Thoughts of a 22 year old

Hello everyone! It’s so surprising that time has passed by so quickly, since I started my blog. In fact, it’s been over a month.

As they say, time flies by so quickly. Just a few years ago, I had just started university, and now I’m 22 and graduated, while university feels like it was only yesterday…

Does anyone feel like this?

Although I feel like time needs to slow down, I cannot argue with the fact that this has been a time to reflect, as well as learning about things.

Here are a couple of thoughts I would like to share with you over what I have learnt thus far, now that I have turned 22:

  • You don’t have to wear make up everyday

As someone who hardly wears make-up, apart from the odd occasion or formal event, I usually go out during the day barefaced, apart from moisturiser and lip balm (currently my favourites are Burt’s Bees and the Body Shop). This not only saves me effort getting ready in the morning, but also more time doing other stuff (who doesn’t like an extra couple more minutes in bed?).

Although I agree that make up can make us girls feel empowered and feminine, together with giving that wow and fabulous factor, never forget that embracing our natural look is perfectly acceptable too, because we are all…just beautiful and amazing in our own ways. #naturalbeauty #nofilter

  • There is so much waiting to be discovered in London

Being such a big city, there is bound to be something for everyone.

I like to spend weekends wandering around in London, exploring the scenery and taking lots of photos.

It’s so easy to spend hours walking around, and not getting bored at all…

Neal’s Yard Covent Garden-probably one of the prettiest places so far in London
  • It is possible to save money, even when living in London

I have been fortunate in being able to live back at home, with my supportive family in London, after leaving university. Whilst there is no denying that London is indeed an expensive place to live, with higher prices on pretty much everything, from rent to leisure, there are still ways to be savvy and save some hard-earned money.

Whenever I feel like I really want something, for example: that trendy dress from ASOS, or the Anastasia Beverly Hills eyeshadow palette (a gorgeous palette, but which is beyond my budget), I restrain myself through this method:

Place the item in the basket section of the website, then carry on doing other things like: washing up, tidying my room and cooking dinner. If the time passed, but I feel undecided about the item, ignore it …

Also, if it turns out that you don’t need an existing travelcard anymore, try to cancel it as soon as possible.

  • Make up and skin care products: Try them out before you buy them (if possible)

Having heard of Charlotte Tilbury, but never tried the brand before, I decided to visit my nearest counter to see what the products are like.

The make up artist was friendly,  and asked me questions about what colours I liked to wear etc. However once the foundation and blusher were applied, I felt something wasn’t quite right; instead of feeling the smoothness of the foundation, my cheeks started to feel red and raw instead.

Although I liked the look, when I washed my face later, my cheeks were red and feeling sore… possible sign of an allergic reaction?

Charlotte Tilbury Foundation
Liking the look but not impressed at skin reaction to it

Lesson learnt: before committing to that new must have make up/skincare product, try it out first- that way you know what it looks like on you, find out about any possible reactions and

  • It is always a good idea to try out a few gyms first

Before you sign up to a gym, always try out a few different ones if possible, through their trial periods. Not only can you grab a workout, but also a good opportunity to get the feel of the gym for example: facilities, opening hours, environment etc.

And voila, it would be easier to decide on which gym to go to.

  • Have a playlist full of upbeat songs

My current new Spotify playlist is called : “new year new me”,  full of a mix between throwback anthems such as: “No Scrubs” by TLC, and more recent releases such as “Galway Girl” Ed Sheeran.

As well as playlists, I also have a few favourite songs which I listen to frequently, here’s a few..

  1. So Good- Rachel Stevens
  2. Anything from The Pussycat Dolls
  3. Glad You Came- The Wanted
  4. Long Way 2 Go- Cassie

These songs keep me motivated at the gym, and also brighten my mood up when relaxing.

Hope you enjoyed reading this, and feel free to let me know your thoughts too!

Lots of Love

Tina x



7 thoughts on “Thoughts of a 22 year old

  1. Glad you’re enjoying life in the big smoke Tina. Are there any downsides of London compared to Birmingham? I’m thinking of moving down there but I’ll have to rent a place myself

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    1. Hi Fred, thanks for your comment 🙂 London can be very busy and expensive, these are the two main downsides I feel. On the other hand, there’s plenty to do and more opportunities in general x


  2. Hi Tina!
    It really does seem like time moves faster every year! I LOVE your perspective on makeup. In high school I never left the house without it, but it seems like I’m more comfortable with my skin now—and my skin feels better too!
    Thank you for sharing these great tips.


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