Hooded eye sufferers, CAN I HAVE YOUR ATTENTION PLEASE!?

If you have issues with hooded eyes, then please please please read on.

I have had hooded eyes for as long as I can remember. I always thought I could never find a solution for it and it was just the way my eyes were meant to be. It got to the point where I was considering spending £1000 on botox to actually get it fixed.

My make up was often uneven, my eyeliner would take over my entire eyelid and I was never able to take pictures from my right side without looking like a creep.

It's a real nightmare for myself, and something I was incredibly self conscious of. So if you are in the same boat, I feel your pain!! 

For years and years I ignored it, as I thought I might eventually grow out of it but that wasn't to be the case until one day I decided to google it and see if something could be done. 

I scrolled through pages and pages on Google but most of what came up were temporary results. This included hacks such as using egg whites(WTF?!) and eyelash glue, but nothing that would be a permanent fix besides surgery.

I eventually came across a web page that stated that if you apply a good eye cream every night you will begin to see visible results, but not guaranteeing a cure. 

So step 1, I invested in a Nip&Fab Bee Sting eye cream. I started using it sparingly as instructed, on my cheek bones and brow bone, being careful to dab and not rub.

I wasn't expecting anything miraculous, but I will say I began to notice a difference in the space of 3 days. After continuing this for a few months the elasticity in my upper lids has definitely firmed and I can notice the difference from how they used to look. 

I would absolutely recommend this. Whether it was the product, or the process of applying the cream iunno. But this is something I will never run out of now.

I did continue looking on Google for more dramatic, instant results, and although this cannot be achieved through the use of creams or gels etc, I did come across a really simple and effective technique. It is temporary, but they are so inexpensive that it doesn't pain you to keep stocking up and that is Eye Lash Strips.

Step 2, I headed over to eBay and bought a fairly cheap set as I wanted to test it out. The only thing I would mention is maybe try and get double sided strips as apparently if you wear them for 3 months straight you will create a new permanent fold in your lid.. meaning no hood! 

The results are amazing, unfortunately you can't wear heavy duty make up when you are wearing them but for 3 months I think we can cope. You can still get away with mascara, lashes and wings! 

So, if you have hooded eyes and think this can't be solved please go and buy these products. I obviously cannot promise you amazing and immediate results. It may not even work for you, but it is at least worth a shot. My confidence boosted by a milli.

Let me know how you got on in the comments, and what tips and tricks do you have for hooded eyes?!

I watch a hell of a lot of TV, and American sitcoms and dramas are probably some of my favourites. You often see criticism from the media that there isn't enough shows with the leading characters being female, so I wanted to narrow down the women that have inspired me and taught me lessons on TV and just reiterate why it is so important for us fellow women to encourage and support those who do have their own TV shows. 

Firstly, is my all time favourite TV show which sadly came to an end last year: The Mindy Project. Minday has taught so many, countless lessons but there is no way I could list them all, so I will tell you the one that is most important to me out of all of these on this list. 

The Mindy Project taught me being Indian is empowering af.

My culture isn't something I have always been proud of, and in fact I used to be embarrassed by it. Ultimately it boiled down to being in a school of predominantly white children. I never saw Indian women in being bigged up or doing great thing, the only time I saw them was when they were having the piss ripped out of them. 

So this is a huge one for me, I wish there were more Indian women on my screen at the moment, but for now I will settle on Mindy, as she is doing an absolute sterling job.  

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New Girl taught me that guys can make the best of friends. 

You either believe in guy and girl friendships or you don't, there is no inbetween. But genuinely, I wish those that didn't were more accepting of them. 

By being friends with a member of the male species does not, I repeat, does not mean you have to have any romantic feelings towards them. 

Guys make the best friends because: 
1) They will be honest with you when you need an honest answer
2) Their banter is on another level 
3) They aren't afraid to take the mick out of themselves, meaning you can too 
4) They may have hot friends and can give you a way in 
5) You can get genuine relationship advice from the other side - no more confusing bf moments 

and on and on and on. Basically, don't sleep on a male and female friendship, because they rock. 

