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Everyone wants to have their shit together, or most of us do - or want to make it look like we do. Sometimes, doing life just isn't that easy and that is where we fake it until we make it. Some of us have it just that little bit easier than others to make it look like we're okay when we're actually not. As a person who suffers from depression and anxiety I'm confronted with ignorance about mental illness every day. People think I'm fine because I like to wear makeup and nice clothes, have a clean house and am in a long term relationship. Mental illness can mean many things and has many different ways it manifests itself. You don't look sick, they say. Well, here are 23 ways to trick people into thinking you're actually living your best life. Where's my Oscar for pretending my life isn't falling apart?

Back in November 2017 I finally found the courage to see a professional hair dresser and transform my look. I'd always had nice, long hair but it was thin, flat and lifeless. I decided to cut it short and ask for balayage highlights. I wanted volume and I wanted hair that was easy to maintain and to style. Hello glow up! I'd made an entire Pinterest board to show my hairdresser exactly what I was inspired by and I've been going to the same salon ever since. It's been 2 years of touch ups every 3 months and even though it definitely is a luxury my hair has been worth every penny. It was also then that I started to realise how important it actually is to use professional hair styling products and tools, to have healthy bleached hair. L'Oreal Professionnel Belgium kindly sent me an array of their new Tecni Art hair products, to test and try. Everyone knows, L'Oreal makes a great hair spray but what is Tecni Art all about? When I do my hair I want to be confident that it will stay. I want to feel and look beautiful. More importantly I need a product that I can trust. Here are my thoughts!
My vagina hurts

My issues started in 2012 with something that felt like a UTI. It wouldn't go away. Months went by and eventually years passed. I was suffering a lot. I constantly felt like I had to pee, urgently. I'd be in so much pain I'd go to sleep with a hot water bottle in between my legs and wake up during the night, crying. Pelvic pain can have many different symptoms: pain during or after sex, pain when you pee (or in my case even when I didn't pee), lower back pain, ovulation pain, cramping before or during your period, just to name a few. I'll only be speaking of my own personal experience of course. I'm not a professional, I'm just a girl who wants to help out. My pelvic pain became so severe that I started self diagnosing on Google. I wanted things to make sense, I was desperate. Suffering from pelvic pain really can take a toll on you, your self esteem, your self confidence - and being intimate when your vagina hurts just isn't that simple. I'd always had a great sex life and I was determined to have that back. Here's how I did.

Every single time another famous name hits the news my heart drops. It was drugs, it was alcohol, it was the fame, the fear, it hurts, deep. The amount of pain and suffering that person must have gone through is a struggle that is all too familiar for many of us. Every loss is a reminder about how important it really is to openly speak about mental health, on how we approach mental health topics and how taking the time to educate ourselves could quite literally save lives. Many of us are saddened to hear when another celeb has taken their own life, for those of us who have struggled or are still struggling with suicidal thoughts - we think about how it could have been ourselves. Suicide is a symptom of a disease, of a battle that many of us are facing and fighting, every day. A celebrity's suicide is yet another warrior we have lost. A person wounded so deep they wanted the pain to stop.
Hema Bae Makeup

Hema has released a new makeup line called BAE. It's vegan, cruelty free and features a lot of similarities with the Glossier makeup, beauty and skin care brand. Glossier has been known for their ultra sleek and simple packaging - and for products that really encourage us both as a consumer and customer to embrace natural and light weight makeup looks. I'm impressed by what Hema has done, their new BAE makeup range looks amazing, on trend, the products look promising and above all they're super affordable. We're talking makeup on a budget. I wanted to know, is their makeup a success? Let's find out together in this Hema BAE makeup review!
30 Things I Learned In 3 Years Of Therapy

3 years ago I walked into my therapist's office for the first time. I'd been advised by a psychotherapist and a psychiatrist to check into a mental health unit which I declined, so following that I was sent to the one and only therapist that they had available at their own public facility. It was rough, I was considered a danger to myself by a doctor, and some weirdo, and then told by this new person, a random mental health counselor, that there wasn't anything wrong with me. I was so mad, little did I know that she'd help me turn my life around, forever. I'm no longer the person I was when I walked in there, I've grown so much since then. Things are not perfect today but I'm well on my way to become the healthiest and happiest version of myself. I'm not gonna lie, I didn't think I'd still be in therapy now. I'm trying to be patient, to be at peace with my journey and to allow myself to heal at my own pace. As a reminder of how far I've come I made a list of 30 things I learned in therapy in the past 3 years. I hope you can learn something from it too and that if you are having a hard time, it will help you remember that you can make a change and if not now, later. Don't make yourself feel guilty for things you can't do, I promise it's not going to rain forever.

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