The View Point

Arly’s Favourite Skincare Buys

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After thoroughly enjoying the first ever VH Awards in the epic and highly entertaining December newsletter, I have been itching to share my favourite skincare buys from last year. Despite everything that happened throughout 2017, there was one thing I could count on for a much welcomed distraction Read More…

28,000 Retweets Later: Letting Go and Looking Forward

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Looking back over the past twelve months I can safely say that 2017 ended up being one of the most challenging years I can remember and sadly I know I am not the only one who feels this way. Like many of you, I have lost loved ones, there have been a few close call accidents, my health has suffered and overall I just haven’t felt like me. The year was so emotional and stressful for so many different reasons and I am disappointed to say I let 2017 get the best of me. It’s not something I am proud of, but it’s the truth. I feel like it quite literally and figuratively drained the life out of me, but I refuse to let that happen in 2018.

Without a doubt the things that have happened last year have not been trivial. 2017 was an overwhelmingly tragic year full of once in a lifetime natural disasters like the recent California fires or any of the hurricanes that hit around the world, devastating global events such as the Rohingya crisis, numerous heartbreaking terrorist attacks, the terrifying rise of white supremacy and the recent #METOO sexual abuse and harassment revelations, among so many other issues that I can barely keep track of at this point. I feel like we are living in crazy times where the moral fabric of society and humanity is being ripped apart and I don’t know what to do, nor how to carry on as “normal”. Read More…

Time – The Best Gift You Can Give Yourself

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Carrying on from last month’s article about “self-care”, I wanted to talk about ‘time’, because how we spend it has a big impact on our mental health and happiness. This is the time of year where the days begin to slip away from us faster than ever and we find ourselves hurtling towards the end of the year with a jam packed schedule that is exhausting to think about. There just never seems like enough time at the moment and it can be overwhelming as well as hard to find the festive joy amongst all the chaos. Even though it is the “holiday season”, this is also easily one of the most stressful times of year for a number of reasons, one of them being how we spend our time.

In light of that, this year I have decided to gift myself complete and free rein over how I spend my time during these next few weeks and I will not feel guilty about it. It is not an easy thing to do because it will mean saying no a lot, which can feel uncomfortable, but I don’t want to spend the last month of a pretty stressful year feeling run down under the weight of social obligations and expectations. I want to relax, reflect and decompress from it all and I can’t do that if I’m allowing my time to be filled up by pleasing and fulfilling the needs of other people. Read More…

The Serious Side Of Self-Care

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As we swiftly approach the penultimate month of the year, I think it is safe to say that 2017 has been tough on all of us in some way or another. For me it has primarily been the global events that have taken a toll. Between successive record breaking, once in a lifetime natural disaster events, the rise in white supremacy and police brutality, multiple mass shootings, frequent terror attacks, a legitimate threat of nuclear war and now the Harvey Weinstein scandal to name just a few of them, I just feel like the world is descending into actual and total madness.

At the start of the year I fully expected things to be difficult (partly thanks to the incoming US President), but I naively never expected them to be this bad and I also never anticipated how much it would affect my day-to-day life. It is not an easy thing to talk about, but it’s like I was feeling this pervasive sense of sadness and hopelessness underneath it all as my default emotions and to be honest, 2017 has depressed me. It has impacted my life in multiple ways and had a detrimental effect on my health and of course, my skin. Thankfully, once I eventually discovered the true meaning of “self-care” I was able to begin to take control again and that’s what I want to talk about today. Read More…

LixirSkin

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One of the things I love about Victoria Health is how thoughtful they are with the brands they choose to launch. It takes a lot for Gill to add a new skincare line to the site and with the last one being The Ordinary, you know LixirSkin has to be something special to make the cut (spoiler alert: it is). I was so pleasantly surprised when the products arrived at my door a few weeks ago and have been so excited to talk about them since my very first use. Beyond the fact that this new brand is a millennial’s dream in terms of branding and packaging, it also has a lot going on formula wise and I have a feeling LixirSkin is destined for big things.

LixirSkin launched on the October newsletter and like Gill wrote, Colette Haydon is not new to the skincare industry (interview here). She has worked behind the scenes for over 20 years and has formulated countless best-selling products for brands like REN, Jo Malone and HealGel. REN was one of the first brands I turned to when I went all “natural” a few years ago, so I know for a fact I have already had Colette’s creations on my face without even knowing it and I’m sure many of you have, too. Read More…

The Problem With Instagram

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This article has been a long time coming because Instagram has changed a lot over the past several months and not just by design, but in how we use it. This year I have noticed a pretty big shift in how we behave, post and interact etc, and I know I am not the only one who’s picked up on this. In particular, the skincare community is not quite what it used to be. What started out as a fun way to share a burgeoning passion for skincare and connect with others has morphed into some sort of social media high school with cliques, gossiping and even bullying. I have been surprised, shocked and saddened by a lot of what I have seen recently and it has been so disappointing. There have been times when I have felt anxious over something that has happened on Instagram, wanted to cry over what has been said to me and even considered deleting my account more than once. Read More…