Monday, 23 January 2017

Some changes

Soooo, it's been a long while since I've blogged. I would love to say that it's because I've been so busy with life - which is definitely partly true - however I mostly have had no idea what to talk about.

Since I last posted a lot has happened. Firstly, I graduated! After I graduated I went to Hong Kong, Thailand and Malaysia with my bestie. Since getting back to the UK I've been feeling a little lost. I can say that I definitely did not find myself in Asia. If anything, I lost myself. And, of course, the first question everyone has asked me since being back is: "So what are you going to do now?".... Gooooood question.

A major change in my life since my last post is that I have made the decision to become vegan. This started as a 30 day challenge I set myself to eat a plant-based diet, then 4 days in I watched "101 reasons to go vegan" on YouTube and decided I could never go back to my old ways! Whilst I wouldn't like to come across as preachy, I would recommend this video to everyone, no matter what your diet is. You can watch it here:

What I love the most about this video is how James explains the standard Western diet from a different perspective and suddenly it doesn't seem so standard or normal anymore. Does that make sense? What I'm trying to say is that I never realised how weird it is that we, as humans, drink the milk of another animal. Milk that is not intended for us, as humans. I dunno, just something to think about maybe.. 😇

Also, before anyone asks:
1. NO I am not lacking in protein now that I avoid animal products. ✌
2. YES I still eat a varied diet full of delicious junk food.. 😂
3. A plant-based diet is not bland or boring - proved by a vegan cake which my entire non-vegan family proclaimed was "delicious and didn't even taste vegan" 😂 (actually I think this point was pretty much the same as point 3, but it's something no one seems to believe so maybe saying it twice will stop the "but what do vegans even eat?!" comments).

This new lifestyle means I've been looking into new recipes (check out Bosh's facebook page!), new clothing brands and most excitingly new makeup!

I can't stress enough how important I believe it is that everyone makes the switch to cruelty-free brands! Controversially, when I was an undergraduate I saw animal research laboratories first hand. This was the most heartbreaking experience - even if it was for lifesaving medicines (why is it acceptable to risk the life of an alternate species in order to save our own?! Maybe a discussion for another day.. I know there are many reasons for animal research).

My new cruelty-free brand bible is Cruelty Free Kitty! This gal has an amazing blog - please go check it out and immerse yourselves in the world of cruelty-free beauty!

If you're in Swansea by any chance, there's a new store that is 100% vegan which has opened in the market - Brontosaurus (23b). If they don't sell something you really want to get your hands on they will try and order it in!

Well, that's all I've got to say for now.


P.S. Sorry for my terrible grammar, it's been a while since I had to write coherently.

Thursday, 18 February 2016

Colourful Graphic Nail Design

Thought I'd share a post on how to get a pretty and colourful nail design. This is honestly the easiest nail art ever - if I can do it then anyone can. 

(These are the gorgeous nails of my beautiful friend Kate)

So I started off using a base coat, followed by a base colour. I chose a lilac shade - doesn't really matter what shade you choose here it'll mostly be covered. 

To get the pattern I took an old, cheap makeup sponge and dropped some blobs of nail polish on (poetic, I know). I used a hair grip to move the colours around a little and then just dabbed it on to the nail. 

Here is a terrible photograph of the nail varnish blobbed onto the sponge. This won't be neat once you first dab it on to the nail, however you can just clean up afterwards.

I chose some bright shades, all colour names will be below. Sorry x 1,000,000 for the awful photography, my bad.
The way in which you dab the polish onto the nail will determine the pattern produced (obviously..). I chose a block colour pattern, however you can swirl the colours or layer them more. 

Finally, just finish with a top coat for longer lasting colour. 
 Instead of using a regular top coat you could use a glittery top coat to give a different look, see here.

Polishes used:
OPI Did It On 'EM

-neurogenicbeauty, xo

Wednesday, 6 January 2016

What is OCD?

