Wednesday, October 7, 2015

Furiously Happy Book Review

I've heard of Jenny Lawson and her first book 'Let's Pretend This Never Happened', often seen the book listed on Goodreads but never decided to read it for some reason. But when I saw 'Furiously Happy' on NetGalley it grabbed my attention. I don't know if it was the title, the cover or the fact that it's about mental health but I requested it and was accepted. And then kinda forgot about it, because I had so many other books to read. But a few weeks ago I saw this Book Break video by Leena Norms for Pan Macmillan and it brought the book back on my radar.

I started reading the book and sped through it. It had me laughing out loud in places, especially the story of the raccoon and all his shenanigans. The conversations Jenny has with her husband reminds me of the type of conversations I have with my boyfriend. I often wonder what people would think if they overheard us! Mostly though the book had me thinking. Recently I've been wanting to read more about mental health. I read Matt Haig's Reasons to Stay Alive and so much of it resonated with me, it had me nodding and crying along. This book was the same. Recently my mental health has taken a dip and I've started having anxiety attacks again. The depression is creeping in and wrapping it's hands around me and turning things dark. It's not been easy but reading this book has helped. Jenny's Furiously Happy mantra has been bouncing around my head. There will always be bad days around the corner, where I can't get dressed and the idea of having a shower is a monumental effort. Days where I just want to sit in a dark cupboard and hide. Days where I cry over the smallest things and days where I'm the worst person ever and I hate myself. But there will always be good days too. Jenny proposes being furiously happy during those days, to make the most out of the good times but also as a way to shove it in depression's face. That while it can drag us down, we can also enjoy life and live it to the full. The word furiously is quite apt actually. Last night I was thinking about all this and when I've felt good and all fired up in the past, I have already been furious. Furiously happy, wanting to do ALL THE THINGS and packing as much as I can into my life. Furiously determined to have a good time and hit some of my goals, even if  sometimes those goals can be as little as getting dressed and walking to the shop. Furiously accepting, mainly of myself. I think 'Yes, I'm FUCKING AWESOME!' and I scream back at that dark little voice in my head whispering it's lies in my head and tell it to shut up. 

After reading this book, I started looking up Jenny's blog The Blogess and came across a book trailer video for Furiously Happy. Oh how it made me cry. So many of us suffer from poor self esteem and mental health and it can twist and contort our perception on life, especially about ourselves. We need to be kinder to ourselves. I hope I can remember this when I say horrible things to myself.

Do I recommend this book? Yes I do! You should read it if you suffer from mental health problems. If you're someone who wants to know more about mental health because who you want to understand what a friend is going through, you should read this. This book isn't preachy, it's not perfect either and it doesn't pretend it is. This is Jenny's experience, everyone's is different but we can all learn from each other. And it helps that this book is funny. Pick it up if you get the chance!

Monday, October 5, 2015

Recent Beauty Buys

It's been a while since I've done a post like this and since moving back to Ireland I've picked up some bits and pieces. Let's start with the nail polish!

I've picked up the Maybelline Color Show Neons in Dealz (Poundland to you in the UK). From left to right we have: Green Zing, Fuschia Fever, Sweet Clementine and Electric Pink

It's clear I'm going through a bit of a pinkish phase! I've worn quite a lot of pink in the last month which I've shown on Instagram. From left to right: NYC Shine a Minute in New York Spring  , Essence Gel Nail Polish in My Love Diary, Catrice Ultimate Nail Lacquer in It's a Very Berry Bash and L'Oreal Color Riche in Sweet Amethyst

Finally we have the glittery nail polishes. I fell in love with the one of the far right from L'Oreal, it's so pretty! From left to right: Nails Inc Nail Jewellery in Piccadilly Arcade, Claire's in School's Days and L'Oreal Top Coat Sirene in Underwater Kiss

Next up makeup!

So I bought the foundation after seeing Sharon from Behind Green Eyes talking about it, though I probably got it a shade too light. I love these Catrice eye shadows and got this one for half price. I jumped on the Penneys lip liner bandwagon after seeing everyone talking about it! And the berry lipstick was impulse buy as I love this shade for autumn (even though I really need to wear it more out in public!) Clockwise from top left: Catrice Even Skin Tone in Even Ivory, Maybelline Color Show Blush 'em! in 04,  Catrice Velvet Matt Eyeshadow in Pink-Up Girls, PS Matte Long Last Lipstick in Ladies Day, PS Lip Liner in 06

Face products up next

There was a two for one in Boots so I picked up the facial cleanser to go with the face mask. And The Body Shop facial oil was to replace the one I left in England (only a small amount left, there was no point in bringing it over). Left to right: Good Things Avocado and Goji Berry Five Minute Facial Mask, Good Things Mango and Blueberry Purifying Cleanser and The Body Shop Camomile Silky Cleansing Oil

Not much else to go, hair next!

I love when Superdrug have super cheap offers on! I got the shampoo and conditioner for less than half price! Left to right: L'Oreal Elvive Nutri Gloss Luminiser Shampoo and Conditioner, Garnier Ulitmate Blends The Glow Replenisher 1 Minute Treatment and L'Oreal Elvive Extraordinary Oil Nourishing Mask Balm

Last but not least the rest of the hair items and body products too. Left to right: Girlz Only Dry Shampoo, Superdrug Limited Edition Lemon Sherbet Dry Shampoo, Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair Lotion and Mitchum Pure Fresh Anti-Antiperspirant 

And that's it! It seems like loads but I promise it isn't! A lot of it was needed to replace things in the move (face oil, shampoo and conditioner, deodorant, dry shampoo). I threw out a lot of my products before moving, things that were old or almost finished and therefore pointless to pack up. Though saying that I could probably do with going through all my beauty stuff again and purging once more!
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