Sunday, 25 January 2015

Are We Alone Together?

Last week I began to think about how many of us young people suffer from anxiety, I myself being one of those suffers (see my GAD post here). With the report from the Princes Trust 'Youth Index' coming out last week showing that a staggering amount of young people are suffering from isolation anxiety and depression, it made me question what are we going to do about it and when?

 Two weeks ago I was called for an interview as a Princes Trust Ambassador to be involved in the Youth Index statistics, I have a full understanding of how anxiety can cause isolation and therefore starts to affect daily routine, and it feels as though your life is spinning out of control. For four years of my dark depression this was happening everyday, I was unemployed and wondering what am I doing or where am I going with my life, so to receive the call to be part of the Youth Index was an important role for me to play as it enabled everyday sufferers to explain how we feel and get that noticed by a wider community.  

Following on from that I was invited to be part of BBC Radio 1 conversation on the Youth Index and give my say on the matter last week, representing all the young people who has ever felt alone because of feeling isolated or ashamed because you don't have a job, uncomfortable and scared because you don't know how to control your anxiety or when it may flair up again, And all the young people who are suffering from forms of mental health. I wanted to make it clear that not all young people who are unemployed are lazy and that pushing people into work or onto a work programme will not help people with their mental health. These subjects are sensitive issues and take time. 

I started to wonder how can we as a technological generation influence togetherness, the blogging community has such a strong bond and I love it but how can we be heard in order to change the way things are running, in order to get us no longer isolated.

 This also got me thinking that maybe in some instances we like being alone, we have grown up in a generation that is very isolated and most conversation is done over twitter, facebook, social media sites, email and texting. How many of us have become too anxious to make a call? This is no longer related to the fact of unemployment but the realisation that we all are comfortable to be together with everyone, socialising behind screens. It has become in our nature to wake up and pick up our phones because of habit, to check whats new on instagram and what this person is eating...? An in and out burger with the filter ''Valencia'', 

We need to go back to basics and leave technology alone for a few hours a day. Going out for a meal shouldn't consist of waiting until you get the perfect picture and editing it before you can actually enjoy your meal by this time may not be as hot as it once was. We need to make time for the present experience the outdoors, laugh in the rain, walk on the beach, read in the park. If we spend all our time trying to snap and capture the moment, the moment will pass us by.  


Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Impulse acne treatment review

For the past month I have been able to review the impulse three step acne treatment, using the products daily morning and night and I cant get enough of it. 

What they say:
The impulse three step acne is a unique three step system that uses anti bacterial ingredients and skin rejuvenating minerals free of benzoyl peroxide and sodium sulphate found in other acne treatments, it has a sensitive formulation which is gentle to the skin. The bio cleanser is said to clean and exfoliate dead skin cells as well as removing oily residue. The toner helps tighten pores and tone skin to ensure skin is supple. And the treatment gel treats and repairs acne prone skin. Impulse treatment is not tested on animals

What I say:
After using the treatment daily, I have reaped the benefits of a clearer healthier complexion, although I have not seen any help of reduction in acne spots or blemishes (as I have had none- maybe this is because of the three step solution's since using it), I have seen a dramatic difference in the appearance of my old acne scars fading as well as my complexion looking brighter. The three step system has not made me break out in anyway neither has it caused blockage to my pores due to build up of product. I have thoroughly enjoyed using and experiencing the Impulse system. In a daily routine I dampen my face with warm water and apply a pea size amount of the cleanser massaging it into the skin and rinsing. As the cleanser dries I then apply the toner mist either with a cotton pad or by spraying the toner to my face at arms length, leaving it to dry naturally. Thirdly I apply the acne gel to the target areas of my skin with obvious acne scarring/ blemishes, which is generally on my cheeks. Then I continue with my own skincare regime. The treatment works well with other skincare products so has enabled me to delve into this routine fairly easily. The acne treatment gets a definite yes from me and I look forward to doing another review in a months time to show how my skin has transformed over two moths of using the products.

Thank you to Impulse acne treatment for letting me trial the products mentioned.


