Five things I would like my younger self to know.

Drawing/being creative  - I have always drawn but since leaving university, I have found it difficult to carry on drawing even though this is something that makes me truly happy. The reasons for this are at times  practical: lack of time, lack of energy, too much scrolling through cat pictures/instagram posts; but I feel that the main reason for my creative impotus is fearing how other people view and respond to my work. So, what I would tell my younger self is: do not be afraid of seeking affirmation from others with my creative output, but also more generally (and deeply...) in whatever you do. 

Be 'physically' social rather than 'digitally' social - I feel that this is a realisation that many young people in modern society will eventually hold. When I was young, the amount of arguments and animosity between myself and friends that were caused from social network sites was staggering (i.e. Why am I not in your top friends in MySpace? Why have you not liked that picture? Why are you friends with them? etc. etc. etc...). Since getting older, most of these issues have diminished as adolescence has gone and faded, but what I have realised is that social networking sites make me less social. The ease of instant messaging friends is apparent, yet the satisfaction of this is limited; I would tell my younger self, ignore social networking sites, go out and be more social.

Eating healthy - I for one, like most young people, absolutely buzzed off eating rubbish as a kid. Whether it be some ridiculously illuminated sweet or a 100% sugar drink, but something that I would like to explain to my younger self is the benefits of eating and drinking healthier things. Now I have reached a quarter century (100/4  = 25; good maths ay!), the change in my general attitude and energy from drinking green tea and eating fruit as a main part of my diet is so evident. I know that eating what you want is something that young people are constantly told, but I feel that changing what you eat really has a fantastic impact on your life. Have a look at my previous post about giving blood, this experience has given me even more reason to want to eat healthy

Love - Most young people take this for granted. Romantic love for one; something young people constantly try to attain, without really knowing what 'love' is. This is obviously something that changes as we grow, but what I would like to tell my younger self is, cherish the love that you have with friends and family, as this is the love that truly matters and remains when you are going through those awkward periods of adolescence.

Happiness - When we get older, the things that make us happy change. As a young'n, most people seek material things during the pursuit of happiness. I recall being a kid and really wanting a pair of shit-awful Rockport boots and getting properly gutted/moody/teenagery when my mum didn't get me a pair. Looking back, I know this is ridiculous but I would like to tell my younger self: seek happiness in things that make you happy that you know will make you happy far into the future.

I am now off to spend my birthday lazing about the house and getting waited on hand and foot. #Birthdaygirl

what would you tell your younger self?


I first heard of 'strobing' shortly after being introduced to 'contouring'; both of which I thought were either contemporary 'Gangham Style' dance routines or names for new avant-garde diets. I have tried contouring to no such avail, rarely finding the time to adopt such a laborious technique into my daily routine. Therefore, I approached strobing being somewhat a skeptic but I have found this approach a lot more realistic to incorporate into my daily routine. 

Someone that I work with who (luckily) is a professional make-up artist, showed me the technique. Strobing involves using a highlighter to emphasise parts of the face that light naturally hits. Below is a face-chart that I have designed that shows these areas that need highlighting to achieve the 'strobed' look. I have numbered this chart in the following way (inclusive of my top tips...)

1. Forehead - try not to highlight all the way up to the hairline as this will make your forehead look bigger than it is and a bit sweaty.
2. Nose .
3. Cheekbones - this can be brought up to your temples.
4. Above eyebrows.
5. Brow bone.
6. Cupid's bow.
7. Chin - try not to go too far under your lip.
8. Inside corner of eye (that sounds painful - note - please don't strobe your eyeball).

I have used this highlighter from The Body Shop (£12).
with a foundation brush from The Body Shop (£12) to strobe.

The Radiant highlighter works really well and I would say it's almost the same colour and consistency as the Benefit high beam highlighter, it's just The Body Shop's highlighter is a lot cheaper. I would love to hear from anyone who is a like-minded strober - what products do you use?

Why not give this technique a go. I would love to see photos on Instagram #tungliostrobing

 Happy strobing!