Tuesday, 31 July 2018

While I was away

I don’t normally like exposing too much of myself and how I feel or think (my boyfriend would lol at this statement!) or at least not on the blog, which is open to everyone to read. I did however, take a two year hiatus from writing here and you know, things happen, life happens.

I am 26 now and not sure if I am allowed to say that I am “growing up” anymore but I guess I have been evolving into a more mature person who now accepts dinner conversations about mortgages and marriage and babies. So in the last two years certain things have dawned on me – and some of it is very subjective so feel free to disagree.

Trust your gut feeling

You know when you have that awkward gut feeling about a situation or a person and yet your mind disagrees with it? Your mind is an idiot, always trust your gut! Us women have a way of knowing things without verbal or visual confirmation of what is actually happening. It’s some form of a heightened sensitivity to all sorts of social situations or people, an ability to sniff out bullshit. I never used to take my gut feelings seriously but why wouldn’t you? At least be extra cautious for your own sake. If the gut feeling is indeed wrong (and it rarely is but it can happen) it will subside.

Leave work at work

Look, I work to live I don’t live to work. Yes, I do have crazy ambition and desire to be respected for what I do but in the end of the day, I don’t work in a business that I own or have any serious stake in and frankly, sometimes people are downright rude and difficult. I deserve some time away, cuddling my dogs and pestering my man to cook dinner.

And all that “first one in the office, last one to leave” corporate culture really bugs me too… because you know what – if you spend 12 hours at work every day instead of 8, it doesn’t make you a good employee, it just shows poor time management skills. You’re snowed in with too much work? Say something about it then, because it’s not fair for you to be burdened with 3-person workload. Simples!

No one owes you anything

You should be able to switch off but equally – if you don’t work for what you want to achieve, it’s just not going to happen. You are in charge of your career path and no one, I repeat NO ONE, will come to you and say: “Hey Boyana, you know that Photoshop course you’ve been dying to take? Here’s some money and 5 days off work, go do it!” or “Hey Boyana, there is a great job for you in my new team, why don’t you apply for it?” No one owes you that and no one will give you anything unless you ask for it – sometimes politely, other times more assertively. If you work in a decent company, there are normally decent opportunities around, take a look and see what will benefit you most.

Or if you actually don’t have a job and you’re stuck in a limbo of paths and options – just do your research! That’s my advice before you go into a company or industry. Do your research and stick to what you want to do 100%, no compromise – you will make it happen eventually. And if you’re unsure, try lots of things! You will figure it out even if you have to bust your bum to get it. That’s the advice I wish I had received 4 years ago when I graduated…

People will leave and that’s OK

Any One Tree Hill fans out there who remember Payton’s traffic light drawing saying people always leave? Ah, good old, slightly grim teenage years! But seriously… People do leave and that’s okay. Stick to your close people and you will be fine. And if they leave too then there was a reason and life goes on for everybody. Hindsight is an amazing thing and if it sucks now, you will later see how it was actually okay. This one is short and sweet, not much more to say.

I still have so many question marks hanging over my head daily – things like what and where is home , can a person be fully uprooted from one place and feel comfortable elsewhere, isn’t it all about the people really? And other questions, like whether it’s acceptable to have potatoes for dinner every single night. I imagine the answer to the latter one is no so I would like to say I am definitely not having potatoes for dinner every single night.

Is that remotely interesting for anyone to read? Who knows, it is therapeutic for me though.

Stay tuned, people. 

Saturday, 21 July 2018

The new skincare heroes - Drunk Elephant

This post was originally meant to focus on several products/ brands but I started writing about the first one and it went on and on… I decided to share all I have to say rather than cut it down to the bare minimum – hope it’s useful!

If you are a beauty / skincare obsessed gal, you would have heard of the brand Drunk Elephant – founded by a lady called Tiffany Masterson not too long ago, it has taken the skincare world by storm and I kept seeing it on various YouTube channels and Instagram accounts. I did my reading and research (if you want to learn more about the brand I recommend a podcast called Breaking Beauty – there is an interview with the founder, which I found super interesting) and decided I  should try the brand’s products. I was obviously torn about what to get but the price point stopped me from going overboard with the purchases.

The brand is not sold in Europe yet (I think it’s coming to the UK in Sept/ Oct time in Space NK, or you can try Amazon) so I got my hands on it through the good old will-you-get-me-this-when-you-go-away way and presented my boyfriend with a photo of what he needed to retrieve for me from NY.

At $80 price-point, the baby facial doesn’t come cheap. I do like the packaging and the fact it comes with a mini Marula oil sample (another expensive one) to use after the facial. The price (I should hope) comes from the fact the product is packed with AHA and BHA meant to resurface and brighten dull skin.

The product itself is like a peel, which you should only use once a week really, leaving it on your face for about 20 mins. It’s got a thick yellowish consistency and let me tell you... if your face is not used to acid this will sting! However, it’s not unbearable at all and it subsides eventually. As per my research 25% of AHA is a serious concentration so I accepted it as normal. I don't think that super sensitive skin would take it very well though so be cautious. Upon application it feels tacky and the only inconvenience is that I look super shiny so I feel obliged to announce to everyone in the house I am wearing a mask and it’s not my skin being gross.

The results come with a disclaimer that I have a relatively good skin *knocks on wood*– I haven’t had serious acne issues, my skin is dry to combination and my issues are mainly dryness, dullness and discolouration.

Having said that, I am pretty happy with the results! My skin is brighter and smoother, all the issues above were addressed. I think it made a difference and it has helped my skin look and feel a lot better. I also like the Marula oil but there are a lot of alternatives out there – I went for The Ordinary’s Cold pressed Marula oil, which was a fraction of the price of the Drunk Elephant product. Stay tuned for a comparison.

Now, the question is how long is this bottle going to last me, because the price does sting a little too. If you are happy to bite the bullet though, I’d say it’s worth it – I would invest in good skincare rather than high-end make-up.
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