Monday, 12 June 2017

Destructive Thoughts As A Plus-Size Woman And Self Love

Hi everyone.

I think that it's important to love yourself no matter what shape or size you are.
My journey of self love is still ongoing and some days it's really difficult for me to accept myself and how body is. I'm trying to break out of social media and societys conditioning of looking "perfect" (whatever that is)

Recently I read a article on http://www.revelist.com/body-positive/most-destructive-fat-girl-thoughts/6207 about 11 most destructive thoughts every plus-size girl has.

I found myself nodding and agreeing to 3 particular thoughts in the article which I wanted to share my thoughts on.
5. "I hope no one is grossed out by me in this tank top"

Summer is here and I don't particularly like wearing tank tops in public because I do not like my upper arms because I have Keratosis pilaris. I find it difficult to not wear a cardigan or a shrug to cover them. I have been taking it slowly by wearing off the shoulder dresses which only cover the very tops of my arms. My goal is not to wear any cardigans when the weather is nice. If you are following me on Twitter then you will know that recently I wore a tank top without a cardigan when it was 28 degrees outside at the weekend. Progress :)
9. "I will wait until i go home and eat. I don't want anyone to think that I eat alot"

I don't enjoy eating infront of people and if I chose to do so it's because I feel comfortable with the people who I am with. When I started going to bloggers events the end of last year I didn't eat because I was scared of being judged for it. But when I went to the Lush Bloggers Event Nottingham  last month. I had made so much progress as I ate a doughnut infront of everybody and it tasted delicious. Food offered at parties or events are meant to be enjoyed. I don't want to miss out just because of the insecurites in my mind. 

10. "I Feel Fat"
Fat isn't a feeling but it's a thought in your mind. A negative voice which tries to disrupt my happiness and make me feel unworthy. What helps is finding the trigger of when I feel fat and  use positive affirmations to drown out the negative voice.

How I Overcome My Body Issues
What really helps me personally to overcome my body issues is......
  •  Knowing that my body loves me no matter what. My body is always loving me and keeping me alive. It protects and heals me 24/7. 
  • Throwing out scales. I haven't got on a pair of scales in about 4 years. It's the best thing I've ever done. Numbers do not define my value as a person
  • Picking one thing which you like about yourself everyday
  • Forget the diet. Diets do not work for me so why should I keep trying at something which makes me feel miserable and results in me eating more.
  • Using positive affirmations such as "I am worthy" "I am beautiful" "I love my body and it loves me"
  • Accepting my body no matter what weight it is. Numbers on the scales do not define me.
Let me know in the comments below if you have had any self destructive thoughts with your body and how you overcome them. 

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Tuesday, 6 June 2017

Superdrug's Mango & Coconut Shower and Bath Soak

Yesterday afternoon I visited my local Superdrug as I wanted to purchase a shower gel which is going to be my summer scent for this year. If I can't be on a tropical island right now for my summer holidays then I will smell like one instead.

What caught my eye was Superdrug's new range of shower & bath soaks currently on offer at £1.47 (usually £2.99) for 500ml of product. It's fantastic value for money. I love products which are good value and will last a long time.

6 scents are available in the range which is Rhubarb and Custard, Salted Caramel, Raspberry and Vanilla, Ginger and Honey, Avocado and Strawberry and Mango & Coconut. To look at the range on Superdrug's website click here.

I brought the Mango & Coconut Shower and Bath soaks as it was my favourite scent avaliable.

All of Superdrug own brand of products are cruelty-free as they have a leaping bunny logo on the back of the packaging. These products are suitable for vegetarians and vegans.
The simple and colourful packaging reminds me of the brand I love...'s bath range which is also sold at Superdrug.

The shower and bath soak are kind to skin and it smells really nice. I would recommend for you to try it.

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried these shower and bath soaks. What is your favourite scent out of the range?:)

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Monday, 5 June 2017

The Importance Of Rest

In today's society, we are expected to be constantly on the go. Have you felt guilty of taking a minute out of your day just to do nothing? I have.
Resting is in total opposition to society’s obsession with achieving. Rest can really be hard for many of us to do. 

I'm currently taking a break from YouTube and apart of me feels guilty for it because I think that it will slow my process towards the goals that I want to achieve.

I've realised that this is not true. I shouldn't feel guilty for taking a break if I feel that I need one. It's not going to hinder my process. I will still reach my goals however I will not burn my body out in the process. I'm currently thinking about my next move and where I want to go next.

The importance of rest is to recharge your physical body even if your mind goes at a million miles per hour like mine does.

So please give yourself permission to rest for a moment and do not feel guilty for it.

Let me know in the comments below how you like to rest.

I love watching Netflix, watering my plants (I've got basil, parsley and rocket growing in the garden) drawing, naps are fantastic too. 

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley
xx

Thursday, 25 May 2017

Sainsburys 4 Round Foundation Sponges Review

Hi everyone.
I was diagnosed with a latex allergy back in the year of 2014 and ever since I have had to purchase latex free alternatives.

I find it difficult to find and buy make up sponges which are latex free. However recently I have found Sainsburys 4 Round Foundation Sponges which are £1.50 for a pack. They are latex free and great value for money. 

