10 Best Blogger Tips I´ve Gotten

iPhone 6S, Asos Watch, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Ebelin Blending Brush, Kylie Lip Kit Candy K, Manhattan Last & Shine Nail Polish, Kiko Lipstick
You know why I love blogging so much? Well partly because I love rambling on and on about whatever is going on my mind but mostly because this community is so amazing! I talk to bloggers daily on Twitter and I couldn´t wish for better friends. In my almost four years of blogging I´ve gotten a lot of different tips from other bloggers. After keeping them to myself for a long while now I thought it would be only fair to share the 10 best blogger tips I´ve gotten with all of you!

My Everyday Beauty Tools

Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Silicone Sponge
I´d lie if I said that I´m wearing makeup everyday of the week. It has actually gotten really rare that I wear a full face of makeup. I blame this on my semester break & general uni schedule! Very recently I shared my honest everyday makeup routine which is what my makeup looks like on those rare days. Alongside with that makeup goes an array of beauty tools. I thought I´d be lovely to see the combination of both together (plus, I´d love to discuss the beauty tools you use).

Let´s start at the beginning of my routine. My foundation is usually applied using the PS Pro Oval Brush. It´s very obviously a dupe to the Artis brushes and the first one of it´s kind that I got. I love how easy it is to use and how effortlessly it blends any foundation on my face. The size is exactly perfect for my whole face; big enough for my forehead and cheeks but small enough for my eyes and nose. What more could I want? Recently I´ve been using my Silocone Sponge for concealer. You can see a full review of it and a comparison of the Beauty Blender on my blog. The reason I´ve been choosing it over my Beauty Blender is that I love the flawless finish that can easily hide all the spots on my face right now. I´ve also found that using it just for concealer doesn´t make my face look as spotty as using it for foundation does.

Real Techniques Powder Brush, Real Techniques Expert Face Brush, Real Techniques Blush Brush, Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Zoella Blissful Mistful Body Mist, Silicone Sponge, Ebelin Blending Brush, Kyle Lipkit Candy Ki, NYX Soft Matte Lipcream

My favourite trio of brushes that I own are the Real Techniques Powder, Expert Face and Blush Brush. There are just so fluffy and soft and even though I bought the first one back in 2014 it still looks as good as new. I use the Powder Brush for applying my powder to set my whole face. It´s easily the best big fluffy brush I have ever tried and it has been a staple in my makeup routine for years now. The Blush Brush is the perfect size and fluffiness for applying my blush. In all honesty my blush has never looked more natural on my face! Now the Expert Face Brush is the one that I don´t use for it´s intended purpose. I´ve found it to be a great size and softness for applying and blending my highlighter. It also makes it look very natural.

Moving on to the last step, my eyes. I have a trio that I mostly use for this too. I bought these two Lahaye Oval Brushes in my local drugstore on a whim and they turned out to be really amazing. Obviously they´re dupes for the Artis brushes as well but this time in a smaller form. These two are amazing for applying eyeshadow very precisely all over my eyes. They also have the perfect mixture of stability and softness so that they take up enough product which is amazing. Plus, they´re super gorgeous to look at! The last brush on the list is the Ebelin Blending Brush and I think it´s my favourite brush ever. It´s soft and fluffy but also has stability and is large enough to blend really effortlessly. Sadly, it´s been discontinued and the one they have now is just a tiny bit too fluffy and just a bit too small (I´m picky when it comes to blending brushes)! I´ve been using this one for years and it´s beginning to look a bit grubby but I know this is probably the one brush I´ll use until it´s on its last fibre (don´t judge me!).

Lahaye Oval Brushes, PS Pro Oval Brush, Kiko Lipstick, Ebelin Blending Brush

I´m really into soft and fluffy brushes - as you can tell - as they feel so amazing on my face and I think that´s why I have such a love for Real Techniques brushes. None of theirs have disappointed me yet! I don´t know if it´s weird that I don´t use any other beauty tools during my makeup routine but this has proven to be the easiest and quickest way to get my makeup done. I also don´t use a lash curler anymore because my lashes are so straight that it only works for a second so it´s not worth the effort for me. Plus, I´m kind of lazy. I´m definitely open for suggestions of amazing brushes and other tools (preferably cruelty-free) if you´re tried any! My brush collection can always be growing.

What is your favourite brush/beauty tool? Do you curl your lashes?