Sunday, 18 January 2015

Back Live n Kickin

Welcome to Sincerely Shug, now many of you will know that my previous blog name was Shugahlicious but with a new year I felt it was time to also redesign and rename my beloved blog that I cherish. I have grown so much with my blog and have been writing almost just over four years now, I wanted something fresh and new but didn't want to totally lose what my blog is and who I am, therefore keeping the Shug part of both blog names. With a new layout and now a custom domain I am looking forward to continuing my blogging journey with the rest of the blogging community as well as those who read my blog. I will continue to blog of course but now on two days of the week instead of just one!! Wednesday's and Sunday's will be the allocated days that you will see fresh new beauty and lifestyle posts, may it be a product review, a moany rant or just expressing what I have been up to as of late. I cannot express how proud of my blog I am as it has always been there through both difficult and glorious times in my life especially in the past four to five years. So welcome or welcome back to the new Sincerely Shug!



Wednesday, 7 January 2015


Serozinc Review

It's finally here what we have all been waiting for, January 1st Escentuals released Serozinc by La Roche Posay.

What Escentuals say:
Serozinc is a unique mist toner ideal for oily and blemish prone skin, Serozinc has an infused mist of zinc sulphate and sodium chloride which helps to prevent troubled skin, tighten skin, prevent excess shine and refine skins texture. Serozinc smooths and tones the skin and helps to reduce blemishes.

What I say:
Serozinc is a lightweight mist toner perfect for my oily combination skin, it works well with all my other products including those that aren't by La Roche Posay. The toner is a multi-purpose product that can be used morning noon or night, as a toner, to help irritated skin, sooth and cool skin, mattify skin or makeup and to help remove makeup. It is gentle and effective and the perfect size product to carry around with me. If you are wondering if it is worth the beauty buzz hype, it certainly is, if I can't tempt you why not try it out yourself.

Serozinc is available at for a pretty sweet price of £8.50

Thank you to La Roche Posay for giving me a goody bag of products as well as the magic holy grail item that is Serozinc!


Sunday, 4 January 2015

Reflection: 2014

2014 Reflection
Happy New Year, to all of you that follow my blog and whoever is reading it now, I hope the new year brings you good health and happiness. I want to say a thank you to all that have supported me an my little blog and I look forward to continue to grow on this little space on the interwebs. 

So I have never been one to make new year resolutions and I don't plan on changing that, but when it comes to an end of a year into the new year I tend to reflect back on everything that has happened. And as we came into the new year I only just realised how far I have come in only a year, now i'm not going to babble on and on about every achievement before I bore you but wanted to share a few highlights that I really need to learn to be proud of.

1. Depression: I officially came out of the worst part of my depression and the dark days are gone, I also chose without the decision of my doctor to come of my anti-depressants.

2. Anxiety: This year I learned how to somewhat manage my anxiety, I haven't had a blackout since April 2014. (See more details here on my anxiety)

3. Events: Along with coming out of the worse parts of my depression and anxiety, it enabled me to grab opportunities and I ventured out to blogging events and events in general alone without needing a chaperon (which i've had for 4 years) and without a hint of paranoia.

4. UNI: I was able to complete my second year of uni and enter my third year of my part time combined social sciences course and attend some tutorials alone.

5. PRINCES TRUST: I finished and completed a Princes Trust Team Programme (see here for post).

6. Ambassador: I officially became a Princes Trust ambassador promoting the trust, representing young people and being able to talk to MP's and larger organisations about the challenges young people face today such as bullying, youth unemployment, the homeless and mental health.

7. Blogging: I became more comfortable to develop and to  turn my blog into a lifestyle blog as well as a beauty blog and talk about current topics such as my own battle with my anxiety and mental health. 

8. People: With getting past the sticky stages in my life I was able to grab opportunities and with this gave me the chance to meet some incredible people, such as attend and be invited to a number of blogging events, talk at parliament, train with Morgan Stanley and give a speech to the women's institute. All in which I met some incredible people both ambassadors, bloggers and business men and women.

9. Home: After being homeless I was housed into my hostel where I currently reside, this helped to change my life around. (For further info on my hostel life)

10. Love: Last but certainly not least, I have changed my views on the world and myself and i'm starting to love myself and the skin i'm in, flaws and all. Learned to value my self worth and realised even through the dark times, light can appear in the most unexpected places.

To round this up, I never even planned any of this to happen to me a year ago. Going into 2014 I had no resolutions I was homeless, suffering severe depressed, paranoid and my anxiety was out of this world I couldn't even walk to the shop. After four years of this I thought I was entering another year of misery. Who knew my life would turn around in only just one year.

This is now why I don't want to start making resolutions, sometimes things are best unplanned, the world works in mysterious ways and I am going to continue taking the good with the bad.


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