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90210 taught me that every single person in Beverly Hills is beautiful and when I'm looking for a husband that's where I'll be heading.

There's really nothing else to say on this. 

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Gossip Girl taught me that rich people, although awesome, have the most dramatic stressful lives. So never judge a book by its cover.

I would watch this program and dream of a life in NYC where I could wander around the city all day, go for brunch and to the top clubs and own all the latest fashion pieces before they even hit the stores. 

Of course it is everyone's dream, but I'm not sure I would want that if I had to put up with the amount of BS they do in this show. 

Get kidnapped, drugged and left in a hotel room to die? But you'll have the new Gucci bag?

Actually, yeah probably still would. 


The moral of the story is that although it looks super glam and fabulous, everything we see is through rose tinted glasses. We shouldn't judge a book by it's cover. This reminds me of a similar topic that is often discussed all over the blogger world, and that is The Instagram Issue. 

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Desperate Housewives taught me that marrying rich and becoming a housewife is actually goals. You don't have anything to prove, so don't bust your balls trying to succeed at being something you're not at the expense of your happiness. 

What will be, will be and as long as you are happy then all is well. Embrace it, happiness is success IMO.

Oh and also, wine is your best friend. 

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Devious Maids taught me never to underestimate 'the help.' Just because someone's job isn't as glam as yours, it doesn't make you any better.

You should never look down on someone because of the job they do, particularly when you know very little of their character. 

We are all the same. 

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Empire taught me to channel my inner sass on the regular, don't let anyone dim your light.

If there is one woman who inspires me everyday to fight to keep that fire in my belly alive, it is Cookie from Empire. 

She is such a boss, in every sense of the word. She doesn't let anyone intimidate her, she's doesn't succumb to any man. She really is just amazing. 

Love you forever Cook, you taught me to believe in myself and beat anyone's ass who doesn't.

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So, 2017 was a pretty awful year. Not only did I not achieve the goals I had set for myself, but my family and I also went through some really terrible times. It was a year that I would choose to forget in all honesty. 

But this year, I want to come back bigger and better. I have written all my goals that I would like to achieve down in my little notebook, but we all know it is very easy to write them on a piece of paper and never look at them again. So, by writing this blog post I am telling you all what I would like to achieve and why, and if I happen to completely fail then you all reserve the write to call me out for being a phoney. 

2018 for me is all about letting my creativity out. I have spent so many years of my life without expressing myself through art or my content, and I have so much to offer. My mind is overflowing with ideas that I need to channel into something. 

1) Read 20 Books

It doesn't seem like much, but this is going to equate to nearly two a month which I think I can do. I have finished reading Gabriel's Inferno, and the second one is on its way. I may write a review on this soon. So now I have started The Beautiful and Damned which I have read mixed reviews on. BUT it is Serena Van Der Woodson's favourite book so...

love​​ reading. I get so lost in books and characters, they take me to another world. But for some reason unbeknownst to me, it's not something I ever spend much time doing. I would usually prefer to watch TV over sitting in silence reading, but not anymore. I want to increase my library and read a lot of classics this year too. 

2) Write 40 Blog Posts 

Last year I managed to write 32, which was more than I thought but this year I want to beat that. Blogging is a hard process for me, I love to sit and write and once I give myself the opportunity and I could spend hours doing it.

I am really good at thinking of lots of blog posts and setting dates and targets of when to write and post them but for some reason when it comes to executing it, I bail. Ultimately, it's down to laziness and poor time management. So I have set myself the small target of writing 8 more than last year, which I think I can achieve. 

3) Watch 40 Classic Films. 

I love watching TV, I've been over it before but it is definitely one of my favourite things to do. I'll always have some sort of TV show on the go, and whenever I get the opportunity to sit and watch a movie I will. But, I am someone who loves the glamour that came with old Hollywood and the stars from that time fascinate me. I know all there is to know about Jimmy Dean. But I have watched hardly any films, and I feel a bit of a hypocrite for that. So this year the plan is to watch as many classics as I can, not just from the early eras, but films that will make a 'Must Watch' list. 