How To Help Someone During Anxiety And Panic Attacks

Anxiety is, like many other mental disorders, a very complex experience. It´s often hard to understand for the people suffering and even harder to understand for someone who isn´t. I mean how could you understand someone being afraid of something irrational so much that it controls their entire life? During my personal fight with anxiety I´ve found other people to be a very helpful resource. but how is someone supposed to know how to help if they don´t understand what´s going on?! Here´s a little guide as to how everyone can help a person that is suffering from an anxious episode or panic attack.

What Is Anxiety?

Anxiety is a mental disorder that, in its very basic conception, is an overreaction to a reasonable (or unreasonable) fearful situation. It is often accompanied by a lot of worrying in general, panic attacks and physical symptoms like elevated heart rate, sweating or feeling sick. There are thousands of different anxiety disorders and therefore different experiences of symptoms and triggers. It can also be caused by a variety of factors but some anxiety patients recall a certain traumatic experience that was the started point. It´s a very individual disorder so talking with the person that is suffering from it is always best.

For me there have been two distinct forms when my anxiety comes up. First off are anxious episodes. These are a longer time period in which I have a rather high anxiety level where my thoughts spin around my worries and I experience mild physical symptoms. If it´s worse these episodes could take weeks until their over. Often their caused by something I´m afraid of in the very near future or general stress. Secondly, there are panic attacks. It´s the typical thing you hear about with anxiety: a short time period (most likely 10-20 minutes) in which I feel extremely anxious, can´t think about anything else and experience high physical symptoms.

If you are reading this post and can identify with my experience or you feel like someone near you (who hasn't told you about it yet) might be suffering from anxiety there are a few steps you can take. Firstly, talking to someone is so important. Anxiety is something you cannot really get through all by yourself. Even I as a psychology student who has learned about anxiety therapy needed a therapist to help me get out of the worst part! If someone close to you is suffering you asking them about it might make it easier for them to confide in you. If you don't feel comfortable talking to someone near you about it, anonymous online therapy or online counseling might be for you. Check out this article on whether you should use online counseling as it might help you find the perfect way for you to get help!

The First Step

When someone confides in you and tells you that they´re struggling with anxiety you´re most likely in a position where it´s likely that you´ll be with that person during either an anxious episode or panic attack. The first and most important step in that situation is asking the person for how you can help them should they experience any symptoms around you. As I said before anxiety is a very individual thing so what works for someone else might not work for your person. Asking this question while they experience such a situation is often not really helpful as they might not be able to express themselves or might not even know what they want. But with experiencing a few episodes or attacks people with anxiety quickly learn what will help them in that situation. Nonetheless if you´re unsure around a currently anxious person ask them! If they can´t give you an outright answer try coming up with ways to help them and just ask them if that would be okay. Often a nod or shake of the head is still possible.

To help you come up with ideas on what might be helpful or just get a general idea of how you can help someone suffering from anxiety I´ve listed 5 things I would like someone to do during an anxious episode or panic attack.

How To Help With An Anxious Episode

1. Be aware of changes in their behavior. The most important thing is noticing when an Episode beings because it rarely ever announces itself. Whenever I experience an anxious episode I pull everything inward as everything is surrounding my worries. So noticing if I keep my hands to myself (or even at my belly) or if my eyes are centered on whatever is in front of me and mostly if I still actively take part in whatever is going on around me are great indicators.

2. Directly speak to them. While everything pulls inward so are my thoughts and worries that are then taking over my mind. Try to talk to me and get me to actively engage in a conversation. Often forcing me out of my head that way can make me click out of my episode. If that doesn´t work just keep talking at me to give me something else to think about. Please be aware though that you should always speak very calmly and relaxed to someone with anxiety. Screaming at them will not drown out their worries but rather make them worse.

3. Give them support. Simply be there for me whether that is done by talking with me through my worries or simply giving me a tight hug. Often getting a more rational view on my worries gives me a bit more confidence and like many other anxious people I really like the feeling of being supported by someone. Also I often tend to forget everything that I´ve already accomplished despite my anxiety so reminding me of those things really helps.

4. Try to take their mind off. Similarly with talking to me just do anything to get me out of my own head. I know that for me watching short-lived, colorful, lighthearted and engaging content (e.g. Friends) really helps calm me and my thoughts down. I also really like watching Youtube videos in those situations. Just make sure that whatever you´re putting on for me has no triggers in it.

5. Go outside. Movement is honestly the best antidote to an anxious episode as my brain has to focus on it rather than whatever worries are currently spinning around my head. Plus, fresh air is always the best thing and definitely helps to clear my mind and make me breath deeper. So having someone to encourage you to actually go outside and not dwell on the anxiety is amazing!