I'm a little apprehensive to blog about this topic - I'm not really shy about the fact that I have OCD, just a little wary of droning on about the same topic constantly. However people often have a lot of questions when I do tell them what I suffer with so I thought I'd try and give a little insight to anyone who's interested. 

I'm not completely comfortable going into too much detail about my specific type of OCD, however I will try to provide as much general information as I can.

To start with; the basics:

There are multiple types of OCD. These can range from 'Pure O' to 'Contamination type'. I'll say a little about some of the more common types.

Pure O

Pure O gets its name from the fact that there are no physical compulsions associated with it. A compulsion is an action which a person carries out once they get an intrusive thought. These so called compulsions temporarily relieve the anxiety which said intrusive thought causes. A common example is: "My hands are dirty" as an intrusive thought, and the compulsion would be to hand wash. 

With Pure O the thoughts could be anything ranging from "I'm a bad person" to more severe, distressing thoughts such as "I have killed someone" or "I am inappropriately attracted to someone". These thoughts are not true reflections of a person. This is clearly demonstrated by the anxiety they cause. 

There are no compulsions as such related to these thoughts. They will cause the sufferer to feel physically unwell - this is the activation of the sympathetic nervous system which controls our fight or flight response - this is the anxiety

When I was young I didn't realise I had OCD as it was primarily Pure O. Signs that someone you know is suffering with OCD may be:

  • constantly asking for reassurance
  • constantly "feeling bad" or having a "bad belly"
  • the need to "confess" all the things they feel guilty or upset about
Thoughts which a person gets which are considered intrusive could be anything. For example, these thoughts could be violent or sexual images or concerns related to a person's sexuality or religion

Whilst these types of thoughts are often related to Pure O, sometimes ritualistic behaviours can be carried out to "counteract" these thoughts - these are the compulsions. An example of this is a person worries about their sexuality, or they are having intrusive thoughts about inappropriate people (maybe a relative). This person may then tap or think a certain word every time they have one of these thoughts to try and null it. 

Contamination OCD

Contamination is the transfer of one product to another - by touch or otherwise. People often worry about contamination - illnesses are often spread this way. In OCD these worries are far more extreme than usual. 

In terms of OCD, contamination could relate to a person worrying they will contract an illness or STD from touching a person or an object which other people have touched. 

Contamination could also relate to a person worrying that they will spread germs themselves which may be harmful or unclean and infect other people with them. 

This type of OCD will lead to obsessive cleaning. This cleaning is not necessarily cleaning of objects however. This is because if the fear of germs is very strong, people with OCD often are unable to come into contact with germs in any way, shape or form. They will avoid cleaning, laundry, bathrooms, handles, light switches, taps and so on.. 

So, often people with this type of OCD will either wash everything which other people touch so that they do not infect themselves OR they will wash themselves and avoid contact with other people and objects as they do not want to infect other people or come into contact with the germs at all. 

Additionally, sometimes a person can have an intrusive thought which makes them want to wash as they feel unclean yet they haven't actually come into contact with anything.

Some other types of OCD:
  • Hoarding
  • Checking 

Hoarding is actually an obsessive compulsion where the anxiety originates from the fear of throwing away or losing something important or nostalgic.

Checking behaviours originate from the fear of forgetting to do something correctly. For example checking that the house is locked, or that the oven is turned off. 

There are also superstitious types of OCD. Sometimes people have the belief that if they do not do a certain action or do something a certain number of times, something bad will happen - such as injury to a loved one.

I hope that this little insight leaves people feeling more clued up about OCD. It's important to remember that mental illnesses can be just as debilitating and physical illnesses and should not be taken lightly. 

If believe that you or someone you know is suffering please do not do so in silence or alone - if you can then contact your local GP and most importantly TALK TO SOMEONE. Please don't be embarrassed or ashamed. Everyone has weird thoughts. People with OCD just focus in on them more.. we are clearly just hypersensitive people!

-neurogenicbeauty, xo

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