4) Drink 2 Litres of Water a Day

For years I have been told how important drinking water is for your health and for your skin, so I plan to take that seriously this year. I saw a video on Facebook the other day of this woman whose skin was quite literally glowing and she said her main secret was drinking lots and lots of water. I'll be frank, I want my skin to beam like an angel so if all I have to do is drink a lot of water and visit the ladies room more frequently than before, then I shall. 

I have purchased a Brita water bottle from Sainsbury's. It was £7.99 I believe? But this means I can take it to work and fill it up there and not be concerned about the gross water tanks etc. They're about 600ml, so if I aim to have around 3 and a half of those a day I should reach my daily target. 

5) Complete 8 Sewing Projects

Sewing is my newest hobby I have taken up. One day I plan to have my very own fashion line, so learning to sew and design will be a necessity for me. 8 isn't many, but I am an absolute beginner. As long as I focus on taking my time on each project I begin, rather than rush and make mistakes, I'm hoping to learn a lot from the ones I choose and next year I may be in the position to begin designing my very own fashion pieces and creating Ripped Glam into a true brand. 

6) Get a Payrise. 

This one is not necessarily in my hands, but I have worked hard in my job for over 3 years now and not once have I been rewarded for my dedication and loyalty to the company. This year I plan to lay my cards on the table and make them aware I am not happy, and I am worth more. This could either go very well or very poorly. But should they not agree, I guess a new goal will be to find a new job! 

7) Reach 1000 Twitter Followers 

I am very pleased with the growth of my Twitter following, considering I'm not that present on there. It grows slowly, but this year I plan to engage more and hit the 1k mark. 

8) Learn To Draw Fashion Illustrations 

I am obsessed with them. I follow so many accounts on Instagram that are dedicated to fashion sketches, and it is one skill I wish I was born with so I have begun practicing sketching myself. By the end of the year I want to be able to sketch properly and design my own clothing. 

And those are my goals for the year. I am currently making progress with a few of the steps, so I will be disappointed if I don't manage to complete them. 

If you have any ideas for books, films, blog posts, beginner sewing projects or guides to sketching let me know in the comments below! 

I am going to try and make this post as detailed as possible, because I know how truly stressful buying a house can be I also know that people find these posts particularly helpful, especially if it's not an easy transaction. 

1. The first thing I would absolutely recommend is ensure you have a decent deposit before you begin looking for properties. This means putting away a set amount of money from your paycheck each month until you reach your target. There's no point house hunting when you have £1000 in the bank, because if you find your dream home, by the time you save the rest of the money it will be sold to someone else. 

There are many schemes out there now that are available to make the process easier for a First Time Buyer, so definitely do your research. For example, the Help To Buy ISA's. It is free money from the government, why would you not do it?

2. Get your mortgage sorted. Yes you can do it online and compare what all the banks are doing, but it's time consuming. My best advice would be to visit a mortgage broker. You can walk into any estate agents and ask to book an appointment to do this. They will talk you through a lot of lenders across the market who are offering the best rates, they will tell you what you can afford to look up to and they will do all the work for you. The downside to this is you have to pay a fee if you decide to proceed with them, but I personally think it lifts the stress.

3. Prepare for the upcoming expenses. So not only will you have the upfront expenses regarding the purchase such as solicitors fees, searches, survey fees, moving costs and deposit monies. But you have to prepare for the lifestyle you are getting yourself into. This means paying all your bills - that's gas, water and electricity. You'll need to account for food shops, furnishings, updating any decor or works and ensuring you have savings in place at all times in case any emergency repairs or replacements need to made. 

4. Now you can get on Rightmove and start house hunting. I would recommend downloading the apps for Rightmove and Zoopla to get notifications as soon as properties go on the market as they can sometimes sell within 24 hours of them being on. So you do need to be quick. 

When you have some free time try to pop into the estate agents in your local area and register with them for email updates. Be very specific with what you are after, and be nice to them too! They're much more likely to remember you and want to sell you a house. A lot of the time, if a property is due to come to the market, agents will call whoever they remember were after something like that before it goes live. So it is especially key to build a rapport and remain friendly.  