How To Help With Panic Attacks

1. Give them privacy. When I have a panic attack I only want one thing: escape the situation. Your first step should always be to help me accomplish that. If we´re alone or at home try to leave the room of if we´re in public with no private space try to act as a wall between me and other people. This might sound contradictory but also stay close by to help me get through the panic attack. This could be done by staying in front of the door that is left a tiny bit open. Just whatever you do don´t look directly at me.

2. Help them remember ways to overcome panic attacks. When you´re staying close by you can remind me of certain breathing or relaxation techniques that I´ve learned in therapy. I know many of those techniques but sometimes when I get into a panic I might just not think about them. So reminding me is always helpful. If you can´t think of a certain technique in the moment then just encourage me to take deep belly breaths. That is the easiest and most common technique.

3. Be predictable. As much as jumping in and out of the room to bring me everything I need is a very cute gesture please don´t do it when I´m having a panic attack. When I´m being taken over by my own thought I can´t anticipate your next move and therefore am easily startled which will drive me deeper into the panic. Just try staying close and talking me through your every move before you actually move so that I know it before it happens. I might not consciously hear your words but my body will anticipate movement on your side.

4. Ask them to do a very basic task. While deep breathing is a great technique to slow down my physical symptoms my brain might still be occupied by panic thoughts. Try to ask me to repeat a very simple task such as raising my arms above my head or counting backwards from a set number over and over again. This will activate a different area of my brain and therefore make me focus on something besides my worries.

5. Take care of them afterwards. A panic attack is basically a big rush of adrenaline in my brain that decreases during a (hopefully) short time. So I feel almost dead afterwards. When I do just take care of me. Give me food, water, quiet and something I can watch or listen to. Help me relax and overcome the horrors I´ve just experienced. Depending on how I´m feeling a few hours later making me go outside for a walk or even seeing really close friends (very simple, comfortable things) can also help a lot to go into the next day with a positive feeling.

It is important to remember that my personal experience doesn´t account for every person that is suffering from anxiety. That is why talking to the person is really important. I honestly wished my family and friends would have asked me what exactly to do once we established that I had anxiety. I can only imagine how hard somebody´s anxiety can affect the life of other´s (as I´m mainly the person with anxiety). But if it affects me this much it must have a pretty bad effect on the people around me as well. I just hope whatever position you´re in that you´re staying safe and taking care of yourself too. Helping someone fight anxiety is a difficult and important task but you should never risk  your own mental health for it. Yes, anxiety is a very tough fight but it´s a fight that can be won!

13 Reasons Why 13 Reasons Why Is Amazing

Notebook with the 13 reasons; Lahaye Brushes; Tulips; Primark Accessories

Have you ever read a book that stuck with you for years afterwards? For me one of those books was 13 Reasons Why which I read when I was about 13 years old. It was such a gripping story that I read it within a few days (or rather nights). I mean, my 13-year-old self with school every day gave up sleep for this book! Sadly, somehow over the past eight years I forgot most things about this book and story but I did remember the feeling and fascination from back then. Watching the whole show in two nights I absolutely loved it and just can´t stop thinking about it. So here are 13 Reasons Why the 13 Reasons Why Netflix Original is amazing (even if you´ve never read the book!).

Book Round Up 2017 I

I´m honestly such a fangirl. I love being totally submerged into fictional characters, their stories and their universe. I consider fictional universes to be one of my safe and happy places. Books were my gateway drug and the first way I entered any fictional universe. I used to read so much from such a young age on! But as I got older things got in the way and I haven´t read as much as I wanted for ages. This year I´ve set myself a goal of 20 books though and am quite determined to read at least that much. So here are all the books I read during the first quarter of 2017.

Travel Lipstick Picks

Nude Stix Lip and Cheek Pencil; New Look Super Matte Liquid Lipstick in Dark Rose; NYX Soft Matte Lip Cream in Cannes; Kylie Matte Liquid Lipstick Set in Candy K; Nars Velvet Matte Lip Pencil in Bettina
As you might know I´m constantly traveling back and forth between my own flat at uni and my parents´ house. While I´ve become really good at packing in the past 2.5 years you can bet that I´ll bring too much makeup with me every time. In all honesty, when I´m at my parents´ I very rarely ever wear makeup as I´m mostly working at home. For the first time in the past years I´ve limited myself for this semester break and only took four lipsticks with me ... or so I thought. It turns out that I actually took eight. So here are my 4 8 travel lipstick picks.