty much the same ingredients as the Clinique one with the exception of alcohol which I don’t mind. It still has some acids to get rid of bacteria which makes it a winner for me. As long as I can feel the tingly sensation on my face which lets me know it’s working, it’s all good and its half the price of the Clinique one… Result!

I’ve only had this last product for a week and technically I should leave it for my August favourites, but I love it so much that I just couldn’t wait! If you don’t have a bit of Glam Glow in your life, you are seriously missing out… Seriously, get your order in! I have two of their masks but I ma particularly loving their Super Mud Clearing Treatment. It’s the same as any other mask in that you just apply it all over the face, leave it to dry for for twenty minutes and wash it off, no hassle. But guys, this has changed my skin care routine forever! It literally pulls all of the crap out from under your skin before your eyes. At the end of the twenty minutes, your face will be pretty gross looking but once you wash it off, I guarantee it will be like you have a new face! I’ve used this twice so far as an over all treatment and I use it as a spot treatment over night if I feel I need it and wake up in the morning and that unicorn horn that was growing out of my head is flat. This mask will set you back £45 and it’s pretty small but worth every penny in my eyes!

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6 Steps To A Positive Mindset

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So it’s safe to say that I’ve had a few worries recently. I found a new job and quit my current one (scary!) and I’m making a lot of life decisions just now that are making me second guess myself #stresscentral!

I’m sure that I’m not the only one that has times like these, when things get me down and I feel generally rubbish! I used to be the kind of person that whenever I got stressed, I couldn’t eat or sleep, now I’m the complete opposite! I pig out on all the bad stuff and can’t get through the day without a nap – probably all that junk food making me so tired! So the past few weeks have been one of those times, it’s not the first and it definitely won’t be the last, I am human after all and coming to that realisation lead to another… I need to give myself a break!

We can sometimes be our toughest critics and that’s just not going to cut it in order to think positively, is it?

Whatever it is that you’re worrying about, whether it be health, a partner, friends, family or even if you’re just going through a spell of feeling pretty crappy, just remember that it’s normal and we all get those times.

It always takes me a while to get out of my ruts and I’m not there yet, but here are the 6 things I do whenever I need a pick me up…

1. Stop second guessing yourself – Whatever decision you made or are about to make, what is  the worst that can happen? Think of the worst case scenario and find a coping mechanism, you’ll often find that the end result is never as bad as that. Made a bad decision that’s backfiring? Take positive steps to deal with it and leave it behind you! You’re worth so much more than letting one thing define you! If you still feel it eating away at you, talk to someone you trust. If you don’t have anyone that you trust in your network, go online. There are forums and support groups for everything! Literally everything! And I guarantee you are not the only person in the word with your problem so share it!

2. Drink water – The simplest of simple but I promise, it really does make me feel better and helps me think clearer. It’s also good for your body which is an added bonus!

3. Take some you time – Sometimes,  you just have to cut yourself a big ole slice of selfish pie and do you for a little bit. I’m not saying ignore everyone else forever, I’m just saying take some time to do something you enjoy. Read a book, go for a walk outside, go to your local coffee shop. Life is for living and why not enjoy it, we only get one (or so I’m told). Leave your worries behind for an hour or two, it won’t be terrible, I promise!

4. Pamper yourself – Today I went and got my hair done and bought a new face mask which has really helped pick me up! I still feel like a complete slob with my weight gain and break outs, always my first symptom of stress, but I feel a million times better with a new do! So what’s the big deal that I’ve gained a few pounds and my skin is acting up, it’s hardly the end of the world. I have enough things to worry about other than a temporary set back!

5. Deal with it – If you are worrying about something serious, it’s all fine and well taking your mind off of it for a bit but you are eventually going to deal with it. If you can’t do something about it then you have to let it go, which is often the hardest thing to do. There will always be another tomorrow and another fresh start. If you can deal with it, break those giant steps into little chunks and take it 5 minutes at a time. We can get through the next 5 minutes, right?

6. Ask for help – It’s impossible for us to do absolutely everything on our own and actually, it’s 100% okay to ask for help sometimes. I’m all for being an independent woman, the car I’m drivin’? I bought it! *Destiny’s Child appreciation moment* but sometimes, our baggage is too heavy to lift and we need a hand. Everyone has times like this and it’s okay for you to have them too.

I hope this helped in some way or another.