#MACTaraji MAC X Taraji P Henson Collaboration Coming Soon!

As much as I love their products I have I had started to grow weary of some MACs collaborations.
I mean trolls.. really and the Simpsons collaboration was cute but really who wore it?

Now when I heard they would be doing a collaboration with Cookie …! Ok Taraji P Henson either way I love her and I had to take notice.

The Golden Globe winner will be launching the #MACTaraji collection next month which will 

Highlight The Truth Mineralized Skin Finish


Taraji Glow Mineralized Skin Finish



Rapid Black Ultimate Pen Eyeliner



Haute & Naughty Too Black Mascara



And last but not least an 187 Brush to make sure you get your highlight right.

All of these items I feel would be the perfect staple addition to any woman’s makeup bag so I will defiantly make adjustments to my monthly budget so that I can invest.

MAC x Taraji P will be available on the 6th September 2016


9 steps towards a more positive you


Life isn’t easy, sometimes s##t happens and at times it can seem hard if not impossible to bounce back. Positive encouragement can come from anywhere friends, family even inspirational posts on Instagram but what do you personally do for yourself when you need an infusion of positivity and inspiration?
Whether you’re a natural optimist, we could all use positive thoughts throughout our day to lift our spirits and keep us going!

1. Get your body right Body health and mental health go hand in hand so looking after your physical well-being is paramount. Make sure you are eating right, exercising and also getting enough rest.

2. Spend time with your peeps Set aside time to spend loved ones and friends (clubbing doesn’t count). Too it’s easy to get caught up in work or the dramas of everyday life and carving out the extra time can seem impossible but I promise you it isn’t.

There is nothing better than being in the presence of those you love and love you back so sort it out! If a visit can’t be arranged then a call is just as good. I set aside one morning a week during my commute to work to call my grandmother on the phone which is lovely for both me and her because she gets to chat with her favorite granddaughter and I get to hear how proud she is of me J plus we never hang up without saying eye love you which is nice to hear before the start of a stressful work day.

3. Get a new perspective. If there is a specific problem or situation bringing you down, it can help to get advice from someone impartial - A fresh perspective helps you refocus on what’s important.
4. Exercise.  While the rewards of proper nutrition often take a while to come to the surface, exercise is instant gratification. When feeling down, getting up and being active may be far from your mind, but trust me it is always worth it. Even going on a walk or a quick jog will leave you feeling accomplished as well as improve your mood.

5. Keep it moving ….. Toward your goals. Many of us have goals that always get put off. These can be big or small i.e. pay off credit cards or even look for a new job, but if they’re important to you, you need to work toward them.
Next time you’re feeling down, try putting your energy into how you can achieve something that will take you a one step toward one of the goals you’ve had in the back of your mind. The progress will defiantly will inspire you to keep up the momentum.

6. Try something new! Being stick in a rut can suck .. so don’t get stuck in one.
It’s great to shake up your routine and experience new things weather it is going on holiday to a new destination or even trying out a different coffee or tea.

7. Treat yourself like the princess you are I’m not suggesting you go and empty your savings indulging you every whim but a little treat every never hurt right and will give you something to look forward to. Cheeky cocktail or a relaxing bubble bath is defiantly enough to raise my sprits half way through a stressful work day.

8. Reassess the energies you have around you have  someone around you that is constantly bringing you down, it’s fine to OK to take a break from them and branch out. It is important that you have positive personalities around you that encourage, inspire and nurture (And of course you should for the same for them).

9. Be thankful Awful things happen to good people everyday and no matter how bad or bleak your situation may seem I'm sure there is some one that would love to have your problems. Take the time to be count and be thankful for your blessings 


How do you boost your mood when all else fails?

RachelSwirl

Some Paint, Some Tape, Some Elbow Grease & A New Kitchen

Happy Monday!

Right now I am tired, cranky and mourning my weekend but at the same time, I am super proud of myself because finally painted my kitchen cupboards and they look absolutely amazing!
I have wanted to give my Kitchen a makeover since I moved in last year but it seemed too time-consuming and expensive so I kept putting it off with the intention of saving to have a new kitchen installed, but let’s keep it real I didn’t save anything in my new kitchen fund.

Over the last few weeks I binged watch DIY videos on Youtube trying to find ways to get the job done quickly and effectively and but a lot of the processes involved taking off the cupboards cleaning them, sanding them down then using a primer waiting for it to dry, one or two coats of paint and you have to wait for that to dry between each layer and finally a top coat, let that dry, attach all of the handles to the doors and draws then rehang.

I’m sorry I don’t have time for all that.
While having a moan about my crappy cupboards to my boss who advised me to look into something called One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint (I didn’t even know my cupboards were melamine) then my outlook suddenly looked a lot brighter.

The following day went down to B&Q to get what I needed to transform my kitchen.

Materials Used:
Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint in Grey Satin x2
Foam rollers
Paint brushes
Masking tape
Dust sheets

Process:
I started to remove the hardware (Door handles) from the cupboards and draws (Well actually I removed one) and then I changed my mind and covered them with masking tape.

I also decided NOT to remove the cupboard doors or paint the interior of the cupboards (but I may do it at a later time) this saved me the hassle of having to pack up my entire kitchen. 

I wiped down the cupboards, doors and drawers to remove any dirt and grime and when everything was dry I used the masking tape to cover the walls and places that I did not want to accidently get covered in paint but I didn’t really bother using the dust cloths everywhere I just used  it under the roller tray and the paint tin.

A brush was used to cut and get into tricky areas such as the corners, and then I used a roller everywhere else.


My kitchen is not that big so I was able to get it all done in about 5-6 hours and use just over one can of paint (I still have loads left over in the 2nd can which I am going to save for touch ups and other DIY projects) however I still need to paint the kickboards and do some touch ups here and there.

I am so thrilled to have found Ronseal One Coat Cupboard and Melamine paint because it has given me the kitchen of my dreams without breaking the bank or my back. 

What do you think? 


Have you thought about painting your own kitchen cupboard using DIY methods?  

RachelSwirl