5. Prepare, prepare, prepare. When on viewings, you need to ask the right questions, because you don't want to go in unprepared and miss your opportunity. Ask the questions you want to know the answers to, whether it's if it is a nice area, regarding parking or whatever else! Just make sure it is what you are looking for and if it doesn't tick all the boxes you can cross it off your list. 

6. Offering. This might sound like common sense, but negotiate your offer. Never go in full asking price, because more often than not, there is flexibility on price. Don't be stubborn about it, and try to reach mutual ground. If you can't agree, you can always bargain with some of the appliances and fixtures. 

7. Budget for fees. As I mentioned previously, there's lots of fee's involved with purchasing a house, and even more if you are selling too. You need to account for these, of course if you see a mortgage adviser they will be able to work all the budgeting out for you and tell you exactly what you need to spend where. 

8. When instructing solicitors, the estate agent you are looking to buy through will always, always try to get you to use their own. Of course they will, they get a teeny amount of commission for it. I would recommend you don't do this, and use someone who is big and well known - usually someone you know will be able to give you a positive recommendation. The issue with small, local solicitors is that many of them are quite old school and don't do things online. You want to avoid this as things tend to be a lot slower when they are involved with a chain.  

9. Try to avoid shopping. I know buying a house is one of the most exciting things a person can do, and all you want to do is go out and buy everything you see - but don't! There is nothing definitive by having your offer accepted and your sale agreed. I wouldn't even begin to think about looking until you have at least received your mortgage offer and had your survey come back to say that the property is fine. So many things can go wrong, you don't even realise. So if your sale were to fall through, you don't want the added stress of trying to return stuff you might've bought. 

10. The only time when you are really safe and at the home stretch is when you officially exchange contracts. This is the legally binding contract for the ownership of the property. Now you just have to set your completion date.  

11. Completion. Please please be efficient. When the solicitors ask you to transfer your deposit and funds, do it asap. Completion will usually happen mid-day so you need to ensure you have done what they have asked so they receive everything in time to process it. Once you get the call to say the property is officially yours, pop down to the estate agent, pick up your keys and move in.

12. Don't forget to change your address on everything!

I hope you found these tips helpful and if you have any other questions let me know!

Nowadays every Tom, Dick and Harry has a blog and it can be incredibly daunting wanting to get involved. Setting up a blog is simple, you log onto Blogger/Wordpress, sign up and boom blog made. 

However, when it comes to creating a blog it becomes a little more complex. It is definitely not as easy as you think it may be when you see your favourite bloggers posting on Instagram in the middle of the day when you’re stuck at work.

Well good news for you guys, I am here to help! With a few blogging tips and tricks I have picked up along the way, my aim is to help give at least one person the confidence to create a blog for themselves.


Do. Your. Research. Can’t stress this enough. If you want to set up a successful blog, you need to learn the basics for SEO, Keywords and HTML. Not only that, but you need to check out your peers, learn how to create an attractive and fully functioning site etc. Knowing what you are getting yourself into is the most important thing. https://moz.com/ is a great tool for beginners.

Social Media

Get yourself on the main socials. Yes, it is time consuming trying to manage 5 different accounts and work your full time job. But unfortunately, we are living in the day and age where if people want to look for something, the first place they will go is the internet so you need to get with the times. This will also help you communicate and build a rapport with your readers a lot more. 

Regular Content

Posting regular, consistent content is so important as it keeps your readers hooked. If you drop off the face of the earth when you are still working on gathering your following then you have no chance. People want to see regular updates from you, and from that you will begin to see your blog grow. Loyalty is a two way street. 

Practice Taking Photo’s

Images increase the SEO of your site, so I personally think it is important to utilise that. Taking great photos won’t come to you naturally; it does require practice to figure out what angles work best with the lighting and equipment that you have. My only advice would be to practice until you find what suits you and the theme of your blog. 