The sponges can be used to blend foundation, concealer and dry powder to give a flawless finish.
Directions of use is to dampen the sponge before use. Either apply foundation to the sponge and then onto the face or foundation onto your face and blend outwards.

First I apply NYX Photo-Loving Primer all over my face. I then soak one sponge in cool water and gently squeeze off any excess. I apply Gosh X-Ceptional Wear Foundation directly to my face and then with the sponge I blend the foundation outwards. 
I'm impressed with the result with using the sponges as my foundation looks smoother.  I would recommend them. 

Let me know in the comments below if you have tried any supermarket cosmetic essentials.

The Sainsburys sponges are a new addition to my make up collection. I made a video below of my entire make up collection at the beginning of May as apart of VEDM

Watch it below :-
Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Friday, 19 May 2017

Supplies For My Pet Rabbit

Hi everyone.
In today's VEDM video I decided to share with you the supplies which I have brought for my pet rabbit Magic.

Watch the video below :-
I wanted to write a supply list in my blog of all the brand names and links to help rabbit owners or people who are thinking about purchasing a pet rabbit. I personally love watching videos and reading blogs like this because it has really helped me giving my rabbit what it needs. All animals deserve to have the best life as possible.

Here is a list of the supplies which I have brought for Magic:-

And the most important is a unlimited amount of LOVE.

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Lush Bloggers Event Nottingham

When I recieved a invitation through my email inbox from Lush PR asking if I would like to attend Nottingham’s bloggers event on the 12th May. I graciously and excitedly accepted as I have always been a big fan of Lush products.

Lush on Clumber Street is on one of the most busiest streets in Nottingham. I completely avoid weekend visits to the store because it’s so busy. My inner introvert hates it when shops are so full of people that you can’t physically move around. I like to be able to shop at my own leisure and with space. 
Nottingham's local bloggers and vloggers were greeted by the friendly and welcoming Lush staff. Sparkling summer fruit pitchers and doughnuts from Doughnotts were on offer as refreshments throughout the evening. Yum :)
It was a wonderful opportunity to be able to fully browse around the Lush store. I enjoyed having one to one consultations with the staff as I could pick their knowledge about products which I’ve always been curious to know more about. 
I learnt about Lush's lifelong aim to create products without preservatives because these chemicals have potential to harm us and also our planet. Lush’s three products which were reformulated to be self-preserving which are Dream Cream hand and body lotion, Ocean Salt face and body cleanser and Mask Of Magnaminty face and body mask. It can be found in two formulas: preserved and self preserving to suit the customers needs.
I also learnt about the Lush's spa and the treatments avaliable. I had a complimentary arm and hand massage from the lovely Ellie (LushPrincessUk on Instagram) which was very relaxing. She used the Soft Coeur heart massage bar (which is my favourite as it smells of toffee, chocolate and everything sweet). I didn't realise how tense my hands were until after they had been pampered. After my hand massage Ellie used Silky Underwear which is Lush's version of talcon powder to dry any excess oil. This contains jasmine, cocoa butter and vetivert oil. I think this would be great to use as a natural deodorant or as a dry shampoo. 
At the end of the evening we all recieved goodie bags which were tailored to whether we were a bath or shower person.
Out of the options I chose a Superdad bathbomb (which is a combination of guaiacwood and sandalwood) these are sold exclusively for Father's Day which is on the 18th June. I used it in the bath as soon as I got home because sandalwood is one of my favourite scents. My Dad isn't keen on beauty products as much as I am and he would much prefer a beer for Father's day.
I also recieved The Comforter shower gel (100g) and Ocean Salt self-preserving face and body scrub (120g).
I've never tried any of these products before so I will let you know my thoughts in future blog posts.
I never thought that when I started my blog or YouTube channel back in 2014 that I would be invited to a Lush event. Thank you for inviting me. It was lovely to be recognised for my hard work which I put into BunnyMoonstone. I absolutely love what I do but it takes hardwork, patience and persistence. 

What I loved most of all was seeing my blogger friends and networking with new people too. 
Here is a picture of us on Jay Allsopp's Instagram page.
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You can find Lush Nottingham on

Why not join me over on my YouTube channel as I am doing VEDM (a video everyday in May) this month. Videos are uploaded everyday at 7pm (GMT).

Watch the video below :-

Bunny Hugs,

Hayley

xxx

Wednesday, 3 May 2017

Focus Gallery Jewellery School Launch

Hi everyone.
On the 2nd May I attended the preview of the Focus Gallery Jewellery School which is opening to the public on Saturday 6th May.
It's a newly refurbished spacious studio which contains all of the equipment and tools you will need for jewellery making.
A small group of us had a taster workshop from 2pm-4pm and in this 2 hour session we made a ring with Alys Power who is a jewerellery maker and a wonderful teacher.
We learnt how to cut, saw, solder, file, hammer and polish our rings. I especially enjoyed the tea and baked goodies supplied by Tough Mary's to get us through the afternoon (the blondie brownies were amazing. I'll be coming back for more of those). 

Watch the video below.



I'd like to thank the owner of the Focus Gallery Antonia Disney for inviting me.

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Bunny Hugs

Hayley

xxx