Achieving Your Dreams

It can be very tempting to believe somebody that convinces you that you can't achieve your dreams. For some people it may feel like there is a person or past memory that is holding them back from happiness in their future, I think it is so important that when somebody tells you that you cant achieve something that you are passionate about in life, you use that as a form of motivation and determination to prove them wrong. Don't hold out for the approval of others and let it determine your happiness or self worth as a person, life gets a lot more easy when you let go of all of those little worries about what other people are thinking about you and start doing more things that make you genuinely happy. If you want to go out and adventure at 2am then you do that, if you want to wear different clothes to everyone else then you wear them with pride, if you have a passion, talent or image that isn't generally accepted as the 'social norm' then who cares as long as you're happy. I admire anybody that is able and self confident enough to step up and be their own person and stand out from the crowd, to portray the passion, creativity and motivation to achieve whatever they want in life, despite what anybody else thinks.

'There are far far better things ahead than anything that we leave behind'

Everybody has a concious or subconscious habit of comparing little things about themselves to other people, myself included. When comparing yourself to other people, remember that people are usually rewarded in public for something that they have practised for years in private. Some people say not to compare your beginning to somebody else's end, but I think this can be a positive thing to do. Don't let it get you down that you're not as good as them or as naturally talented at this moment in time, use their success as motivation and inspiration to further better your own talents, say to yourself that 'I will get to their level, I will better them, I can do it'. Success is all about positivity, having that belief in yourself and the will power to spend every little bit of energy on this dream until you achieve it. You have to improve your mind set within before you start to see positive effects on the outside, overcome those negative thoughts and defeatist attitude, don't give up before you have even started and become a 'no matter what person', do whatever it takes to achieve happiness and success within life.

'Be confident. Too many days are wasted comparing ourselves to others and wishing that we were something that we aren't. Everybody has their own strengths and weaknesses and it is only when you accept everything that you are - and aren't - that you will truly succeed'

We have this wonderful freedom in life to create our own destinies and choose a path on which to follow on this little journey of existence, but still people tend to feel trapped in the same old routine day after day. I know it can be easier said than done but there is nothing stopping you spontaneously travelling and experiencing more of the world, eradicating negative people from your life and surrounding yourself with people that bring out the best in you instead. Stop worrying so much about things that are beyond your control, especially the past and focus your mind and energy on the positive difference that you can make on the future, the things that you can feel grateful for and embrace every positive little thing about yourself. We sometimes get so caught up in the destination that we forget to enjoy the journey, especially the wonderful experiences and goodness of the people that we meet along the way, appreciate every day in life, every single one of them made you into the awesome person that you are today.

'Failure is simply an opportunity to begin again, this time more intelligently'

There is a saying that 'people are held back by their fear of failure', they would rather set a minimal goal and achieve it than aim as high as possible, learning more and achieving greater things but with the higher risk of failure. What these people tend not to realise is that the key to success is learning from these failures and allowing them to better you as a person. Failure is not a loss, it's a significant gain that allows you to learn, change and grow. Everybody is bound to fail at some point in their lives, it's the people who get back up again, determined to succeed who make the difference. Set higher goals for yourself and dream big, find a better sense of purpose in this world, constantly strive to learn and better yourself and most importantly believe in yourself, even when nobody else believes in you.

Always remember that today is another fresh start, another chance to move closer to your dreams and goals, believe in yourself and you can do it. 

Radio 1 Big Weekend 2015

Simple Guide To Happiness

Male Grooming - Scaramouche & Fandango

Male grooming is something that I have never really featured on my blog before, but it is definitely something that should play a huge part in the life of pretty much every male out there, as I think it is so important to look after your skin and body, you only get one after all! As someone that tends to use the gym an awful lot, I find that I require good quality products which enable me to feel refreshed and replenished as well as leaving me smelling sweet after a gruelling workout for a reasonable price in order to fit within my student budget. I was really excited to be approached by Scaramouche & Fandango, who specialise in male grooming products, to review a couple of their products and kick start male grooming onto my blog!


Package design and branding is essentially one of the most important aspects of a grooming product in  my opinion, being the eye catching quality that tempts you into plucking it off of the supermarket shelf or standing out from the crowd in a saturated online store. One of the problems that I usually have with male products is the busy and overcrowded look of packaging, leaving you hunting for exactly the type of product that you need in a sea of products that tend to look very similar. Designs tend to be complex and the choice overwhelming, with so many different ingredient combinations all promising to solve every problem under the sun, which is why it is so exciting for me to find a brand which focuses purely on the simplicity of high quality skincare and body products while maintaining a slick and professional look.

The Scaramouche & Fandango design particularly appeals to me as de cluttered, simple and easy to distinguish between the different types of products. I love the letters on the front of the bottles which, being a complete science geek, totally remind me of the periodic table element symbols *nerdgasm*. The minimalist design and big lettering also makes it easier to find the product that you need when you're looking to have a quick shower without fumbling around looking for the shampoo with soap in your eyes, a problem that I experience all too regularly.


Scaramouche and Fandango pride themselves on providing high quality British made products and having experienced them myself, I firmly believe that they do deliver this promise. It is important for me that any product that I use is effective, affordable and the ingredients are as natural as possible and in no way tested on animals, so it's always good to find animal friendly brands such as this one.

The Sports Wash is a fairly reasonable £9 for 250 ml, especially since it is a versatile 4-in-one hair, body, face and shave wash. saving you vital pennies from having to buy four entirely different products. Sometimes, the down fall when buying an all-in-one product is that it can be effective in some areas but lacking in others or it could be average in all areas, which is why I was quite impressed with how well this sports wash works as a shampoo, body wash and face wash. Plus, it smells absolutely amazing which is helpful to eradicate that post gym smelliness!

The Face Scrub is a little more pricey than the face wash that I would usually opt for at £8 for 100ml. I am one of those really self concious people about my skin, especially my face, so face washes and scrubs are something that I am willing to spend a little more money on as long as I can see the positive benefits. I am not the biggest fan of face scrubs as they always seem to end up drying out my skin and leaving me red in the face. I found that the micro beads within the face scrub from Scaramouche & Fandango are a lot more gentle on the skin while still leaving it feeling smooth and fresh after use and also leaving my skin much more blemish free compared to other face scrubs that I have experienced in the past. After around a week of once a day use, I have barely made an indent in the contents of the tube (I am rather conservative though) so I really do think that you get your money's worth in terms of quantity with this product.

As a student, the only slight negative with the products from Scaramouche & Fandango for me personally is the price. Although I can totally justify spending the money for the impressive benefits and quality of these products and think that they are excellent value for money compared to other higher end brands, I don't think that I would be able to afford to purchase the products weekly/every other week, so I see them as more of a great birthday or Christmas present, a little treat every so often to indulge myself or a way of changing things up when I get bored of my same old routine. Overall, I would recommend giving Scaramouche & Fandango a try if you are looking for an effective and simplified range of high quality male grooming products from a quirky new brand! If you would like to check them out for yourself, you can find their website here.

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