Lense Kit

I do not recommend buying much when starting a blog, as all you really need is your ideas and a computer. But there are some things that are worth investing in, just to make your job that little bit easier. One of those things is a lense kit, if you are like me and don’t have a camera, but use an iphone. This will help maximise your photos, and give a more professional look. You can literally pick these up for as little as £7.99. See Here


Props are what will take your photo from mediocre to great. You don’t need to go out and buy lots of luxurious décor, look around your house and bedroom and scour your make up bag! I promise you, you have everything you will need. Some of my favourites to use are: Fairy Lights, Candles, Mason Jars, Magazines and Artificial Flowers.

Wallpaper samples

My favourite hack. This takes my photos from zero to hero. If you ever wonder how all these bloggers have these perfect backgrounds for their pictures, it’s because they don’t. It’s totally false, and you can achieve it too. Completely free! Just go into a DIY store and rip yourself off some wallpaper samples. You can try out a few different ones to give your posts some diversity too. My favourite places to visit are Wilkinson’s and Dunelm.

Thanks for reading my blogging for beginners. If you found these tips and tricks at all helpful then please let me know! 

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I know what you are all thinking. 

"Does this girl ever stop moaning about her life?"

And the answer is no, and it's my blog and I can do what I like so there. 

I'm sorry, I know it's boring and I know it's lame but I treat this as my outlet for my thoughts and feelings. I tend to jot all my blog ideas down when I am at work and hating life, so if there is a depressed tone to a lot of what I write that would be why. 

Anyway, today as I scrolled through Instagram, envious of my feed, I got to thinking. This can't be it. This can't be all there is to life. There are people out there living every day as their best day, and I am here not being able to decipher between weekdays because they're all the fucking same. 

I work 9-6, Monday - Friday staring at a computer screen all day long. I do the same thing day in, day out, I work with people who outside of the office I wouldn't dream of spending time with, and I generally just sit there hating every moment, except for lunch. 

I got a full time job pretty much as soon as I left school, which as you can imagine did wonders for my social life. When all my friends were at Uni, I was out making money and I kind of have nothing to show for it. 

I find it physically impossible to arrange things when I spend so much time working. When I get home I am mentally and physically exhausted, that going out with my friends just seems like pure hell. Especially when they are at completely different stages in their lives. I am at a stage now where I am looking to buy a house and settle down etc. 

A lot of my friends either live far out or are still studying, which just makes it so much harder to try and arrange plans. Everyone has their own schedules and it's almost impossible to pin you all down to one day.

I guess my point is, why is it like this? I mean I know why, because you gotta work to make a living. But it's so hard when you literally prioritise your shit job over your loved ones. 

Someone once said to me "you work to live, not live to work" and that sticks with me everyday. I know one day I won't be here, and I will be happy with everything I do in life, but that just seems so far away, it's hard to see the finish line. 

I am going to start to make an effort for the more important things in life, because I know this isn't it. I need to start living and making  real memories. Not just sit in a dingy office all day dealing with shitty clients. 

Anywaaay, rant over for now.

Jumper - Primark, Trousers - Marks&Spencers, Shoes - Miss Selfridge

Love Always!

I love fashion with all my heart. It is the one thing in life that I could talk about endlessly and never get tired learning about. It is my one true passion in life. Judge me if you want, but it's true. I'm not that interesting, but I'm a true fashionista at heart. 

The Perks:

Being so invested in fashion can be quite exhausting, not only on myself trying to keep up but also on my bank balance. Yikers. So, today I wanted to break down the best and worst points of a fashion follower, because believe you me, there's many!

When a new trend comes about, I love putting my own spin on it and adapting it to my wardrobe and taste. Just because something isn't your usual style, it doesn't mean you can't go for it without putting your own flair onto it. 

Everyone has their own unique style. Operative word there being unique ​as it means no two people will ever look the same.

It's fun and creative.

Just because you styled one outfit one way doesn't mean you have to wear it like that forever. Mix and matching different items in my wardrobe to create new styles is one of my favourite things to do.

Regularly shopping and browsing the fashion sites means my Winter and Summer wardrobes are always fully stocked and as the seasons rolls around, transitioning between the two is easy peasy.

Having a variety of up to date, fashionable clothes is great for Insta shots and keeping the feed up to date. Obviously.

Everyone loves receiving compliments, and when you constantly look and feel good people notice that. By regularly switching up outfits and trying new trends that are a little out there means I get endless compliments on my style and how I carry myself. 

There is no better feeling than when you get ahead of the curve and end up beating a trend before it's huge and Primark kills it. This is where the term 'influencer' really means something, as you are able to influence people with your own style via your social media accounts or blog and prove that actually this is a new trend, I'm making it work and so can you. 

With the rise in influencers and bloggers etc means we are never short of inspo for new ideas and outfits online. If you have an item of clothing you are desperately looking to revamp, you only have to search it on Pinterest and a thousand new ideas will come up. There is opportunity everywhere. 

I get very excited when I order a new must have piece, especially if it is designer and I have saved the money to splurge. 

With all that spending means ending up with a lot of clothes, but there is always the opportunity to make some of that money back. With sites such as Depop and eBay about, it makes it tonnes easier to shed your wardrobe of dead weight. But if you're not necessarily interested in making money, it does mean you have lots to donate to charity should you think you'll never wear it again which ofc is your good deed for the day. 

I know that when I rock a new outfit that is a little out of the ordinary, my confidence boots by a mile. 

When you constantly follow trends and influencers daily, you can see some pretty outrageous outfits. Every so often the time will come that you think damn that outfit is cool, I'm going to try that and once you do it one time it gets easier every other. People are often in awe as you are always well presented. 
I know, I've made it sound really good but don't get it twisted it's not all sunshine and rainbows! There come some bad points too, and in true Ripped Glam fashion, I'm going to break those down for you as well.

The Downsides: 

Yes buying endless clothes and shoes is the dream, but it's so expensive. I do not earn enough money to fully support my shopping addiction, so I spend a lot of time being poor and well dressed. 

Trends, trends, trends. The bane of my life. I love to follow them and have the latest style, but they come and go so quickly that when you manage to pin an outfit down, by the time you get to debut it it's already out and the fashion world has moved on to the next thing which also makes it incredibly hard to keep up with.

One of my biggest ​gripes is when I have been saving my money to buy a unique designer piece, I finally purchase it spending a few hundred pounds only to open Facebook and see an article that Primark are selling designer dupes for £5. I get that it is ideal for those people who love the style and can't afford to, or just simply don't want to, spend the money but at the same time I feel like those designs are a little sacred and it can be quite insulting when you see someone in a total rip of your shoes. But I could be being selfish idk

As a person who doesn't have a bucket load of hobbies, when I have free time it is usually spent at a shopping centre. Something that has been ingrained in me since I was a nipper (I am the spawn of a shopaholic, shock.) So that means every time I go it is likely that I will pick up something whether it be a haul or just an accessory. The issue with this is that I have no space for it. I switch my wardrobe between AW and SS and even though I do that, it is still full to the brim. Unfortunately, I buy a lot more than I get rid of so putting clothing away is a constant battle. No joke, I literally wrestle with them to squeeze it in. 

Buying a new outfit and debuting it on my blog is exciting, as it means I am showing it off to the whole world. But normally when you buy a new outfit, you want to wear it all the time. You can't do that as a blogger as you constantly need new material and content. Therefore a lot of outfits tend to just get wasted and forgotten about. Insert sad, dramatic music here. 

As a self confessed fashion obsessed girl there is so much pressure. If you say you're into fashion, you're expected to look pristine and well maintained at all times. If you have an off day, it could mean no content and there's nothing worse than judginess from judgy people when you decide to just rock a sweatshirt, jeans and trainers. 

On the opposite side of the spectrum, if you want to stay relevant you need to offer new and innovative ideas. ​​But the fear of getting judged for out there outfits, is one that sometimes cannot always be overcome. Yes by putting yourself out there you have to know you are opening yourself up to it, but that doesn't necessarily make it any easier. 

So, as a fashion victim we have it good, but with the good does come the bad. But hey ho, it's the life we choose to live and it's the life we love. 

​Let's celebrate our love for fashion! 

Jumper - Primark, Skirt - Primark, Boots - Zara 

What are some of your highs and lows of being a fashionista?

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